Volkswagen’s Vice President of Product Marketing & Strategy, Ranier Michel, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the Volkswagen Jetta hybrid and all things electric.

Michel says the hybrid will attract customers that aren’t as interested in a diesel vehicle, but still wants a fuel efficient Jetta.

The Volkswagen Jetta hybrid is the first hybrid that has a seven-speed dual clutch and the first turbocharged direct injection engine.

The e-motor is different in the Jetta hybrid than the Audi Q5 or VW Touareg hybrid. How?

By 2014 there will be a Volkswagen e-Golf.

When will we see the first plug-in electric vehicle come to the market? Michel says that with the Volkswagen Group MQB platform it is the company’s strategy to make that platform a shared technology. With its transversal components that has come out in the Golf the platform will allow other technologies to be shared, such as the plug-in electric vehicle.

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