Volkswagen revs engine on carbon cutting pledge

German carmaker Volkswagen has revved up “Herculean” plans to cut carbon by pledging to make its European cars even more environmentally friendly. It is the first carmaker to commit to reducing […]

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By Vicky Ellis

German carmaker Volkswagen has revved up “Herculean” plans to cut carbon by pledging to make its European cars even more environmentally friendly.

It is the first carmaker to commit to reducing the CO2 output of the European new car fleet to 95 grams per kilometre by 2020. The car group revealed its ambitious target ahead of the Geneva Motor Show this week (pictured).

Professor Dr Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Volkswagen Group said of the target: “That corresponds to a fuel consumption of less than 4 litres – across all segments and vehicle classes. This is a Herculean task calling for the best efforts of all our 40,000 developers. We can do it.”

Winterkorn also stated that Volkswagen would reach its self-imposed target of reducing the CO2 output of its European new vehicle fleet to less than 120 gram per kilometre by 2015. He added the group is “systematically pursuing” plug-in hybrid technology – i.e. cars which can switch betwee fuel and electricity.

The Volkswagen Group has a target of making all 100 production facilities throughout the world 25% more “environmentally compatible” by 2018.