Ranier Michel on the Volkswagen Jetta hybrid

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 it’s 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.

About the Author:

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 member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.