We last mentioned the Volkswagen Taigun when discussing the subcompact crossover that Volkswagen will be bringing to the US in 2016. Well, turns out the Taigun won't be that crossover, but it is going into production for other markets outside the US according to a report in Autoweek. Based on the same platform as the Up!, the Taigun is two size classes – not one – beneath the Tiguan, and is seen by VW as lacking the dimensions and power that the US crossover brigades demand. It's the same reasoning that will probably keep the Ford EcoSport, a Taigun competitor, from coming here.

The Autoweek piece says the Taigun, with a wheelbase two inches longer than the Up! and a seating position that puts the driver 2.5 inches higher, will only use front-wheel drive. Three-cylinder gas and diesel engines, as well as a natural gas option, will provide motivation; manual and dual-clutch transmissions will do the shifting. The concept, for example, uses a 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 109 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. What's more, it seems the patent drawings spied in China weren't lying, AW saying the production version will remain close to the concept. For a driving review of the concept, head over to AW.

A solid date for release hasn't been given, but 2016 is the expected timeframe. That would have it on sale at the same time as the compact crossover we are meant to get, which will sit above it and below the next-generation, long-wheelbase Tiguan due also to be shown in 2016.


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      jasondonogh
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guarantee this is going to be a world car platform. Just wait and see.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      And then they'll complain that millenials don't buy cars.
      789dm
      • 1 Year Ago
      What happen to their goal of selling the most car in the world? If you give few model to sell in one market of course your market share is also smaller. DOOH. Just sell ever model all around the world and let the people and their wallet decide.
      EJD1984
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why does it seem like VW is intent on not sending some of it's good vehicles here to North America. UP!, Amarok, and now this mini-CUV Taigun
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volkswagen, you're losing your touch. Don't you usually promise that new models are coming to the North American market, only to change your mind and withdraw your promise six months later (usually coupled with some ridiculous reasoning, like "The seats aren't wide enough for Americans.")? What happened to your renowned sense of Schadenfreude?
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      Curtimack
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do we not get any cool VW's?
      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW has no clue. They want to sell 800K cars in the US by 2018, but they don't bring any product here, and what they do have is old, save for the Passat (which looks old). Not sure how they expect to nearly double sales with the same stale old product. The MKVII Golf, although a very nice car, will never sell in the numbers of a Cruze, Civic, Corolla or Focus. It is time for VW to decide whether they want to be a volume producer with a full product line in the US or want to fill niche markets. Right now, they are straddling the line. They can't have it both ways.
      JayH
      • 1 Year Ago
      if the buick encore is selling, why wouldn't this sell? they are the same size...
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JayH
        The Encore is almost doubling similar sized cars like the Honda Crosstour and Acura ZDX combined. Buick is even trumping Acura's whole lineup!
        Quen47
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JayH
        No they aren't. The Encore is based on a b-class platform- it shares architecture with the Chevy Sonic. The VW is a-class, which is equivalent to the Chevy Spark. I can't say I blame VW for not thinking there is an American market for tiny fwd-only 3-cylinder CUV's in the US given the likely price point and our relatively cheap fuel.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Quen47
          GM and Suzuki sold a lot of Trackers and Sidekicks back in the day -- even when gas was really cheap. I think you're right that the price for this would probably not be competitive in the US.
      username
      • 1 Year Ago
      What the hell, Volkswagen? what do you have against North America? I would love one of these and a Scirocco for that matter
      Luc K
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe instead autoblog should read autonews.com to get US info: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130715/OEM/307159934/vw-chief-commits-to-suv-for-u-s#axzz2ZEdrmdKb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luc K
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      Susan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whew, relief - fortunately the US will be spared another doofy little play trucklet.
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