Volkswagen Chairman confirms 10-speed DSG, high-performance diesel engine

2013 Volkswagen Golf GTD
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Golf, Passat, Audi A6 and Porsche Cayenne plug-in hybrids coming soon

Volkswagen Chairman Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn has revealed some new details about the company's future product lineup.

Speaking at the Vienna Motor Symposium, Winterkorn confirmed the company is working on a high-performance diesel engine that will produce 136 HP (100 kW) per liter. The executive also acknowledged the development of a 10-speed dual-clutch transmission that will offer improved fuel efficiency.

There's no word on when they will arrive, but the executive also discussed plans to refine their petrol and diesel engines. As he explained, “Since the year 2000, we’ve reduced the fuel consumption of our TDI and TSI engines by more than 30 percent. I’m convinced that by 2020 we can achieve further increases in efficiency of around 15 percent."

Winterkorn also see natural gas engines playing a larger role in future products because the "technology is fully developed" and CNG vehicles are "environmentally friendly, economical and suitable for everyday use."

Lastly, the executive confirmed plans to "electrify all vehicle classes" to improve fuel efficiency. In the short term, Volkswagen will focus on plug-in hybrid technology. The Audi A3 e-tron and Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid will go on sale shortly and be followed by plug-in hybrid variants of the Golf, Passat, Audi A6 and Porsche Cayenne.

Source: Volkswagen

Volkswagen at the 34th International Vienna Motor Symposium: The future firmly in sight

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn announces development of 10-speed dual clutch gearbox and high-performance diesel engine
  • Plug-in hybrid most promising alternative drive system
  • Natural gas vehicles offer great potential for sustained mobility

Vienna/Wolfsburg, 26 April 2013 - Today at the International Vienna Motor Symposium Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, gave a forecast of future drive system technologies. Areas of work being focussed on by Volkswagen include the development of a high-performance diesel engine delivering 100 kW per litre of displacement and a new 10-speed dual clutch gearbox that reduces fuel consumption. Among the alternative drive systems plug-in hybrids in particular offer great potential.

Winterkorn stressed that over the medium and long-term different drive system technologies would exist side by side. These would range from highly efficient internal combustion engines and natural gas systems all the way to hybrids and electric vehicles. On this basis the Volkswagen Group was working towards its declared objective of lowering the European new car fleet’s CO2 emission level to 95 g of CO2/km by 2020.

Winterkorn emphasised that existing internal combustion engines still offer a lot of potential: “Since the year 2000, we’ve reduced the fuel consumption of our TDI and TSI engines by more than 30 per cent. I’m convinced that by 2020 we can achieve further increases in efficiency of around 15 per cent.” Factors making this possible, he said, would include enhancement of the combustion process, intelligent lightweight design, innovative operating strategies and optimisation of friction levels and thermal management.

Volkswagen also sees great potential for natural gas drive systems: “The gas engine is environmentally friendly, economical and suitable for everyday use. The technology is fully developed and the vehicles are already on the market.” The best example is the new eco-up! - at 79 g of CO2/km the world’s most economical natural gas car. The Volkswagen Group will be systematically rolling out natural gas technology with the Golf TGI BlueMotion and the Audi A3 g-tron. Winterkorn: “We need to make the public even more aware of the benefits of natural gas engines. Everyone needs to play their part in this: carmakers, politicians and the fuel industry.”

The variety of drive system technologies is growing: the group-wide Volkswagen modular component system and its flexible architecture enable every kind of drive system to be integrated quickly into the new models. “Over the coming years we will electrify all vehicle classes in this way and help electrically powered motoring to make the breakthrough,” added Winterkorn.

In the medium term the first choice in terms of alternative drive systems is plug-in hybrid technology. This enables a purely electric range of up to 50 kilometres, a high level of suitability for everyday use by virtue of recharging from a socket at home and also complete flexibility for long journeys thanks to an efficient internal combustion engine. The Volkswagen Group’s first plug-in hybrids, the Porsche Panamera and Audi A3 e-tron, will shortly be going into full production. They will be followed by the Golf and many other models, such as the Passat, Audi A6 and Porsche Cayenne.

Volkswagen also presented at the symposium new technologies that are finding their way into the modular diesel component system’s future engine generation. These high-performance diesel engines achieve peak power output of 100 kW per litre of displacement and have a variable valve-train assembly, a high-pressure injection system at up to 3,000 bar and combined charging with the innovative e-booster.

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OliviaHeartelly OliviaHeartelly
No doubt the world’s major automakers were giving upon dual-clutch technology, which remains stayed at seven forward apparatuses. Nothing could be further from reality, nonetheless, as Volkswagen has affirmed it has a 10-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox in the works. ParleysDieselPerformance.com
Jun 23rd, 2013 11:20am
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taliz taliz
I bet that performance diesel is a 3 liter six. 408 HP would put VW ahead of BMWs 381 HP straight diesel six. Probably headed for Audi(perhaps a diesel S6?) and Porsche(Cayenne/Panamera).
Apr 28th, 2013 1:31am
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
10 speed is overkill. imagine flicking up and down so much on the paddles
Apr 27th, 2013 1:35pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
That's what I thought, with 138hp 10 speed sounds unbelievable. If I'm understand this correctly, the drivers will have to shift like every 3-5 seconds.
Apr 28th, 2013 3:26am
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-Matt- -Matt-
Apr 29th, 2013 7:50pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
Missed that part
Apr 30th, 2013 1:23am
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yiotis82 yiotis82
10-speed DSG is an automatic transmission.
Apr 28th, 2013 6:25pm
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
but imagine shifting with the selector/paddles
May 1st, 2013 2:38am
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ssllaasshh ssllaasshh
Are Opel & GM following this news? Do they even know what is dual clutch that doesn't increase consumption? And it's 2013.!
Apr 27th, 2013 12:56am
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weezychest weezychest
Looks like they did there homework and googled DSG Gearbox problems. Check it out!!!
Apr 29th, 2013 6:07pm
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At least he gives decent figures, 15% seems possible.
Apr 26th, 2013 10:35pm
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