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Automotiveinnovations Award 2018: Volkswagen Honored as The Most Innovative High-Volume Brand

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Ernst Hofmann and Dr Wolfgang Demmelbauer-Ebner accepted the awards for Volkswagen

• Prestigious award presented to the brand by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

• Other awards received in the categories Alternative Drives, Autonomous Driving and Safety and Conventional Drives

MILTON KEYNES, England - June 13, 2018: The Volkswagen brand has been named the Most Innovative High-volume Brand for the third time in a row. The Group’s core brand was also presented with other awards in the categories ‘Alternative Drives’, ‘Autonomous Driving’ and ‘Safety and Conventional Drives’. The awards are presented annually by the Center of Automotive Management (an independent scientific institute), in cooperation with audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The award decisions are based on the study AutomotiveINNOVATIONS, a jointly conducted study that has been analysing the innovation profiles and future trends of various automotive brands for the past seven years within the context of technical vehicle innovations.

Dr Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management for Volkswagen Passenger Cars with responsibility for Technical Development: “We are continuing to develop the vehicle as a joint effort and want to make the latest innovations available to all car drivers. These awards are due to the entire global developer team at Volkswagen. They work day in, day out to ensure we can enter this technology into series production in future.”

The jury pointed to the fact that Volkswagen developed 62 individual innovations during the previous year as proof that the company is the most innovative high-volume brand in the automotive industry. The official statement issued by CAM and PwC went on to state that “at 26 per cent, Volkswagen has the highest share of global innovations among high-volume brands.” Highlighted as prime examples were the Volkswagen Arteon for its optional Emergency Assist 2.0 system with lane change function, the concept of the Arteon as a four-door coupé in the upper mid-range segment, the Golf 1.5 TSI¹ with its eco-coasting feature (where the engine is switched off), and the petrol particle filter fitted in the Volkswagen up! GTI².

Ten Volkswagen innovations highlighted by the study led the brand to win the award in the Alternative Drives segment. According to CAM, innovations that stood out in particular included the revamped Volkswagen e-Golf³ with its significantly improved range and power (an added 15 kW / 20 PS) and the natural gas version of the Polo⁴ (TGI), which has low CO₂ emissions.

The Volkswagen brand’s pioneering character was also lauded in the Autonomous Driving and Safety category, with the jury singling out the Arteon, which is the first model to be fitted with a second-generation emergency assistance system. The parameters of this system enable it to warn other road users if the driver is incapacitated due to health reasons, and then automatically guide the vehicle into the right lane and bring it to a halt.

In this year’s study, Volkswagen also came out on top of the high-volume brand ranking for the Conventional Drives category, with seven innovations to its name. Key innovations highlighted by the jury for this category include the brand’s research into a double-SCR catalytic converter (a world first) and the installation of a petrol particulate filter in the up! GTI and the Volkswagen Arteon, a first for the mini-car model segment and one that results in major improvements to fuel consumption.

Professor Stefan Bratzel is the head of the Center of Automotive Management, located in Bergisch Gladbach. Each year for the past seven years, the independent scientific institute for empirical automotive and mobility research has – with support from PricewaterhouseCoopers – honoured the most innovative automobile manufacturers in the world. A total of 60 international automotive brands were assessed as part of this year’s study.

¹Golf 1.5 TSI ACT BlueMotion dual clutch gearbox (96 kW/130 PS) fuel consumption in l/100 km (NEDC): urban 6.2-6.1 / extra-urban 4.2–4.1 / combined 4.9 4.8; CO2 emissions (combined) in g/km: 113-110, efficiency class: B A.

²up! GTI 1.0 TSI, 85 kW / fuel consumption in l/100 km (WLTP): combined 5.7–5.6; CO2 emissions in g/km: 129–127 (combined). Fuel consumption in l/100 km (NEDC): urban 6.0 / extra-urban 4.1 / combined 4.8; CO2 emissions in g/km: 110 (combined), efficiency class: C.

³e-Golf: electricity consumption, kWh/100 km (NEDC): combined 12.7; CO₂ emissions combined, g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+.

⁴Polo TGI (66 kW/90 PS) fuel consumption in kg/100 km (NEDC): 4.2–4.0 urban, 2.7–2.5 extra-urban, 3.2–3.0 combined; CO2 emissions in g/km: 87–84 (combined); efficiency class: A+.