LOS ANGELES – Volkswagen could sell its CrossBlue mid-sized SUV in Europe.
The CrossBlue is similar in size to the Touareg SUV already sold in Europe. But the CrossBlue could complement the Touareg in the same way that the sportier X6 does with the more traditionally styled X5 for BMW.
VW displayed the five-seat CrossBlue Coupe concept this week at the Los Angeles auto show. It was first shown at the Shanghai auto show in April. A seven-seat CrossBlue concept debuted at the Detroit auto show in January.
A VW spokesman told Automotive News Europe that a production CrossBlue could be sold in Europe but no decision has been taken.
VW of North America said it will decide by the year-end if it will build the CrossBlue and on the production location.
VW is expected to introduce first the seven-seat CrossBlue, possibly in 2016. This model is more crucial for the United States, where VW sales have lost momentum.
VW brand aims for 800,000 annual U.S. sales by 2018, but through October its volume declined 4 percent to 343,000 units in a market that was up 8 percent to 13 million units.
The production CrossBlue could be built either on a new assembly line in Chattanooga, Tennessee, or in a VW plant in Mexico.