Volkswagen has revealed a new plug-in electric version of the Golf.
Called the Golf blue-e-motion, it previews the zero emission driveline and lithium-ion battery technology VW intends to place in a production version of the new car that its chairman, Martin Winterkorn, says will go on sale in Germany and other key markets, including the UK, in 2013.
The Golf blue-e-motion forms part of a broad based electric vehicle offensive made official by the German car maker that will see similarly configured versions of the Mexican-built Volkswagen Jetta and Chinese market Volkswagen Lavida also go on sale in 2013.
Before they arrive, however, Volkswagen plans to kick off its electric car offensive with the introduction of the Up blue-e-motion. This is a car described by Winterkorn as a “city specialist” and was previewed in concept car form at last year’s Frankfurt motor show.
While based on today’s sixth-generation Golf, the showroom version of the blue-e-motion, unveiled by German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin today, is planned to form part of the seventh-generation Golf line-up that will begin heading into UK showrooms the same year.