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has made no secret about its plans to create a line of
while it continues to regain traction after being mired in the
scandal. We’ve seen a few concepts under its I.D. line:
, a sedan called
and the retro-futuristic
van, for which
also plans cargo versions. The first car to be produced will be a compact hatchback for Europe, expected to be called I.D. Neo, with sales expected in 2020.
, citing unnamed sources close to the matter, Volkswagen is now planning yet another, even cheaper electric vehicle. This
would be a subcompact, entry-level crossover, with a starting price of about $21,000. According to the report, VW expects to sell 200,000 units of this entry I.D. EV.
With more models coming soon after, and plans to continue to expand its EV sales, Volkswagen is looking to dedicate current production facilities to build
on its modular MEB platform. VW’s plant in Emden, Germany, plant could be converted from producing
to build a mid-sized sedan and wagon called the I.D. Aero, for instance. VW will also build EVs in China, as well as
It’s possible that Volkswagen could also license its MEB architecture to
. The two companies have been in talks to explore potential for cooperation, igniting
. The two automakers are strong in separate markets, and their differing portfolios could help each other cut costs and be successful, especially if
to VW, while the German company provides EV technology to the American brand. It’s possible, too, that the VW I.D. Buzz could be built at a Ford factory in Turkey.
report cites VW’s planned entry-level EV crossover as a challenge to
, a $21,000 subcompact crossover wouldn’t compete directly with anything in the Tesla lineup. Instead, the new VW would offer a cheaper entry option that could help compete in terms of overall EV sales, rather than pose a segment-specific competitor to Tesla’s more expensive offerings. The
is a more realistic in-segment competitor.
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