Berlin: VW affirming I.D. family, plans electric car sharing
The I.D. Vizzion premiere today in Berlin saw a confident Jürgen Stackmann, member of the board for the Volkswagen brand, affirming their electric mobility schedule. He also announced the launch of an all-electric car sharing with I.D. vehicles based on the new VW platform WE.Weiterlesen
Jürgen Stackmann, Bodo Albrecht.
“Chinese brands put some pressure on us, but I don’t think they can cut prices to the levels we cannot bear.”
Jürgen Stackmann, head of global sales and marketing for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, does not worry about competition from China’s domestic carmakers, but affirms that VW’s (price) strategy will allow the company to gain its desired market share.
“As to fuel cell cars, I think the race in the light vehicle sector has been lost to battery electric. It’s a “Betamax” moment.”
Bodo Albrecht, chair of the International Precious Metals Institute, predicts that the world will see a tipping point towards electrification by 2040. A development with devastating consequences for the platinum group metals demand, he adds.
Jürgen Stackmann, Maurizio Reggiani.
“I think the formula of GTI will change – it will not be the same formula that took us here. But to have an exhilarating, fun to own, fun to drive car, with electric cars it is possible to deliver that.”
Volkswagen’s sales and marketing boss Jürgen Stackmann believes that an all-electric Golf GTI is a realistic possibility. Performance goes electric.
“It is fair to say the Urus will be the first Lamborghini that will adopt a PHEV system.”
Lamborghini R&D boss Maurizio Reggiani confirms that the SUV could pave the way for a change in drivetrain technology for Lamborghini. But he added that right now, the technology is still too heavy to use in a super sports car.
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Jurgen Stackmann, Alan Batey, Frank Welsch.
“One million looked at today is an optimistic view, but the view I have is very different. The technology will get acceptance if the whole package is accepted. ”
Volkswagen sales boss Jurgen Stackmann knows that the goal of selling one million EVs per year from 2025 may seem unattainable at this point, but he is certain that electric cars will become a mainstream choice in the coming years, making the “one million” a real possibility.
“We’re in business to make money and we need to put vehicles into markets where we believe there’s a commercial opportunity. Planting a flag just so that you can stand at a show and say ‘look, we’re global, we sell it anywhere,’ that’s not something that really excites me. ”
General Motors North American boss Alan Batey says, Australians will be left wanting. He confirmed that there will be no right-hand version of the Chevrolet Bolt for the market Down Under.
“More than half of all the models definitively planned on this architecture are not Volkswagens.”
VW development chief Frank Welsch explains that the VW Group’s MEB platform is drawing interest from other VW brands that want to use it to construct their own electric vehicles.
Jürgen Stackmann, Martin Murray, Li Keqiang.
“Paris marks the start of a new era for Volkswagen.”
VW sales director Jürgen Stackmann talks about the concept announced for the Paris Motor Show, which he dubs as “Das neue Auto” or an electric car for the people. The EV shall be on price par with a comparable diesel model.
“The Qin and Tang are very viable in Shanghai. That has given SAIC and GM the motivation to compete.”
Martin Murray, deputy director for electrification engineering at GM China, underlines GM’s ambitions. It looks like the Americans are out to take on BYD head on.
“By bringing a series of products such as, energy storage, solar power, bus, electric truck, taxi, and customer car to Brazil, BYD will cover whole South America market.”
Meanwhile, BYD is off to new shores as the firm’s senior vice president Li Keqiang suggests.
Jürgen Stackmann, Elon Musk.
“I think electric and mixed systems are unavoidable in the future. It’s costly and the infrastructure isn’t there yet, but small cars [like the Ibiza] are perfect for hybrid and electric.”
Seat CEO Jürgen Stackmann considers an electrified future that might happen by 2020. However, at Seat cost is a crucial factor and he did not specify a date for the emergence of a new and potentially electrified Ibiza yet.
“The Tesla price is based on a roughly 20-25 percent mark-up on our cost of production.”
Elon Musk tries to explain why free supercharging will not be included in the base price of the Model 3 and adds that the 25 percent “has to cover all of our sales costs, and the overhead and the engineering and the R&D.”
Rupert Stadler, Jürgen Stackmann, Jim Lentz.
“The burden resulting from the diesel issue has not been relieved.”
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler admitted in front of the firm’s shareholders that the VW Group was still feeling the repercussions of the manipulation scandal. Nevertheless, the VW board plans to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of both the management and supervisory board for last year.
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“What’s clear is that today we have expertise in hugely complex areas, like developing engines and gearboxes, that start-up companies will not have to worry about, because electrical powertrains require a different kind of complexity. There could be a race between the hardware and software makers to find out who emerges on top in the car industry.”
Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen’s head of sales and marketing, believes the company is well prepared to advance electric and autonomous cars, especially as the established carmakers are “well practiced” in meeting and keeping quality standards (oh, the irony).
“Consumers, while I think they love the idea of a high-tech car that’s very green, they still want a car that acts like what they are driving today.”
Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America positions the fuel-cell-powered Mirai as a Tesla alternative. For now, however, it is missing the equivalent of a Supercharger network.
Jürgen Stackmann, Marco Toro.
“Plug-in hybrids make sense, although Seat will not be a forerunner with electric vehicles.”
Jürgen Stackmann, former Seat CEO and newly appointed sales and marketing boss at Volkswagen, says believes Audi is better positioned for electrification of the portfolio, since “their owners have garages.”
“Based on the infrastructure available in best-selling markets, it’s clear that electric vehicle drivers will need access to as many as 3,500 additional chargers by 2020, if we’re to replicate the success of more mature EV markets.”
Marco Toro, Executive Managing Director at Nissan Iberia, has clear ideas about what is needed for EVs to succeed in Spain – infrastructure, and a lot of it.
Torsten Mueller-Oetoes, Amedeo Felis, Jürgen Stackmann.
“Suppose we find a battery technology that can offer ranges that are acceptable to our customers, I can definitely imagine a fully electric Rolls-Royce.”
Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes hinted that if battery technology improves, a fully-electric Rolls-Royce model could become reality. However, RR hasn’t made a final decision on producing an EV or even a plug-in hybrid car yet.
“One of the characteristics of Ferraris is the sound of the engine, and an electric car makes no sound.”
For that simple reason Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felis rules out the possibility of developing an all-electric car, he told reporters at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
“I have absolutely zero demand for a fully electric car for my customers.”
According to Seat CEO Jürgen Stackmann, we also won’t see an all-electric Seat in the foreseeable future. He says the manufacturer will look at pure EVs “in 2020 and beyond, because that is what the European Union wants [them] to do.”
Jürgen Stackmann, Carlos Ghosn, Gisela Golling.
“It’s a question of time not a question of if the brand will turn electric. But currently we have zero demand for electric cars.”
Seat CEO Jürgen Stackmann says that the company will not look into electrification or even hybridisation until 2020, and then only because it needs to comply with EU regulations. For now, the technology is just too expensive.
“In a few years, we will have three to four times the range [in road cars] and the anxiety will go away.”
Carlos Ghosn, head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, is positive about the future of electric cars. Even though sales might not have lived up to predictions so far, Ghosn believes that the day of the electric car is yet to come.
“I think hybrid is a thing which depends on the customer. We have to have a big market for hybrids, then we can offer a hybrid.”
Gisela Golling, head of systems and functions at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, told CarAdvice that VW’s T6 could be hybridised anytime, but that VW awaits customer demand. Why they don’t think the market Toyota has been serving for 15 years is big enough – we don’t know.
David Richards, Peter Savagian, Jürgen Stackmann.
“Why would you carry two engines around? I certainly can’t see that in a performance brand. I can’t see the justification for a hybrid version at all.”
While others make money and create a stir with their super hybrids, Aston Martin mastermind David Richards dampens hopes that the British carmaker will look to electrify its vehicles.
“We were real anxious to see if what we assumed was correct. We got some surprise there, and the biggest one was that people really want to drive electrically and they seek out opportunities to charge. In fact, they charge more than once a day, on average.”
Peter Savagian, GM’s general director of electric and hybrid vehicles talks about the experiences made with the Chevy Volt so far. When it was first introduced, GM assumed people would not drive electric as much as they actually do.
“Our customers usually have just one car in the household, and we are about value. Sure we could quickly implement that technology because we’re in the Group, but for the moment I’d like use to stay focussed.”
Head of Seat Jürgen Stackmann does not believe in the electrification of his brand (yet).