Plans are still being laid at Volkswagen to market its GTD diesel performance hatchback in North America.
Next month, the company will launch its seventh-generation Golf family in the U.S., roughly a year after it did so in Europe. More than a year ago during the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, rumblings of the company’s plan to sell that model here began surfacing. On Monday, VW North American CEO Michael Horn told MotorTrend that the company still plans to make good on that, but probably not until 2016 or even early 2017.
Last month, Horn said Volkswagen can’t produce the 2.0-liter turbo diesel required for the GTD at its Puebla, Mexico plant where it will build the North American market Golf. That engine needs to come from Germany, which would risk pushing the GTD to an unrealistic price point. Still, Horn says the company hasn’t given up.