07/18/2014 (press release: CambridgePRGroup) // NASHUA, N.H. // AutoFair Volkswagen of Nashua
In an effort to support more American workers and appeal to more American buyers, Volkswagen will be launching a new midsize SUV that will be assembled at the company’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant starting in late 2016. Based on the CrossBlue concept vehicle that was revealed at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the new model is expected to slot between the compact Volkswagen Tiguan and the more luxurious Volkswagen Touareg in the automaker’s SUV lineup.
Volkswagen says it will add roughly 2,000 U.S. jobs and invest about $900 million to support the manufacturing of its new seven-passenger SUV. Production of the vehicle will be integrated into the existing infrastructure of the Chattanooga facility, which is currently home to the VW Passat midsize sedan. Though Volkswagen has yet to confirm which of the CrossBlue’s features will actually make it to U.S. dealerships, buyers can expect a spacious interior, a range of high-tech features and an efficient drivetrain, with the concept housing a plug-in hybrid system that connects a TDI Clean Diesel engine with two electric motors.
“While it’s the compact-SUV segment that has exploded in recent years, the midsize SUV continues to be a favorite with Americans drivers, and Volkswagen is planning to win their hearts with a more affordable, more fuel-efficient and more technologically advanced model in 2016,” said Jared Saunders, general manager of AutoFair Volkswagen of Nashua, a New Hampshire Volkswagen dealer. “In the meantime, though, buyers who want a midsize SUV that offers nothing but the best in material quality and amenities can turn to the Volkswagen Touareg.”
Coming standard with heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity and Bi-Xenon high-intensity headlamps with LED daytime running lights, the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg is designed to pamper its owners both inside and out. Premium options include a 12.7-cubic-foot panoramic sunroof, a hands-free easy-open liftgate and an Area View 360-degree camera. Under the hood, Touareg buyers can choose from a gas-powered 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower, a 3.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel V6 that returns 29 mpg on the highway while still boasting 240 horsepower, or a supercharged hybrid drivetrain that churns out a surprising 380 horsepower.
About AutoFair Volkswagen of Nashua:
Part of the AutoFair Automotive Group that has served New Hampshire and Massachusetts drivers for more than two decades, AutoFair Volkswagen of Nashua offers a broad inventory of new and pre-owned Volkswagen models backed by expert sales and service teams. New Hampshire Volkswagen fans can feel confident they’ll leave the dealership satisfied, whether they are looking for a new Volkswagen Passat sedan, a used Volkswagen Beetle or maintenance for their Volkswagen Tiguan SUV. Visit AutoFair Volkswagen at 717 Milford Road (Route 101A) in Merrimack, N.H., reach them by phone at 603-821-4313 or find them online at www.autofairvolkswagenofnashua.com or on Facebook.
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