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 list shows the updated Up as well as the new Atlas, Arteon and long-wheelbase Tiguan have all entered production already.
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.