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Buzzing for the future: Volkswagen's LCV plans for 2023 and beyond

Volkswagen’s future autonomous driving development will centre around the ID Buzz, with the first production vehicles expected to debut in 2025. While we wait for the future, the manufacturer isn’t resting on its laurels — plenty of other new developments are coming before then.

Volkswagen Commercial Models Coming Soon

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ CEO, Carsten Intra, recently presented a 10-point plan for 2023. The program sets out concrete targets and actions contributing to Volkswagen’s ‘GRIP 2030’ corporate strategy, which included further electrification of the Volkswagen commercial vehicle fleet.

This summer will see the long-wheelbase ID Buzz arrive, while the ‘Bulli’ will be introduced to North America. The next LCV to be offered as a plug-in hybrid, following the current Multivan, will be the Caddy. Looking forward, the battery-electric offering from the Ford-Volkswagen alliance will include a van in the one-tonne payload segment to rival the Ford Transit Custom.

Building on the success of its California model range, Volkswagen will add digital features and services to create a ‘California Universe’, consolidating everything related to its business with camping models. Later this year, Volkswagen will also present the next-generation California, which will be based on the latest Multivan.

Ahead of all of that, the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok pickup arrives in the UK this month.

Implementing the brand’s ‘autonomous driving’ strategy will also be a key focus in 2023. Following the decision to discontinue investment in ARGO AI for the development of autonomous driving, Volkswagen will be taking forward its original plans with a new partner and will introduce a new self-driving system in the first half of the year.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is leading the way for autonomous driving within the Volkswagen Group and is assuming responsibility for developing the MaaS (Mobility as a Service) and TaaS (Transport as a Service) business areas. This year will see Volkswagen and its new partner conducting extensive driving tests in Munich, while the first test customers will try out its MOIA autonomous mobility services in Hamburg.

Dr Carsten Intra, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles CEO, 

"We are Europe's top supplier of commercial vehicles. We are Europe's number one for families and leisure. And in the enormous market for autonomous mobility solutions, we are in pole position. In short: VWCV is on course!"

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Friday, 17/05/2024