In the reporting period, the Volkswagen Group once again revamped and further expanded its model range in important segments to include some 200 passenger and commercial vehicle models and their derivatives in all key segments and body types: from small cars to super sports cars in the passenger car sector, and from small pick-ups to heavy trucks in the commercial vehicles sector. The Group will successively move into additional segments that offer profitable opportunities.
Key new models for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand in 2009 were the new generations of the Golf Plus and the Polo, as well as the powerful Golf GTI and GTD versions. The BlueMotion Technology range was also expanded with the Golf BlueMotion*, the Passat BlueTDI and the Passat EcoFuel. In the fall, the updated Golf Variant rounded off the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand model rollout in fiscal year 2009.
The Audi brand again demonstrated its technical and sporting expertise in 2009: sporting and technically advanced vehicles were launched in the form of the Audi S4 saloon and Avant, the Audi A5 and S5 Cabriolets, the Audi R8 as a V10 and a V8, as well as the Audi TT RS. The Audi A4 allroad quattro, which combines power, sportiness and elegance in the B segment, also deserves mention. The launch of the Audi A5 Sportback was yet another highlight in fall 2009.
At the beginning of 2009, Škoda introduced a powerful and off-road compact SUV in the shape of the Yeti. Other brand highlights were product enhancements to the Octavia series and the Octavia GreenLine version*, which underscores the brand’s commitment to sustainability. The Fabia Combi Scout was the next model to join the popular Scout series.
The SEAT brand moved into a new segment and previously untapped buyer categories with the Exeo saloon and Sports Tourer. The powerful new Leon CUPRA R*, Ibiza CUPRA* and Ibiza FR models also underscore the Spanish brand’s sporty aspects.
The Group’s luxury brands also launched a whole host of fascinating new models and derivatives in fiscal year 2009. Bentley expanded its range to include the Continental GTC Speed* and the Azure T*; Lamborghini unveiled the impressive Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce* and Reventón Roadster. Bugatti caped its leading position among sports cars with the Veyron Grand Sport*, an absolutely outstanding roadster.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles unveiled the completely redesigned Multivan/Transporter and Caravelle models, whose body designs conform to Volkswagen’s design DNA. In particular, the front section now has an even more commanding appearance.
Scania’s new R-series meets the highest standards in terms of cost-effectiveness, attractiveness and reliability. It sets standards for the design and technology for long-distance vehicles. Scania’s Opticruise system was launched in parallel with the new R-series. This is an automated gear changing system which, together with the unique Driver Support system – a feedback system to refine driving style – leads to greater safety and comfort and reduces fuel consumption.