Volkswagen is still committed to bringing a mid-size SUV to the North American market, in an effort to introduce a new high-volume vehicle to the brand.
Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen CEO, told a meeting of dealers that VW will “take initiative” in the mid-size SUV segment, which is viewed as a crucial segment by the brand for US expansion. Winterkorn is aiming for 800,000 units sold annually by 2018, nearly double the number of VW’s sold in 2012.
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The SUV will be larger than the Tiguan, and cheaper than the Touareg, and will likely take most of its inspiration from the CrossBlue Concept. The CrossBlue was introduced at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, sporting seating for seven and an innovative diesel-hybrid powertrain. The new SUV may also sample from the CrossCoupe Concept, a smaller, coupe-styled SUV akin to the Range Rover Evoque.
[Source: Automotive News]
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