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Volkswagen Lays Out Electric Vehicle Strategy, Confirms Jetta Hybrid For 2012

 
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2010 Volkswagen New Compact Coupe Concept (2011 Volkswagen Jetta Coupe)

Volkswagen is intent on becoming the world’s leading automaker by 2018 and that means being the top dog in every segment, including hybrid and electric vehicles. Recently the automaker announced plans to start building its own electric powertrains, and now it’s confirmed plans to expand its fleet of electric vehicles over the next couple of years.

The use of Volkswagen’s hybrid technology in production vehicles is already being demonstrated in the Touareg Hybrid at this week’s 2010 Geneva Motor Show and by 2011 the automaker will start trials of 500 electric Golfs around the globe.

Volkswagen’s electric vehicle onslaught will continue with the launch of a hybrid version of the next-generation Jetta in North America in 2012 and an electric minicar based on last year’s E-Up concept car by 2013. This latter model will be Volkswagen’s first mass produced electric vehicle and will be followed quickly by electric versions of the Golf, Jetta and eventually the Passat.

The automaker is hoping to attain a three percent share of the electric vehicle market by 2018 and will do so by essentially taking hybrids out of their niche status and into the mainstream, high-volume market.

Pictured above is Volkswagen’s New Compact Coupe concept vehicle, which previews the design of the next-generation Jetta and is powered by a compact hybrid system that will likely feature in the eventual Jetta Hybrid. For more details, check out our previous story by clicking here.

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  1. i think this car looks outdated already... =/ its nice if it were built 10 years ago
     
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  2. Albeit a bit late to the party for full on electric vehicle with diesel generators. That's the future! GM is a good diesel away from gaining huge market share. Why because bio diesel can now be made for 2 bucks a gallon. Take that and the Bloom box and the entire game is changing. For example a bio diesel version of the Volt, along with either a Bloom Box or solar gives you zero need for Gasoline or Coal for that matter! Sun or natural gas and algae fomented with good old e coli bacteria.
     
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  3. An NCC/Jetta hybrid that gets 45mpg? What's the point? The TDI already gets that. Obviously VW thinks the only way to get to electric is through a hybrid. I think that is a mistake. Are they doing a hybrid that won't sell vs their standard diesel in order to prove to themselves that americans don't like hybrid sedans? Really, what's going on here, Vik?
     
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  4. I have a Jetta Sportwagen TDI and love it. We get 40+ MPG on the highway or interstate, 60+ when we can cruise in the 35 to 50 MPH range. We only get about 30 MPG in stop and go city driving. This is where the HYBRID technology would be helpful, paired with their TDI engine. What I really want to see is a moderately prices all wheel drive with a diesel tuned for mileage. So far the only diesel's with all wheel drive cost $50,000+ and only get 18 to 26 MPG. Bring on the Tiguan 4motion TDI for under $35,000 and you will have a buyer.
     
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  5. I have a Jetta Sportwagen TDI and love it. We get 40+ MPG on the highway or interstate, 60+ when we can cruise in the 35 to 50 MPH range. We only get about 30 MPG in stop and go city driving. This is where the HYBRID technology would be helpful, paired with their TDI engine. What I really want to see is a moderately prices all wheel drive with a diesel tuned for mileage. So far the only diesel's with all wheel drive cost $50,000+ and only get 18 to 26 MPG. Bring on the Tiguan 4motion TDI for under $35,000 and you will have a buyer.
     
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  6. Why is VW so dumb?? Don't use a 1.4 liter OTTO cycle gas engine! I don't think they are even using an Atkinson cycle OTTO. VW is not very good with gas engines, take the whopping 31MPG hwy new Beetle for example.

    Come on now! It's real easy. Put a 1.2 liter turbodiesel like you have in the European Polo and mate it to a strong hybrid drivetrain.

    Bam. Now you have more MPG than any Prius and decent acceleration due to the power of the electric motor.
    55-60MPG HWY is within reach.

    I know VW can make that 1.2L Diesel pass emissions in the USA so make it happen and beat the competition!
     
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