Volkswagen is pondering a growth plan for North America that includes expanding its lineup to lower segments, particularly small crossovers.
Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, hinted in a conversation at one or more new crossovers in the subcompact segment, in which it has no entries, and the compact segment, in which it has the Tiguan.
Woebcken said VW is "looking closely" at a subcompact crossover, adding that with strong growth of subcompacts and compacts, "there is potential for derivatives" in the compact segment. He provided no details on upcoming models.
The subcompact crossover could be a version of an upcoming model previewed by the T-Roc concept shown at the 2014 Geneva auto show. The compact derivative could be a coupelike variation of the Tiguan with only five seats. It could be sold next to the upcoming seven-seat Tiguan.
A small sedan, however, is not on the plate, Woebcken said. "We need to differentiate between small sedans, which are having a more difficult time," he said, and crossovers.