VW Commercial Vehicles Eyes US Market Entry With Vans And Pickup Trucks

The world’s second largest auto market, USA, could see the addition of new vans and pickup trucks, as Volkswagen’s Commercial Vehicles is looking into expansion.

An official decision has yet to be taken, but according to Reuters, the 308,500 units sold last month, an 8.2 percent increase over the same month of 2015, has made the division consider an US market entry, where the Amarok, Caddy, Crafter and Transporter would go up against locally-made vehicles.

Orders are at a level that some would wish for. We are probably the brand with the best sales and order figures (within the VW Group)“, said VW Commercial Vehicles’ chief executive, Eckhard Scholz. The official answered that the US “are still a highly interesting market” and added that “A lot of things come to mind, but at the moment I have nothing concrete to say” when asked about the prospects of US expansion, during the 2016 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show, in Hannover.

However, this possible expansion will have to be seriously weighed, as the Volkswagen Group doesn’t have certification to sell any diesel engines in the United States, after the cheating emissions scandal, and this could be a big pushback for someone looking into a commercial vehicle, rather than someone looking for a family car.

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  • p00pman

    I always wanted a Chevy astro van with the reliability of a VW, and the transporter* is that van!
    …but seriously I wouldn’t mind seeing a manual tranny vw caddy in my driveway, one with a diesel or gti drivetrain would be even better.

    • Kenneth

      Volkswagens aren’t especially known for reliability (unless you’re comparing them to French or Italian brands), but I like the design of the Caddy, and my mind boggles at the possibility of seeing brand new Westfalia-type Transporters (the new “California” camper) available in the U.S. again.

      • p00pman

        …That was the joke

  • Vanishing Boy

    -> I think VW should go for it! Why wait VW!? Simply look at the success of the Transit Connect, the Sprinter, and the Ducato/ProMaster! Just make sure that VW skips the Crafter, simply because its basically a rebadge job of the Sprinter. But the Amarok, Caddy, and Transporter!? Come on down, Westfalia will have a field day!

    – Amarok = The usual Mid-Size Pickups (Colorado, Tacoma, etc.)
    – Caddy = Transit Connect Series, ProMaster City, NV200, etc.
    – Transporter = MBZ Metris/Vito.

    -> Imagine if VW has the bigger balls to go right at it! The return of the Caddy Pickup (Saveiro?) in the US!?

    http://carplace.uol.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/nova-saveiro-2017-11-620×413.jpg

    -> And Hyundai should do the same too.

  • smartacus

    i saw this coming from a mile away.
    They just bought a Quarter Billion Dollar stake in Navistar.

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