• Apr 27, 2009
As part of a far-reaching interview with Stefan Jacoby, Volkswagen's North American CEO, Automotive News has fleshed out some new details about the German automaker's forthcoming Chattanooga, Tennessee-built sedan, as well as the potential viability of the Polo subcompact in the States.

In the main, Jacoby allowed that the unnamed Chattanooga-built sedan will hit the market in the spring of 2012, with a targeted price tag of "around $20,000," and the car is tipped to rely on versions of the company's 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines that are already in production. Although the design has not yet been made public, Jacoby notes that the car was finalized over the last few weeks in Wolfsburg, and a rendering of the car (above) leaked out in February.

What else will be made in VW's new Tennessee plant? At the moment, there have been no firm decisions, but up for consideration, says Jacoby, are a compact SUV, a mid-size SUV, or something from "the Polo family."

About the latter – Jacoby says they have polled the company's dealership body in the States, and their response has been that the vehicle is not large enough to succeed in America. That said, VW appears to be considering a next-generation Polo sedan and/or a larger hatchback. While stopping short of confirming a model, VW's CEO did sound quite positive about the chances for a Polo when he said: "We are investigating what model we should start with and when we should start -- in 2011 or 2012."

[Source: Automotive News - subs. req.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Shame the real car won't look a thing like that, because that is dead sexy right there.

      ..Never thought I'd say that about a Volkswagen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      the Volkswagen Challenger?
      • 5 Years Ago
      maybe they are going to start making jettas good looking again like the MK4's
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Jacoby says they have polled the company's dealership body in the States, and their response has been that the vehicle is not large enough to succeed in America."

      Makes you wonder if the same dealer network thought the Routan would sell like hotcakes, or that the Phaeton would do great too. I think the dealer response can safely be interpreted as this: "I don't want to sell this, because I'm afraid noone would buy Rabbits/Golfs." It's like they don't get that this would bring many more first-time buyers into VW who would otherwise be shopping for a Fit or Yaris
      • 5 Years Ago
      ummm... can you recognize it's a sketch. Not even a pre-production model or the production car? It wont look like the camaro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Nosman, still getting used to the need to hit reply multiple times to get replying to to show up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ummmm....can anyone say a 2010 camaro clone??LOL!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        ya i agree.lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        I own a VW (an MKV R32 at that), but even I think it is bad when you have to clone a Chevy...

        Oh well, if the Wrangler can sell as a 4-Door, then the Camaro can too...

        Wait, maybe VW knows something we don't and a lot of 2010-2011 Camaro bodies will be coming up for sell soon for dirt cheap...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I seriously doubt the production version will look ANYTHING like a Camaro.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can it look like that for 20K? plz i want a VW Camaro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        At that price, it's going to have to be cheaped out in some crucial ways. Like, maybe, a kinda nasty interior or something like that. And simplified mechanicals.

        This car is not going to be very much like the super-nice VWs we've gotten used to in the last decade or so.

        It's going to hurt their reputation big-time, I predict.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Jetta is totally underrated. It is essentially the same size as a Passat, with the major difference being the trunk size. The Jetta has a smaller cabin, but HUGE trunk. The Jetta is a deceptively roomy car. I see no value in moving from a Jetta to a Passat. It's classified as a compact but is really like a mid-size. I think the Jetta cannibalizes the Passat. I see about 20 Jettas on the road for every Passat. To the casual observer, they look exactly the same.

      I don't understand what this new mid-size sedan is supposed to be. The official word was that it was a NA-only car that is not a Jetta or Passat. If that's the case, I suspect that the Passat will leave NA and will be replaced by a bigger car that will compete more competitively with Accord and Camry. There is no way they can sustain Jetta, mystery car, and Passat.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Very skeptical here. How good could an americanized VW at 20K be? The 2.5 is already long-in-the-tooth now. It's gonna be the base engine in 2 years? As I see it, Americanized means big and soft, which is opposed to what VW cars are supposed to be
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the 2.5 was obsolete when it came out. It's not as efficient as comparable engines in it's displacement category. The only thing I'll give it is it's more efficient than the the 2.0 I4 from the late 90's it replaced.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Think of how good a $20K Camry, Accord, Malibu, or Fusion is. All are 4cyl(sub 200hp) somewhat cheap cars.

        Those are the target market of the new "mid-size" sedan methinks. Especially considering that the base price they mention is also the typical base price of those cars.

        That's also expected to be the bottom price, so you'll also be able to option up the car to the high $20K, low $30K range as well, just like the competition. It won't be a great car at $20K, but neither are the competiton at the same price point honestly(in comparison to their up-level trims).

        I think it's a wise move by VWoA considering that neither the Jetta nor Passat really competes with those cars due to price(Passat is more expensive), size(Jetta is smaller), etc. A car from VW aimed at the major players in the mid-size class will do much better.

        Also, the 2.5L is long in the tooth? Really? It's been around since 2006. How many other engines are all-new since then?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The thing is, VW's dealer network is retarded.

      And they've proven it time and time again.

      So, VW should really take what their own dealer network says with a grain of salt. (In fact, they should probably fire much of their dealer network.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think we all agree the dealer network rarely makes choices the enthusiast would make.

        That being said, their job is to make money catering to the masses. HAving a Scirocco and a GTI is great for the enthusiast to pick from poor from a dealer perspective who has to increase his inventory levels for two 3-door hatchbacks.

        Also, look at Pontiac's G8. LOTS of enthusiasts love the car, know about the car, rave about the car, wanted the car here; but their BEST month was 3000 units just now. they are obviously not making friends and influencing people. And thats with the fact that you can get one for the price of an Accord or Camry.

        If I am running a business, I'm listening to the dealers. If I'm a car enthusiast with unlimited funds, I'm listening to my heart.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Not only VW's, Mercs kept the SMART out of the US for about half a decade. It seems dealer networks are a catch 22, especially in the case of VW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow, a VW Interceptor a la NAIAS 2007
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...and the car is tipped to rely on versions of the company's 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines that are already in production."

        There was talk months ago that the USDM 2.5 ltr would be phased out..and in place would be the Twincharged 1.4 TSI. So what gives...
        • 5 Years Ago
        "...and the car is tipped to rely on versions of the company's 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter engines that are already in production."

        There was talk months ago that the USDM 2.5 ltr would be phased out..and in place would be the Twincharged 1.4 TSI. So what gives...
      • 5 Years Ago
      To me it looks like a Camaro and Accord Coupe compromise.
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