Could Volkswagen's Caddy and Crafter Reach The U.S.?

Jan 21, 2015 02:30 PM EST | Matt Mercuro

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Volkswagen executives confirmed this week that a brand new van and Golf hatchback could be making their way to the U.S.

While speaking to Automotive News, Volkswagen Development boss Dr. Hans-Jakob Neusser said the automaker is close to deciding whether or not to make a production version of the Golf R400 concept.

The concept was first show during the Beijing Auto Show back in the spring, with a 395 hp engine and 0-60 mph acceleration in under 4 seconds.

"We are just in front of the decision to do it or not, but I personally think that we have good conditions to do it," Neusser said.

Company CEO Michael Horn said that that Volkswagen is also considering the feasibility of a brand new van for America. Horn said one option could be an updated Crafter, which is a current commercial van based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter that Daimler made for VW under its current deal.

Another option could be the small Caddy, which is based on the MQB platform.

"We're studying this, and personally I believe we should do something based on the technology which we already have in this market," Horn said during a roundtable at the Detroit Auto Show.

VW already has an U.S-built midsize crossover set to reach the states during the first quarter of 2017, followed by a long-wheelbase redesigned Tiquan compact crossover the following quarter, according to Automotive News.

Though those vehicles are a priority for the automaker right now, Horn said there is room more entries from Volkswagen.

"I think first we have to make our two core models right, the Tiguan and the midsize SUV, but then there's room for derivatives whether they're priced upwards or priced downwards," Horn said. "There's definitely more potential in the market."

Stay tuned as more information regarding a new Golf or VW van gets announced. 

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