Volkswagen of America president and CEO Michael Horn anticipates the coming Golf SportWagen (replacing the Jetta SportWagen and pictured above as a theory) will outsell the standard Golf hatchback, despite the U.S. market’s general distaste for station wagons. That is due in part to how the new station wagon will offer all-wheel drive when it goes here.
Horn told CAR at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show the Jetta SportWagen has an incredibly loyal fan base, and that he believes adding all-wheel-drive to the brand new Golf SportWagen (based on the seventh-generation, 2015 Volkswagen Golf hatchback) will give the SportWagen an exceptional allure. He believes many crossover buyers may be carried to attempted a Volkswagen station wagon instead, since there are few all-wheel-drive station wagons in the vehicle ‘s cost range (Horn blows off Subaru when we note the Japanese brand sells all-wheel-drive station wagons here). It was formerly uncertain whether the earlier Golf SportWagen’s 4Motion would really reach a creation in the U.S.; Volkswagen intends to add 4Motion abilities at its Puebla, Mexico, plant before the SportWagen launchings.
Now, 50 percent of all Golf family sales in the U.S. are of the All Stars-winning 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, the gasoline-powered Golf TSI accounts for 20 percent of all income, and the Golf TDI is at a 30-percent take speed. But once the SportWagen starts, Volkswagen officials anticipate it to outsell all variations of the Golf hatchback joined.
Horn, along with Volkswagen board member for development Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, additionally revealed some time elements on other future Volkswagen models. By 2017 or 2018, the Volkswagen Jetta and Passat sedans both will have changed to the new MQB structure used for the 2015 Golf (in addition to others and the Audi A3). The next-gen Volkswagen Beetle will even change to MQB building, but Neusser suggests the automobile’s days are numbered: “It is going to be among the last ones.”