Volkswagen commits to 95 g/km CO2 emissions by 2020

March 6, 2013  by  

The Volkswagen Group is committing itself to reducing the CO2 output of the European new car fleet to 95 grams per kilometer by 2020.

“That corresponds to a fuel consumption of less than 4 liters across all segments and vehicle classes,” said Dr. Martin Winterkorn, chairman of Volkswagen’s Board of Management. “This is a Herculean task calling for the best efforts of all our 40,000 developers. We can do it.”

Winterkorn added that Volkswagen would reach its self-imposed target of reducing the CO2 output of its European new vehicle fleet to less than 120 grams per kilometer by 2015. Volkswagen intends to outperform by more than 12 grams the figure required by law for its vehicle fleet.

The Volkswagen Group currently offers 245 model variants with emissions of less than 120 grams CO2 /km, over 60 percent more than two years ago, and 36 model variants have emissions below 100 grams CO2 /km, almost 40 percent more than in 2011.

Volkswagen XL1

“Our one-liter car, the XL1, is a technological spearhead. With fuel consumption of 0.83 liters and 21 grams CO2 per kilometer, the XL1 sets new long-term standards in the automotive industry,” Winterkorn said. The technologies used in the XL1 find their way into our series vehicles. That applies in particular to plug-in hybrid technology, which we are systematically pursuing.”

Winterkorn said the development of increasingly efficient technologies, powertrains and vehicles and environmentally sustainable production would account for more than two thirds of the total investment of €50.2 billion planned by the Group up to 2015. The Group was moving forward “in leaps and bounds” towards its target of making all 100 production facilities throughout the world 25% more environmentally compatible by 2018. In terms of the key indicators for energy and water consumption, waste production, and CO2 and solvent emissions, the Group has on average made environmental savings of 10 percent per vehicle produced over the past two years.

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