Volkswagen’s product offensive may be larger than just new crossovers and SUVs.
Hans-Jakob Neusser, VW’s development chief told Automotive News that the decision on whether or not to green light the high-performance Golf R400 is coming very soon. “We are just in front of the decision to do it or not, but I personally think that we have good conditions to do it,” Neusser said. The R400 use a 394-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that sends power to all four wheels, giving it a 0 to 62 mph sprint of 3.9 seconds.
The CEO of VW America, Michael Horn, told Auto News about an entirely different product that the brand may offer in the future: a van. “We’re studying this, and personally I believe we should do something based on the technology which we already have in this market,” said Horn. One option mentioned by the CEO was the next-generation Crafter which is currently a Mercedes Sprinter-based commercial van, but will be moving onto its own platform when VW’s deal with Daimler ends this year. A small van, like the MQB-based Caddy, is another possible candidate for US adoption.
Introducing a new midsize crossover and a long-wheelbase redesigned Tiguan model are priorities for VW America right now and the company sees the potential for even more crossover models in the future. “I think first we have to make our two core models right, the Tiguan and the midsize SUV, but then there’s room for derivatives whether they’re priced upwards or priced downwards,” Horn said. “There’s definitely more potential in the market.”
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[Source: Automotive News]
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