Speaking with Reuters, Volkswagen commercial vehicles' CEO Eckhard Scholz said the U.S. is "still a highly interesting market" where European concepts of commercial vehicles are beginning to take hold. Such concepts include small delivery vans and smaller engines in the full-size vans. When asked about possibly selling vehicles in the U.S., Scholz said,
A lot of things come to mind but at the moment I have nothing concrete to say."
It should be noted this isn't the first time that Volkswagen has floated the idea of selling some of their commercial vehicles in the U.S. Former Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn said last year that they were considering bringing a van to the U.S.
What vehicles are in Volkswagen's commercial vehicle lineup?
It begins with Caddy van (about the size of a Ram ProMaster City and Ford Transit Connect), followed by the Transporter (Mercedes-Benz Metris-sized), and Crafter (ProMaster, Transit, and Sprinter sized). They are also in charge of the Amarok pickup.
Could Volkswagen make any inroads into the U.S. commercial market?
It is tough to say considering Volkswagen's tarnished reputation due to the diesel emission mess. This could also limit the appeal of their vehicles if Volkswagen only offers them with gas engines. Diesel is preferred for fuel economy and towing.
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