Volkswagen Presents World’s Largest Low-CO2 Fleet

Jul 2, 2015 2:00 PM ET

Along with the new sustainability report Volkswagen Group for the first time presents the largest low-CO2 fleet worldwide comprising 57 model variants.

Before the European policy set its CO2 benchmarks for 2020, Volkswagen as the world’s first automaker had already committed itself to the ambitious goal of reducing its European new-car fleet-average emissions to 95 g CO2/km by that year. The 57 model variants mentioned above already meet these standards and achieve an impressive mileage of more than 57 mpg (gasoline: over 57 mpg, diesel: over 65 mpg). The XL1 for example is able to travel 100 km on one litre of diesel which equals an astonishing 313 mpg.

In its powertrain and fuel strategy Volkswagen relies on a wide range of efficient, affordable and practical technologies like gasoline, clean diesel and battery power as well as CNG and plug-in hybrids. This variety in powertrains can be traced back to the Modular Transverse Matrix, also known by its German abbreviation MQB.

The MQB offers a uniform technical framework for many future Volkswagen Group vehicles with a transverse engine. It enables the use of identical components in different models, reducing both development costs and production times. It is used by multiple Group brands to build different categories of vehicles on one and the same production line.

By now the Volkswagen Group is the world’s leading powertrain innovator. Between now and 2019, Volkswagen is set to invest the enormous sum of €85.6 billion in new models, environmentally compatible drive technologies and optimized production processes. These investments are essential to prepare the automaker for global challenges, regulatory requirements and new customer wishes, and to extend Volkswagen Group’s innovation and technology leadership.

The Group’s new CSR report provides further insight into the automaker’s approach to sustainability and is available at