Volkswagen to produce electric version of each vehicle by 2030

Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 – Five to look out for

The German automaker said it will spend more than €50 billion ($60 billion) on battery cells as it pushes to electrify all 300 models in its range by 2030.

"They comply with the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) requirements and they meet the requirements and needs of our customers", he added. It's a bid for stability in an industry roiled by change. The version shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show (12 September) was an updated model of the one shown at the Shanghai Motor Show in April this year.

Volkswagen described the purchase as "one of the largest procurement" programs in automotive history, signaling it is accelerating the shift to electrified vehicles after its diesel emissions scandal. No other reproduction or distribution is permitted without prior written consent.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will formally open the Frankfurt IAA to the public on Thursday. Daimler will show off a fully electric, compact vehicle under its EQ brand, which represents the company's push into areas it has bundled under the acronym CASE: connected, autonomous, shared and services, and electric.

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Mercedes-Benz followed Volvo, JLR and VW with a promise that it would offer electric versions of all its cars via an announcement at Frankfurt. For economic and practical reasons, we can't expect cars powered by traditional fuel sources to disappear overnight. The automaker has promised however, that these engines will deliver great performance while meeting emissions standards. And then there is the big issue, Africa.

VolkswagenVolkswagen first introduced the ID concept during the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Mueller on Monday said that diesel remains a key part of the company's strategy.

IHS estimates diesel's market share will fall from 49.7 percent in Europe to 46.9 percent this year, and to 32.8 percent by 2025.

Even Porsche, part of Volkswagen, didn't wait for the show but showed off its new Cayenne SUV on August 29 with an elaborate streamed event from its base in Stuttgart, Germany.

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Automakers will be eager to show off technologies that can help people get around without owning a vehicle.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, will speak at the opening ceremony, while Google is a sponsor for the media night. The automaker will invest €20 billion ($25 billion) in the project and has plans to invest another €50 billion ($59.8 billion) on batteries.

The main reason to hold an auto show, of course, is to show off autos. New offerings of SUV or SUV-like body stylings on compact auto platforms include: Volkswagen's T-Roc, the SEAT Arona, Jaguars E-Pace, Kia Stonic, Citroen C3 Aircross and the Skoda Karoq.

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Among the cars people can more easily afford were compact SUVs like the Volkswagen T-Roc, Kia Stonic, Citroen C3 Aircross, and Seat Arona.

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