The FINANCIAL — Within the context of the first trip abroad that took the new prime minister of Lower Saxony, David McAllister, to Shanghai, Volkswagen has affirmed its strategy of sustainable growth.
Prof. Winfried Vahland, President & CEO of Volkswagen Group China, confirmed last weekend at the German pavilion of the Expo 2010: “We fulfilled our target this year of reducing energy consumption of our vehicles sold in China by 20 percent, compared to 2005. Long-term growth can be feasible only with a concurrent preservation of resources.”
The company granted the business delegation of 90 who were travelling with the prime minister a vista on the future, presenting a pure electrically driven prototype of the Volkswagen Lavida success model that has been specially developed for China. “The Lavida blue-e-motion not only stands for an innovative electric drive technology but for an intensive exchange in vehicle development between the engineers here in China and in Germany as well,” said Jörn Hasenfuss, Deputy Managing Director of Shanghai Volkswagen. There is always an international team standing behind the innovations at Volkswagen. That’s why Volkswagen will mass-produce the first pure electrically powered vehicles not just in Europe but also in China in 2013.
Volkswagen at the Expo
Volkswagen has brought 3,650 new Touran taxis to the streets especially for the fair, which catch the eyes of everybody immediately with their conspicuous Expo special paintwork. In addition, the company provides the German pavilion with a total of six vehicles, from the Phaeton to the Touran. Three Volkswagen T5 Multivans and a Phaeton are in use for co-workers and guests of the Austrian pavilion. Beyond that, the automotive manufacturer is supporting the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Chamber of Foreign Trade with a total of nine vehicles within the scope of the Expo 2010.