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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

Volkswagen Passenger Cars is aiming to make people’s lives better with its vehicles, technologies and mobility concepts. In a continuously challenging market environment, the brand delivered 5.8 million vehicles in the reporting year. This represents a 4.8% year-on-year decline, which can largely be attributed to the markets in Brazil, China and Russia. Vehicle sales trends in Europe were encouraging. In the 2015 financial year, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand launched the new generation of the versatile Touran and presented the Tiguan’s successor. The Passat GTE expanded the range of plug-in hybrid vehicles. And the popular Polo celebrated its 40th birthday in the reporting period.

Since September 2015, the diesel emissions issue has had a significant impact on the brand.

2015 Highlights

Think Blue. Factory.

“Think Blue. Factory.” is a holistic corporate program that integrates the ecological and economic objectives of the Volkswagen brand. “Think Blue. Factory.” allows Volkswagen as a whole to systematically reduce its environmental impact while at the same time generating nine-figure euro savings. That’s why for Volkswagen employees, blue is the color of efficiency.

Volkswagen is looking to further reduce the environmental impact of production processes. By 2018, the Company is targeting a 25% reduction in energy and water consumption, waste output, and solvent and CO2 emissions per vehicle or component produced at all plants operated by Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands worldwide, compared with the 2010 baseline.

The plants use standardized indicators to measure and regularly report their achievements and current status, allowing progress and required actions to be analyzed precisely and tracked continuously. Each plant has prepared its own individual action plan for projects through 2018, based on identical methods and processes.

Measures implemented to date have already achieved savings in excess of 100 million euros.

“inside” – Volkswagen launches international employee magazine

In December 2015, the Volkswagen brand published the first issue of its new employee magazine. Appearing both online and in print, initially in German and in English, “inside” is aimed at all employees at all Volkswagen brand plants around the world. The first print edition was distributed at more than 30 locations on December 14. Since then, “inside” has appeared every two weeks, providing employees with up-to-date, comprehensive information on all brand-related developments and showcasing international topics.

Large-format infographics make up a significant part of the magazine, providing context and making the publication more readable. The innovative front page of the print edition provides a visual link to the online version, http://inside.volkswagen.com, where stories from the print edition are explored in more detail, supplemented by the latest news, photos and videos.

VW Tiguan GTE (concept car 2015)

Tiguan concept car with plug-in hybrid drive

At the IAA International Motor Show, Volkswagen showed what direction the Tiguan might take in the future: the Tiguan GTE is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. Presented as a concept vehicle, this Tiguan GTE has a peak power output of 160 kW / 218 hp, and can be driven for up to 50 km in “E-Mode” – that is, as an all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle. Its average fuel consumption (combined) is a mere 1.9 l/100 km, which equates to CO2 emissions of just 42 g/km.

The comparatively long driving range in electric mode is due both to the 13 kWh lithium-ion battery, which can also be charged externally, and to a solar module built into the roof – a world first. Under ideal conditions, which will depend on regional solar radiation levels, the energy generated by the solar module is sufficient to extend the Tiguan GTE’s driving range by up to 1,000 km per year (Germany 500 km, southern Europe 800 to 1,000 km).

Other Projects

“Wanderjahre” qualification program

Since 2006, Volkswagen has offered 500 employees at the start of their careers the opportunity to participate in our “Wanderjahre” program (the name refers to the traditional practice of newly qualified craftsman travelling the world and acquiring experience). After completing their apprenticeship or dual-education course, young people who can show up to five years of practical experience and above-average performance and potential are eligible for the program.

Forty-two Volkswagen Group locations in 18 countries are currently taking part in the program, which enables the young participants to gain international experience by spending 12 months working for a Group company in another country.

While abroad, participants work in production or a specialist area and receive guidance from local mentors. German employees may spend the year in countries such as Argentina, China, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain or the USA – and participants from other countries may come to Germany. At present, 79 employees from Germany and other countries are travelling the globe with the program. 

Awards

Two winners at AUTO TEST 2015:

The Eco-up! (in the small car category) and the Golf GTE (in the compact class) were announced to be the most environmentally friendly cars in their categories. The award is presented by AUTO TEST and the independent environmental research institution ÖKOTREND.

Leading position in the 2015 environmentally friendly car list of the Swiss Transport Club (Verkehrs Club Schweiz VCS):

The eco-up! was awarded first place in all classes due its moderate noise levels and excellent climate protection figures. 

Five stars at ADAC EcoTest:

The Golf TGI BlueMotion and the Eco-up! as natural gas vehicles and the electric vehicle E-up! scored the top rating.

Top score in the electric vehicle car list 2015 of the German Automobile Association (Verkehrsclub Deutschland e.V. VCD):

The E-up! won in the electricity consumption category.