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:

L ou Ann Hammond has a work history in the energy and transportation field. Starting with Chevron Corp. in finance and accounting from 1978 to 1986. Hammond was exposed to the accounting, selling, management, and transportation of petroleum and all the alternative energies Chevron explored for during the turbulent 1970s. Hammond is the founder and owner of the first privately owned automobile website www.carlist.com. Carlist is the longest running used car database, since 1986, even prior to the Internet. Hammond's most recent website, www.drivingthenation.com, covers a broader range of subjects than solely the automotive or the energy industry. Driving the Nation encompasses both automotive and energy issues to show the audience how dependent we are on both. Hammond's varied background in the petroleum and automotive industry gives her an analyst insight into the myriad levels of automobile and energy topics.