In light of tighter exhaust and emissions regulations and a CO2-based vehicle tax, a vehicle’s CO2 emissions are becoming an increasingly important criterion for buyers. Volkswagen will systematically pursue its efficient drive technology initiative and thus continue to consolidate its status as an innovation leader in the area of environmentally compatible mobility. The Volkswagen Group currently has 176 models in its vehicle portfolio that fall below the threshold of 140 g/km CO2. Of these, 60 models fall below the threshold of 120 g/km CO2 and six below the threshold of 100 g/km.
At Volkswagen Passenger Cars, all activities to reduce consumption and emissions are combined under the “BlueMotionTechnologies” core brand. With BlueMotion, BlueMotion Technology, BlueTDI and TSI EcoFuel, this modular technology platform sets standards in consumption and CO2 emissions. In doing so, it leverages innovations such as hybrid/electric drives, start-stop systems and braking energy recovery. These technologies are also used by other Group brands, such as in Audi’s “e” models, the Škoda “GreenLine” and SEAT (ECOMOTIVE).
One forward looking milestone is the L1 concept car – Volkswagen’s 1-liter car – unveiled at the IAA 2009 in Frankfurt am Main. Powered by a newly developed common rail turbo diesel engine, the L1 uses only 1.38 l of diesel per 100 km and produces only 36 g/km CO2 (combined). Thanks to its carbon fiber reinforced plastic body, the car weighs a mere 380 kg. At the IAA 2009, both Audi and Volkswagen showcased zero-emission concept vehicles in the form of the e-tron and the E-UP!