• Jan 20th 2011 at 6:29PM
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It looks like a few more details have shown up on the rumored addition to the Volkswagen SUV family. According to Auto Express, the newcomer will have its sights set dead on the American market and will boast seating for seven. It will also carry a slimmer price tag than the current Touareg, all of this courtesy of VW America guru Jonathan Browning.

Auto Express is also reporting that the new crossover/SUV will most likely be built here in the U.S. at the company's Chattanooga, Tennessee manufacturing facility alongside the new Passat.

The German automaker has made no secret of the fact that it wants nothing more than to carve out a larger chunk of the American auto market, and doing so will require a portfolio of vehicles that caters more specifically to Yankee tastes. By 2018, VW wants to sell 800,000 vehicles in the land of the free. Last year the company managed to move 256,830 units.

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not bring their Anorak small truck instead?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can thank your government and the chicken tax for that one.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Yet another SUV, and no Amarok pickup. No thanks, VW.

        At this rate, Great Wall will be selling trucks long before VW will.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even though minivans are better people movers, and crossovers/station wagons are better for gear, some people still need 7-seat crossovers (namely my mom)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Still waiting for my Audi S4 Avant…
        • 4 Years Ago
        How exactly is a crossover better for "gear" than a minivan?

        Given the taller passenger compartment, (typically) lower load height, and newer innovations like stowaway seats, I would say that a minivan is MUCH better for "gear".

        Unfortunately, like the station wagon, they've been tagged with a soccer-mom stigma (I still don't know how SUVs/Crossovers have avoided this). And sadly most Americans would rather own a top-heavy vehicle that's good at nothing than be thought of as a reasonable person with a family.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also, most SUV drivers are suburb dwellers, often on their 2nd or 3rd marriage, with usually at least one kid from each, thats 4-6+ on a family outing!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The most common use is when there are more than two generations in the vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about they make a more fuel efficient competitor to the Subaru Forester first? I am sick of all these stupid oversized SUVs with their fuel economy in the teens... Come on, seriously. Can't someone make something in the current Forester shape and size, with lots of cargo space, AWD, and break the 30 mpg highway mark? I will be impressed when that happens. Until then, it's all the same old tired crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another 7 passenger SUV? Just what we need!
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about me? OK I'm white but born in Africa so maybe you can count me as black to keep your theory true;)
      Got three already, trying for that forth you know - hey it's always fun trying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If VW wants to increase market share that much, they will have to convince buyers that their cars have quality. Look how Hyundai has done by changing their quality perception.

      I really don't think VW can get that large of market share - Toyota's drop has leveled out, Hyundai/Kai is growing like crazy,
      Ford is on the upswing, and GM and Chrysler are coming out with better products and their sales are up. And the Chinese will be coming.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      A better question to ask would have been "How many people with 7-seat SUVs have more than 2 kids anyways". Nowadays it seems de rigueur to buy a massive SUV before the second kid is even born.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Oh boy, if VW had this idea in 1980, they would really have something. DOH!!!!!

      But, "We are invested in finding out what we need to do to get people into our dealers", says VW. What a bunch of crap. They haven't a clue. How many Uber SUV's do they think they'll sell?

      Now if they said that "we realize we've repeatedly missed the mark and will first build a new Bus, and focus on what we do best - practical designs like we have everywhere else", and we'll listen to current owners and dump the focus groups".

      Then I'd start to hope they've gotten their collective heads out of their arse's. But I'm not at all convinced. Maybe they don't give a crap what we think. So, in the meantime we have the Routan. wooppeee!!!!!! Idiots.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if this new SUV will be upscale like the Touereg, or cheap and downgraded like the new Passat and Jetta...?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not the answer to any question I asked.

      That said, the reason for 7 passenger SUVs isn't the number of kids. It's car seats.

      Back in the malaise era, if you had three kids, you threw 'em in the back and they figured it out. Add a couple friends and a grandparent and somebody sat on somebody's lap. No problem.

      Now, we (understandably) have car seats. Have you ever tried to sit between two car seats or put three car seats in a back seat? I didn't think so.
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