Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

VW says final generation of combustion engines will launch in 2026

VW says final generation of combustion engines will launch in 2026

Volkswagen's strategy chief said on Tuesday the German carmaker's core brand will develop its final generation of vehicles using combustion engine technology in 2026.

Volkswagen made a strategy shift toward battery-driven vehicles in the wake of a damaging diesel-emissions cheating scandal in 2015, which forced the carmaker to pay more than 27 billion euros in fines for hiding excessive pollution.

The Volkswagen lineup will include fully or partially electric versions of its entire lineup of over 300 cars, vans and trucks and also its motorcycle range by 2030.

The world's largest automaker has started to introduce its first wave of electric cars, including next year's Porsche Taycan.

Volkswagen Group has announced its intentions to bring the development of petrol and diesel powered cars to an end after 2026.

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According to Automotive News, Michael Jost, head of strategy for the Volkswagen brand, told an industry conference in Germany "our colleagues are working on the last platform for vehicles that aren't Carbon dioxide neutral". All brands under VW Group will follow this, including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, VW, Porsche, Seat, Lamborghini, Seat, etc.

VW said that talks with Ford about extending a potential alliance beyond commercial vehicles continue and remain constructive.

The brand will axe a quarter of its engine and gearbox variants in Europe, concentrating mainly on the high-demand combinations of drivetrains and trim, to simplify production.

"We're gradually fading out combustion engines to the absolute minimum", Jost said.

"Just over a year ago, the auto giant's leadership was talking up diesel's 'great future" - now they say the end of the road for both diesel and petrol is just over the horizon'.

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