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Deep Dive: Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

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Up Close And Personal With Volkswagen’s “Top Priority”

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

Volkswagen is still very much dead-set on meeting its goal of selling 800,000 vehicles in the United States by 2018. And while the company has said on several occasions that it will not be expanding its lineup to models smaller than the Golf, there’s certainly room for expansion elsewhere in its portfolio. At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen debuted its CrossBlue concept – a three-row, midsize crossover designed specifically with the US market in mind. And during a roundtable discussion at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this month, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America Jonathan Browning told us that a midsize CUV is the company’s “top priority” in the US.

But let’s be clear: The CrossBlue is not a replacement for the Touareg, or any other vehicle in the company’s US lineup (except maybe the Chrysler-supplied Routan minivan). This will be an all-new offering built on Volkswagen’s scalable MQB architecture – the same platform that underpins the Mk7 Golf, among other products. To give us a better idea of exactly what’s in store for the new CrossBlue, Volkswagen flew us out to Germany’s Siegerland Airport the day before the Frankfurt show to give us an up-close-and-personal look at its all-important new crossover.

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