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Volkswagen Says It Will Bring Electric Vehicle to U.S. in Two Years

¶ DETROIT — Volkswagen, the largest of the European automakers, will bring its first electric car to the United States in two years, joining an increasingly crowded field of battery-powered vehicles on the market.
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An e-Golf at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Volkswagen said it would develop more electric vehicles.

¶ A Volkswagen official said on Tuesday that the e-Golf — an electrified version of the company’s subcompact car — would go on sale in 2015 as part of a broader plan to introduce more alternative-fuel models.

¶ It is an important step for a company that is trying to expand rapidly in the United States, but has not kept pace with the market recently.

¶ Marc Trahan, an executive vice president for Volkswagen’s American unit, said VW could follow the e-Golf with more electrified models if demand increased.

¶ “We want to be the leader in the global context, but other manufacturers have gotten a little ahead of the curve,” Mr. Trahan said after a speech to the Automotive Press Association here.
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