Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

VW Raises Bar on Sustainability; Carmaker Group Directs Billions into Meeting Ambitious Environmental Targets at Its Global Manufacturing Plants

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

VW Raises Bar on Sustainability; Carmaker Group Directs Billions into Meeting Ambitious Environmental Targets at Its Global Manufacturing Plants

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THE Volkswagen Group is further raising the bar for environmental protection and has set itself ambitious new sustainability targets.

The group will be spending more than two-thirds of its a[logical not]62.4 billion (AUD$77.4 billion) investment program for the coming five years directly or indirectly in ever more efficient vehicles, new powertrains and technologies as well as environmentally compatible production at its plants all over the world.

aGeneva 2012 marks the start of a fundamental ecological restructuring of the Volkswagen Group,a board of management chairman Prof Dr Martin Winterkorn said at the Geneva International Motor Show.

aOur declared goal is to make Volkswagen the leading automaker in ecological terms too.a

Mr Winterkorn said Volkswagen stood for responsible conduct towards employees, society and the environment.

aThat is the fundamental element and core of our Strategy 2018. To take pole position and to sustain that lead over the long term, you have to understand all these dimensions of our business and to practise them convincingly at every level.a

He said the group would be reducing CO2 emissions by its European new vehicle fleet by 30% during the period 2006-2015.

aAs a result, emissions by the Volkswagen Group fleet in 2015 will be below the important threshold of 120g CO2/km for the first time.a

Every new model generation would on average be 10-15% more efficient than its predecessor, Mr Winterkorn said.

Modular Toolkit

Mr Winterkorn said the Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB) would make significant improvements in efficiency and alternative powertrain technologies accessible across all brands and segments.

aBased on the MQB, the Volkswagen Group's efficiency technologies will be available as standard in all new models over the coming years. The next big milestones this year are the Audi A3 and our best-selling model, the Golf. …

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