Der neue Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen chairman Prof Dr Martin Winterkorn confirmed recently at the Vienna Motor Symposium that the company is working on a 10-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a high-performance diesel engine that will produce 136 hp per litre of displacement.

No word on when they will surface, but the diesel engine is said to incorporate technologies such as a variable valve-train assembly, a high-pressure injection system at up to 3,000 bar and combined charging with the innovative e-booster.

“Since the year 2000, we’ve reduced the fuel consumption of our TDI and TSI engines by more than 30%. I’m convinced that by 2020 we can achieve further increases in efficiency of around 15%,” he said, adding that the enhancement of the combustion process and intelligent lightweight design are amongst the factors that would make this possible.

Volkswagen chairman Prof Dr Martin Winterkorn

Winterkorn also sees potential in natural gas powertrains, deeming them “environmentally friendly, economical and suitable for everyday use.” Emitting only 79 grams of CO2 per km, the Volkswagen eco-up! is the world’s most economical natural gas-powered car, while upcoming products of this nature will include the Volkswagen Golf TGI BlueMotion and the Audi A3 g-tron.

In the medium term, VW will focus on plug-in hybrid tech; in particular its first plug-in hybrid models – the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and Audi A3 e-tron – which will shortly be going into production. They will be followed by the Golf and many other models such as the Passat, Audi A6 and Porsche Cayenne.

“Over the coming years we will electrify all vehicle classes,” Winterkorn also said.