SETUBAL, Portugal – North America will be the biggest single market for Volkswagens new convertible.
A third of the annual production of 45,000 units a year will be exported to the US, said Emilio Saenz, managing director of VWs Autoeuropa plant here.
About 27,000 units of the four-seat convertible will be sold in Europe while the rest will go to other global markets.
Autoeuropa will start producing the convertible in mid-October. Sales in Europe start next February and the car will be in US showrooms three months later.
The as-yet-unnamed model will be positioned between the Golf and the Passat and compete with convertible versions of the BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz CLK.
The convertible will be sold in the US with a 3.2-liter gasoline engine only. Models for Europe will be offered with 1.6- and 2.0-liter gasoline engines and a 2.0-liter diesel.
The VW convertible is based on the Concept C shown at the 2004 Geneva auto show. It will use a stretched version of the VW groups PQ35 platform.
The convertible will fill a gap left since production of the Golf Cabriolet stopped in 2002.