Volkswagen AG to introduce seven plug-in hybrid cars



Volkswagen Group has announced the plans of introducing seven plug-in hybrid cars in the coming year. As per the “e-mobility matrix” of Volkswagen, it is revealed that the company will launch minimum seven more eco-friendly models next year.

This was disclosed as part of the long term plans of the company for the coming years incorporating its three biggest brands including Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche. The plans were partially revealed in a hand-out provided to the media during the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show by the automaker.

To start with Audi will first introduce A3, A6, A8 and Q7 e-tron models. However, there are no specifications mentioned in particular except the ones already known about the A3 model. These include a plug-in hybrid with a 150 hp petrol engine of 1.4-liter TFSI. This is coupled with a 102 hp electric motor. The engine is equipped to give a combined maximum output of 204 hp and 350 Nm of torque.

It seems the current trend at Volkswagen Group is shifting from standard hybrids to PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles).  This is evident from the new models introduced by both Porsche and Volkswagen. It is likely that the upcoming Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid will also feature the identical plug-in hybrid powertrain like that of the Panamera S E-Hybrid. This is turn clears that customers can expect to use a 320 hp with 3.0-liter V6 engine. Moreover, it will consist of a 95 hp electric motor and a 9.4 kWh lithium-ion battery.

Volkswagen is also ready with some models on the way such as the new Golf TwinDrive and Passat TwinDrive. There is hardly any information available about these two models so we cannot reveal any specifications. However, it is expected that the two cars might use the powertrain from the A3 e-tron. The Passat might additionally feature a higher output from the engines just to compensate for its bigger form.

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