“Volkswagen has a roadmap, and the destination is carbon neutrality.” VW NZ says key to achieving this emission-free mobility is the launch of its electric vehicle range, making its way to New Zealand’s shores in 2023 and embracing a new, cleaner way of transportation.

The brand’s 100% electric line-up features the ID family and includes the ID.4, ID.5 and ID. Buzz & Cargo – four vehicles marking the start of a new era of electric mobility and rounding out what they claim is the most significant and versatile “green vehicle” line up in New Zealand

Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles are a solid contributor to Volkswagen’s offering and the recent launch of the Multivan 7-seat people mover will be followed closely by the addition of the plug-in hybrid Golf, Tiguan, Touareg R, and Passat scheduled to arrive in the country in 2023.

Volkswagen’s ‘Way to Zero’ is the company’s commitment to become net carbon-neutral by 2050, and fulfilling targets set by the Paris Agreement and the EU’s European Green Deal.

“It’s our social responsibility to protect the environment and as New Zealanders, it feels even more important we embrace and all work together towards a ‘Way to Zero’. Volkswagen is eager to make a substantial contribution to mitigating climate change and, at the same time, become the most coveted brand for sustainable mobility,” says the General Manager of Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles, Greg Leet.

Volkswagen say its Way to Zero goes beyond vehicle electrification to include decarbonising supply chains and production, investment in renewable energy, and the development of a battery recycling programme.

“As well as our longer-term goal of carbon neutrality, we have also committed to reducing vehicle emissions by 40% by 2030. The launch of the new ID family and plug-in hybrid vehicles that will transform our fleet is the first step in that journey, and the beginning of a new electric era for Volkswagen New Zealand.”

The future of New Zealand’s fleet includes a significant uptake of electric vehicles alongside other low-emission forms of transport and Volkswagen is delighted to announce they are on track to sell more electric vehicles than ICE cars within the next 24 months.

To celebrate the much-awaited arrival of the ID and PHEV vehicles at the end of June, Volkswagen welcomes the people of Auckland and its surrounding areas to come down and see the future of driving. The Car Store in Westfield Newmarket will offer the first public viewing of the ID.4, a pivotal vehicle in their new electric range to be welcomed into the country in 2023.

Also on show is the Multivan PHEV that DriveLife attended the launch of. The all-new 7th generation Multivan will be available for customers to book a test drive in-store at Westfield, or at any local Volkswagen dealership.

“The atmosphere at Westfield will be electric as our customers get the first glimpse at the future of motoring,” says the General Manager of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Kevin Richards.

“We’re excited to share the significant step Volkswagen is taking on this very important sustainability journey. It’s arguably the most comprehensive green range in New Zealand with something for everyone; big, little, work or pleasure. These two vehicles are just the beginning.”

“The future is green and if you want to see what that could mean for you, come and see us at Westfield Newmarket from 28th June – 11th July,” says VW NZ.

Pricing and further product specification will be available later in the year.

• ID. 4 – combines the versatility of an SUV with the sustainable performance of an electric vehicle.
• ID. 5 – Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV coupé with premium standards
• ID. Buzz – the pure electric all-rounder, reimagined with inspiration from the legendary T1 Kombi.
• ID. Cargo – to be the most advanced commercial vehicle yet. With maximized interior space and connectivity, you will transport your business into the future.
• Golf, Passat Alltrack, Tiguan and Touareg R plug-in hybrid

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How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm also an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.

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