VW grabs our attention with a press release titled, "We have launched the biggest change process in Volkswagen's history."

The Volkswagen Group is trying to make us all forget about the messy Dieselgate, and now it has outlined how it actually plans on doing that. Speaking at the annual shareholders meeting in Hanover, CEO Matthias Müller detailed the company’s new “TOGETHER - Strategy 2025.” Here are the most important details revealed by the man in charge at VW.

First things first, Volkswagen Auto Group has set an objective to launch more than 30 entirely electric cars by 2025 to help achieve annual EV sales of 2-3 million units. According to Wolfsburg’s math, this number will represent about a quarter of the total sales. The electric push is part of the company’s desire to “make e-mobility a new hallmark of Volkswagen" while still showing its love for combustion engines. That makes sense since VW estimates ICE-powered vehicles will still account for two-thirds of new car sales in 2030.

Speaking of cars fitted with conventional engines, the plan is to make them more eco-friendly by fitting the gasoline TSI and TFSI units with particulate filters. From June 2017, the Audi A5 and VW Tiguan powered by the 1.4 TSI will lead the way by receiving a gasoline particulate filter which will cut particulate emissions by as much as 90 percent. Further down the line, the target is to have this greener technology on as much as 7 million vehicles sold annually by 2022.

The aforementioned “TOGETHER - Strategy 2025” also refers to autonomous driving technology which is being described as a “key issue” in the company’s metamorphosis. It will be developed for all relevant segments and will require investments of several billions of euros. The first fully autonomous car is scheduled to go on sale at the start of the next decade and will use a self-driving system developed in-house by the group.

Meanwhile, the KBA (Federal Motor Transport Authority) in Germany has recently approved the recall of a further one million vehicles affected by VW’s diesel shenanigans. As a consequence, to date VW has received the green light to recall more than 3.7 million vehicles. In order to avoid a Dieselgate: Part 2, emissions tests are going to be conducted by independent third parties and VW is also planning real-world testing as a move to regain the customer’s trust.

More details can be found in the press release below.

Source: Volkswagen

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