Recently, Volkswagen has publicly announced their intentions to play aggressively in the U.S. market – their ultimate goal to sell an average of 1 million cars in the U.S. by 2018. Last year, VW’s final sales figures for the U.S. totaled 230,572 vehicles, which means they have some considerable ground to cover, but VW is ready for the challenge. Throughout 2012, VW plans to unleash a fury of German engineering on the market, featuring many production adaptions of VW’s space up! concepts. To kick off the blitzkrieg, VW will eventually dispatch a 14-vehicle army to U.S shores, beginning with 3 key front men: the VW Rabbit, Routan, and CC.
View lineup after the jump
Based on the VW GTI which debuted last week at the Paris Auto Show 2008, the new Rabbit will make its American debut alongside the 2009 VW GTI. Both vehicles will feature the Golf’s new interior upgrade, with features like touch-screen navigation, parking assist, and rear cameras. Technical upgrades aside, both new cars are expected to bear a striking resemblance to current models.
Built by Chrysler, the VW Routan is a seven-passenger minivan expected to go on sale later this year. Priced between $25,000 and $30,000, the Routan is optionally powered by two Chrysler engines, either a 197-hp 3.8L V6, or a 253-hp 4.0L V6.
Short for “C-segment Coupe”, the VW CC is a 4-door sedan with “coupe-like” styling, drawing design inspiration from both the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the future Porsche Panamera. Slated to sit above the Passat in the model line-up, the CC begins with a base price of $27,000, extending up to around $40,000 for options like VR6 4Motion with AWD. Offered in Europe with a dual-clutch transmission, only an automatic transmission will be introduced stateside, mated with either a 2.0L I4 or a 3.6L V6.
[News Source: Auto News]