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Old 09-14-2016, 11:30 PM
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Default New VW MEB electric vehicle, with up to 373 miles of range, coming in 2020

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Old 09-15-2016, 02:29 AM
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VW is in the "just do something" mode and I'm not sure EVs are the ticket.

Yes EVs are politically correct for butt-hurt greenies and theoretically better than the dirty diesel TDIs, but the whole line is tarnished not just their green products.

VW will need much more than this for their reinvention.

In addition, VW should buy the American arm of FCA and be a savior of American jobs. Jeep and Ram products are the win. It's obvious that Sergio is running the American arm of FCA into the ground and does not care about American jobs.

VW could shutter Chrysler, install Skoda in dealers and American factories, and turn Dodge into a niche brand. The Charger and Challenger could be derived from the Panamera much like the LX platform was derived from a Mercedes E.
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Old 09-16-2016, 11:25 AM
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VW is in the "just do something" mode and I'm not sure EVs are the ticket.
Merkel has promised plenty of support from the German government teat for EV's, so the Germans know they will have support at least in their home market.
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Old 09-16-2016, 01:06 PM
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VW is in the "just do something" mode and I'm not sure EVs are the ticket.

Yes EVs are politically correct for butt-hurt greenies and theoretically better than the dirty diesel TDIs, but the whole line is tarnished not just their green products.

VW will need much more than this for their reinvention.

In addition, VW should buy the American arm of FCA and be a savior of American jobs. Jeep and Ram products are the win. It's obvious that Sergio is running the American arm of FCA into the ground and does not care about American jobs.

VW could shutter Chrysler, install Skoda in dealers and American factories, and turn Dodge into a niche brand. The Charger and Challenger could be derived from the Panamera much like the LX platform was derived from a Mercedes E.
I could see VW taking over Chrysler / Dodge - and VW badged products for Chrysler and Skoda badged products for Dodge. However, while Sergio is at the helm, no relationship between the two companies. They both have too much hate for eachother. I HAVE to wonder - how long the board of directors will allow this tyrant to continue to marginalize results. It's time for a change.

If Mazda can sell their volume of cars in North America - there is ZERO reason why Chrysler can't find the winning formula for Chrysler / Dodge here; ACCEPT for one reason - that is Sergio hording R&D.
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Old 09-16-2016, 01:22 PM
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I could see VW taking over Chrysler / Dodge - and VW badged products for Chrysler and Skoda badged products for Dodge. However, while Sergio is at the helm, no relationship between the two companies. They both have too much hate for eachother. I HAVE to wonder - how long the board of directors will allow this tyrant to continue to marginalize results. It's time for a change.

If Mazda can sell their volume of cars in North America - there is ZERO reason why Chrysler can't find the winning formula for Chrysler / Dodge here; ACCEPT for one reason - that is Sergio hording R&D.
Sergio's plan is to cash rape Chrysler to fund Alfa and Maserati and then throw off the carcass. Sergio selling to VW would let him think he's gotten one off on VW because Sergio is that stupid.
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:07 PM
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You are more stupid than Sergio.
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:42 PM
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You are more stupid than Sergio.
That's the best you can do? That made me laugh out loud.
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I could see VW taking over Chrysler / Dodge - and VW badged products for Chrysler and Skoda badged products for Dodge. However, while Sergio is at the helm, no relationship between the two companies. They both have too much hate for eachother. I HAVE to wonder - how long the board of directors will allow this tyrant to continue to marginalize results. It's time for a change.

If Mazda can sell their volume of cars in North America - there is ZERO reason why Chrysler can't find the winning formula for Chrysler / Dodge here; ACCEPT for one reason - that is Sergio hording R&D.
Don't think VW needs anymore brands at this moment. They can introduce Skoda and Seat to NA if they want to, and they probably will start with Skoda with their SUV next year in the fall I feel.

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VW is in the "just do something" mode and I'm not sure EVs are the ticket.

Yes EVs are politically correct for butt-hurt greenies and theoretically better than the dirty diesel TDIs, but the whole line is tarnished not just their green products.

VW will need much more than this for their reinvention.

In addition, VW should buy the American arm of FCA and be a savior of American jobs. Jeep and Ram products are the win. It's obvious that Sergio is running the American arm of FCA into the ground and does not care about American jobs.

VW could shutter Chrysler, install Skoda in dealers and American factories, and turn Dodge into a niche brand. The Charger and Challenger could be derived from the Panamera much like the LX platform was derived from a Mercedes E.
Swizzle you do post some off the wall ideas but this one takes the cake. Porsche would spin in his grave if a panamera derived charger/challenger happened. It won't happen because VW does not need to buy the NA arm of FCA, they have other issues to deal with first and money will be tight for a few years for acquisitions.

I am sure americans would love to see chrysler killed and have skoda, a brand which most, if not all americans haven't heard of, be put into its place.

Not going to happen.

And please everyone, no name calling, let's be adults here.
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Swizzle you do post some off the wall ideas but this one takes the cake. Porsche would spin in his grave if a panamera derived charger/challenger happened...
VWAG could definitely use Ram and Jeep which are two vehicle classes they are not well represented in and or could be better represented in. That increases market share.

VW putting Skoda in Chrysler dealers would increase market share.

Doing both of the above would be MASSIVE positive PR for VW protecting American jobs.

Porsche would spin in his grave at the notion of a 2.5 ton SUV and an equally heavy sedan complete with 911 caricature styling.

Using the Panamera platform for Charger/Challenger replacements is no more antithetical than Porsche refendering VW and Audi crossovers and selling them as Porsches with a straight face.
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Volkswagen Scirocco to be reborn as hot electric coupe
The Volkswagen Scirocco will be reinvented as a sporty two-door EV coupe for its next generation, and it will be based on the company’s new all-electric MEB platform.

The Scirocco EV will share many of its components with VW’s forthcoming I.D. family of pure-electric cars. That will allow the new model to keep the current car’s compact dimensions and offer vastly improved interior space.

Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, Volkswagen R&D boss Dr Frank Welsch told us that in order to use the Scirocco name – which joined the VW range in 1974 – there were aspects of the new car that would need to remain intact.

“For me, we can only use [Scirocco] for a sporty two-door coupe,” he said. “We are not clear on how we will do such a car, and are thinking whether we do an interesting concept based on our electric platform; this could be a great and fun car.”

“We are thinking about options for a new small coupe,” he added. “We are working on a concept for emotional cars. Volkswagen always has an offer for emotional cars.”

The Scirocco has been increasingly marginalised in VW’s existing line-up, which is expanding to include a plethora of SUVs. Indeed, the existing version of the sporty hatch, which is now 10 years old, is likely to be dropped altogether, leaving a gap before its electric successor arrives.

However, Welsch assured us that the rise in popularity of SUVs and crossovers need not compromise the market for sportier models. In fact, he dismissed the idea that cars such as the upcoming T-Roc could fill any gap left by the ageing coupe. “You don’t buy a Scirocco if you have a family,” Welsch told Auto Express. “[T-Roc] is a four-door, and is absolutely perfect for small families.

“If you tell someone, ‘This is a Scirocco’, they have a clear idea of what this should be and of what it should look like,” he said. “If it had totally different proportions from the current car we would not call it Scirocco. It would not fit. It’s like having a new Tiguan concept and calling it ‘Golf’.”

By placing it on the brand’s electric MEB platform, designers and engineers would be able to stay true to the existing Scirocco’s sleek styling, while also improving the car’s packaging and interior space.

The chocolate bar-style modular batteries would be placed flat and under the floor for a low centre of gravity, but the lack of a combustion engine would free up space ahead of the driver for a roomier cabin.

The first I.D. – a Golf-sized family hatch – is due in 2020, and it’ll be another couple of years after that before we see a sportier Scirocco-style variant.

The modular batteries will allow VW to offer the Scirocco EV with various power outputs, but with an anticipated electric range of between 200 and 375 miles. Expect entry-level cars to get around 170bhp, with a hotter Scirocco R boasting upwards of 300bhp thanks to its high-capacity electric batteries and more powerful motors. Four-wheel drive could be an option, because the MEB platform is engineered to cope with electric motors at the front and rear.

It’s unclear how the new car will look at this stage, but it’s expected to inherit many of its styling cues from the I.D. concept first seen at last year’s Paris Motor Show. That means plenty of clean lines, a wide, bold face and striking LED daytime running lights. Sources say that the Paris car is about as short as MEB will go, so the Scirocco is likely to share its wheelbase.

Source: AutoExpress


This would be really great: a compact practical sport(s/y) car.
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