Volkswagen outlined production plans for several key models during a press conference held on Thursday at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.
In particular, a slide presented during a speech by VW brand boss Herbert Diess revealed the list of models due to enter production in 2017.
The new Polo will enter production in June, the new T-Roc and Phideon PHEV in August, and the new Touareg in November. Also entering production in November will be a new Polo-based sedan called the Virtus. Finally, a new Jetta will enter production in December.
The only models on the list confirmed for the United States are the Atlas, Arteon, long-wheelbase Tiguan, and Jetta. The new Touareg is expected here, though VW is yet to confirm it. Unfortunately, VW has confirmed that the T-Roc won't be coming. Instead, we'll get a different SUV sized below the Tiguan.
During the press conference, Diess also hinted at some of VW’s long-term plans. They include the following:
- Expanding the number of SUV nameplates from the current two to 19 by 2020.
- Launching two new models in North America each year through 2020 and breaking even in the region by the same date.
- Launching four I.D. electric cars between 2020 and 2025.
- Turning VW into the biggest brand for electric cars by 2025 with 1.0 million annual electric car sales by the date.
- Focusing on mobility solutions and new business models beyond 2025.