Volkswagen’s much-hyped Challenge Trinity technological flagship championed by former Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess is reportedly among the many initiatives beneath a assessment initiated by new CEO Oliver Blume, who changed Diess in September.
Blume, along with VW model boss Thomas Schäfer, advised staff about plans to “assessment all initiatives and investments and decide whether or not they’re viable” in a memo, a replica of which was seen final week by The Wall Avenue Journal (subscription required).
Citing individuals conversant in the matter, The Wall Avenue Journal additionally reported that the Challenge Trinity will seemingly be delayed and the automobile’s deliberate $2 billion plant to be constructed in Germany doubtlessly canceled.
It was in late 2020 that VW Group first hinted at plans for the so-called Challenge Trinity from its VW model to be constructed utilizing extremely automated manufacturing strategies, that are being developed with a view to enhance efficiencies and scale back prices throughout the automaker’s vegetation.
The automobile itself, which VW stated can be launched in 2026, is anticipated to be a Tesla Mannequin 3 rival based mostly on a extremely standardized platform often known as the SSP (Scalable Programs Platform). The platform will standardize not solely car constructions but additionally battery cells and software program, and will finally find yourself underpinning a lot of the automobiles throughout the VW Group model portfolio.
Software program, together with self-driving expertise, may also be a defining function of the Challenge Trinity, and future automobiles from VW Group. Nonetheless, VW Group’s new Cariad software program growth crew has struggled to ship, in line with The Wall Avenue Journal.
Solely in October, VW Group additionally stated it deliberate to announce a brand new associate in self-driving expertise when Argo AI, the self-driving expertise startup owned by VW Group along with Ford, shut down. Whereas Cariad is tasked with growing self-driving expertise for personal use, VW deliberate to faucet Argo AI for expertise for business use, particularly for a robotaxi service due for launch in Germany in 2025.