Volkswagen planning massive expansion of plug-in hybrids for all brands - Golf to get plug-in hybrid for 2014
Not really surprising especially with even the high end VW brands now incorporating plug-in technology such as Porsche with their 918 Spyder
. More cars in the VW portfolio will be going the plug-in hybrid offering as the MKVII Volkswagen Golf is set to receive the technology in 2014. VW's head of electric development Rudolf Krebs stated, "Plug-in hybrids offer the best of the two worlds (of purely electric drives and combustion engines. This technology will soon be visible on the roads."
Volkswagen used to favor efficient diesels but with the success of hybrids as well as pressure from competitors they will be moving more and more into the plug-in market. "The planned offensive on plug-in hybrids will become a core element of our future strategy," stated Krebs.
Volkswagen is likely right with this strategy as sales of plug-in hybrid cars are expected to increase eight-fold from 2013 to 2018. So the Golf will be getting a plug-in hybrid variant along with the Passat, Audi Q7, Audi A6, Audi A8, Audi A3, and Porsche Cayenne. Expect to see most manufacturers adopt strategy.