What's Wrong With This Picture: How Mainstream Is Mainstream Enough? Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Volkswagen plans a seven-passenger SUV for the American market. VW North America jefe Stefan Jacoby explains the move to the Freep by saying Vee-Dub “would not chase parts of the market such as pickups where VW couldn’t stand out.” Seriously.

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  • Spyspeed Spyspeed on Aug 27, 2009

    If unemployment keeps increasing, this vehicle might do well in the limousine market.

  • Patrickj Patrickj on Aug 27, 2009

    @Chuck Goolsbee I'm with you on the 2.5 liter engine. Seems like a toe in the water at de-contenting for the U.S. market.

  • Kristjan Ambroz Kristjan Ambroz on Aug 28, 2009

    Well, they could replace the Passat with a VW-ified version of the Skoda Superb - got all the space for the US market and is a really, really nice car in its own right, while generally being cheaper than a Passat and offering higher reliability.

  • R H R H on Aug 28, 2009

    I'm all-interested in a 3 row, diesel/turbo-diesel, mazda5 size (or slightly larger, but not much) 4 cyl with a base interior and a 5/6 speed manual/auto for $20's base price. Option it up to 28 or so. The mazda5 gets 22/28 You'd figure something the same size in diesel should be able to do 26/34, no? I'd be in like slim. Bonus points if it can tow 3000 pounds.