Jurgen Stackmann, member of the Volkswagen administration board for gross sales and advertising, has stated that the R model should give attention to electrification sooner or later.
“If there’s a future for R, it should be electrical,” he stated. “It’s quite simple. We’re actually pondering what to do with these vehicles, as a result of for those who’re on the way in which to zero emissions, it’s laborious to think about that you just load the world with extra highly effective vehicles.
“So we now have to work to place these on the highway, however clearly the way forward for R should be electrical and [R boss] Jost Capito’s job is to discover a answer for that. We have to outline what’s R within the electrical world; it’s totally different to what we all know of in a Golf or another automotive.
“First will come plug-in hybrid, which is already coming with Touareg. That’s one thing the place we now have the reply. For the remaining, we have to discover good, sustainable solutions.
“The plan is crammed with nice R fashions going ahead, however it’s important to settle for that after this, you simply can’t plough on. You’d take a look at us and ask what we’re doing right here. We have now to search out good solutions for that and that work is going on now.
When questioned on when a completely electrical R mannequin might seem, Stackmann stated: “We must always have the ability to ship one thing significant in underneath 5 years. However it’s turf with out a whole lot of experience for us, in the meanwhile, so we now have to start out that journey.”