Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Volkswagen vows to cut consumption and emissions in China by 20%

With the inauguration of Volkswagen's new engine plant in Dalian, China, Volkswagen made a vow to reduce the fuel consumption and emission of it's engines in China by 20%. They plan to accomplishing this by introducing TFSI engines, efficient gearboxes, and lightweight designs among other things.

Meanwhile, North America is still waiting for it's very first TFSI engine. Now, while I do understand that North America is no longer Volkswagen's largest market as China has taken that title, the United States alone produces a quarter of the world's greenhouse gases. If ever Volkswagen is going to initiate an environmental plan, it should be in North America. True, Volkswagen will be bringing over Bluetec diesels next year. But what about the Polo BlueMotion, which has been on sale in Germany for about a year now. And those TSI engines in those Golf GTs that Volkswagen touts as fun yet economical? I can only hope that the Bluetec diesels next year will only serve as a catalyst for more fuel efficient models from Volkswagen in the future.

But back on topic. Press release is after the jump.

Source: Volkswagen AG.

Dalian/Beijing - Volkswagen announced new environmental goals for China at the inauguration of the engine plant in Dalian. These goals envisage a reduction of over 20 percent in fuel consumption and emissions for models built at the plants operated by the two joint ventures FAW-Volkswagen and Shanghai Volkswagen by 2010. Volkswagen intends to become the most environmentally friendly automaker in China with the help of modern TFSI engines, innovative automatic gearboxes, lightweight design and further initiatives. So far, some 80 million euros has been invested in the new engine plant, and total investment until 2011 amounts to roughly 145 million euros. The plant is designed for an annual production capacity of 300,000 engines.

Environmental protection was the central theme at today’s opening ceremony of the Volkswagen engine plant in China. As Dr. Winfried Vahland, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China, emphasized: "As the market leader in China we have an obligation to ensure that growth is compatible with the environment while also keeping ahead of government regulations."

Volkswagen intends to cut fuel consumption and emissions in China by more than 20 percent by 2010 through the introduction of the innovative TFSI engine technology and a new generation of automatic gearboxes as well as lightweight design for individual vehicle components. In addition, the company is currently arranging for the certification of all production sites in China to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.

Shanghai Volkswagen and FAW-Volkswagen have already been complying with the standard for several years, the FAW-Volkswagen powertrain components plant was certified in February. The company has undertaken to recognize the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and plans to complete certification of all productions plants in China by the end of 2007.


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