VW To Build Plug-in Hybrid Cars In China As Pollution Reforms Open The Market

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April 03, 2014 AT 7:24 AM
Volkswagen plans to make plug-in cars in China, seeing a big potential market as the country's leaders fight hazardous levels of air pollution with measures that include boosting green power. VW will announce its plans at the Beijing auto show on April 19-20 and will build the plug-in hybrids - a combined petrol engine and electric motor that can travel longer distances on battery power than ordinary hybrids - with their Chinese partner First Automotive Works. Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, is a late starter in terms of making environmentally-friendly cars in China, even though the country is its No. 1 market and accounted for a third of last year's record 9.7 million global deliveries.