The best from the Frankfurt auto show

Marcus Newton
September 14, 2017

The German automaker said it will spend more than €50 billion ($60 billion) on battery cells as it pushes to electrify all 300 models in its range by 2030.

Every auto made by the VW Group umbrella - including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Seat, and Skoda - will eventually have a fully or partially electric counterpart and 80 new all-electric vehicles will be on the market by 2025.

By 2025, Volkswagen plans to offer 80 new electric vehicles across its group and sub-brands, which include Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and the Volkswagen brand itself. "The transformation in our industry is unstoppable. This is not some vague declaration of intent", said CEO Matthias Müller.

Volkswagen says the four-door high-riding coupe will ride on an all-electric 4MOTION all-wheel drive system that is equally at home in a city environment as it is on unpaved trails and will have similar handling properties as the Golf GTI. "People want to have clean air, and we want to make our contribution here".

Among the 23 electric vehicle models that Volkswagen intends to produce by 2025, there will assuredly be utility models.

He said it's not just a matter of what is being offered from manufacturers, but also the electric charging infrastructure.

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"We need to improve profits considerably in the USA", he said, as the automaker prepares for "the next phase" of electric, connected and autonomous vehicles. Crozz concept at Frankfurt and confirmed the all-electric crossover will go into production in 2020 as part of its Strategy 2025 EV roll-out.

Now, it has shown an update to one of those concepts at the Frankfurt motor show, the Volkswagen ID Crozz utility vehicle that debuted in April at the Shanghai auto show.

Automakers will be eager to show off technologies that can help people get around without owning a vehicle.

Even Porsche, part of Volkswagen, didn't wait for the show but showed off its new Cayenne SUV on August 29 with an elaborate streamed event from its base in Stuttgart, Germany.

Yet the Frankfurt show remains a very big deal for the home team: Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz luxury brand, Munich-based BMW AG, and Volkswagen, all of which will have giant display stands.

Volkswagen said its new investments would set the scene for "e-mobility's final breakthrough".

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