Since 2007, the “Umweltprädikat” (Environmental Rating) has recognized Volkswagen vehicles and technologies that show an ecological improvement over predecessors or comparable models. Certified by the German inspection organization TÜV Nord, the Environmental Rating is based on an environmental impact study that considers the entire lifecycle of the product from manufacture through use down to disposal.
In 2010, the new models of the Passat, Caddy and Transporter were each awarded an Environmental Rating. Updated Environmental Ratings – including for the new BlueMotion models – were also issued for the Polo and the Golf. Another Environmental Rating went to the fuel-efficient TSI technology. Further information in German can be found at .