VW REMEDIES THE SUV SHORTAGE
FACED with declining sales of its passenger car range, Volkswagen is redoubling efforts on its SUV line-up. Golf, Polo and Passat sales are down by almost a quarter this year but the popularity of the new Tiguan and Amarok V6 ute has softened the blow. Some ex-company fleet Amarok V6s have been snapped up for more than the sticker price of new models.
VW Australia boss Michael Bartsch says the brand has suffered by not having the right SUV-to-car mix, with only Tiguan and Touareg in the line-up. “It is not a big enough range and this is one of the main opportunities for us,” he says.
That will be addressed in the next two years, with five new models mooted, including a baby SUV to sit under the Tiguan.
Meanwhile, the brand will have a special edition Touareg next month and an expanded Golf Alltrack range including new petrol and diesel models in July.
The seven-seater Tiguan Allspace due early next year will sit between the Tiguan and Touareg. With a longer wheelbase than the Hyundai Santa Fe, it will be classified as a large SUV. On the Amarok front, two new 4WD four-cylinder variants will pack extra equipment and a Canyon V6 arrives in October. RB