Earlier this month, Volkswagen’s annual meeting took place at its hometown in Wolfsburg, Germany. This year’s meeting was focused on the company’s business plan they call “Transform 2025+”. This plan is solely based on hybrid and electric vehicles.
Aside from providing updates on its hybrid and electric vehicles, Volkswagen also addressed what their agenda is when it comes to new models arriving in the next couple of months. And it seems like they have a handful of models arriving sooner than we thought. For instance, they just reconfirmed that the company will begin production of the all-new Polo next month, meaning that in the next coming weeks, photos of the supermini will probably be circulating around the web.
That’s just one of the few models VW will put in production. The T-Roc compact crossover, which is based on the Golf, will also hit the assembly line for the EU market as early as August. So in the next few months, we will finally see the brand new T-Roc with its covers off. The company also said that the compact crossover will be sold in the United States by 2019. The factory to build the T-Roc will be based in Palmela, Portugal.
Another model that we are excited about is the next-generation Touareg. The upcoming luxury SUV is expected to be larger than its predecessor, and will be specially made for the European market. This model will be entering production phase later this year in November, at its Slovakia plant. So let us hope to see this one live before the year ends at the Frankfurt Motor Show, or maybe even sooner online.
We also have some good news for the United States. Volkswagen announced that two new models will be entering production phase in the last quarter of 2017. One of them is the Virtus, which resembles the design of a Polo Sedan, and will be available in South America. Production for the Virtus is scheduled in the beginning of November. The other model would be the Jetta which is for the North American market. This one should start production just a month after the Virtus.
The German company also announced that they will continue focusing on producing SUVs, and that they will have no fewer than 19 models before the decade ends.
During the annual session, the company did not mention anything about the Phaeton, so it seems like the freshly launched Arteon will be leading the range, being the company’s range topping model for a few years before a higher model steps in the picture. However, we expect the Phaeton to make its comeback in 2020 or so as an electric vehicle.