VW Plans New, As-Yet-Unamed Seven-Seat Ute

vw plans new as yet unamed seven seat ute

With U.S. dealers complaining that VW's new Tiguan SUV is too small and too expensive, the Boys from Wolfsburg are planning to launch a new Passat-based ute. Autocar reports that the new seven-seater will slot between the Tiguan and the Touareg, with Volvo's new XC60 as its main competitor. VW opted against doing a Nissan Quashqai +2 style stretch of the Tiguan or an Audi Q5 reskin in favor of adapting a next-generation Passat platform. We're talking shared components (especially with the Golf), transverse engines and the possibility of Skoda and Seat versions. Volkswagen has dispatched a crack team of marketers to scour the globe for the weirdest names the planet has to offer. (They set the bar with "Tiguan.") Any suggestions?

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  • Patrickj Patrickj on Apr 16, 2008

    All that VW needs to do to find oddball names is to take a trip to Ikea. Start with Lack, Ektorp, Gullhomen, and Leksvik as candidates.

  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on Apr 16, 2008

    Tiguan? How about Tiguoff? Or should it be Tick-u-off?

  • Rix Rix on Apr 16, 2008

    I'm hoping for something tasteless. "Volkswagen Panzer. The most lebensraum in it's class"

  • Martin Schwoerer Martin Schwoerer on Apr 17, 2008

    My suggestion would be VW Guglhupf, because it's a piece of cake, sounds remotely new-economy Googlish, and was the Führer's favorite desert.