Lack of E85-capable cars decreased Volkswagen's Swedish sales

08 November 2012 10:14  [Source: ICIS news]

MUNICH (ICIS)--Germany-based car manufacturer Volkswagen lost a significant share of automotive sales in Sweden because it did not initially introduce vehicles with the capability to use E85 (85% ethanol blended gasoline) fuel, said Frank Seyfried, head of group research, battery and fuels for Volkswagen on Thursday.

Speaking at the F.O. Licht World Ethanol and Biofuels conference in Munich, Germany, Seyfried said that vehicle development at Volkswagen is market-driven.

“We couldn’t find a profit base in Sweden and so had to live with lower sales there. We can produce E85 cars – that’s not a problem,” Seyfried said.

“We now offer vehicles in Sweden, the US and Brazil, but these are the only markets where E85 fuel is offered,” he added.

Seyfried said that since 2010 all Volkswagen engines have been made with the capability for gasoline blends of up to 20% ethanol.

By: Sarah Trinder
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