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When you're Europe's largest automaker and your largest global market happens to be the one most notorious for its pollution (China), some solutions just present themselves. Volkswagen may be heeding that call. During the upcoming Beijing Motor Show, the company is expected to announce plans to produce plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in China, Reuters says, citing sources within the company.

Few details have emerged, though the plug-ins will likely be produced at VW's Foshan factory in South China, which currently makes the Golf and Audi A3 and has plans to eventually make 600,000 vehicles annually. News has been percolating for a while, as Oliver Schmidt, general manager engineering and environmental office for Volkswagen Group of America, said last March that the company was planning at least two plug-in hybrid lines under the VW badge (and another three with its Audi and Porsche affiliates), including possibly a Touareg and Jetta PHEV. VW said late last month that it was looking to speed up development of "particularly eco-friendly models" made by Shanghai Volkswagen as well as developing a "new, very eco-friendly vehicle" with First Automotive Works (FAW).

Earlier this year, VW unveiled its Golf GTE plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show. That model has a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor to provide 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The car can travel as many as 81 miles on electric power alone.


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      AndY1
      • 2 Months Ago
      The e-Golf can travel 81 miles, not the PHEV GTE Golf, you're talking about in the article. The GTE Golf has an all-electric range of 31 miles.
        DarylMc
        • 2 Months Ago
        @AndY1
        It did have me wondering what on earth size battery they had fitted to the PHEV so thanks for pointing it out.
        DarylMc
        • 2 Months Ago
        @AndY1
        Hi AndY1 I don't think even the USA's consumption testing methods will bring the electric Golf down to 81 miles. Probably just a typo.
      DarylMc
      • 2 Months Ago
      From the Reuters source article "Production is likely to be at its new assembly plant in Foshan, southern China, the sources told Reuters on condition they not be identified because the plans are still confidential. VW declined to comment" Whatever VW says they are going to do regarding EV's or hybrids is viewed with a bit of scepticism here. So I don't even know where to start with something they haven't even said. That and the typo on the PHEV does not make for good reading.