Volkswagen Group to Reduce CO2 Emissions to 95 g/km by 2020

Volkswagen Group to Reduce CO2 Emissions to 95 g/km by 2020 
GENEVA and WOLFSBURG, GERMANY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/05/13 -- 

--  Corresponds to average fuel consumption of less than 4 liters
--  Group already offers 245 models under 120 g/km, 36 under 100 g/km
--  Energy and water consumption per vehicle produced cut by 10 percent in
    two years
--  Winterkorn: "Ecological restructuring proceeding to schedule"

Before the opening of the Geneva Motor Show, the Volkswagen Group
reiterated its strategic goal of becoming the world's most
environmentally sustainable automaker by 2018. In the runup to the
show, the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen
Aktiengesellschaft, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, said that the
Group's ecological restructuring, also announced in Geneva a year
ago, is "proceeding to schedule." He added: "We are orienting
Volkswagen towards maximum energy and resource efficiency. We are
well on our way to making our Group the world's leading automaker in
environmental terms." 
The Volkswagen Group is now setting itself even more ambitious
targets: "Volkswagen is committing to reducing the CO2 output of the
European new car fleet to 95 grams per kilometer by 2020." This makes
the Volkswagen Group the very first automaker to commit to this
ambitious target. According to Winterkorn: "That corresponds to a
fuel consumption of less than 4 liters -- across all segments and
vehicle classes. This is a Herculean task calling for the best
efforts of all our 40,000 developers. We can do it." Winterkorn also
stated that Volkswagen would reach its self-imposed target of
reducing the CO2 output of its European new vehicle fleet to less
than 120 grams per kilometer by 2015. Volkswagen intends to
outperform by more than 12 grams the figure required by law for its
vehicle fleet. 
The Group is not speculating on any loopholes to achieve its target.
Winterkorn underscored that "now is the time to initiate innovations
so that efficient technologies and alternative powertrains can be
widely used faster. I am convinced this is in the best interests of
customers, the environment and Europe as an industrial location."
That is why Volkswagen is advocating credits of the type which are
normal practice in the USA and China for especially eco-friendly
vehicles to be introduced in Europe, too. 
The Volkswagen Group already offers its customers 245 model variants
with emissions of less than 120 grams CO2 /km, over 60 percent more
than two years ago. And 36 model variants already have emissions
below 100 grams CO2 /km, almost 40 percent more than in 2011.
Winterkorn: "Our one-liter car, the XL1, is a technological
spearhead. With fuel consumption of 0.83 liters and 21 grams CO2 per
kilometer, the XL1 sets new long-term standards in the automotive
industry. The technologies used in the XL1 find their way into our
series vehicles. That applies in particular to plug-in hybrid
technology, which we are systematically pursuing." 
Winterkorn underlined that the development of increasingly efficient
technologies, powertrains and vehicles and environmentally
sustainable production would account for more than two thirds of the
total investment of EUR 50.2 billion planned by the Group up to 2015.
The Group was moving forward "in leaps and bounds" towards its
ambitious target of making all 100 production facilities throughout
the world 25% more environmentally compatible by 2018. In terms of
the key indicators for energy and water consumption, waste
production, and CO2 and solvent emissions, the Group has on average
made environmental savings of 10 percent per vehicle produced over
the past two years. 
Volkswagen Group Communications
Michael Brendel
Head of Corporate and Business Communications
Phone: +49 (0) 5361 / 9-39356
Fax: +49 (0) 5361 / 9-74629
Volkswagen Group Communications
Spokesperson, Environment and Sustainability
Stefan Ernst
Phone: +49 (0) 5361 / 9-86267
Fax: +49 (0) 5361 / 9-74629
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