China: VW wants to launch 10 green cars by 2018 image

In order to strengthen its presence on the world’s largest auto market, fend off the Chinese government anti pollution plans and win the fight for first place with GM, Volkswagen wants to add in China new electric and hybrid cars.

The ambitious launch plan calls for the Volkswagen group to launch by 2018 no less than 10 new electric and plug-in hybrid models. One of them, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid – a plug-in hybrid, has already arrived in dealer showrooms. This year will also see the introduction of two more vehicles, the Volkswagen e-Up and e-Golf, which are both electric cars.

For 2015, the group has planned to introduce the Audi A3 E-tron and the Volkswagen Golf GTE, both plug-in hybrids. All the models we mentioned so far would be imported from Germany. In the future, the Germans also aim to introduce on the local market a Bentley plug-in hybrid.

The Chinese central government only offers green car incentives to electric cars and plug-in hybrids, with conventional governments unable to qualify for the 33,250 yuan (plug-in) and 57,000 yuan ($9,200) subsidy.

Form 2016, VW AG also plans to have its FAW Group and SAIC Motor joint ventures build plug-in hybrid versions of the Audi A6 and a yet to be named “new mid-sized limousine” developed especially for China.

Via Automotive News Europe