Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG has revealed some new details about the company's future technologies.

Areas of work being focussed on by Volkswagen include the development of a high-performance diesel engine delivering 136HP (100 kW) per litre of displacement and a new 10-speed DSG (dual clutch gearbox), that reduces the fuel consumption. Among the alternative drive systems plug-in hybrids in particular offer great potential.

"Since the year 2000, we've reduced the fuel consumption of our TDI and TSI engines by more than 30 per cent. I'm convinced that by 2020 we can achieve further increases in efficiency of around 15 per cent.", said Prof. Dr. Winterkorn.

"The gas engine is environmentally friendly, economical and suitable for everyday use. The technology is fully developed and the vehicles are already on the market." The best example is the new eco-up! - at 79 g of CO2/km the world's most economical natural gas car.

The Volkswagen Group will be systematically rolling out natural gas technology with the Golf TGI BlueMotion and the Audi A3 g-tron.

Volkswagen also presented at the symposium new technologies that are finding their way into the modular diesel component system's future engine generation. These high-performance diesel engines achieve peak power output of 136HP (100 kW) per litre of displacement and have a variable valve-train assembly, a high-pressure injection system at up to 3,000 bar and combined charging with the innovative e-Booster.

Source: Volkswagen