Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
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Volkswagen teases new electric estate auto with concept

Volkswagen teases new electric estate auto with concept

The ID. Space Vizzion will probably hit VW showrooms in 2021, and expect similar EV powertrains to all the other EVs VW is planning to chuck at us as it tries to make everyone and his dog buy an electric vehicle. "Space Vizzion we create a new, fully electric segment", said Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. Today, the worldwide automotive giant announced it's starting manufacturing prototypes of a China-specific EV at its plant in Anting, near the city of Shanghai.

With the start of the production of the ID.3 electric hatchback, VW's goal of full electrification has begun.

Volkswagen is hoping to sell 10 million EVs based on its modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform across all its brands, and one of the models that's going to help make that a reality is an electric station wagon.

The ID Space Vizzion will be the seventh model in the ID range, which also includes the ID Crozz, ID Buzz, ID Buggy, and ID Roomzz. According to VW, the wind flows through the front and roof sections of the auto, thus improving its aerodynamic properties. "The start of series production of all-electric cars based on the MEB platform in Anting is scheduled for October 2020". It might not look quite like what's on display in LA because the company plans to offer "different versions for North America, Europe, and China".

The cabin, as you would expect by now, is completely digital and the materials are largely made from sustainable raw materials, including an artificial leather made from Apple Juice. In total, it is planned to increase the local production in China up to 15 MEB models from different brands by 2025. Land use has been greatly improved, which means that far less land and built-up area is required than in a standard factory.

At an event this week, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said that "Zwickau is steeped in German automotive tradition and as of today, it's also very much set for the future". In addition, Anting is doing its best to integrate environmentally friendly and intelligent factory technologies for VW in China. At the Braunschweig components plant, the Group is now ramping up production of battery systems.

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