Shanghai, February 20, 2015
No, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn was not in Shanghai. After he has now endured the VW internal power struggle with Ferdinand Piech, it means that he is suffering from the flu. But everything else was represented in Shanghai, which has in VW rank and name. We were there for you.
VW 18 China New Releases
No less than 18 new products, the Group ( 22 to 29 April 2015) brought to kick off the auto show in China. The VW Group has ascended properly, as some of it was commanded by Ducati motorcycles to one truck. For us in Germany not anything new, but already for the Chinese audience.
The next Phaeton? not quite
World premiere had the VW C Coupé GTE, 5.07 meters long, developed exclusively for China and later only there on offer. There are, according to VW development chief Heinz-Jakob Neußer a unique view of the series. Impressive: the luxurious double seats in the rear. When the drive is a plug-in hybrid with a system output of 245 hp and a maximum torque of 500 Newton meters. The consumption is less than 2.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers lie, the electric range of 50 kilometers. As we learned on the edge of the event, the next VW Phaeton will get a similar front and otherwise borrow from the study, but do not act as a coupé-like. The end of 2016, beginning of 2017, the new Phaeton is presented.
Audi with plenty of Hybrid Power
The other news you can see in our pictures route to this product. Here is a brief overview: Audi showed the familiar A3 e-tron. To which might be a long A6 L e-tron, which is available only in China from domestic production. With the Q7 e-tron turbo FSI, the Ingolstadt brought a plug-in hybrid with 367 hp total output that can drive electric 50 kilometers. He goes into the second half of 2016, the Chinese traders. In addition, while the Audi Allroad Prologue, a wagon-coupé with greater ground clearance and insane 734 hp performance of a V8 TSI and an electric motor. The third Prologue study shows how the next A6 Allroad might look like.
Superb should judge it for Skoda
Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer showed the New GT-speed (331 km / h ), the cars Continental GT3, which runs in the GTA racing series with and the study EXP 10 Speed 6, we know from the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015. Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland took some pride with the new Superb sedan to Shanghai. Since the Chinese love nothing place in the back seat of a car, the Superb is of course made for the Chinese clientele. Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann drove the Aventador SV, lighter, more aerodynamically honed version that can be faster than 350 km / h.
New Veyron is even more
Volkswagen trucks brand MAN TGX showed the new D38, tractor for the medium and long haul. The truck draws from a 15.2 - liter six-cylinder up to 640 hp and comes with advanced assistance systems such as lane keeping system and proximity radar. In addition to the VW C Coupé presented GTE VW development chief Heinz-Jakob Neußer also the already known models in our e-Up, e - Golf and Golf GTE, known pure electric car or a plug-in hybrid. The golf GTE will be offered from Chinese production as of summer 2015. Bugatti boss Dürheimer showed again a Veyron, one of the last, since the targeted production of 450 pieces is now sold out. But Dürheimer made appetite for the sequel: "The best can be even better." The successor to a " iconic " sports car with the W16 engine as soul.
Seat also switched to the Far East
Seat - chairman Jürgen stack man brought the SUV study with 20V20 to Shanghai. This should be explored as it arrives at the Chinese audience, because until now the Spanish brand is not yet represented in China. Ducati President Claudio Domenicali went on the relatively new bike " Hypermotard ", which the Italian style and Italian passion in the Chinese market is expected to transport. Porsche, present in China since 2001 showed a rather unspectacular 911 special model called " 911 Style Edition ".
More than just cars
The VW Group evening was rounded off by the appearance of Chinese pop artists. A Chinese youth football team showed their skills and Roy Prager from the football school of VFL Wolfsburg announced future support Chinese junior footballers at. Moreover, even the Wolfsburg newcomer Zhang was on stage, the kicks in the Bundesliga with VFL for three months as the fourth Chinese. His motto: "Quit your dream before. "
Commitment to the Chinese market
In conclusion, VW China chief Jochem Heizmann from a commitment to the Chinese market. For 30 years it was connected with China and wants to offer safer, more fuel-efficient cars than before. To this end, until 2019 invested 22 billion euros with the Chinese partners FAW and SAIC, creating 30,000 new jobs. Volkswagen, with about 3.5 million sales, the number one in China, was just " the peoples car" . ( Ph)