1.4 TSI in Tiguan and 2.0 TFSI in A5 will lead the way.
VW CEO Matthias Müller presented the “TOGETHER - Strategy 2025” plan in the second half of June and at that point he called it the “biggest change process in Volkswagen’s history.” During his speech, he talked about the company’s intentions of making gasoline engines cleaner by installing particulate filters. Now, VW is reiterating its plans for a wide-scale introduction of GPFs from next year on TSI and TFSI engines.
It is going to be standard equipment and will slash fine soot particles by as much as 90 percent, according to VW’s research. The rollout is scheduled to commence in June 2017 with the 1.4-liter TSI powering the Tiguan and the 2.0 TFSI available in the recently introduced Audi A5. GPFs will then be fitted to other engines and models from the VW Group and by 2022 annual sales of cars powered by engines with GPFs are estimated to reach seven million units.
On the diesel side, which is by far the most problematic at this point, VW wants to make its TDIs less harmful to the environment by fitting all turbodiesel-powered models across the group with the latest selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology.
Interestingly, VW points out independent testing bodies have shown the company’s Euro 6-compliant gasoline and diesel engines are the cleanest in the business. London-based Emission Analytics’ EQUA Air Quality Index covered 440 of the most popular models and ranked VAG as “the top performer by some margin.” The group finished first in the Euro 6 gasoline engine category, as well as in Euro 5 gasoline and Euro 6 hybrid rankings. On top of that, the best six diesel cars with Euro 6 engines are from VW, Audi, and Skoda. In the top 10 of Euro 5-compliant diesel cars, there are five cars from the group and the top two come from Audi and Skoda.
Besides its push to make combustion engines cleaner, the VW Group is also working on a slew of alternatively-powered models, with the aforementioned “TOGETHER - Strategy 2025” revealing plans for 30 pure EVs by the middle of the next decade.