When Martin Winterkorn took over for Wolfgang Bernhard very recently
, he examined the next versions of the Rabbit and VW's other models hybrid
plans and immediately put them on hold. An unnamed VW executive says, "the hybrid business case doesn't work out, no matter how you look at it." Toyota might have something to say about that thought...
The hybrid Touareg apparently is still on track to be the first VW hybrid, and is expected to be on sale in 2008. Winterkorn also is planning to delay the release of their next Rabbit, citing design changes. It is being reported
that Winterkorn did not like the large air openings on the redesigned car.