Volkswagen Group to drop 40 vehicle models by 2025?

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A report has emerged that Volkswagen is considering cutting 40 models from the lineup across its various car brands by 2025. German online daily Handelsblatt, quoted in a Reuters report, said that VW is planning to implement a new strategy that will see those vehicles replaced with electric cars, and developments in ride-hailing and automated driving.

Reportedly calling for an investment amounting to billions of euros, VW will see its conventionally powered vehicles, notably the diesel engines which have caused it much anguish over the past year, replaced over the next decade with hybrids and full-electric vehicles. According to an unnamed company spokesperson, “a decision on how many models will be phased out or ceased has not been taken yet.”

Wolfsburg has mulled such a move before – last year, Bloomberg reported that the group found it could save up to €1.5 billion (RM6.9 billion) simply by cutting the number of variants and trim options offered by the Volkswagen brand alone. Now, it appears it will expand the initiative to its other brands as well.

The VW Group currently produces around 340 models and variants across its portfolio, which apart from the main Volkswagen brand also includes Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley and Bugatti.

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  • Skyactiv diesel turbo will pick all VW diesel customers.

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    • Operation Manager on Jun 20, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      VW AUDI hv Twin-Charge(SuperCharge&Turbo chaege); now MAZDA hv Skyactive Twin-Turbo for the 1st time. Apparently HONDA 1st launched Turbo charge but OVER-HEAT. HONDA 1.5T only managed 220Nm while Skyactive 2.0NA already 210Nm. HONDA Turbo the lowest powerful in worldwide market with Realibility Issues. You will found your HONDA turbo can scrap (design failure) rather than can repair; meantime VW issues solved. Do DANNY managed to book the Civic Turbo…?

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      • Honda first launch turbo car was honda legend only in late 80s using vgt…n continue to use turbo in 1st gen city n kei car model

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  • Proton hybrid will kick VW hybrid ass

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  • nabill (Member) on Jun 20, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Well, they do have a bloated model line up… Their MBQ platform is shared with billion models within the vw umbrella… But thats how they reduce costs… Interesting what models will get the axe… Top of my head wd probably see the beetle, scirocco and various Seat and Skoda models that overlap other models within…

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  • Sam Loo (ori1) on Jun 20, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    At the rate they are clearing old stock in Bolehland, VW Malaysia appears to be exiting the country

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  • Susukotak on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    they should learn from p2

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  • Sammy Loo on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    yes, VW should stop wasting time on making more junks, the RV of these junks is just second to French

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  • trying to grow too fast too quickly to become no 1, result dropping product quality and detached to customers needs…

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  • kadajawi (Member) on Jun 21, 2016 at 1:53 am

    But the high variety of trim levels and options are exactly what made me buy a VW. While some other car makers also offer certain higher end features on their cars, you usually have to buy the top of the line model to get them. But then you get stuff you don’t need, or sometimes don’t want and would pay for not to have them. No such thing with VW, you can get exactly what you want, nothing more, nothing less, and will save money in the end (since you didn’t have to buy all the unnecessary stuff).

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