Volkswagen shows 2 SUVs and an electric van concept at Detroit
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Volkswagen executives promise they are in the U.S. market to stay.
And they used the Detroit auto show to make their case on Monday.
The company shows off the new Atlas R line SUV, which will be built in Chattanooga.
They also debuted the new 2018 Tiguan.
And they presented the I.D. Buzz electric concept that looks like a modern take on an old VW mini bus.
Officials say 2017 is the year that the country will win back customers in the U.S. market.
They say Volkswagen sales dropped 7.6% here last year in the wake of the emissions scandal.
And their top priority for 2017 is fixing the problems from the diesel fleet. The company has just gotten approval on how to go about it.
But the company is also launching two new SUVs this year designed for America.
The R line of the Atlas is a new, sportier line for the vehicle already being built at the Chattanooga plant.
Competitive pricing will be a major goal for the new SUVs, unlike their previous vehicles here.
They announced the Atlas base will sell for $30,000 and go up to $48,000 for the fully loaded vehicle.
Volkswagen says their Tiguan sales actually rose in the U.S. last year, so they are hopeful for the new upgrade.
The 2018 Tiguan goes on sale this summer, along with the Atlas.
It is longer, with a 57% increase in storage room.
The compact SUV seats 5 plus 2, with a third row.
And the company also promises competitive pricing, but they are not saying how much just yet.
Volkswagen also showed off the electric I.D. Buzz concept, which looks like a teched-up version of an old VW micro bus.
The van seats for up to 8 people (you can even fold seats down into a bed).
It is fully electric with batteries in the floor and a range of 270 miles.
It offers fully automated driving. Battery charging is wireless.
Volkswagen will offer their first electric vehicle this summer, and have a full slate by 2020.
Learn more about 2018 Atlas in this interactive image from Motoroso.