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VW 7-Seat SUV Headed to U.S. for Production

by Paul Strauss
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Volkswagen CEO Marin Winterkorn has announced plans to produce a new 3-row, 7-seat SUV for the U.S. The as-yet-to-be-named large SUV will be manufactured at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee factory, and will arrive as a 2016 model, based on the CrossBlue concept, which it first showed off back in 2013.

As initially shown, the CrossBlue featured a hybrid diesel-electric drivetrain with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, and is positioned above the Touareg in terms of size. Target fuel economy is 33MPG city/37MPG highway, and 89MPGe in¬†pure¬†electric mode. It’s unclear if the specs of the final production vehicle will change.

VW expects the production to add about 2,000 jobs, and will invest about $600 million in Tennessee as a result of the project.

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