German Volkswagen Group is building its own manufacturing plant in the US for its new Scout brand, according to a media report. The decision to build the plant is available as a draft decision, so it has been taken, “Automobilwatch” reported today, citing company sources. According to Reuters, a VW spokesperson said no decision had been made yet.
The spokesperson pointed out that the German group announced some time ago that it will start series production for a fully electric SUV and pick-up from the brand on a new technology platform for 2026. The company did not comment on the draft resolutions. Such templates must first be approved by the Supervisory Board and “this track is still pending”.
US projects from Audi too
In May last year, the board gave the green light to the board’s plans to revive the traditional American brand Scout. A separate agency for design, development and manufacturing was to be established for this purpose. With the Scout, VW is entering a segment for SUVs and pickups that is dominated by General Motors and Ford and generates more revenue. The US is currently heavily promoting investments in climate-friendly manufacturing.
VW subsidiary Audi also plans to make electric cars in the US, considering the IRA subsidy package. According to an initial report, Audi boss Markus Duesmann told “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” that it was unclear whether Audi would build its own plant or remain part of the Volkswagen Group. Both are possible, Duesman said, adding that a joint plant with VW is possible. Among other things, the IRA program promotes solutions for the electric car and battery cell industries in the United States.
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