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VW News: Volkswagen's Future U.S. Lineup Includes More Crossovers

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Volkswagen recently held an event for journalists and investors to talk about the upcoming Jetta. But the company also gave a preview of their product plans for the near future. According to Autoblog, those plans include two new crossovers.

The first will be a five-seat model that will slot between the Tiguan and Atlas. Volkswagen North America CEO President and CEO Hinrich Woebcken described it as 'coupe-like'. We're assuming this model will compete with the likes of the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. The second will slot below the long-wheelbase Tiguan (what we get in the U.S.). This could either be the short-wheelbase Tiguan or a new model that was hinted by Volkswagen's director of development, Dr. Frank Welsch back in September.

It comes as no surprise that Volkswagen is planning to expand their crossover offerings. During his presentation, Woebcken showed that light truck sales increased a whopping 51 percent year-to-date, compared to 1 percent for car sales.

Still, Volkswagen is planning to walk away from sedans just yet. 2018 will see the new Jetta and launches of the Arteon and Passat GT. Down the road, Volkswagen will introduce a new Jetta GLI and redesigned Passat.

Source: Autoblog

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Golf, Jetta, Passat and about 6 crossovers is their path to success.  

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Is there too big a space between the Cruze and Malibu?  Ford plans on offering Focus, Fusion and Mustang as their only cars.  Golf is a classic VW so it stays and Jetta and Passat is all the sedans they need.  They are building that Aerton thing but it will be a sales bust.  I don’t really think they need the Beetle, the current one isn’t the cheap entry level car the original Beetle was, the Polo is now that.

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