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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 15th 2010
10--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 15, 2010 VISION: VW plans to overtake Toyota as the world's number one carmaker by 2020. Electric models are a big part of that strategy. VW not ready to spark in Australia Volkswagen will be sending at least three new electric models our way, but an electric Golf will not be among them. Paul Gover reports APLUG-IN Golf will not be joining the early electric car stampede in Australia. Even through Volk- swagen has three blue-e-motion models on the way --- the Up, the Golf and the Jetta --- there are no plans yet to bring any of the cars Down Under. Instead, Volkswagen is waiting for a sign from government about a commitment to plug-in infrastructure before it tries to build a workable business case for its electric cars. ''There is a need for this technology, but the car companies can only do so much,'' the head of Volkswagen Group Australia Anke Koeckler says. ''So far as I know the government is not working on the infrastructure for this green technology. ''We don't have any network. With these huge distances (in Australia) it's not a car that people want.'' The first of the battery-powered Golfs was presented to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, just over a week ago as the lead-up to a trial with 500 cars. It is a similar move to the ones already made by BMW Group, which is testing the Mini and 3-Series with electric battery power. Volkswagen will have a plug-in Up first and will follow with the Golf and Jetta in 2013 as it plans to lead the world in sustainable motoring by 2018 as part of a broader plan to overtake Toyota as the world's number one carmaker by 2020. In Germany, the government is already planning to have a million electric cars on the roads by 2020. Koeckler knows the strength of VW's electric commitment but is not making any promises for Australia even a one-off Golf visit to showcase the technology. ''We are not going to do that. There are 500 cars for a test drive. But it's just for Germany so far,'' she says. ''This project has been just decided. This is the first one we have to make a big test drive. ''It's a real car that's already in the market. ''The Up is not in the market.'' *Available to approved Business Applicants of Audi Finance** for New and Demonstrator Audi vehicles on a Hire Purchase over a 36, 48 or 60 month term with no deposit. Interest rate is 3% for the first 12 months and will be at market rate thereafter until the end of the contract. Oﬀer starts on 14th May 2010 and ends on 30th June 2010, while stock lasts, and only available on vehicles ordered and delivered within this period. Full conditions are available on application. Fleet, government and rental buyers are excluded Standard fees and charges apply. **Audi Finance is a trading name of Volkswagen Financial Services Australia Pty Ltd. AUDI4645/30FIN/HM/20x8/1505 Celebrate the anniversary of Audi inventing quattro permanent all-wheel drive with this landmark End of Financial Year finance oﬀer. finance oﬀer 3% on t miss out this historic oﬀer ends une . ontact Audi Centre obart 246 Murray Street Hobart, or call ( ) 8 today. 3% p.a.for 12 months* . No deposit. Across the entire Audi range.
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