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Volkswagen Tiguan SUV Brisbane : Volkswagen to launch two small SUVs
Harking back to the days of the mini-moke, these design mules certainly indicate the direction the German based company is heading. Volkswagen has been accused of being a bit old school, but cars such as Polo and Golf GTI, Golf R and VW Scirocco point to the young or young at heart buyer.
Albrecht Reinhold of VW certainly thinks that there's an opportunity.
It basically comes down to the business case - can VW build these vehicles (certainly can) and more importantly sell them in enough volume to make the business case viable.
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The Buggy Up concept might move from motor show stands to the production line.
VW is designing two SUVs based on the platform for the Polo and Up city car.
Volkswagen had previously been said to be planning a sub-compact SUV as a joint project with Suzuki, based on the Japanese brand’s SX4 platform. However the tie-up between Volkswagen and Suzuki has ended, and it seems the German giant could be looking in-house.
That means something like the Buggy Up concept might move from motor show stands to the production line. Smaller SUVs would slot into below the compact Tiguan in the line-up, and with the growing interest in sub-compact models could make a good business case.
The Up is built in Volkswagen’s Slovakia plant, and VW Slovakia boss Albrecht Reimold told German publication Handelsblatt that the Up line-up would be a strong prospect for future expansion.
"It's certainly an area we must look at," he told the publication.