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Looking to create a new brand image and put its diesel emissions scandal in the past, Volkswagen is now squarely focused on electrification.
That is according to Christian Senger, the head of Volkswagen’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) group, who spoke with Autoblog at a recent Volkswagen event. Senger claims that Volkswagen’s first upcoming electric vehicle, which will be based on the brand’s new MEB platform, will have at least 250 miles (400 km) of range at the low end and 373 miles (600 km) at the top end.
This new MEB-based EV will be teased in just a few weeks at the Paris Motor Show by a concept vehicle, with production expected to begin at the end of 2019 making VW’s new EV a 2020 model-year vehicle. VW claims that it be “highly automated,” while the car is said to be slightly larger than the current Golf.
To fill the gap before the new MEB EV arrives, Volkswagen will revamp the e-Golf (pictured above), which will have its range stretched from 83 miles up to 186 miles. The new e-Golf will begin production in December.
“We want to use Paris, basically, as the lighthouse to show you where we are heading as a brand,” said Jürgen Stackmann, a member of the VW Board of Management. “There are so many tremendous things happening at VW at the moment. We are taking big, bold decisions fast to really get the brand moving and we are excited to show you the first glimpse of that at the Paris Motor Show.”
Volkswagen will also unveil a new slogan, “Think New,” at the Paris Motor Show.