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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


Volkswagen Adding Two New Crossover/Utes

Seven-seater and compact in the works, maker reveals.

by on Oct.19, 2012

The real battle for world dominance will be in China where VW is firmly entrenched.

VW plans to take on rivals GM and Toyota by expanding its crossover line-up.

A relative latecomer to the SUV and CUV markets, Volkswagen is looking to catch up fast. Several senior executives have now revealed plans that appear to include both a full-size ute, as well as something smaller than VW’s current compact, the Tiguan.

The maker is likely to target one or both of these at the U.S. market where it is racing to regain a bigger share after years of neglect. It is possible that development work may, in fact, be spearheaded by newly-expanded development operations in California.

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The new models, meanwhile, will offer VW an opportunity to test the limits of its all-new platform program, a strategy that uses just five individual “architectures” as the base for more than 200 different models sold through the group’s dozen different automotive brands.


New Volkswagen Midsize SUV “Under Discussion”

Maker considering range of additional products, including Polo and Up! to support soaring U.S. sales.

by on May.30, 2012

VW Group CEO Jonathan Browning -- shown here at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show -- wants more product in the U.S. line-up.

With U.S. sales expected to increase by as much as 30% for May Volkswagen is looking at all its options to keep that momentum going – including the addition of all-new products to its American line-up.

The maker could start importing several models not currently sold in the U.S., said Volkswagen Group of American CEO Jonathan Browning.  But the executive says the more likely move would come with the addition of an all-new midsize SUV now “under discussion.”

“A midsize SUV would be a great opportunity for us,” Browning said following a speech to the Detroit Automotive Press Association.

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The vehicle would slot into the line-up between the compact Tiguan and the full-size Touareg sport-utility vehicles.  It might be developed as a joint project between the U.S. and “another region around the world,” Browning hinted, but he stressed that the American market would take the lead in the vehicle’s development.


Buick Back for an Encore

Maker targets emerging compact luxury crossover market.

by on Jan.11, 2012

The Buick Encore making its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show this week.

It wasn’t all that long ago that most analysts were ready to write off the Buick brand, many being shocked by General Motors’ decision not to abandon the long-struggling nameplate – as it did Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Hummer – when it emerged from bankruptcy.

Senior officials said that was something they were loath to do considering Buick’s strong success in China, where it has been greatly out-selling the U.S.  But sales in both market are on the rise and a wave of new products, such as the Regal and recently added Verano can explain.

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But now Buick is hoping to be out in front, rather than lagging behind rivals as it continues its push to develop a niche it has been describing as “affordable luxury.” And the latest model to target that self-defined segment is the Buick Encore which is getting its world debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.