With the Volkswagen Beetle production package in Mexico, the automaker has confirmed the model that will fill its slot at the factory and in US showrooms.
It is a small SUV sold in China today as Tharu. About the size of a Nissan Rogue Sport it will be placed in the VW lineup under the Tiguan.
It is built on the same modular platform that almost every VW uses these days, including Tiguan and Atlas, and will be reengineered to meet security standards and sophistication expectations of US customers. The specifications have not been revealed, but it is currently offered with a number of four-cylinder petrol engines.
VW sells it over North and South America, and it is called Tarek in some markets, but the model name for the United States has not yet been revealed.
Production is scheduled to begin next year in Puebla, Mexico, the plant ahead of the 2021 model year debut of the vehicle.
The Beetle name is left more than 23 million sold worldwide for three generations. However, US sales have fallen from a recent high of 43,000 in 2013 to just 14,000 last year.
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