It has been proclaimed that the VW CEO Martin Winterkorn,wants Volkswagen to be by 2018 the largest car manufacturer in the world. Now VW has even more to one side and wants to be the world’s most sustainable automobile manufacturer in four years.
From the year 2010,a group of people intends to reduce energy and water consumption, reduce waste and emissions (incl. CO2 emissions) over all areas by 25 percent by 2018. How is this possible? “We are dragging them to the remaining four years all the stops of the innovative automobile,” says Winterkorn. This includes the new strategy “Think Blue-engineering”, which takes into account the concept of sustainability already during product development. Specifically: Each new product must be developed so that it considered over the entire life cycle of better environmental properties than its predecessor.
To achieve the ambitious target, VW recognized as the highest-volume brand of the group product side of the electro-mobility (zero-emission and plug-in hybrid models), to increasingly economical combustion engines and transmissions, progressive lightweight construction and a pioneering aerodynamics. Andreas Krüger, head of Vorserienzenters within the VW Group, is practical and demonstrates SonntagsBlick part of an innovation workshops on the test track Ehra-Lessien the world’s first 10-speed dual clutch transmission (DSG). It is a further development of the famous 7-speed DSG for engines up to 550 Nm of torque.
Despite the additional three courses, it is not bigger and can therefore in the modular transverse matrix (VW Golf, Passat) use. “Without additional gear pairs using a newly developed switched strategy and by adding two switching elements and a rear wheel to redirect the flow of power within the transmission possible,” says Kruger. Advantage of the 10-speed DSG, which will certainly not go into production before 2016: Thanks to the short course is designed first the Anfahrperformance further improved. When accelerating allows fine gradation of gears 3 to 9, a gain in efficiency. The long laid out in ten transition results in a significant reduction in speed and thus contributes to reducing CO2 emissions. “As I said,” clarified Krüger, “is the only one of the very many measures on our way to the most sustainable automobile manufacturers in the world.”