German auto makers are struggling to compete with the rising cost of gasoline and diesel.
But they’re also trying to find new ways to get their products into the hands of consumers, particularly young people.
Here’s a look at how.
Automakers are hoping that a new generation of cars, powered by electric or hybrid technologies, will help them compete with cheaper, more fuel-efficient gasoline and fuel-efficiency diesel.
A key factor is the emergence of a new class of cars called the “electric” car, which could transform the auto industry.
And as automakers push into new markets, they’re finding that it’s not only cheaper to make cars that don’t rely on gas and diesel but also to make electric cars that do.
In Germany, the auto market is growing.
As of late February, more than 10 percent of new car sales were electric, according to auto industry body Deutsche Automobile AG.
In the United States, about 8 percent of sales are electric, and about 9 percent are hybrids.
Volkswagen’s new electric Beetle, for example, is powered by a battery pack that is 80 percent electric.
The company says that’s about 10 percent less expensive than a gasoline engine and about 5 percent less than a diesel engine.
Volkswagen also said that electric cars are about 10 to 20 percent less likely to have a mechanical problem than gasoline cars.
In Europe, Tesla, the electric car maker, is also expanding its product lineup, and it’s pushing to make its cars more fuel efficient and more fuel economy.
The Model 3, the company’s newest electric car, has been sold in the U.S. and in Germany and will be offered in Europe later this year.
The vehicle, which is equipped with a battery that’s 80 percent lithium ion, has a range of about 200 miles.
The new car also has the option of a high-tech automatic braking system.
A carmaker like Volkswagen can’t be expected to make an electric car that is just as efficient or as fuel-economy friendly as gasoline cars, especially in Germany.
“You cannot compete on the fuel economy,” said Andreas Kahl, an auto industry analyst at Berenberg Bank.
But the carmaker is also trying something different.
The German automaker has created a new “electric family,” the VW Group, which has introduced an electric hatchback, the VW Passat, and a new SUV, the Golf.
These cars are designed to appeal to younger customers.
They feature an array of technology features like electric power windows, automatic climate control, and lane departure warning.
The Golf is the companys first car that features a large solar array that’s connected to the roof of the car.
The solar array, which was installed in the summer of 2016, provides about 1,200 watts of power to the car and can recharge the battery within two hours.
In addition, the roof panels are made from glass, and the car is equipped to use battery packs that are made of lithium ion.
But Volkswagen’s ambition to sell these cars in Europe is part of a broader plan to expand the company into new market segments.
Volkswagen has already entered the global market for electric vehicles, but it’s also looking to expand its sales.
Last year, it bought German rival Daimler AG for $1.4 billion.
The Volkswagen Group also owns Volkswagen Group-Audi, which makes cars for the German carmaker, and Porsche, which sells its vehicles.
VW Group also has an interest in making electric vehicles because it wants to use the technology to reduce emissions.
“If you have to use less energy, that is the way to go,” said Stefan Dohn, an analyst at Bernstein Research.
Volkswagen is also aiming to get its electric vehicles into the U, where it has the biggest market share, within the next few years.
Volkswagen will be the first automaker to offer a gasoline-powered car in the United State.
But in the meantime, Volkswagen is going to be focused on building up its electric business.
It has already acquired Tesla Motors, which recently unveiled its electric crossover SUV, called the Bolt.
Volkswagen bought the electric-car startup from Tesla last year for about $1 billion.