Volkswagen plans to reduce fuel consumption of its new vehicle fleet to meet the EU-promoted 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer by 2020, reports Casey Volkswagen of Newport News, Virginia.
Online PR News – 30-March-2013 – Newport News, VA – The Volkswagen Group announced that it will take on the EU legislation challenge of achieving a new vehicle fleet with an average of 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer by 2020. This announcement was made at the beginning of the Geneva Motor Show on March 4, 2013, giving the German automaker just under seven years to reach this goal.
“I guarantee that we will do everything in our power to reach carbon dioxide emissions of 95 grams without any reservations,” stated Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Executive Board, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, at the initial top-level meeting with Brigitte Behrens, Greenpeace Chief Executive Director, on March 21, 2013, in Hanover. “However, this will only be possible if customers accept our advanced alternative powertrains. This is of course our objective.”
Volkswagen is the first automaker to commit to the task of meeting the target set by the EU. Independent environmental protection agency, Greenpeace, which has had an at times confrontational relationship with Volkswagen, is now promoting the work of the German car manufacturer.
Behrens stated, “This is a decision in favor of climate protection and a key signal for committing to the protection of the environment and society and the series production of climate-friendly technical solutions. We will remain in dialogue with Volkswagen, also as regards mobility concepts for the future.”
The EU targets will likely be reflected in China and the U.S., in which Volkswagen already has growing markets. Being one step ahead is an advantage for the car company, according to Casey Volkswagen representatives.
Not only will reduced emissions protect the climate, but they will also improve the EU economy, according to the EU report. It states, “There is a direct benefit to GDP from reduced imports of fossil fuels, which improves the trade balance.” The report goes on to argue that decreased fuel prices increases household incomes and that businesses will be given ““a boost to competitiveness against foreign firms.”
For more information on U.S. regulations on fuel consumption, or for more information on the fuel-efficient Volkswagen lineup, drivers can visit Casey Volkswagen in Newport News, Virginia.
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