VW CEO tests Tesla Model Y and calls it VW ‘benchmark’ car

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VW CEO Hebert Diess revealed that after having the ID.3 tested by Elon Musk, he himself tested the Tesla Model Y, which he said is a “benchmark” car for the German manufacturer.Much has been said about Tesla CEO Elon Musk and VW Hebert Diess meeting last week.

The latter confirmed yesterday that there was no ongoing deal between the two automakers and that it was basically Diess checking out Musk’s latest electric car.

Today, Diess added that he had tested the Model Y, and he had this to say:

Of course, I also tested a Tesla Model Y – with my colleague Frank Welsch. This car is for us in many ways (not in all!) A benchmark: user experience, update, driving characteristics, performance of high-end models, charging network, range.

He shared the following image from his Model Y test drive:

This isn’t the first time Diess has praised Tesla, especially when it comes to user experience and software updates.

VW has had issues with the ID.3 software, which is believed to have been part of the reason the German automaker started production of the electric car last year and is only on the verge of release. deliver.

The Volkswagen boss has also implemented what he internally called the “Tesla catch-up plan” to bridge the software gap between the German manufacturer and Tesla.

In his commentary on the Model Y test drive today, Diess also added a slight criticism aimed at automakers who don’t build their electric cars from scratch:

Big advantage: the Y model was / is designed as an electric car – just like the ID.3. Many of our competitors are still using their ICE platforms. As a result, they don’t get the best electric vehicles.

For a long time, many automakers would upgrade existing vehicle platforms to make electric vehicles.

VW itself has done this with the e-Golf and is only now switching to an all-electric platform called MEB.

Most other automakers take the same approach, with the exception of a few that instead bet on a multi-powertrain platform that supports gasoline, hybrid, and all-electric powertrains.

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