Volkswagen Chairman Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn has revealed some new details about the company's future product lineup.
Speaking at the Vienna Motor Symposium, Winterkorn confirmed the company is working on a high-performance diesel engine that will produce 136 HP (100 kW) per liter. The executive also acknowledged the development of a 10-speed dual-clutch transmission that will offer improved fuel efficiency.
There's no word on when they will arrive, but the executive also discussed plans to refine their petrol and diesel engines. As he explained, “Since the year 2000, we’ve reduced the fuel consumption of our TDI and TSI engines by more than 30 percent. I’m convinced that by 2020 we can achieve further increases in efficiency of around 15 percent."
Winterkorn also see natural gas engines playing a larger role in future products because the "technology is fully developed" and CNG vehicles are "environmentally friendly, economical and suitable for everyday use."
Lastly, the executive confirmed plans to "electrify all vehicle classes" to improve fuel efficiency. In the short term, Volkswagen will focus on plug-in hybrid technology. The Audi A3 e-tron and Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid will go on sale shortly and be followed by plug-in hybrid variants of the Golf, Passat, Audi A6 and Porsche Cayenne.