Volkswagen is on a mission to dominate sales in almost ever category, with a goal of selling one million Audis and VWs yearly in the United States by 2018. Projected U.S. sales of both brands for 2012 is only 565,000. To bridge that gap, analysts say the two brands will need to compete in almost every sales category.

VW and Audi have the sedan customers covered, but offerings in the crossover segment are slim. Automotive News says it hears VW is planning a couple of crossover variants, the most interesting of which concerns a possible greenlight for the Microbus-inspired Bulli concept from the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Unnamed VW executives are said to have expressed interest in a Microbus-type crossover large enough for five adults. We think a retro-themed Veedub bus would look very nice next to the newly restyled Beetle.

Other rumors have VW developing a seven-seat crossover to compete with Ford's Explorer and the Honda Pilot. The new Chattanooga plant is probably where it would be built in time for sales in 2014.

Sources also say the upcoming Tiguan replacement will be "U.S.-sized" (i.e., larger) for 2014. Fewer than than 30,000 Tiguans are sold every year, possibly because of limited legroom and cargo space compared to competitors like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.


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      • 2 Years Ago
      If VW built a small bus like the concept they'd have a hit, hands down. Just do it!
      EJD1984
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish they would just build the 2000/2001 Microbus Concept. :-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhTXjQ59--g
      RMR
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, this concept was introduced over a year ago, most comments were favorable (except it being to small) and the comments about the early 2000's microbus concept were also favorable. So ALL this time later, VW is still thinking with it's arse' about what, whether, or how to make UP THEIR FRIGGING minds about building one. I like my VW's, but seriously, VW can't make up their minds in the face of FAVORABLE comments about concepts that bring back memories of one of the two models that MADE the BRAND. Sometimes the krauts think too much - come on you dunces - give us a fun, practical, adaptable, many purpose vehicle.........DOH!!!!! More than likely - I'm expecting them to have ten Decision Tree Committees to figure out what most already know..........DOH!!!!
      icerabbit
      • 2 Years Ago
      Make it a more versatile vehicle the size of Sharan / Routan, not just another CUV aka reskinned Tiguan.
      RMR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's a thought; VW is doing more mental masterbating because the Bulli conceot was supposed to compete/be the same size as a Scion xB. BUT the xB is being discontinued and seeing as how VW's plan for global domination goes through Toyota - it seems maybe they don't see the Bulli as being competitive with a Toyota product any longer....that doesn't exist. I'll stick just as close to my previous comment - that VW can't stop over-thinking and is constantly tripping itself up trying to make a decision. A simple, practical multi-useable, quirky design is what they captured the world with and they just can't figure out that is still a HUGE untapped market. Dunces.
      DracoSolon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was really excited about the Tiguan - until I saw how incredibly small it was. It definitely missed the mark in the US. Of course i really wish they would go a Outback/Allroad style version of the Jetta wagon. The Allroad is too expensive and the Outback got gigantic. There's a space the Outback has vacated.
      loopless
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think its funny that the Tiggy gets all the bad press for being "so small". The CR-V, RAV4, Forester etc have become bloated versions of their former selves. A Tiguan is a chunky small cross-over that's great for a city.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      The original is an aerodynamic disaster, but this new one doesn't look bad at all, especially with the two ton paint scheme.
      FRENZIED
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sigh, not this again.
      Benny90
      • 2 Years Ago
      I could see a new Microbus being a pretty huge hit of they are smart enough to make it and actually price it decently enough. It would easily be cooler and win out over the Scion and Kia, that's for sure.
      Luc Helterbrand
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd prefer it to have a friendlier face. It does look too much like Iron Man...flexible seating/storage and maybe a pop up roofline so you could actually use it for excursions like the original vanagon would be great.
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