The Volkswagen brand plans to rapidly and substantially grow its stable of crossover vehicles in the coming three years.
During the brand’s 2017 annual session, Herbert Diess, head of the Volkswagen marque, said, “By 2020, we will expand our worldwide SUV model portfolio from two to 19.
This year, the brand plans to launch 10 new models. Vehicles already unveiled include the Atlas seven-seat SUV for the North America, the Arteon five-door ‘coupe’, the long-wheelbase Tiguan Allspace, and the revised Up for Latin America.
Due in June is the next-generation Polo, which has already been spied without any camouflage. Coming in August is the new Polo-based T-Roc SUV, and the plug-in hybrid version of the China-only Phideon range-topping sedan.
To arrive at its magic number of 19 new SUVs, the company may be counting the Atlas and its Teramont Chinese sibling as two separate models, with the Tiguan and the long-wheelbase Tiguan Allspace likely also accounted for in a similar manner.
It’s possible a few of these new SUVs will be region-specific, most likely cars designed specifically for the Latin American and Chinese markets.
Diess also reiterated the company’s commitment to pivoting away from diesel vehicles to EVs in the aftermath of the Dieselgate scandal, with production electric vehicles due from 2020 based on the group’s new flexible EV architecture.
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Volkswagen’s stated aim is to sell million electric vehicles per year by 2025. The CEO of the Volkswagen marque noted, “The brand’s success hinges on its strategic reorientation”.
Regarding vehicles fitted with emissions testing cheat devices, the company hopes to have its “conversion plan” completed in Europe by the end of year. For North America and other regions, Volkswagen says it wants to have cars fixed “as soon as possible”.