Friday, September 16, 2005

Main Points from Len Hunt's Alpha Driver Webcast

On September 7, Len Hunt appeared in a webcast exclusively for members of Volkswagen's Alpha Driver program. He answered a few questions submitted by members about the new Passat and other future models.

The first thing that was mentioned is the various launch dates for several Passat trim levels. Len Hunt has confirmed the following dates.

  • 3.6L is available at the end of October
  • 2.0T manual transmission available at November
  • 3.6L automatic with 4-motion available in early December
  • Passat Wagon 2.0T front drive and 3.6L front drive and 4-motion available February 2006
Len Hunt also mentioned that there are currently no plans for a Passat 2.0T with 4-motion.

The Eos has also been confirmed to be launched May of next year. The 5-door GTI can also be expected mid- to late-summer. Unfortunately, however, Len Hunt has confirmed that Volkswagen has dropped the Concept R from their product program. There are also no plans for a 7-seater Touraeg, specifically, although Volkswagen does have a plan for a 7-seater, mid-size SUV. Len Hunt also said that Volkswagen does realize the need for a vehicle in the entry-level segment and said that they are working on it.

One of the things also mentioned was that Volkswagen will be looking to the Alpha Driver members again for feedback regarding another model that will be based on the New Beetle Ragster that was revealed in Detroit. No other details were provided. Vague details were also provided but they also alluded to an R36. No word if it will be in a Golf or a Jetta but they definitely said they were working on one. Len Hunt did say that they want to expand the R series and that they are working on more R series vehicles. Len Hunt also alluded to a CRV sized SUV and a Passat-sized 4-door coupe.

When asked whether Volkswagen is considering to build a factory in the US, Len Hunt said that Volkswagen still wants to fully utilze the Puebla, Mexico factory, as well as other factories around the world and that they are not looking to the US for building another factory.

Among other things, Len Hunt also mentioned that Volkswagen is working hard with dealers to provide better service thorough the dealerships.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Concept R? I think i might have just bought my last VW for a long time. :(

Wed Sep 21, 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Lorenzo said...

I as well am disappointed. With the right marketing, this could have brought VW back in North America. Just look at the Solstice/sky for GM. Its not even out yet and people already can't wait.

Thu Sep 22, 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a huge disappointment! The Concept R could have been the next New Beetle... Sad, very sad!!!!

Wed Sep 28, 09:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a huge disappointment! The Concept R could have been the next New Beetle... Sad, very sad!!!!

Wed Sep 28, 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Lorenzo said...

My sentiments exactly.

Wed Sep 28, 01:14:00 PM  

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