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Debugging Volkswagen: SUVs Supplant Sedans, Hatches

But no more tongue-twisting model names.

by on Jan.17, 2018

One of the first jobs for VW Group of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken was revealing the new Atlas.

Things didn’t look very good when Hinrich Woebcken landed in the U.S. two years ago as the new CEO and President of the Volkswagen Group of America. The automaker had just acknowledged cheating on diesel emissions tests and was not only facing the prospect of paying billions of dollars in fines and settlements but a collapse in its U.S. sales as it was forced to pull off the market all of its popular diesel models.

“The only reason dealers didn’t kill me was that I was the new guy,” the German-born executive said, only half joking, during a presentation at the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday afternoon.

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These days, dealers are a lot more sanguine about Woebcken, and VW in general, though the VWoA chief cautioned that the automaker has a long way to go before he can claim success rebuilding its U.S. operations. (more…)

VW Doubles Warranty Hoping to Put Diesel Scandal in Rearview Mirror

But cost of emissions scam surges past $30 bil mark.

by on Sep.29, 2017

The 2018 VW Golf family will come under the new People First Warranty program.

Volkswagen is doubling the bumper-to-bumper warranty on its U.S. Line-up to six years and 72,000 miles, it announced during a Detroit news event on Friday.

The move affects its entire range of models, extending the longer warranty it launched with the debut of the new Tiguan and Atlas SUV models earlier this year. Hyundai, Kia and Mitsubisi offer have 10/100 warranties, but only for powertrain coverage.

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The new warranties come as the German maker struggles to regain momentum lost in the wake of the emissions scandal that meant that it could no longer offer U.S. buyers the diesel options that had accounted for as much as a fifth of its sales in the American market. At the same time, VW announced it was taking an additional $2.9 billion charge to cover costs related to the scandal for the third quarter, bringing to $30 billion the expenses the rigging scheme has so far cost the company.

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VW Planning 10-Year Comeback for the U.S.

Strategy includes -- what else -- more SUVs.

by on Sep.01, 2017

VW CEO Herbert Diess and former US chief Michael Horn at the unveiling of the new Tiguan.

Nearly two years after Volkswagen admitted rigging the diesel engines on 11 million vehicles to illegally pass emissions tests, top company officials have laid out a series of steps they hope will help rebuild both trust and demand in markets around the world, notably in the U.S., where the diesel scam cover-up first was revealed.

Special discounts of up to $9,000 will be offered to get current diesel owners in Europe to trade back in on another VW model, while the German automaker said it will expand its array of SUVs coming to the ute-crazed American market, senior officials said, following a VW board meeting at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, TN.

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“The brand suffered a lot worldwide, we are suffering still. And for sure we are not through,” Herbert Diess, VW’s global brand boss said, adding that, “We can’t win America over in two years time. It’s a 10-year plan.”

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VW Launches “Best” SUV Warranty on New Atlas, Tiguan Models

It’s all in the fine print.

by on Apr.12, 2017

The new VW Atlas.

Long the laggard in the booming SUV market, Volkswagen is playing an aggressive game of catch-up, launching several new models and now, just in time for the annual New York International Auto Show, announcing what it is billing as the “best SUV bumper-to-bumper warranty” in the American market.

Of course, it always pays to read the fine print, and what’s significant about the new VW warranty is that it is transferable when the vehicle is sold. That’s not insignificant, as some programs, such as the 10-year coverage from Hyundai, applies only to the initial owner.

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The new 72-month/72,000 mile program applies to both the new version of the Volkswagen Tiguan, as well as the larger, all-new VW Atlas, both 2018 models. Those models are critical additions to the German maker’s line-up considering utility vehicles now account for about 40% of total U.S. new vehicle sales.

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Diesel Scandal Continues to Hammer VW

March sales plunge, but sibling Audi, Porsche brands largely unscathed.

by on Apr.01, 2016

VW's big incentives haven't been able to overcome the loss of its TDI models.

The ongoing crisis triggered by Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating scandal continued to take a toll on the automaker last month.

The VW brand reported a 10.6% sales slide last month, making it one of the few brands to see a dip at a time when the American car market is running red hot. The downturn came despite a sharp increase in VW incentives in recent months.

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The news wasn’t all bad, however. VW did see a strong upturn in demand for its newly updated Tiguan sport-utility vehicle, and sibling brands Audi and Porsche scored big sales gain in March, despite also being tainted by the diesel scandal.

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VW Tiguan Gets a Complete Makeover in Frankfurt

Plug-in hybrid Tiguan GTE Concept could top 100 mpg.

by on Sep.14, 2015

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan.

When it comes to Volkswagen’s line-up, there’s a hole biggest enough to drive an SUV through. Make that several of them. The German maker has admittedly missed out on the explosive growth of the global utility vehicle market, and it’s planning to correct that with the upcoming launch of new models like the CrossBlue.

But VW also intends to update its existing SUV models, starting with the introduction of a new Tiguan at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week.

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Migrating to VW’s new global architecture, the redesigned Tiguan is longer, lower, wider and, the German maker claims, boasts “sportier proportions.” It also will offered in a number of new versions, including both off-road and performance-oriented R-Line packages. Meanwhile, the Tiguan GTE concept hints of a plug-in hybrid version to come.

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Volkswagen Confirms New Tiguan Coming to Frankfurt

American buyers may have to wait.

by on Sep.07, 2015

VW teases the next-generation Tiguan before it debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Volkswagen isn’t quite ready to pull the covers on its next-generation Tiguan, as this teaser shot shows, but it is getting ready to unveil a new version of the crossover-utility vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show in just a little over a week’s time.

The CUV clearly could use a makeover, especially if VW hopes to regain some momentum in the U.S. market where its lack of competitive offerings in the utility vehicle segment has been a big problem. Unfortunately, word has it that the next Volkswagen Tiguan may not reach American showrooms for as much as a year after it launches in Europe.

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Once it does arrive, buyers should find a VW Tiguan that is slightly larger, more powerful and loaded up with a variety of new features, especially in the form of connectivity and safety technologies.

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VW Launching New 3-Row Tiguan at Puebla Plant

$1 bil project aimed at filling gap in maker’s SUV line-up.

by on Mar.09, 2015

VW will add about 1 million square feet to its already huge Puebla, Mexico plant for the new Tiguan.

Volkswagen will drop $1 billion into its assembly plant in Puebla, Mexico to produce a new three-row version of the Tiguan sport-utility vehicle.

It’s the latest step in a costly program meant to expand VW’s utility vehicle line-up and increase its competitive position in the U.S. market. The German maker has struggled to rebuild sales even as the overall American market continues to boom, and a lack of utes has been one of its biggest problems, senior officials believe.

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The Puebla plant is already one of Volkswagen’s larger global facilities, handling a range of products including the latest-generation Golf hatchback. And it will now take on the Tiguan when the $1 billion expansion is completed late next year, in time for the start of the 2017 models.

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VW Will Build New 7-Seat SUV in US

May require additional plant or expansion in Chattanooga.

by on Oct.25, 2012

The new 7-seater will be smaller and less expensive than the current VW Touareg model.

Volkswagen has confirmed it will build an all-new 7-seat, 3-row SUV specifically designed for the American market that will slot in-between the current VW Touareg and Tiguan models.

The German maker’s chief executive also revealed that the as yet-unnamed model will be produced somewhere in the United States, though he didn’t say where. That leaves VW the option of either expanding its existing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee or building a second plant.

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The new model will slot in-between VW’s current base utility vehicle, the $22,995 Tiguan, and the top-line, $43,000 Touareg, CEO Martin Winterkorn said during an appearance in New York City.

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VW Unveils Subcompact Taigun CUV Concept

Brazilian show car hints at upcoming, Polo-based crossover.

by on Oct.23, 2012

The Taigun appears to share its platform with VW's subcompact Polo.

Sao Paulo auto showgoers are getting their first look at the Volkswagen Taigun Concept this week, a crossover-utility vehicle that is likely to return in production form in the not-too-distant future.

Based on the same platform as the subcompact VW Polo, the Taigun appears to be the prototype for one of two new CUVs Volkswagen is planning – as TheDetroitBureau.com reported last week. A production version of the Taigun would slot into the VW line-up below the current Tiguan model.

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While some competitors have decided to push the styling envelope at the Sao Paulo – notably Nissan with its Extrem 2+2 concept – the VW Taigun maintains the maker’s relatively conservative design language, albeit adopting a more upright grille and adding a skidplate to give the show car some off-road credentials.

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