A GOLF GTE in Norway has become the 150 millionth Volkswagen to be delivered.
The plug-in hybrid version of the German car manufacturer’s popular hatchback rolled off the production line at VW’s main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, in August, before being delivered to a customer on the outskirts of the Norwegian capital Oslo.
That this milestone vehicle should be a hybrid is symbolic for Volkswagen – the company is pushing investment in electrified vehicles as it rebounds from the diesel emissions scandal that was uncovered in 2015.
Volkswagen had been fitting its diesel cars with software that could trick emissions testing systems into registering a lower reading. However, since then it has switched its focus towards electrified drivetrains.
Wolf-Stefan Specht, head of sales in Europe at the Volkswagen brand, said: “The 150 millionth Volkswagen symbolises the brand’s long tradition.
“At the same time, the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid offers a glimpse of the future of mobility at Volkswagen.”
In September, the VW Group revealed its Roadmap E initiative, which will see it bring 80 new electric vehicle models to the market by 2025. It aims to have an electric or hybrid option for every model offered by every manufacturer within the group by 2030.
The group will invest €20 billion (circa £17.8bn) by 2030 into building electrified vehicles, upgrading factories and improving charging infrastructure.