Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Volkswagen of America gets green light to expand lineup

This isn't really new news, just reassurance that they will happen. Volkswagen of America VP Adrian Hallmark has revealed in an interview with Automobile News that he has, for a long time, been pushing the bigwigs at Wolfsburg to expand Volkswagen's model lineup in the US. Now, it appears that Wolfsburg has approved certain models to be added to Volkswagen's US lineup.

“The specific products we requested have been through an absolutely critical review process, in detail,” he told Automotive News. “Small details have been changed, but nothing that will fundamentally threaten the cars or the timing.”

So the following models are guaranteed to be in Volkswagen's US lineup:
  • Tiguan small SUV
  • Four-door coupé (Which apparently could be this. Doubt it, though.)
  • Minivan from Chrysler
So, as I've mentioned, nothing really we didn't know, except for maybe the four-door coupé, which we haven't heard of for a long while. As for time frames, The Tiguan is slated to hit US streets in the second half of 2008, while the Chrysler minivan, dubbed "Project M" will also make an appearance in the second half of 2008. As for the four-door coupé, still no definite time frame. Best guess is sometime in 2008 with a possible premiere at September's Frankfurt show. There is also word of a Phaeton replacement for the US. Now, whether this means the 2nd gen Phaeton or a whole other model remains to be seen.

Source: eGMCarTech


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a Polo? How about a Polo GTI? How about more models with 4-Motion?

Thu. Apr. 19, 07:16:00 a.m.  
Blogger Lorenzo said...

Judging by how much resistance Hallmark received just getting those three models approved, he'll have a heck of a time getting other approved.

The sad reality is that the US is not Volkswagen's largest market anymore. Now whether you accept that as an excuse regarding Volkswagen's recent actions in North America, that's up to you. No doubt Volkswagen needs something smaller than a Golf and there needs to be more 4Motion models and even diesel (Polo or Passat BlueMotion) options.

If you feel like that kid in Oliver Twist who wanted more porridge and was sternly denied, you're not alone.

Thu. Apr. 19, 07:35:00 p.m.  

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