Mimi runs across America, and into the unknown

However far you think is too far to run, Mimi Anderson has run farther. The 55-year-old British grandmother of three holds multiple World Records for distance running and ultra-marathons. She’s competed in more than 50 long-distance events from the Sahara to Death Valley, the jungles of Peru to the Arctic, running dozens of miles in a day and becoming an inspiration for many. In September, she attempted to set a new World Record for a woman running across the United States from Los Angeles to New York. The previous record was set in 1979 with a trek of 2,850 miles in 69 days. Anderson’s goal was to accomplish the run in 53 days—a pace roughly equal to running two marathons a day for nearly two months. Anderson’s journey wasn’t just about pushing her own limits, but also serving others by raising money for cancer research. Volkswagen of America championed her endeavors, providing two support vehicles, a Volkswagen Tiguan Limited and Golf Alltrack, which Anderson and her crew affectionately named “Tiggie” and “Penelope.” All long-distance races have their surprises, and this effort would test Anderson in a way she had not expected. She sat down with VW Newsroom to share the long, emotional journey. VW Newsroom: First, how did you get into endurance running? Mimi Anderson: It is rather a silly thing, really. I always wanted to have thinner legs, so I took up running. I started training on a treadmill. Literally, I couldn’t even run for a minute. So, I gradually got on a treadmill and taught myself how to run. Eventually, I would run for three miles without stopping, so I was very pleased with myself. That’s how it all started, on a treadmill. And that was in 1999 when I was 36. VW Newsroom: What was the longest race you’d run before this goal? Mimi Anderson: The Freedom Trail in South Africa. We basically ran over 1,000 miles across South Africa in 2014, it was an amazing adventure. VW Newsroom: Why do you push yourself to run such long distances? Mimi Anderson: I do like to have a challenge. I’m constantly looking for ways to push my boundaries and limits—beyond what most people could even imagine is possible. Running has taken me all over the world, and allowed me to have some extraordinary adventures I would not have otherwise been able to experience. I decided to run in South Africa, because it has always been a country I’ve loved. I was looking for something to do and somebody said, “Why don’t you run across the Freedom Trail?” It just seemed absolutely perfect. The scenery was breathtaking. VW Newsroom: What gave you the idea to run across United States? Mimi Anderson: I’ve run the lengths of the UK and have achieved the female world record for that, and hold the female world record for the length of Ireland. Ever since 2011, I’ve always wanted to run across America, because to me, that’s the ultimate challenge as far as a road event is concerned. The record was originally set in 1979. I knew it was doable, if everything went in the right direction. The thought of starting on the West Coast and continuing running until I eventually end up on the East Coast was something that excited me. VW Newsroom: What was the high point of the effort for you? Mimi Anderson: For me, it was my fantastic crew who supported me during the run, but also going through all the different states—we had 12 states to go through and they were all so different. Obviously, we were starting off in California and the one thing I noticed about California is that the skies are so big. I mean, they’re massive. Everything seems much, much bigger than in the UK. You then go into Arizona and you’ve got the mountains. They are quite scraggily sort of mountains and red in color. Going into Colorado you’ve got the beautiful colors of all the trees as it was the fall and all the leaves were beginning to change on the trees. We were surrounded by beautiful mountains, very different to Arizona. It was wonderful to meet lovely people along the way. A group of 6 people would turn up with a great big RV and two vehicles and people let complete strangers stay on their property or would cheer me through a town, it really was very special. Two marvelous guys in Missouri even bought us all breakfast at 4 a.m. I had lots of people who came and ran with me and the moments spent with the runners was wonderful and something I will never forget. Everyone was very generous with their time and to complete strangers. VW Newsroom: What was your day-to-day routine like? Mimi Anderson: I would be woken up at 4:30 a.m. and my crew would also get up, make me by breakfast and one of them would get ready to run with me. Breakfast consisted of a smoothie and a coffee which I drank while getting dressed. All my kit would have been laid out the night before to make it easier and quicker in the morning, so all I had to do was literally get dressed. I would start running at 5 a.m. My support vehicle with two crew members in (one would be my physio) would meet me every 4 miles for the first 4 stops of the day then it would be every 3 miles. I would run between 30 to 32 miles, then have a short lunch break of about 20 minutes to half an hour. After my lunch break I would continue running for a further 28-ish miles. During the last section of the day the RV would find a suitable and safe place to park up and on my arrival I stopped my watches, showered, had some food, a massage then sleep. On events such as these you need to have a good routine, not just for me but for the crew as well. If you don’t have a routine, then nothing works properly. It’s extremely important that everyone knows what they are doing. VW Newsroom: From the start of the effort, how did you feel physically? Mimi Anderson: My training got me used to running long distances every day. I wake up quite early at home, so I didn’t mind waking up at 4:30 a.m. in America. There was only one day, when I actually felt tired during the day, my crew were totally on the ball and made sure I had lots of coffee to keep me awake, but that was the only day I actually felt physically tired. VW Newsroom: Along the way, what was the most challenging part? Mimi Anderson: The toughest part for me was when we were going on Route 40 in Illinois. It was a really busy road, and on huge sections of it there was no hard shoulder at all. I was concentrating the whole time on the cars coming towards me, thinking “is that car going to hit me or will it go round me go so it doesn’t hit me or is it going to continue coming towards me?” You are constantly watching the cars; I nearly got hit about three times—pretty frightening. There was one occasion, where I was absolutely shattered from just literally watching the cars. I got into my RV for lunch and the thought of going out again into that traffic was simply awful, but I had to do it. I was trying to set a new world record, I had no choice—there was nowhere else to run. That, I think, was the hardest part. VW Newsroom: Did you get any fans to stop and run with you along the way? Mimi Anderson: There were a few people who turned up and ran with me which was lovely. One man just turned up, and took me through his town of Alamosa in Colorado, which was fantastic and he had also arranged a crowd to cheer me through. Another guy who was a marathon runner had heard my interview in the United Kingdom, so he turned up and ran with me for about 6 miles each day for two days and a marvelous group of ladies from Archie, Mo., came out and ran with me along part of the Katy Trail. Loved them all for taking the time to run with me. VW Newsroom: How did the vehicles help out? Mimi Anderson: The vehicles were fantastic, making a huge difference to the day to day running of the event making life much easier for the crew and safer for me. VW very kindly gave us two vehicles—the Tiguan and Golf Alltrack—so one of them was always with me. The Alltrack had all of my food, drinks, medical stuff and everything I needed as I ran. This vehicle would go two to three miles ahead and wait for me. If it started pouring or something happened, it would turn around and come and drop off my raincoat or whatever I needed. The Tiguan was great, because it enabled the crew—because our RV was so big—to actually go scout my route ahead. There were occasions where we had to take a slightly different route because the planned one was flooded. The Tiguan was also used for the crew to go off and do laundry and buy food, without having to take the big RV with them. Both vehicles were invaluable—couldn’t have done without them. VW Newsroom: By the 40th day, you’d run 2,217.2 miles through nine states and raised $12,000 for charity. What happened in Indiana? Mimi Anderson: The last of two weeks or so, my right leg was getting more and more painful. You notice in some of the pictures, my leg was going in toward my left leg in sort of a V-shape. Subconsciously I was trying to take the pressure of the leg as it was so incredibly painful. Because of this I began to lean to the left causing my back to become sore although I felt as though I was running straight. If I didn’t concentrate on my posture I felt as though I would fall over – a very odd feeling. The pain was unbearable. Eventually, my crew said, “we are going to go to the hospital.” I carried on for a few more days and I managed to get the mileage in, but putting any pressure on my leg, either trying to walk or run, was very painful and I have a very high pain threshold. We ended up having an MRI scan and it showed that I had a lot of bruising on my bones, which in itself could have caused multiple stress fractures. I also had a lot of fluid at the side and on the back of my knee. The pain was actually firstly by the bruised bones and secondly the bones on the lateral (outside of my knee) were rubbing together; this type of pain is excruciating, I have never felt a pain like it before. If I continued, I could have ended up having to have a total knee replacement on returning home. Even being given all the facts by the doctor it was an incredibly tough decision to make, and giving up seemed unthinkable. I thought about having an injection in the knee which might have reduced the pain for a bit, but a lot of the time they don’t work. It just wasn’t worth injuring myself or causing so much damage that I would never run again, which could easily have happened. It was awful. It was the worst decision I have been faced with, because I was on track to get the record and the only thing stopping me was my leg. When I finally made the decision to stop I sobbed my heart out. I had given this run my all, but even that wasn’t enough. On returning home I felt as though I was going through a bereavement, I was struggling to come to terms with the outcome. I can hold my head up high and say without a doubt that I never gave up, not once did I think of stopping even when the pain became overwhelming painful.  On receiving my results the plan had always been to continue running; I even had my running kit on. It wasn’t me that gave up—it was my body that gave up on me! VW Newsroom: How do you feel now? Mimi Anderson: Once home it took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that as far as I was concerned, I had failed. I found it difficult talking to people about it as I wasn’t quite sure what to say. Before the run, I could say, “I’m off to America to try to set a new world record.” What do I say now? I don’t mind the fact that I haven’t got the record, but what have I achieved? It has become easier as the weeks have gone past, but it is still a big disappointment. VW Newsroom: We know you feel disappointed, but we hope you know we’re amazed by what you’ve accomplished. How has this changed your perspective on running? Mimi Anderson: One of the things that running long distances has taught me is that that the mind is incredibly strong and when the body wants to give up the mind will persuade it to keep going! My running life is going to take a slightly different route from now on as I unfortunately won’t be able to do the long distance runs any more because of my knee, but I know I made the right decision as once my knee is feeling better I can start running shorter distances again. I don’t regret anything about taking on such a big challenge as I know I did everything I could have done to get there in the best possible shape together with the best support crew looking after me. Between us we couldn’t have done any more. It was never going to be easy, but if everything in life was easy everybody would do it, wouldn’t they? VW Newsroom: What is next for you? Another attempt in the longer run? Mimi Anderson: My brain can’t function at the moment on things like that. I am putting all my energy into getting myself back to fitness. Once I’ve done that, then I can start thinking about what I want to do next. It is almost like my brain, as far as my running is concerned, has gone into shut down mode for a bit, allowing me time to recover—physically and mentally. I’ve been planning this for three years. I spent a lot of time going over the maps, getting sponsors and my crew together. There will be a goal for 2018 but it wont be running until my knee is sorted. Perhaps I can give cycling a try! VW Newsroom: Mimi, we’re proud to have helped you on your effort. You deserve a vacation. Mimi Anderson: It was an honor to have your support, thank you. Hopefully my husband will take me on a vacation!

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Watch the live unveiling of the next-level Volkswagen Jetta Jan. 15

Since it first arrived in the United States in 1980, nearly 3.2 million Volkswagen Jettas have found their way into American driveways. From the moment it arrived, and continuing through six generations of engineering, the Jetta has stood out in a crowded field for offering European style, engineering and driving dynamics at an affordable price. On Jan. 15, Volkswagen will unveil the seventh-generation Jetta, an all-new model built from the acclaimed MQB chassis. A new chiseled, yet classic, look will wrap around a driver-centric interior, powered by an efficient turbo engine. While we’ve released a few key details, there are still surprises to come when the camouflage comes off. Join us live on the Volkswagen Facebook page at 10:05 am EST to get your first view of the 2019 Jetta.

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Celebrating diversity is in VW’s roadmap

Volkswagen employees with Selisse Berry, Founder & CEO of Out and Equal in the Volkswagen booth. To help mark LGBT Month in October, Volkswagen had the privilege of supporting the 2017 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Philadelphia, an annual conference for the LGBT and ally community to share best practices and strategies for an inclusive, equal workplace. “We have been a proud sponsor of the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, an annual meeting that brings together corporate and industry leaders to discuss and advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, for over 10 years,” said Machelle Williams, Senior Director for Diversity and CSR at Volkswagen. With a 20-year history, the Out & Equal Workplace Summit grew in 2017 to its largest event yet, with more than 4,000 attendees from 40 different countries participating this year. “As a corporation, we strive to not only attract a diverse workforce, but to get our message out to a diverse consumer base. Conferences like Out & Equal allow us to meet with and better understand the issues and priorities of diverse communities and consumers,” said Williams. “Becoming more sensitive to these important issues can, and have, in turn impacted our corporate policies over the years,” As part of the Out & Equal Summit, members of Volkswagen’s Employee Resource Groups for LGBT employees and allies attended the conference and spoke with conference attendees on VW’s behalf – along with showing off the all-new Atlas and 2018 Tiguan. They also participated in workshops and sessions on workplace equality and inclusivity, and heard from powerful speakers and leaders in the LGBT community. “This is my third year attending the Out & Equal Conference for VW as part of the ERG and it is wonderful to see companies here supporting diversity, and I take pride knowing VW is part of that,” said Victoria Marcella, a Workforce Management Manager for VW Credit, Inc. “Working for a company who values diversity and encourages inclusion is very important to employees,” said Marcella. Volkswagen’s ERGs, in addition to workplace education initiatives, help the company get the word out that Volkswagen is a place that welcomes and embraces diversity. “ERGs help recruit, serving as the face of the company – most recently at the Out & Equal Summit – to the public so people can get insight on what it’s like to work for the company. They provide a true testament that VW is a place that values diversity,” said Williams.

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Volkswagen Car-Net, the app that does all that

You’ve done this before, right? On a hot day, you leave your car’s windows down a bit to keep it cool. Suddenly, while you’re away, you hear the rumble of thunder and realize there may be too much of the outside trying to get in. If you have subscribed to Volkswagen Car-Net® Security & Service1 and have a compatible device, there’s an app for that. Available VW Car-Net Security & Service has been keeping VW owners connected to their cars and to needed emergency services for years. This week, VW released an update to the VW Car-Net app that can give owners a whole new set of available tools to help provide even greater connectivity. The mobile app can help a driver locate a parked car2, remotely check the vehicle’s status, and lock or unlock doors3, among many other functions. The new upgrade can send personalized push alerts based on location and weather conditions – so if there’s rain near where you’re parked and the window is down, you could get back to close it before a drop hits.  You can also setup the VW Car-Net mobile app to send you a notification if you leave the car without locking the doors or closing the trunk. “We all have enough things going and it’s easy to forget what is going on with your car,” says Shelly Desmet, Digital Marketing Manager, Connected Services. “The VW Car-Net mobile app helps make owning and maintaining a VW easier with helpful and proactive push notifications.” Another new feature in the latest update of VW Car-Net mobile app allows owners to pull up a vehicle health report4. This report captures key data like your mileage, next scheduled maintenance, and can remind users of issues that might need an owner’s close attention. Need to schedule a dealer visit? Click right in the app to call your preferred dealer. For those parents with children who are still getting used to the road, VW Car-Net Security & Service offers boundary and speed alerts5; users can get a push notification or email if their vehicle exceeds a pre-set speed limit or leaves a pre-approved boundary area. And for electric e-Golf owners, VW Car-Net Security & Service has even more offerings, such as remote climate control – so that you can heat or cool your e-Golf while it’s plugged in, helping to save battery energy for moving down the road.6 VW Car-Net is an available option on all models except Touareg, and new vehicles come with a six month no-charge trial. New vehicle owners can subscribe to their trial at the dealership at the time of purchase or press the i-Button in the overhead console and speak with a representative. To get information on subscription prices after trial, call (877) 820-2290 or go to vw.com/carnet.

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What makes a Cars.com comparison test run

If you’ve ever shopped for a car in the United States, chances are you’ve read or seen a comparison test. They’re the mainstays of many automotive publications, both in print and online, and just as vehicles have grown more complicated, so too have the tests. We asked Joe Wiesenfelter, the executive editor of Cars.com, one of America’s most popular automotive sites, to explain what goes into their process. (And yes, the fact that the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas recently came out on top in two Cars.com SUV comparisons did catch our attention.) Q: How many comparisons does Cars.com conduct every year? Joe Wiesenfelter: We’re currently at a rate of 6-8 per year including pickuptrucks.com, a subsidiary. Q:  Who do you use as evaluators? JW: We usually use three of our editors plus a guest consumer judge. Unfortunately the consumer was a no-show for the Compact SUV Challenge in which the Tiguan competed, but we typically find someone who’s in market for the vehicle type or at least owns or has an interest in a similar vehicle. The guest judge for our Luxury Sport Sedan Challenge, which the 2018 Audi A4 won, was the owner of an older BMW 3 Series. Our editors have an average of 12 years’ experience as car reviewers; actually, most have 11 or 12 years. The least tenured has been at it for seven years, and the most more than 20. Since 1997 we have built a staff of journalists that are also car fans and experts, not the other way around. The fairness and ability to communicate well is foundational; it’s who they are. Usually we’re joined by a producer and videographer from PBS’ MotorWeek, a longtime partner of ours. Though they don’t serve as judges for the Cars.com Challenge, they take advantage of the vehicles and typically ask us to share impressions on camera for their broadcast. Q: How do you determine the criteria? What do you tell the judges to look for? JW: To borrow from the published results: Three judges individually awarded points in 12 categories: interior quality, front-seat comfort, backseat comfort, cargo storage, in-cabin storage, handling, powertrain, ride quality, noise, visibility, worth the money and multimedia — the latter a category that accounts for the touchscreen-based interfaces that are, more than ever, the means to activate and adjust fundamental features of the vehicle itself, not simply ways of controlling audio sources and navigation systems. Each model is also awarded points for the advanced active safety features with which the test vehicle is equipped as well as for its grades in our Cars.com Car Seat Check, which gauges the accommodation of various child-safety seats. To elaborate, the above categories are pretty common across our Challenges, but there is variation based on the vehicle type. We don’t do zero-to-60 testing for SUVs, but we have for sport sedans, hot hatches, muscle cars and the like, sometimes with a road course as well. Fuel economy testing also comes and goes depending on the vehicle type and consumer mood. We’re always trying to whittle our conclusions down to what matters most, so if the scoring from a predetermined category proves inconsequential, it doesn’t get mentioned in our reporting. Likewise, if we find on location that a truly distinguishing characteristic or feature isn’t accounted for in our scoresheets, we’ll add it. We always attempt to test a vehicle as it’s meant to be used, which is why we use track testing when called for, as mentioned above, we stuff cargo areas full of luggage, bicycles or widescreen TV boxes.1 We install a variety of child-safety seats to see how accommodating the vehicles are. We use pickup trucks to tow trailers of varying weights and often include an off-road component. What we try to do is share the information consumers can’t get by looking at specifications or feature lists. Just because a feature is present doesn’t mean it’s well executed, so a lot of our effort goes toward revealing how well features that look the same on paper actually perform in the real world, from transmissions to multimedia systems or driver aids like lane-centering steering. We do comment on interior quality, because it plays into a vehicle’s value, but we tend to leave most aesthetic issues off the table and the scoresheet. A consumer can draw his or her own conclusion about how a vehicle looks. We use our opportunity to rate it on what’s less obvious. Q: How long does one take to conduct? What kind of work goes into it? JW: Apart from planning and all the writing and production that follows, the Challenge usually takes four to seven days, depending on the vehicle type(s) and location. Pickups tend to take the whole week. When winter hits Chicago, we hold them elsewhere. We may have a dozen people on location at a given time – sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on photography, video and testing schedules. It’s a heavy lift, sometimes literally, because the sacks of rock salt used to weigh down pickup truck beds for testing aren’t going to move themselves. Suffice it to say we’re extremely busy and the days are long, but we’re trying to squeeze as many impressions and as much content as possible out of having closely matched competing models all in the same place. Q: What value do such tests have for your readers? JW: Competitive comparisons are part of much of our content. Even our model-specific reviews address the competitive set and attempt to compare different aspects. It helps shoppers determine what’s most important to them and can lead them to cross-shop a vehicle they wouldn’t have considered. Our Challenges are an extreme example of this approach. Nothing is as instructive as driving vehicles back to back, or sitting in one after the other. Throw in the relatively close pricing and equipment we require for Challenges, and it’s extraordinarily illuminating. This is what we attempt to share with consumers. Apart from an auto mall, dealerships are designed for the opposite: to show you one brand to the exclusion of others. For consumers, our Challenges are the next best thing to an auto show. The value is clear in the demand for the Challenges, which is high. Site visitors gobble them up. It’s clear in the traffic and engagement.

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Art, snow and fun, powered by Volkswagen

The next time you go skiing or snowboarding, don’t be surprised if a beautiful, snow-covered mountain just happens to pull up next to you in the parking lot. For a second year in a row, Volkswagen is the official sponsorship vehicle for the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) to help promote snow sports on the slopes. The education association has more than 32,000 members who work as professional ski and snowboard instructors at more than 400 ski and snowboard schools at resorts across the country. These instructors teach everyone from novices to experts about learning to ski or ride so they can find just the right way down the slopes. PSIA-AASI develops education resources that are used as the core component of most ski and snowboard school training. Last season, PSIA-AASI’s operational leadership teams across the country had the Golf Alltrack as their support vehicle, and this season, Volkswagen expanded the fleet to include two new SUVs with 4MOTION all-wheel drive capabilities—the Atlas and all-new Tiguan. “VW has been a great supporter of PSIA-AASI this past year, providing our division staff and event teams access to the mountains in various types of weather. This collaboration gives our teams an invaluable measure of confidence that they’ll arrive at their destination,” said PSIA-AASI Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Herrin. “PSIA-AASI is eager to hit the road with new vehicles from Volkswagen that feature 4Motion All-Wheel-Drive.” And as before, those vehicles add to the scenery around them. Mimi Kvinge, an artist from the Pacific Northwest, who painted the mountain artwork featured on the Golf Alltrack last year, tackled the challenge of putting her touch on the Tiguan, Golf Alltrack and Atlas. “I could not be more excited about being involved with the evolution of this project. Even though this my second year working with Volkswagen and PSIA-AASI, it is still so exciting and surreal to see my painting on such iconic vehicles,” Kvinge said. Since working with Volkswagen and PSIA-AASI, Mimi’s social presence has grown significantly, which has helped bring more attention to the benefits of taking a professional lesson, PSIA-AASI and the Volkswagen fleet. For a sneak preview of the custom artwork that Mimi describes as a “piece of her imagination on a unique canvas,” check out her Instagram feed next week at https://www.instagram.com/mimikvinge/ The best way to appreciate these murals is up close and in person. This winter, they’ll be making appearances at practically every major resort in the country from California to New England. And PSIA-AASI will be creating some digital spotlight feature stories and a podcast with Mimi about the murals. You can also see more details about the partnership by visiting the social feeds for Volkswagen and PSIA-AASI: Volkswagen: https://www.instagram.com/vw/ https://twitter.com/vw https://www.facebook.com/VW PSIA-AASI Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesnowpros/ Note: When driving during cold, snowy, or icy weather conditions, ensure that your vehicle is equipped with appropriate all- season or winter weather tires. Even with appropriate tires, you must always drive in a manner appropriate for the weather, visibility and road conditions. Tires are supplied and warranted by their manufacturer.

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Meet the I.D. CROZZ, a preview of Volkswagen’s first electric SUV expected in 2020

Electric vehicles are the future of transportation, but making that future a reality will require a lot of innovation and manufacturing know-how. Today, Volkswagen unveiled one of its major steps toward an electric future with the first North American appearance of the I.D. CROZZ concept vehicle in Los Angeles – a four-door, all-wheel-drive SUV that previews the next-generation Volkswagen electric vehicle anticipated to arrive in America in 2020. Built from the same platform that is expected to revive the iconic VW Bus in 2022, the I.D. CROZZ concept vehicle offers 302 hp and an anticipated all-electric driving range of up to 300 miles, along with a host of technological innovations and the space modern SUV owners demand.1 “Electric mobility is the future, period, and today we take a big step forward,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “The I.D. CROZZ and the I.D. BUZZ concepts demonstrate how Volkswagen will kick off an EV revolution in America.” The I.D. CROZZ, I.D. BUZZ and original I.D. hatchback concept revealed last year all are built from the same modular electric toolkit, or MEB in its German acronym. This chassis was exclusively designed as a mainstream electric vehicle to help maximize range, power and the benefits of electric mobility – while giving Volkswagen’s award-winning design team new creative freedom. “The beauty of doing an all-new architecture is how much it can deliver to the customer,” Woebcken said. If the I.D. BUZZ was the look back at Volkswagen history, the I.D. CROZZ offers a fashionable sneak peek of the future. Its sleek, four-door coupe shape has a similar footprint to the new 2018 Tiguan, with dramatic doors that open 90 degrees in the front and slide back in the rear to reveal a cavernous interior. On the outside, the I.D. CROZZ greets passengers with a light show, with lighted VW logos and daytime running lights that “awaken” like eyes. of The I.D. CROZZ also features Volkswagen’s I.D. Pilot self-driving system concept , planned for production in 2025.2 In self-driving mode, the steering wheel of the I.D. CROZZ retracts into the dash, and the interior lights change color. Drivers can summon the I.D. Pilot by simple voice controls, and the concept system is designed to rely on four laser scanners that pop up from the roof of the I.D. CROZZ, as well as ultrasonic sensors, radar sensors, side area view cameras and a front camera. Whoever’s driving, the I.D. CROZZ can deliver on the power of electric mobility. Power hits the road via two electric motors, one on each axle, to deliver an anticipated 302 hp and all-wheel-drive. The low-slung battery pack in the floor of the I.D. CROZZ’s helps to lower the center of gravity and provide an optimum weight balance. And it is expected that the battery pack will be able to be recharged up to 80 percent in 30 minutes when using a 150-kWh fast charger. Volkswagen’s EV plans are among the most ambitious in the industry, and call for launching next-generation electric vehicles on three continents – Europe, Asia and North America – anticipated to begin in 2020. “In order to make EVs cost competitive, electric vehicles have to be built at scale, and Volkswagen has the potential to deliver global scale in EVs quickly,” Woebcken said. “We stand for making electric cars affordable; as we like to say, we build cars for millions, not millionaires.”

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