Volkswagen Exec: Electric GTI Definitely Coming

10 months ago by Steven Loveday 34

Volkswagen I.D.

Volkswagen I.D.

According to Volkswagen director for sales, Jurgen Stackmann, electric vehicles will fast become mainstream, and Volkswagen is taking note. As most of us know, VW is beginning to showcase its new I.D. family of electric vehicles, and Stackmann says that an electric GTI is in the cards.

VW also recently took the wraps of the updated ~124 mile Volkswagen e-Golf...which will also be getting a generation/battery upgrade in the near future

VW revealed its 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf with ~125 miles of range

Company execs spoke at NAIAS in Detroit this week, for the announcement of the new Volkswagen I.D. Buzz (microbus MPV). Volkswagen shared that it is forecasting the sale of one million EVs by 2025. All these cars will be from the I.D. line, which will include a Hatchback release in 2020, the Buzz in 2022, and an SUV down the road.

Additional concepts will also come forward during the course of the next several years. Stackmann shared:

“One million looked at today is an optimistic view, but the view I have is very different. The technology will get acceptance if the whole package is accepted … EVs will become fascinating when they become affordable, are cool, sexy cars, and you will want to be seen in one. They’ll be cool cars that people will want to have and be seen in … When customers see the infrastructure, the interest is generated. It needs work but people want it to happen.”

Stackmann said that an electric GTI has a place in the lineup. However, it will be a different GTI than we know today. Conversely, VW has made it clear that, while the vehicles will be state-of-the-art, there is no intention to stray too much from the norm. Stackmann doesn’t believe in strange or weird vehicles, that may turn off consumers, and not allow for future innovation. He said:

“If they are too radical you lose momentum for the next step.”

He also pointed out that even though VW is pushing the I.D. name for the upcoming electric family, it is not set in stone. He likes it and its seems that consumers do as well. But, VW is not solidifying anything at this point. Stackmann added:

“We’re getting familiar with the name and it has scale and room for interpretation, the reaction is extremely positive and it’s a crisp, cool name. We’ll see. Conceptually it’s a good idea.”

The VW ID Hatchback (seen at left) arrives in 2020, the VW ID BUZZ ~2 years thereafter

The VW ID Hatchback (seen at left) arrives in 2020, the VW ID BUZZ ~2 years thereafter

The one thing that VW is making solid though is its commitment to electric vehicles. Stackmann made it clear that the EV family will be high volume and not treated as a niche. He explained:

“We have to offer a fun, usable and meaningful way of transportation. We can’t be niche and have to be relevant and generate scale for the technology. It can’t be for the few, we need scale.”

He concluded that regardless of any details, the GTI fits in the EV family perfectly. Really, it only makes sense.

Source: Autocar

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34 responses to "Volkswagen Exec: Electric GTI Definitely Coming"

  1. mx says:

    In the USA, in ALL 50 States?

    1. Miggy says:

      All talk, just show me the car!
      And let us buy it.

  2. SJC says:

    VW/Audi have made LOTS of announcements over the years that never happened.

  3. Viktor says:

    Haven’t Volkswagen said that they will make 2-3 million electric cars by 2025 or is the number 1 million Volkswagen alone and 2-3 million the hole Volkswagen group?

  4. Alan says:

    A VW EV that’s “definately coming” in 2017 with 125 mile range,


    And that’s all I have to say about that !

    1. Mr. M says:

      2017 just started. The VW eGolf gets 2017 a 30something battery. Good for 125 European miles or 110 EPA miles.

  5. turbofroggy says:

    VW should make a Golf RE that goes 0-60 in less than 4 seconds that is dual motor 4WD. Put at least a 60KWH battery pack in it like the size of the Bolt EV’s pack. Price it less than $40K (less than the price of a fully loaded Golf R) and they could have a serious hit on their hands.

    1. CLIVE says:

      e-Golf R dual motor.

      Sure check back in 5-7 years.

  6. Get Real says:

    Still waiting!

    1. CLIVE says:

      I’d pull up that anchor and move along.

  7. Dave says:

    We don’t want this crap. The 125 mile range makes it impractical. Will vw buyers get a $7,000 TAXPAYER subsidie like chevy volt buyers?

    1. Turbofroggy says:

      The tax credit, which is $7500 not $7000, is a credit to the person paying the taxes, not all tax payers. If you extend your logic out to “all tax payers” I don’t have kids and don’t want to subsidize your tax deduction for your kids. I also don’t want to pay for your kids to go to school, but I don’t have a choice. And judging by your comments, they could really use the education…

      1. Mark says:

        So here’s the thing, the tax credit is paid for by other taxpayers in the fact that the person receiving it pays that much less in taxes, and other people have to make that up. You pay school taxes because having an educated society enables you and everyone else to have the standard of living that we have. So, it seems you may have missed that day in school.

        1. Pedro says:

          How about the fact that electric vehicles are one way to decrease our impact on climate change and on the air quality in towns, are these not beneficial items for all the society as well ?

          1. Rick (no, not that Rick) says:

            Sure, it’s beneficial, but is the unmeasurable improvement in air quality or climate change worth $7500 tax dollars? Or might there be a more efficient way to use those tax dollars to improve air quality or climate change.

      2. Rat says:

        If have a feeling from reading abou pt the new administration, that tax incentive for buy an electric car may disappear later next year. It will be interesting if EVs still sell at the pace they’re selling now.

      3. Rat says:

        If have a feeling from reading about the new administration proposed cuts, that tax incentive for buy an electric car may disappear later next year. It will be interesting if EVs still sell at the pace they’re selling now.

      4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

        “I also don’t want to pay for your kids to go to school, but I don’t have a choice.”

        Then please do move to some country where the government doesn’t pay for public schools. Somalia would be a good example.

        If you enjoy the benefits of living in a first-world country, where all adults are expected to be literate and have at least a basic education, then quit whining about tax dollars used for public schools.

        In fact, one of the big reasons for the economic decline in the USA is because we have not kept up with other industrialized nations in improving our public school system. That’s primarily because we have not made teaching a real profession, as it is in countries with better public schooling systems, but that in turn is partly or perhaps mostly due to the fact that we don’t pay teachers nearly enough, due to lack of funding.

        1. Rick (no, not that Rick) says:

          I think most people will agree that an educated populace is worth the price of a public school education. I wonder if we will still consider it to be worth it after the robot revolution?

  8. CLIVE says:

    I will call their new future Electric Car Line… IDEA

  9. Bill Howland says:

    I’ve never been impressed with modern day VW reliability.

    That said, do any E-Golf owners have any thoughts as to the reliability/unreliability of their cars to date?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Michael Will says:

      2015 e-Golf rock solid, no battery degradation so far. We bought it for about 35k January 2015 then got 10k back from federal and california incentives, so $25k out of pocket. In the two years it probably saved us about $5k in gas and oil change cost. Loving the acceleration and handling.

      The phone app is very slow compared to tesla, and does only allow unlocking but not locking the car doors, which is very annoying. But it does allow you to turn on the climate before going to the car, control the charging (start/stop/set for departure time) and look at somewhat confusing consumption data.

      It has been a great car for the last two years, and we put close to 20,000 miles on it in the first year and a half, until we replaced our second gas car, the Honda Odyssey with a tesla model X. Now thats our go-to car and the eGolf is back to being second choice 🙂

      No regrets about the eGolf, but I wish over the air updates would be a thing and the little annoying things I found over the years would get fixed with software updates the way tesla does. But then again I also could buy four of those for the price of a tesla.

      When I compared it to the Bolt, I found the eGolf handling better and accelerating better when I was test driving it in wet weather. Have not had a chance to test drive the Bolt in dry conditions yet.

      Bolt has 238 miles range which is why that could be the default choice today, price I saw was about 42k so thats a bit more expensive than the eGolf with still more than two times the range.

      If maximum range is not the goal, the Hyndai Ioniq is probably the better choice, because at a lower pricepoint it gives you more advanced features like stop and go automation aka adaptive cruise control with lane keeping which is very useful
      in commute traffic, and has a range of more than 120 miles.

      1. PHEVfan says:

        If I understand your numbers, you bought the E-Golf as a replacement for a ~15mpg car? (assuming $3.50 gas).
        Either that, or you are WAY over-stating your savings in 2 years.

    2. CLIVE says:

      The old wiring style and s***** ground wires are their issue.

      Go ahead start counting burnt-out VW headlight & taillights.

    3. Sirish says:

      We had a poor experience with two prior VWs – a 2002 Passat and a 2004 New Beetle.

      However, after reviewing the Model S (too big, too rich), i3 (cool, but too darty and not great for little kids), leaf (yawn), we finally test drove the 2016 eGolf. It just felt perfect to us as a Bay Area local commute car. Just the right size, enough range, solid build, torquey, great ride, apple CarPlay.

      We “upgraded” from a 2007 BMW 328xi wagon and have been delighted with the car. Only 2k miles on it but it has been flawless. Our earlier VWs had all kinds of problems but they usually show up after 50K miles; so it’s too early to call it a win but we love the car thus far.

      1. Arpad Sooky says:

        Why didn’t you consider the focus ev? Not too big, rich, or darty, and is better for kids, handles better, great torque. It’s also the euro-version so interior setup is great. I just bought a certified pre-lease 2014 for $10k for my wife and loved it so much that I went back and bought myself a certified pre-leased 2013 for $7k. They MSRP’d at $4k and only had 20k miles on them!

        1. Sirish says:

          I was looking forward to the FF EV but just don’t see it on the roads in the Bay Area. My understanding is that the sales numbers have been very low as well. One of our considerations was to buy a “non-compliance” car.

          We actually test drove the e-Golf a year ago but hesitated because we weren’t keen on supporting a cheating manufacturer (VW).

          Anyway, I am still not a 100% that VW is truly committed to electrics (as opposed to making the right noises till dieselgate is forgotten). We just loved the car though.

          I remember reading about the 100 mile version of the FF EV – probably a fair point that it could have been an alternative.

  10. pjwood1 says:

    “EVs will become fascinating when they become affordable, are cool, sexy cars, and you will want to be seen in one. ”

    Dunno Jurgen. That Panamera doesn’t look very cool, back at the intersection.

    I’m confident Trump will speak at least some truth, too.

  11. Martin T. says:

    VW still has a lot to demonstrate and prove they are worthy of consumers dollars.
    In Australia the Warranty / parts / is of a poor standard for ICE cars anyway.
    Much better to but Honda / Hyundai / Kia/ Mazda / Toyota locally.

    Better value – long term after the euro gloss wares off pretty quickly.

  12. Dii daa says:

    Why do all EVs have ugly wheels?

    1. WildlyJoe says:

      Aerodynamics ^^^

    2. Rick (no, not that Rick) says:

      Plus, if they are painted black, the car will go faster.

  13. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Does anyone ever believe VW when they say they will put any given concept car into production, any more?

    This little boy has cried “Wolf!” waaaaaaay more than three times!

    I think we should believe VW is going to produce any given model only if and when it’s reported cars have actually started rolling off the production line.

  14. Bungalow says:

    They have so good will but any interest. They will follow like sheep behind tesla