Following the death of the Routan minivan, Volkswagen is in desperate need of a three-row family hauler, and our best guess is that void will be filled by a production version of the Cross Blue Concept (shown above) we saw earlier in the year at the Detroit Auto Show. Unfortunately, it sounds like a decision has still yet to be on a Cross Blue-based crossover.

According to TheDetroitBureau.com, the decision might have to wait until beyond the first quarter of next year, and the delay is two-fold. First, VW is still "fine-tuning" the business case decision for the vehicle, which seems like it would be a no-brainer considering the abundance and popularity of three-row CUVs in the US. More importantly, there is still the question of where to build this new model. TDB says that it would be built at VW's facility in Chattanooga, TN, but VW's Mexico plant was also mentioned in the article.


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      cpmanx
      • 1 Year Ago
      If VW cannot figure out how to build this vehicle at a profit for the North American market, how on earth does the company expect to hit anything close to 800,000 sales here?
      RMR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Years of happily driving VW's (no, I don't let dealers work on my car) and I'm growing REALLY tired of VW's arrogance towards the US market. First it was the concept Bus, then no, we're not building it, then the Bulli, and the same thing - no. Now this, VW can't make up it's mind how to get out of a paper bag. Funny, when they showed the Bulli they said it was the size of a Scion XB - Scion decides to stop making it (since then, they've reconsidered) but Ego-maniac VW chairman Piech wants to over-take Toyota - and the above vehicle was designed to take on the Highlander. VW decides to not build the Bulli - now it seems they're at it again. Look at what they sell here - Jetta, Tiguan, Passat and Beetle - the TV ads don't even mention or show the Jetta Wagon, Golf, or the Touareg - the Routan was a joke - a Chrysler rebadge. When they decided on that - VW was asked about engine choices, and responded that US drivers don't care about engines. VW is run by uber idiots in earth suits; lead with your own ideas VW, don't follow. Oh, and Piech - retire and play with your uber toys. Idiots.
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      sinistro79
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should just build the Microbus Concept from 2001 instead. Nobody wants an evolved version of their mother's SUV and the CrossBlue is exactly that; an eco-friendly version rip-off of the Grand Cherokee. While that's not necessarily bad, there are a lot of young families out there that are looking for alternatives to the kind of cars that scream "soccer mom" to passing motorists. When VW put effort into it, they were the king of family haulers in the 70's and 80's...mainly because the Microbus and Vanagon were so much more than your typical SUV.
      ccweems
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know they want to be the world's largest manufacturer and increasing US sales is a part of that prospective puzzle but the CrossBlue is not part of the solution. Audi sales in the US are far less than half of UK sales and correspondingly they offer less than 1/4 the models and this remember is with RHD. VW's numbers share the same relationships. From a marketing sense VW brands are serious underachievers when you compare their share of the US pie with other manufacturers. In Europe VW is accustomed to trouncing these same "other manufacturers". VW continues on a Quixotic quest to develop special models to suit American tastes. If this was such a good idea you would think that VW would be leading the Accord / Camry segment but that is not happening, not even close. May I suggest they copy Hyundai who only started making cars in 1975 and is now the fourth largest in the world? The Hyundai's (Kias too) that have found success in US markets are much the same as they are in other countries. Sure the option packages are massaged but the US cars for sale have not been changed to appeal to the same Americans that VW purports to be too fat and too stupid to appreciate their standard offerings. VW makes good cars, they just don’t know how to market. The i40 (Sonata) and the Passat are close competitors in Europe so why would you expect a de contented Passat could compete with the Sonata? It doesn’t. It is these same dim bulbs who think the CrossBlue is an element of VW’s future success.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ccweems
        I have trouble following your thought train. VW has smaller market share in the USA than Europe, so they should make less models? And they should not make the Crossblue CUV, even though the CUV trend is having absolutely explosive growth in the USA, and starting to catch on in Europe as well?
      19nomad56
      • 1 Year Ago
      Tim I think the article meant that other brands are capitalizing on the 3-row crossovers and that VW needs one to compete in this segment. Kinda looks like an Explorer/GC cross to me, I would consider one to replace our guzzling Pathfinder 4x4 if it had an AWD diesel option like the new GC.
      pickles
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is VW the new most conservative automobile company on earth? Volvos are far more gutsy. Same goes with Mercedes. Buick is kinda rad in its own way. Jaguar is modern, Caddy is cool... VW builds the Passat and has no mojo to build a Pilot look-a-like? Ain't no way to gain market share.
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here is betting VW Germany wanted to build it out of pride and has a tough time letting go.
      Molly Mueller
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why NOT this vehicle? I'm one of the many Americans thinking "Why not NOW??" When I purchased my car 9 years ago I knew even then that my next car was going to be an electric or at least a hybrid. So far none of the cars available have cut mustard with me. Do they really think that 40 Mpg will convert people to electric/hybrid? Not to mention the styling -- I'm not so big on the space capsule designs offered thus far. VW had me at the Bulli bus. I loved it all, well almost all. The colors were so spot on, but next time pair with cream not white. I saw myself in it, the dog, the groceries, throw in a couple beach chairs and I was blissfuly heading down the freeway. That dream? SMASHED! No explanation, just gone. My car isn't getting any younger and I feel as if I'm being forced by all the car manufacturers to stick with my gas powered engine. QUESTION: How is that we haven't moved forward in the last 10 years? ANSWER: No one is willing to step up to the plate. Now VW teased me again with the Blue Cross and its 80+ mpg diesel hybrid engine. I was ready to run to the dealer as soon as it was available. The design is good (I liked the Bulli better), but did you say 300 horse power? Okay, once again I was IN! My dream of that trip down the highway rolled in my mind again. Where do I go to get one? BOOM: pie in the face! VW is pulling the plug again. UGH!! How come I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football that Lucy keeps snatching away? How does that saying go ... "Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice...."
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      D
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's wrong with a Passat Wagon? I know "People don't buy wagon's in the US". But "People don't buy diesels in the US" either and Volkswagon seems to be making a mint proving that wrong. C'mon. Just make a wagon and be done with it. Besides, this thing would water down your Tuareg [sic?] anyway.
        DK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @D
        They already did that, if it was worthwhile I am sure they would've made a US wagon. If anyone would, they would considering we get the "Jetta" wagon.
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