CEO Matthias Müller said the brand aims to offer fully digitalised cars faster than its competition, and is investing in three Volkswagen Group Future Centres located in Germany, the US and China to develop relevant technology.
Müller explained that the carmaker needed to adapt its range so that future “customers, society and industry can benefit”. He suggested this shift would result in a line-up of cars that offer increasing amounts of self-driving ability, as well as connected technology and sustainable drivetrains.
VW Group is aiming to become the world’s “leading mobility provider”, and wants technology developed at its three new centres to make it to market by 2025. These centres will head research and development in new software for electronic vehicles and self-driving cars. It ambitiously wants to add 20 more electronic and plug-in hybrid models to its brands by the year 2020.