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Powertrains for the Chinese Market

28th International AVL Conference “Engine & Environment” in Graz


The 28th International AVL Conference “Engine & Environment” took place from 9th to 10th June 2016 at the Helmut List Halle in Graz, Austria. Since China has emerged to become the world’s leading vehicle market, the topic of this year’s AVL conference was “Powertrains for the Chinese Market: A Challenge for the Global Automotive Industry”. Presentations held by high-ranking indus-try representatives like Christian Chapelle (PSA Peugeot Citroën Group), Dieter Strobl (BMW Group), Wolfgang Warnecke (Shell Global Solutions) and Peter Gutzmer (Schaeffler AG) shed light on the conference topic.

Challenges in the Development of Global Powertrain Technologies


Possessing a comprehensive insight into the specific economic boundary conditions and the dynamics of the Chinese market is one of the greatest challenges affecting the development of global powertrain technologies. Therefore, during the conference, presentations ranged from topics such as legislation to viable powertrain solutions and technologies. This way more light was shed on the conference theme.

In 1988 AVL hosted the Engine and Environment conference for the first time to provide an independent, neutral and international platform to promote the interdisciplinary discussion of key aspects in engine and vehicle technology in a wider social context – environmental and energy issues as well as legal framework conditions.


With more than 12,200 employees, AVL is one of the world's leading mobility technology companies for development, simulation, and testing in the automotive industry and in other sectors such as rail, marine, and energy. Based on extensive in-house research activities, AVL delivers concepts, technology solutions, methodologies, and development tools for a greener, safer, and better world of mobility and beyond.

AVL supports international partners and customers in their sustainable and digital transformation. The focus lies on the areas of electrification, software, AI and automation. In addition, AVL supports companies in energy-intensive sectors on their way to a greener and more efficient energy generation and supply.

Innovation is AVL's passion. Together with an international network of experts at more than 90 locations and 45 Tech and Engineering Centers worldwide, AVL is driving the future of mobility. In 2023, the company generated a turnover of 2.05 billion Euros, of which 10 % are invested in R&D activities.

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