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World premiere in Geneva –

After the compact I.D., the I.D. CROZZ SUV and the I.D. BUZZ van, the I.D. family is once again welcoming a new member. Volkswagen is showing off its futuristic luxury-class sedan with the I.D. VIZZION – and fully electric, no less.

In just a few years, cars will virtually have turned into smartphones on wheels. They are intuitive and easy to use, and feature voice and gesture controls. They are capable of learning as they come with built-in artificial intelligence. The real highlight? They will drive autonomously, which means they will be built without a driver’s seat or steering wheel. The I.D. VIZZION is a model for this automotive future, and is sure to be the source of much commotion at the Geneva Motor Show (March 8 to 18).

"Volkswagen is making progress"

CEO Herbert Diess on the current position and future of the brand. The most important excerpts from his speech at the press conference in Geneva.

"Volkswagen is making progress. The basis for this success is the biggest product and technology drive in the brand’s history."

"In a few weeks we will introduce our brand’s new flagship SUV, the new Touareg. Our compact city SUV, the T-Cross, will arrive later in the year. By 2020, we will have expanded ourworldwide offerings to 19 SUV models."

"The basis for the I.D. Vizzion is the MEB, our radically designed technology platform for electric mobility. Our four concept vehicles in the I.D. series show what the architecture is capable of, and what a powerful tool Volkswagen possesses with it. It’s in Volkswagen’s DNA that every model we bring to market is one of the best – in terms of safety, functionality and quality."

Here are the key facts



is the car of a brand new era. It shows off the concept for a luxury sedan in the next generation of electric vehicles.


is the car of the future. Its virtual controls and Level 5 autonomous driving, meaning it drives without a driver, offer a glimpse into what mobility will be like in 2030.


creates a whole new sense of freedom. It gives its passengers the gift of time because it drives autonomously and is fully connected.


takes us into a third dimension. It unites the real world and the virtual world through the technology of augmented reality. Mixed reality glasses create the link between man and machine. This transforms the I.D. VIZZION into a smartphone on wheels – intuitive to operate and controlled by your voice.


learns and communicates with its guests on board through a virtual assistant, called a host.


is a home, only mobile. Open Space is a large lounge that can be highly customized to suit individual ideas and preferences.


creates a comfortable atmosphere on board – right from the start. The I.D. VIZZION checks on its passengers’ well-being and can, for example, change the climate controls or ambient lighting if desired.


makes driving safer than ever before. It recognizes its passengers using facial scanning and opens the doors for them. It also sets up customized driving profiles, for example whether a passenger prefers techno or classical music, or how light or dark, warm or cool the car should be.


Micromobility made by Volkswagen

Volkswagen is transforming itself from a vehicle manufacturer to a mobility provider. The proof? The brand is presenting two electric scooters for urban transportation with its Cityskater and Streetmate, now almost production-ready.

Two wheels in front, one to the rear. The Cityskater is steered by the driver shifting their weight – with a footboard for each leg. First shown in 2015 under the name Last Mile Surfer, the electric scooter will be hitting the market in 2018. It can drive at speeds of up to 20 km/h with a range of 15 kilometers, making it a truly viable alternative for short trips in the city. The Cityskater can be charged using a normal 230-volt plug socket. After less than an hour it has enough charge for a 7.5-kilometer journey. The e-scooter, which is perfect for short trips, weights 11.9 kilograms, which means it fits easily on subways and metro trains and can be folded down in the trunk of a car. The aim is for it to be permitted to be driven in bicycle lanes.

Problems finding parking? Not with the Streetmate. The e-scooter for medium distances can hit speeds of up to 45 km/h with a range of 35 kilometers, and is so flexible that it fits in even the tightest parking spots. It can be driven sitting or standing, but a helmet and driver’s license are required when driving in Europe. The scooter accelerates with thumb pressure. When the driver decelerates, the rear wheel hub motor functions as a generator, recovering energy via recuperation. A watertight and waterproof 5.3-inch display is built in to the center of the handlebars.

Different displays are possible, including range, battery charge and, when paired with a smartphone, even navigation. Speaking of the battery, it has a 1.3-kilowatt capacity. When charged with 500-watt power, it is fully charged again after just two hours and 15 minutes. The lithium-ion battery is integrated into the base, giving the e-scooter an exceptionally low center of gravity, which, in turn, makes for a great driving experience. Another handy feature is that the battery is not permanently fitted, but can be removed so the driver can charge it at home or at work. The Streetmate’s market launch date is yet to be determined.

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