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March 23, 2021

Volkswagen Will Stop Developing Gasoline, Diesel Engines

Volkswagen will not be developing any new internal combustion engines globally. This, as the carmaker shifts its focus to battery-powered cars.

In an interview, Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstaetter says that they will not be launching any new engine family. Instead, realizing that they still need traditional powertrains for “a certain time” they will further develop existing engines, and prepare them for new emissions standards such as Euro 7.

Under Volkswagen’s “Accelerate” strategy, they expect full-electric vehicles to account for more than 70 percent of its European vehicle sales by 2030, compared with a previous target of 35 percent. In the U.S. and China, the brand is targeting a market share of more than 50 percent for full-electric vehicles by 2030.

Separately, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann said earlier this month that the brand will not develop new combustion engines but will adapt existing internal combustion engines to new emissions guidelines, including for the upcoming for the new generations of its best-selling cars, the A4 and A6 sedans, and Q5 SUV.

Previously, the Volkswagen Group planned to introduce its last combustion engine platform in 2026, with a lifecycle that would end in 2040. It’s not clear whether that timing will be changed.

VW and Audi are Volkswagen Group’s most important engine manufacturers in VW Group, supplying sister brands Skoda and Seat.

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