VW reaffirms commitment to sell mid-sized SUV in the US

Article by Anita Panait, on July 13, 2013

Volkswagen AG chief executive Martin Winterkorn has reiterated the carmaker's commitment to selling a mid-sized sports utility vehicle in the United States. During a closed-door meeting with the brand's US dealers, Winterkorn said VW needs to and will take initiative in the mid-sized SUV segment of the US vehicle market, according to a transcript of his remarks viewed by Automotive News.

Winterkorn's statement is a clear sign that VW is nearing a decision to produce an SUV larger than the current Tiguan and less expensive than the Touareg. The Volkswagen brand is targeting to sell 800,000 vehicles annually in the US by 2018, nearly twice its sales in 2012. Members of the VW's executive board told Automotive News in March 2013 that a business plan for an SUV was in development.

The members added that there is still room to build an assembly line for the SUV at VW's assembly site in Chattanooga. At the meeting, Winterkorn brought with him the three-row, seven-seat CrossBlue SUV Concept that the carmaker unveiled at the 2013 Detroit auto show.

It also brought the five-seat CrossBlue Coupe SUV Concept that was shown at the 2013 Shanghai auto show. US dealers have been clamoring for years for such SUV that would be another volume model that would go along with mass-market sedans such as the Jetta and Passat.

Topics: vw, suv

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Alpine is said to be developing an SUV which is believed to be the Porsche Macan’s closest rival. According to AutoExpress, the newly revived performance brand has been looking to...
by - July 20, 2017
Two years ago, there was a patent filed by Honda Motors under the name “baby NSX”. It then had a angular sports car design that is clearly mid-engine, and had...
by - July 20, 2017
The long awaited 2018 Buick Regal GS has finally been revealed by the company, following several leaked photos and information in the past few months. The thing is, if you’ve...
by - July 20, 2017
Earlier this month, we learned that France has made moves to ban diesel and gasoline fueled cars by stopping them from entering the city. More than that, they plan to...
by - July 19, 2017
The new 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is on the way, but still, all we had been seeing are camouflaged prototypes of the eight generation of this iconic nameplate. Fortunately though,...
by - July 19, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries