VW Confirms American Crossover, No Manufacturing Site Announced

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
vw confirms american crossover no manufacturing site announced

Volkswagen partially answered one of its biggest questions today, with an announcement that a new mid-size SUV for the American market is in the pipeline.

The announcement is expected to be made official later today, as part of a broader plan to build a new Audi factory in Mexico and refresh VW’s lineup in Brazil. Along with the product announcements, Bloomberg is reporting that VW is on track to deliver 10 million vehicles in 2014, well head of VW’s initial forecasts.

But the success comes at a price: VW’s plans for the American market have been a major disappointment, with continuously sliding sales even as the American market hits record volumes. The new SUV is a major cornerstone for VW’s plans in America, as it competes in one of the biggest market segments, but dealers will have to wait years for its introduction.

Also left unresolved was its production site. The recent battle over whether or not the UAW could organize VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant was supposed to have resolved the matter, but warring factions on both sides failed to provide a clear resolution. VW supervisory board officials said that a “ No” vote to the UAW would put the SUV in jeopardy, while Tennessee state officials said that a “Yes” vote would mean an end to subsidies slated for plant expansion for the SUV. The SUV’s placement at Chattanooga could expand capacity from 150,000 to 500,000 units, but VW could also decide to build it in Mexico.

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  • Redliner Redliner on May 13, 2014

    TTAC should host a naming contest for VWs new SUV. Also, whats taking so long?! They wonder why their market share is slipping while they drag their feet on the biggest segments of the US market. Ford is the new VW, with quasi-premium offerings that have a wiff of euro at an affordable price with a large dealer network to boot.

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    • Hubcap Hubcap on May 14, 2014

      @Master Baiter "I’m partial to Nanuk." LOL. Made me think of a Robert Crais novel.

  • 3800FAN 3800FAN on May 13, 2014

    Just what we need in this country..... another bloated overweight, spacially inefficient crossover. If vw was smart they'd be risk takers like they were back in the day and make a family transporter that was uniquely different...Instead of trying to build another honda pilot or toyota highlander and becoming lost in the crowd.

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    • VW4motion VW4motion on May 13, 2014

      VW's would be making something different with the TDI 4cyl. Yes you've ranted enough about how it does not make sense and the diesel will destroy mankind. But, it would make a lot of sense to a lot of people that want an AWD midsized suv that gets 40mpg. VW will a hell of a lot of these suv's if it can get 40mpg.

  • Natrat Natrat on May 13, 2014

    the routan actually sold in decent numbers, which is saying a lot for vw these days

  • DevilsRotary86 DevilsRotary86 on May 13, 2014

    Logically this should be built in Chattanooga, but something in my gut says that this will be built in Puebla. That's just a hunch though.

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    • Geeber Geeber on May 14, 2014

      @VW4motion The workers at the VW plant are paid about $14.50 an hour in wages, or $27 an hour, if one includes benefits in the calculations.