TodaySeptember 27, 2021

Ranier Michel on the Volkswagen Jetta hybrid

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 have 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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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.