In the next three years, Volkswagen plans an array of all-new models and vehicle redesigns, part of a big plan to boost VW brand's U.S. sales from 223,128 last year to 800,000 by 2018.
Topping the list of new models is a mid-sized sedan designed and engineered for U.S. tastes. The car will be built at VW's new plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Here are VW's product plans for the United States.
E-Up!: An electric version of the Up! minicar will be sold here as early as 2013. VW has not decided whether the nonelectric Up! will be sold in the United States. The Up! line includes a hatchback, a minivan and a sedan. Those models go on sale in Europe in 2011.
Polo: VW may sell this European small car in the United States. A redesigned Polo sedan debuted in March at the Geneva auto show. The car is smaller than the Golf/Rabbit but larger than the Up!. Sales could begin in 2011 or 2012.
Golf: VW is dropping the Rabbit name -- again. The old name for the Golf was revived in 2006 but only in the United States. Now the compact hatchback will be called the Golf again when it is restyled and re-engineered this month. The new version has been on sale in Europe for more than a year.
New Beetle: The restyled, re-engineered New Beetle debuts in 2010. Walter de' Silva, VW Group design director, has promised the next Beetle will look less like a toy. The new version will be roomier than today's model. A convertible follows in 2011.
Jetta: The redesigned Jetta SportWagen debuted in September at the Frankfurt show. U.S. sales begin this month. The Jetta sedan will debut in the fall of 2010.
The redesigned Jetta is bigger and wider. VW wants the new car to compete head-on with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
BlueSport: VW hasn't decided wheth-er to build the midengine, diesel-powered roadster shown as a concept at this year's Detroit auto show. Production could start as early as 2011 for Europe, but there is no word on whether it would be sold in North America.
Mid-sized sedan: Sales of the Chattanooga-built four-door sedan will begin in the spring of 2011 at a starting price of about $20,000. VW expects the sedan to become its volume model here. The front-drive car will be larger and sleeker than the CC and Passat sedans, says Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. VW is aiming the car at Honda Accord and Toyota Camry buyers.
CC: The coupe-styled, four-door sedan is an extension of the Passat range. A freshening is due in 2011.
Passat: The redesigned sedan, due in 2011, will be larger than today's model. It will have a wide range of high-tech features. A wagon is expected in 2012.
Phaeton: VW executives say the premium sedan may return to the United States when it is redesigned in two or three years. The new model would likely be less expensive than the Phaeton sedan sold here from 2003 to 2007. That model's sticker price ranged from about $65,000 to more than $100,000.
Eos: The hardtop convertible is due for a freshening in two years.
Crossovers: VW is considering subcompact and mid-sized crossovers. Either could be built in Tennessee.
Tiguan: The compact crossover will be redesigned in 2013. A longer, seven-seat version is expected to be added.
Touareg: The redesigned SUV goes on sale next year. The new model will have a longer wheelbase and a wide range of weight-saving materials. Spy photos suggest a sleeker, slightly longer body. A hybrid model is planned.
VW's first attempt at a premium-priced SUV has not been a success. Critics say the Touareg, which debuted in 2003, is too heavy, too small inside and too expensive. The vehicle platform will continue to be shared with the Porsche Cayenne.
Routan: Sales are slow, and the minivan's future is uncertain. The Routan, which debuted in September 2008, is based on the Chrysler Town & Country minivan and assembled by Chrysler.