Volkswagen Group will finally enter the volume hybrid market in 2013, chairman Martin Winterkorn has announced.
There will be a “range of important models with plug-in hybrid technology starting in 2013/14”, Winterkorn told the International Vienna Motor Symposium.
The new cars are expected to be the Mk7 Golf and the third-generation Audi A3 which are both based on VW’s new corporate front-drive MQB platform.
“Over the mid-term, the plug-in hybrid offers great potential, because it combines the best of two worlds in one vehicle,” Winterkorn said.
“The plug-in hybrid offers precisely what many customers expect: unlimited internal combustion engine performance combined with attractive electric mobility ranges in everyday driving.”
The news suggests that VW will not build a purely battery-powered version of the Golf to rival the Nissan Leaf. A ‘plug-in’ hybrid uses a larger than normal battery pack, which should enable the car to travel up to 20 miles on zero-emission battery power, enough for most urban daily commuting run and shopping trips.