The core VW brand of Volkswagen AG posted a 13% increase in sales to a record 5.1 million units in 2011, attributed mostly to the gains in China, the U.S., Russia and India. However, sales chief Christian Klinger said that 2012 will continue to be “challenging” and so he advised everyone to be cautious. China’s annual sales were the strongest for a single market. VW reported deliveries of 1.72 million cars, about 13.8% higher than the previous year.
U.S. sales of cars with the VW badge rose by 26.3% in 2011 due to the high demand for models such as the new Passat, which racked sales of 324,400 cars. The emerging markets had also grown very strong last year. In India, brand sales had increased by 151% to 76,100 units.
But sales of Russia (considered to be a growing market) had more than doubled to 100.4% in the same period to 118,000 cars. Despite the general drop in European car sales, the VW brand posted sales of 1.72 million units in the region in 2011, an 11.2% increase. This had helped the brand do better than the overall market that increased by 3.6% in the same period.
Volkswagen of America introduced a new ultra-efficient automobile called the Jetta Hybrid. This new car is synergistically powered in an economically green way by an innovative 110 kW/150 PS TSI turbo petrol engine and a 20 kW non-emitting electric motor. The high-tech and efficient 7-speed Volkswagen DSG automatic gearbox controls the power transmission, which impressively propels the car from 0-60 mph within 9 seconds, but with a very low combined fuel usage of 45 mpg. This equates to 20 percent less fuel usage than other equivalently powered sporty saloons with conventional drivetrains.
The Jetta Hybrid driver may choose to go in full electric mode through a simple button press. A top velocity of 44 mph and a maximum range of 1.3 miles (varying on surface and external conditions) can be achieved with no carbon emissions.
Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is the only other model along with the Touareg Hybrid produced by the European automotive market leader to feature a drive module composed of a petrol engine and an electric motor that cooperate to achieve outstanding all-around performance with extreme fuel efficiency. Comfort-wise, with its enhanced TSI, redesigned exhaust system, acoustic windshield, thicker front door windows and other convenience features make it the quietest Volkswagen car in its segment.
TSI – cutting-edge turbo petrol engines
The new Jetta Hybrid will be Volkswagen’s first car in the American market to be partly powered by a 1.4-litre petrol engine. This is a new TSI engine from the company’s internationally lauded line which was named the 2011 Engine of the Year.
Tested and proven on the German Autobahn
New TSI is a compact 1,395 cc four-cylinder engine weighing only 98 kg. It has sold over a million units in Europe. 250 Nm torque is produced from 1,400 rpm at barely idling speed. Its extreme durability has been confirmed through high-speed German Autobahn tests and its top power output exceeds the production of the conventionally powered Jetta’s 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine. Remarkably, the exceptionally quiet TSI is able to maintain maximum torque even at up to 3,500 rpm. Along with the electric motor, the powertrain enables the new VW Jetta Hybrid to perform as a true sporty cruiser.