Volkswagen is heavily advertised Project Trinity technology flagship championed by former Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess is said to be among the projects initiated by new CEO Oliver Blume, who replace Diess in September.
Blume, along with VW brand boss Thomas Schäfer, told employees of the plan to “review all projects and investments and determine if they are viable” in a memo, a copy was viewed last week by The Wall Street Journal (registration required).
Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal also reports that Project Trinity is likely to be delayed and the vehicle is already on schedule. factory 2 billion USD built in Germany is likely to be cancelled.
In late 2020, the VW Group first hinted at plans for the so-called Trinity Project from its VW brand to be built using highly automated production methods, which are being developed to improve efficiency and reduce costs at the automaker’s plants.
Volkswagen factory, Wolfsburg, Germany (photo by Richard Bartz)
The car itself, which VW says will launch in 2026, is expected to rival the Tesla Model 3 based on a highly standardized platform called the SSP (Scalable System Platform). The platform will standardize not only vehicle construction but also battery and software, and could eventually become the foundation for most vehicles in the VW Group’s brand portfolio.
Software, including self-driving technology, will also be a defining feature of Project Trinity and future VW Group vehicles. However, the VW Group’s new Cariad software development team has struggled to deliver, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Only in October, VW Group also said that it has planned new partner announcement on self-driving technology when Argo AI, the self-driving technology startup owned by the VW Group along with Ford, Turn off. While Cariad is tasked with developing self-driving technology for personal use, VW plans to exploit Argo AI technology for commercial use, especially for commercial use. robotaxi service scheduled to launch in Germany in 2025.
Despite the potential for delays in Project Trinity, the VW Group is pushing ahead with many other electric vehicle programs. VW . ID.Buzz pickup truck coming to the United States next year, and soon after that will be a sedan with ID badge to replace Passat. VW Group also debuted Scout Motors is based in the USThe company is developing a rugged electric SUV and related pickup truck that is on track for a 2026 launch.