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Volkswagen commits to plug-in hybrid technology

Volkswagen AG has traditionally relied on diesel engines to meet fuel-economy and emissions requirements, but it’s also looking closely at advancing its plug-in hybrid powertrains with regulations set to tighten in many of its key markets.

Volkswagen chairman Martin Winterkorn laid out details of auto giant’s plans at an event the night before the Paris motor show. They include a product blitz that starts with plug-in hybrid versions of the Porsche Panamera and the ultra high-performance hybrid, the 918, in 2013.

VW will also launch plug-in variants of the Passat and Golf in 2014. They will be joined by versions of the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q3 that year. A few years out, Audi will also get plug-in A6 and A8 models.

Winterkorn’s plans are for global markets. He didn’t specify when models would come to the United States

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