Crisis? What crisis? Or at least that seems to be what Volkswagen is not only thinking, but also acting on. Reports are that the German auto giant will have TWENTY new models in show rooms by 2010. That’s next year.
Prof. Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of VW AG, said during a speech at the Volkswagen Group’s Annual Media Conference and Investor Conference on March 12, that the automaker will rollout more than 20 completely new models worldwide by 2010. This is not to say that there will be 20 new VWs out there, but 20 new models across all of VW’s brands, including Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Scania, SEAT, Skoda and VW CV,
CEO Winterkorn said that among the cars that will roll out will be the sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI in 2009 and the New Small Family based on the Up! Concepts, which will debut in early 2010. The New Small Family cars will be available for both urban drivers in the West and for the emerging markets.
He also added that the further optimization of the TDI, TSI and TFSI turbocharged diesel and gasoline engines is on the front burner for VW, as the company believes that combustion engines will remain the dominant technology for the foreseeable future. “We will break new ground and also introduce SUVs and large saloons with modern turbo- and supercharged 4-cylinder engines,” said Winterkorn.