The world in motion
Life is movement. Even so, how people define individual mobility and what they expect of it vary from region to region. With its wide range of brands, models and technologies, the Volkswagen Group is keeping people on the move all around the world.
Coach Carlos María Ulloa (62) is a legend in the world of polo. Known as “Polito”, he trains around 60 horses on his farm every year. He only has a few months to turn a pony into a real “Polo Argentino” – and it is intensive work. To get around, he drives a Volkswagen Amarok1. With this reliable and cost-effective solution, he can transport equipment for his many “trainees” over the dusty Pampas tracks.
Alina Ivanowa (32) used to be on the road for business almost every week. The highway was her second home. Today, the mother of two children works part-time. She drives to the nearby office in the morning. In the early afternoon, she picks up the kids from school and does the shopping. Thanks to her Golf GTE 2, her day-to-day driving is all-electric and emission-free. And an economical TSI petrol engine combined with the electric motor provide the range needed for the whole family to visit friends who live further afield on the weekend.
When Jörg Schlinkheider (44) sits in morning traffic in his Audi A7 Sportback on highway 101, he is not still on his way to the office like most other road users. He is already at work. The Audi engineer of the Volkswagen Group of America is testing a function that could be a great help on congested highways in future. His vehicle moves piloted through the slow traffic independently and accurately – and without his intervention. And although Schlinkheider always has a close eye on handling, once the technology goes into series production in the next Audi A8, the assistance system will help drivers to reach their destination comfortably and safely.
Soo-Hee Park (28) loves the many facets of life in Seoul, home to 26 million people. While on her morning commute, the office worker often arranges to meet friends later on. After clocking off for the day, they visit the Namdaemun Market for something spicy to eat, or a tea house in the Insadong district. Soo-Hee then takes the subway far out of the city and climbs into her Tiguan3. She lives in her parents’ village, a long way from any train line. Its secluded location gives her the peace and quiet she needs to recharge for the next day.
On the first Saturday of every month, winegrower Martin Stein (37) clocks lap after lap of the Nürburgring in his SEAT Leon Cupra4. Cruising the legendary racetrack is his passion. Here, the motorsport fan can experience speed and g-force. This is an important counterpoint to his life during the week – his tractor usually only travels at walking pace when he works in the family’s nearby vineyards.
1 Volkswagen Amarok fuel consumption in l/100 km combined from 6.8 to 8.5; CO2 emissions in g/km combined from 179 to 224.
2 Volkswagen Golf GTE fuel consumption in l/100 km combined from 1.5 to 1.7; energy consumption in kWh/100 km combined 11.4 to 12.4; CO2 emissions in g/km combined from 35 to 39.
3 Volkswagen Tiguan fuel consumption in l/100 km combined from 5.3 to 8.5; CO2 emissions in g/km combined from 138 to 198.
4 SEAT Leon Cupra fuel consumption in l/100 km combined from 6.4 to 6.6; CO2 emissions in g/km combined from 149 to 154.