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Volkswagen Golf GTE ruled out for Australia

Volkswagen Australia has abandoned plans to introduce the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid due to global demand, the company has confirmed this week. Speaking with CarAdvice, local Volkswagen communications boss, Paul Pottinger, said the electrified hatch is in such short supply, it's been pulled from sale in overseas markets...

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Volkswagen Golf GTE in Australia for evaluation and training
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Volkswagen Golf GTE in Australia for evaluation and training

Volkswagen has brought an electrified Golf GTE to Australia for evaluation and technical training, the company has confirmed with CarAdvice. These photos, although showing no local registration plates, were snapped in Queensland this week by CarAdvice reader Patrick Ingvorsen, showing the plug-in hybrid EV hatch parked up between trips away from the company's New South Wales headquarters...


Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept: 200kW PHEV debuts at Wörthersee
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Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept: 200kW PHEV debuts at Wörthersee

The Volkswagen Golf GTE Performance concept has been revealed this week at the company's annual Wörthersee gathering, packing 200kW of power from its upgraded plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain...


Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in could hit Australia in 2018
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Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in could hit Australia in 2018

The updated Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in hybrid (PHEV) is still high on the company's wishlist for Australia, but we shouldn't expect to see it here before 2018 - if it's confirmed for our market at all. Speaking with CarAdvice this week, general manager for corporate communications at Volkswagen Australia, Paul Pottinger, confirmed the local arm is still working on bringing the sporty plug-in hybrid EV hatch Down Under...


2016 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Review
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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTE Plug-in Review

The Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in is an impressive piece of technology, that we hope launches in Australia soon.


PHEVs an illogical end point, says Volkswagen
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PHEVs an illogical end point, says Volkswagen

Plug-in hybrid technology may seem a perfect solution for those with range anxiety, but it’s a concept with a limited shelf life, according to aspiring electric vehicle leader Volkswagen. The German car-maker, which wants to be the world’s top EV brand by 2025 by selling more than a million units annually, says that as battery technology improves and charging infrastructure grows to support demand, PHEVs will be phased out...


Volkswagen brand chairman to talk electric future, reveal concept at CES
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Volkswagen brand chairman to talk electric future, reveal concept at CES

The head of Volkswagen’s passenger car brand will use January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to offer new insight into the company’s vision for an electrified future. Earlier this year, it was confirmed that former BMW executive Dr. Herbert Diess, now chairman of the board of management for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, would present a keynote address at CES, but the details of his speech had not yet been revealed...


Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept debuts at Worthersee
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Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept debuts at Worthersee

The Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport concept was unveiled overnight at the annual Worthersee festival in Austria. Under the concept's white, blue and black body is a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that develops a total of 295kW of power and 670Nm of torque. Beneath the bonnet there's a 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine borrowed from the Polo R WRC...


Volkswagen Australia rules out offering any plug-in hybrids ... for now
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Volkswagen Australia rules out offering any plug-in hybrids ... for now

Volkswagen Australia has pulled the plug on any chance of plug-in hybrid models such as the Volkswagen Golf GTE and all-new Volkswagen Passat. While sister brand Audi will launch the new A3 Sportback e-tron early in 2015 as a distinct third powertrain pillar for the brand, Volkswagen Australia has indicated it will instead focus its attention on conventional petrol and diesel models...


Volkswagen Golf GTE : Plug-in hybrid hot-hatch revealed
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Volkswagen Golf GTE : Plug-in hybrid hot-hatch revealed

Tagged a sporty plug-in hybrid, the Volkswagen Golf GTE will join the existing GTI and GTD  variants in the Mk7 hatchback range at next month’s Geneva motor show. The Golf GTE – the ‘E’ stands for ‘Electric’ – combines some of the sports styling cues of the Golf GTI hot-hatch with the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain of the Audi A3 e-tron that’s due to launch later this year...