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Volkswagen planning plug-in hybrid lineup expansion

 Volkswagen planning plug-in hybrid lineup expansion
Porsche 918 Spyder brochure leak 19.9.2012

Panamera S and 918 Spyder to start the trend

Volkswagen will be launching more plug-in hybrid models starting with 2013, in a move to get closer to Toyota.

The German automotive giant believes that demand for these vehicles will grow in the future. Electric car chief Rudolf Krebs told Reuters that VW will target wealthy buyers with the plug-in hybrid variant of the Porsche Panamera S and 918 Spyder that will be launched next year.

The Golf VII will get a plug-in hybrid version in 2014, followed by the Passat, Q7, Q3, Cayenne, A6 and A8. He mentioned that "this is a long-term trend that can no longer be reversed" and it "will become a core element of our future strategy."

This could be a wise move for VW as research firm IHS Automotive research suggests that by 2018 plug-in hybrid car sales will soar more than eight times to 960,644 units.

Source: autonews.com

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Comments (7)

 MutantSushi MutantSushi
try making a diesel-electric hybrid, and not just some me-too gasoline-electric hybrid which doesn't get better economy than a pure diesel, and people might actually care enough to overlook the boring styling.
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December 15, 2012 10:12 pm
 Ceramic Rabbit Ceramic Rabbit
Surprise! Wait no it's not
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December 14, 2012 5:16 pm
 OmarAllaga OmarAllaga
...........
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December 14, 2012 4:46 pm
 howe2002 howe2002
Hey that's a Porsche!
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December 14, 2012 1:07 pm