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Volkswagen Group of America to Showcase Fuel Cell Vehicles at the State Capitol

-- Cutting-edge technology used at Beijing Olympics will make its California debut --

Volkswagen Group of America will showcase its Passat Lingyu fuel cell vehicles at the State Capitol on Wednesday, June 3, 2009. The Passat Lingyu is a zero-emission vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that can go up to 90 mph and up to 140 miles before a refueling. In light of new federal greenhouse gas regulations, California's new Low Carbon Fuels Standard and regulations due to AB 32, these vehicles are one example of a potential zero-emission car of the future. The Passat Lingyu debuted during the Olympic Games in Beijing, China and traveled more than 50,000 miles with zero emissions.

Members of the media are invited to a presentation on Volkswagen Group's advanced technologies and a test drive of the vehicles. To schedule a test drive time slot, please contact Amy Thoma at or by calling 916-551-1383.

      WHO:    Volkswagen Group of America
      WHAT:   Debut Passat Lingyu Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle in California
      WHEN:   Wednesday, June 3, 2009
              Breakfast and Presentation 8:30-10:00 AM
              Ride and Drive 10:00AM - 2:00PM
      WHERE:  Breakfast and Presentation: 6th floor cafeteria
              East Wing, Capitol Building
              Ride and Drive: L Street between 11th and 12th

  About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, the world's third largest automaker and the largest carmaker in Europe. It houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va.

Volkswagen Group of America brings to the U.S. vehicles that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and environmentally sound automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes.

The company has approximately 2,500 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through an 800-strong dealer network. With increasing popularity for its brands in the U.S., the company has set the goal of reaching one million car sales in the country by 2018.

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  Contact: Sheriece Matias

  /PRNewswire - May 28/