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THINK AHEAD

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Receiving more medals, awards, titles and numerous environmentally friendly innovations are shaping the image of the Volkswagen Group in 2015 too.

a leader in research.

At £8.3 billion, the sum invested last year by Volkswagen in research and development was more than ever before – and more than any other company worldwide. The money was mainly invested in electromobility and digitalisation of vehicles, in factories and retail. Worldwide, Volkswagen employs 46,000 researchers and developers and more than 10,000 IT experts who are working on the mobility of the future, such as alternative drive concepts.

from lecture hall to Hockenheimring.

With the support of Volkswagen, seven higher education teams began their preparation for the Formula Student Germany competition. The students design their own race cars in which they compete against entrants from all over the world. The Formula Student Germany is being held from 28 July to 2 August 2015 at the Hockenheimring.

awards for blue projects.

For the second time, Volkswagen Research and Development presented the “Think Blue. Engineering. Awards” to ecologically committed employees. Among other things, a prize was awarded for the development of an electromechanical brake booster that reduces consumption and CO₂ emissions. An award was also given for the further development of the lightweight strategy of the structural development. The “Abgasmessungen Europa” (Emissions measurements for Europe) team received an award for the modernisation of emissions roller dynamometers for saving energy and cutting emissions.

electric initiative for china.

In the strategically important market of China, Volkswagen is planning an extensive electric offensive. By 2018, 20 new models with alternative drives will be launched on the Chinese market, and the majority will be produced locally. During the visit of China’s Vice Premier Ma Kai to the Group’s Wolfsburg headquarters, Volkswagen boss Prof Martin Winterkorn provided him with extensive information on the initiative for environmentally friendly mobility.