Friday, November 16, 2007

Schwarzenegger visits the VW Stand @ LA Auto Show

While the Governor of California was opening the LA Auto Show, he visited the Volkswagen stand and sat in the space up! blue concept as VWoA President and CEO Stefan Jacoby showed him around the concept and stand.

Apparently Herr Schwarzenegger was interested in the Clean TDI technology.

Kudos to Herr Schwarzenegger for taking an interest in VWs latest engine technology.

Press Release after jump...

Governor Schwarzenegger visits Volkswagen at the Los Angeles International Auto Show

Stefan Jacoby, introduces Volkswagen’s space up! blue concept car and reveals near term clean diesel plans

Official opening of the International Los Angeles Auto Show

Los Angeles, 15 November 2007 - Touring the show after the press conference California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of the recently unveiled Volkswagen space up! blue concept car.

Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Volkswagen of America, Inc. shared the space up! blue concept car with Govenor Schwarzenegger. This concept car is powered by both electric propulsion and a high temperature hydrogen fuel cell. At a length of only 12 feet, it has a surprisingly large amount of room for four passengers and offers a realistic look into the future of zero-emission car travel in the future. The space up! blue concept design was inspired by the classic deluxe microbus of the 50’s and 60’s, and is the third member of the so called new small family. Volkswagen has previously revealed a two-door up! concept car in Frankfurt and a four-door space up! was shown in Tokyo.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, famous as an actor and a politician, showed great interest in alternative fuel vehicles on display such as clean diesel power. Volkswagen of America, Inc. will be the first to bring clean diesel TDI technology to all 50 states. The initial models equipped with the all-new clean diesel engine will be the Jetta Sedan and Jetta SportWagen. Volkswagen’s clean diesel TDI technology meets the world´s most stringent emission regulations, enabling 50 state availability.

Source: Volkswagen

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