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Bringing the Future to Series Production

Photo: VW Tiguan
VW Tiguan 2.0 TDI SCR 4Motion BMT – fuel consumption in l/100 km: urban 6.8-6.5 / extra-urban 5.2-5.0 / combined 5.7-5.6; CO2 emissions in g/km: 149-147 (combined); CO2 efficiency class: B

The "TRANSFORM 2025+ strategy" is a comprehensive redefinition of the Volkswagen brand. The new strategy focuses on clearer brand positioning across the various regions and segments, backed by significant improvements in efficiency and productivity. At the same time, the brand is investing in electric mobility and connectivity. The “pact for the future” will make the Volkswagen brand more competitive, getting it into shape for the future. It lays the foundation for the company’s transformation from an automotive manufacturer into a successful mobility services provider. In 2016, the I.D. concept vehicle and the BUDD-e both captured the world’s attention. Both concepts are based on the Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) platform for electric vehicles. The brand also celebrated the Golf GTi’s 40th birthday.

2016 Highlights

The Volkswagen brand – transforming from pure automaker into a mobility services provider fit for the digital and e-mobility age

Think Blue. Factory.

The Volkswagen brand has taken a significant step toward environmentally sustainable production. Manufacturing of vehicles and components at its production facilities around the world is 25% more environmentally friendly today than it was five years ago. This means that the brand has hit the ambitious sustainability target it set for itself three years earlier than planned.

Volkswagen’s “Think Blue. Factory” environmental program was the first of its kind in the world of auto manufacturing. And the reduction in environmental impact – the exact figure is 29.3% – is based on the average value of the Volkswagen brand’s five agreed environmental indicators. Between 2010 and the end of 2016, energy consumption was cut by 23.5%, while CO2 emissions were reduced by 28.6%. The volume of waste for disposal was slashed by an impressive 58.6%; water and solvent consumption had already been reduced by 27.5% and 7.6% respectively. The indicators are measured per unit of production (finished vehicle or component).

All our plants systematically share the secrets of their success with each other and adopt their peers’ best practices. Thanks to this, some 2,500 of 5,000 proposed improvement measures have already been actioned. And more than 1,000 employees have been appointed as Think Blue. Factory ambassadors at our sites and production shops around the world.

Volkswagen I.D. Concept Car

Think New! With this guiding principle and a visionary electric vehicle, Volkswagen offered fascinating prospects for the mobility of the future at the Paris International Motor Show (October 1-16). The world premiere of the I.D. was the focal point of the company’s presentation. The zero-emission vehicle is due to go into production as early as 2020; it will kick off a new generation of innovative electric vehicles that are all based on a new vehicle architecture. The I.D. represents a new generation of electric vehicles and heralds a new automotive age: electric, connected and autonomous.

As the first Volkswagen to be based on the new Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB), the I.D. will be positioned as a compact, all-electric model that extends the Volkswagen range of production vehicles, alongside the bestselling Polo, Golf, Tiguan and Passat. Powered by a 125 kW/170 hp electric motor, the I.D. has a range of up to 600 km and will be priced at the same level as a Golf with comparable performance. The I.D. will become synonymous with the “Zero Emissions” concept.

VW Tiguan GTE (concept car 2015)

Dresden – Role Model for Sustainable Urban Mobility

Dresden is becoming a model city for electric mobility, digitalization and innovative fleet management (including carsharing). The regional capital is planning to make its roads cleaner, quieter, safer and more convenient. Highly automated connected driving systems, plus parking solutions, software-driven mobility services, innovative traffic management and air quality management are additional cornerstones of the partnership. As part of this joint venture, Volkswagen’s “Transparent Factory” exhibition space will be gradually expanded to become a “Center of Future Mobility”.

Professor Siegfried Fiebig, spokesperson for the Board of Volkswagen Sachsen, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Dresden’s Lord Mayor Dirk Hilbert at the Transparent Factory in Dresden. 
The partners have jointly identified four main areas of cooperation. Inspired by the idea of becoming the Center of Future Mobility, the city will implement the following core projects:

  • Smart City Dresden 2025+ (pilot projects, demonstrations of future mobility in Saxony’s state capital)
  • Creation of a Joint Research Lab, (for joint R&D projects between Volkswagen and the city’s research institutions such as the Technical University of Dresden)

  • Advanced Mobility Academy (training up a new generation of specialists in research, development, production and management in the e-mobility sector)
  • Creation of a business incubator in the Transparent Factory (acting as an accelerator for startups developing innovative software solutions for future mobility)
Other Projects

Volunteering is a badge of honor at Volkswagen.

Volkswagen’s strategic initiative “Volkswagen pro Ehrenamt” is the umbrella program for volunteering activities, providing targeted support for social engagement opportunities. Since 2007, a specialist office embedded in the company’s HR management function has matched over 2,800 volunteers with suitable projects through a volunteer exchange. Around Germany, some 25,000 employees are now involved in associations, organizations and charities alongside their work. Volkswagen pro Ehrenamt recognizes their commitment, providing support and additional backing. By highlighting positive role models, the company also encourages other employees to engage in voluntary activities

Our employees’ commitment to these causes not only benefits other people, initiatives and facilities, but also strengthens their own key skills, especially their specialist and social skills, as well as their ability to work in a close-knit team. Thus the program dovetails with Volkswagen’s own personal and professional development initiatives.

Employees who wish to tackle new challenges once their active careers with Volkswagen have come to an end are supported by our in-house Senior Expert Scheme (KiSEE). This program gives them the opportunity to use their expertise at regional or global level, either as experienced experts within the company, or as volunteer supporters in outside organizations. In 2016, more than 280 senior experts took part in projects of their choosing, ensuring that their vast pool of expert knowledge was put to good use, and encouraging the sharing of valuable expertise between old and new generations.


Next Green Car

UK-based company Next Green Car Ltd. presents annual awards for the greenest new cars in 10 categories, based on the vehicles’ environmental impact throughout their life cycles.

Eco-Car Assessment Programme

The VW Golf TSI became the first vehicle ever to win the Platinum Medal, the highest possible rating in the China Eco-Car Assessment Programme (C-ECAP). The program assesses vehicles against six criteria, including energy efficiency and recycling quotient

„Best of CES“-Award

The editorial team of Engadget, one of the leading U.S. online technology magazines, recognized the BUDD-e in the Best Innovation category in this year’s “Best of CES” awards.

AAA Green Car Guide

The American Automobile Association publishes the AAA Green Car Guide, an annual assessment of the greenest cars on the U.S. market. In 2016, the VW e-Golf was awarded the title of “Best in Class” in the compact car class.