Friday, 14 December, 2018

Volkswagen to roll out its last petrol and diesel engines by 2026

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It's a known fact by now the Volkswagen Group is investing heavily in electric vehicles in the aftermath of the costly and never-ending Dieselgate ordeal. "Yes, we have a clear responsibility here", Jost said.

The group did not reveal details about whether jobs would be affected but has ruled out forced redundancies.

Volkswagen said it aimed to reduce administrative expenses and achieve a "massive reduction" of complexity in the brand's model lineup even while adding EVs to it. In Europe, the brand will be discontinuing 25 percent of the engine-transmission variants with low customer demand in the coming model year. This will have positive effects on the complexity of production and the supply chain, VW said.

The brand aims to underpin about 80 percent of its vehicle production with its flexible MQB architecture to save costs, up from 60 percent now.

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Auto Express furthermore suggested this final platform could do duty for "at least" another ten years, giving Volkswagen more time to complete its planned switch to battery-electric vehicles.

Jost has also stated that his colleagues are already working on the last platform for vehicles that are not Carbon dioxide neutral.

Jost also confirmed that while Volkswagen will continue to adapt its petrol and diesel engine vehicles to comply with environmental standards during the lifetime of those vehicles, the automaker is now set to adopt steps to slow down global warming by fading out combustion engines to a minimum.

A key goal is to improve margins at its mass-market VW brand, which is its largest division by sales but which has long lagged the profitability of rivals such as Japan's Toyota due in part to high labor costs at its German plants. From that point, VW will merely modify, rather than overhaul, its platforms for combustion engines.