The CEO of the Volkswagen brand has confirmed the company has no plans to develop any new combustion engines.
The news comes after Audi’s CEO said the Ingolstadt-based firm had ended development of new combustion engines.
According to Automotive News Europe, VW brand CEO Ralf Brandstätter told Automobilwoche the Wolfsburg-based company would not develop another new TSI or TDI powerplant, as it shifted its focus to electric mobility.
“At the moment, I don’t expect a completely new engine family to be launched again,” he said.
Instead, VW would “further develop” existing internal combustion engines in order to meet the upcoming Euro 7 regulations.
“We still need them for a certain time, and they have to be as efficient as possible,” Brandstätter said.
Earlier, in a press statement on the topic of its platform strategy, the Volkswagen Group suggested combustion engines would be around in some parts of the world for some time yet.
“The [Volkswagen] Group has refused to commit to a fixed end date for combustion engine technology, with reference to regional differences in primary energy usage and regulatory conditions,” the statement said.