“In Europe, we will go out of business with combustion vehicles between 2033 and 2035,” he said. Volkswagen Sales Director Klaus Zellmer told “Münchner Merkur” on Saturday. Exit in the United States and China will come a little later, Zelmer said, and in South America and Africa it will “take a little longer.”

Audi It was announced that the last combustion engines would be rolled out by 2033 at the latest. Volkswagen wants it to take a little longer to get out. Zelmer confirmed that Volkswagen will continue to invest in improving its combustion engines. This also applies to diesel. The planned tightening of the EU diesel emissions standard “will certainly be a particular challenge”. However, diesel engines are “still in high demand”, especially among customers who travel long distances.

Semiconductor bottlenecks are a cause for concern

The group remains concerned about supply bottlenecks in semiconductors. This is “the biggest challenge we have to solve at the moment,” Zellmer told the newspaper. The supply of chips will remain strained in the coming months, and “production adjustments cannot be ruled out.” However, an improvement is expected in the second half of the year.

Due to the massive delivery problems of electronic components, many car manufacturers have recently been forced to cut production and cancel entire work shifts. Volkswagen also had to stop production due to a lack of chips.

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