An executive shuffle in the Volkswagen Group sees Dr. Rudolf Krebs take over as the Group Chief Officer for Electric Traction. Dr. Krebs takes over the job from Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, who is headed to China to take over all of VW's operations there. Krebs has his work cut out for him in Europe, as Volkswagen has recently announced a very aggressive program for rolling out a range of electric and hybrid vehicles by 2013.

Following this year's introduction of the Touareg hybrid, Volkswagen will be adding hybrid variants of the Jetta, Passat and Golf over the next two years. 2013 will bring full battery electric versions of the Up! minicar as well as the Golf and Jetta. Audi and Porsche are also getting electrified with the Q5, Cayenne and Panamera all getting hybrid versions and a limited run of R8-based e-Trons in 2012. Porsche is also considering production of the 918 Spyder that debuted as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show this year. Krebs takes on his job September 1.



[Source: Volkswagen]

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