New group models in 2019
We launched a large number of attractive new models in fiscal year 2019 with which we aim to excite our customers. Our extensive product portfolio covers almost all key segments and body types, with offerings from small cars to super sports cars in the passenger car segment, and from pickups to heavy trucks and buses in the commercial vehicles segment, as well as motorcycles.
The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand continued its global product initiative in the past year, rounding out its SUV portfolio with the new T-Cross. The T-Cross wins over customers with its colorful individualization options for the vehicle’s interior and exterior along with considerable versatility in the interior. The new T-Roc R stands out in particular due to its striking dynamics for its vehicle class. The Passat – a classic in the model range – was given a fresh look and many new technical features and is the first Volkswagen to be equipped with the latest generation of the infotainment system that is now permanently connected to the internet. Innovative driver assistance systems such as Travel Assist have also been included. In addition to the Passat GTE, which has also been updated, Volkswagen is pushing the electrification of its model range with the new e-up!, which now has a range of up to 260 km. The e-Golf and electric versions of the popular Bora and Lavida saloons were launched in China. The Magotan received a sweeping model update. Volkswagen met the steadily growing demand for SUV models with the Teramont X SUV coupé and a version of the T-Cross that has been adapted to meet the needs of local customers. Successor models to the Bora, Polo and Sagitar were unveiled. To tap the full potential of the Chinese market, Volkswagen Passenger Cars launched the JETTA brand there, closing a gap between the volume segment and entry-level mobility with its VA3 and VS5 models. JETTA appeals in particular to first-time buyers by offering a fresh design, a high level of safety and good value for money. In the United States, a completely updated version of the Passat was unveiled in 2019. South America saw the premiere of the T-Cross, which has been tailored to the needs of local customers.
The Audi brand brought out the versatile Q3 Sportback in 2019. In showcasing the RS Q3 and RS Q4 models, the brand is demonstrating its expertise as a manufacturer of high-performance vehicles. This was also impressively evident elsewhere: the Audi e-tron SUV with its all-electric drive system was launched in Europe, China and the United States. A high-quality interior and a plethora of technical highlights make this a compelling vehicle; for example, thin cameras and displays in the door trims take over the function of the exterior mirrors. With extensive product updates in the A4 and Q7 series, the successful models not only have a fresh look but are also made more efficient by mild hybrid versions. In China, the best-selling A6 saloon and the Q3 were modernized from the ground up in 2019.
ŠKODA rolled out the new Scala in the reporting period. The hatchback impresses with a spacious interior, the latest technology based on the Modular Transverse Toolkit and an attractive price-performance ratio. With the new Kamiq SUV, ŠKODA is meeting the high demand for compact SUVs. Both the Superb saloon and the Superb estate have been revamped and provide the latest connectivity solutions.
The SEAT brand continued its SUV product initiative in 2019 with the Tarraco. The model joins the smaller Arona and Ateca models in the offroader series and stands out with its assertive, emotional design language. SEAT launched its first model with an all-electric drive, the Mii electric.
In 2019, Porsche impressed its customers with the all-electric Taycan featuring a puristic design, an all-digital interior and dynamic performance. In addition, different versions of the reinterpreted iconic car, the 911, were rolled out; this is distinguished by many Porsche Connect functions as well as by vehicle components that can be adjusted to the driving situation, such as the chassis and transmission. The Cayenne Coupé also boasts a variety of features ranging from its carbon roof to an E-Hybrid version.
After launching the third generation of the Continental GT in the preceding year, Bentley rolled out the open-top GTC version in the reporting period. In addition, the brand expanded its successful Bentayga series by adding the powerful yet low-emission Bentayga Hybrid and the dynamic Bentayga Speed. The new Flying Spur once again claims the apex of the automotive premium class for itself with expressive lines and technical innovations.
In 2019, Lamborghini upgraded its Huracán EVO Coupé and Spyder super sports cars and brought out the Aventador SVJ Roadster.
Bugatti celebrated its 110th birthday in 2019 with a special edition of the Chiron Sport. The one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noire pays homage to the golden era of Ettore and Jean Bugatti in the 1930s.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has extensively updated all versions of the T6. The T6.1 impressively offers a new instrument cluster and center console, including the latest generation of the infotainment system, as well as a completely redesigned front end.
In 2019, Scania unveiled the new generation of Citywide buses, which will be offered with a wide variety of drive concepts including an all-electric version.
MAN presented the latest generation of its Lion’s City series of city buses in fiscal year 2019; these can be ordered with a diesel, gas or electric drive.
The models Ducati launched in 2019 include the Panigale V4 R, the Monster 821 Stealth, two versions of the Multistrada and four upgraded members of the Scrambler family.