Volkswagen promised not to leave the engine and announced a new generation of engines by 2026December 12, 2018
Volkswagen certainly sees its future and the future of the entire automotive industry in the electrified segment. However, he does not believe that ICE can be buried. Therefore, by 2026 a new generation of VW ICE will be introduced, which will be produced until 2040.
Volkswagen has an ambitious plan to introduce electricity to its future cars. We are not talking about the distant future – the automaker wants by 2025 to release about 20 models of electric cars for sale. Moreover, the new MEB platform should be the basis for 15 million cars. Earlier there were rumors that in 2026 the latest generation of VW ICE will be released. But this is not entirely true, and the production of fossil fuel engines will continue much later.
One of VW’s top managers, Frank Welsh, explained that the company will continue to manufacture internal combustion engines and after 2026, “We will continue to develop a wide range of vehicles on various power sources: gasoline, diesel, electricity, hybrids, and so on. There will be many different solutions and proposals, and they will vary by region. ”
The “last” generation of ICE, announced for 2026, will be produced until 2040, but this does not mean that the history of these engines will end. No one will prevent the company from extending production, modifying engines, or releasing new ones. At a minimum, Ford Windsor V8 engines have evolved over 40 years, and the legendary GM V8 has a history of over 50 years.
In other words, the future of the auto industry will certainly be linked to electricity, but the days of ICE are not yet numbered.