VW will gauge response to the Tarok concept in deciding whether to build a version for the U.S. Brand boss Scott Keogh says he likes the Tarok because the second-row seats fold, along with the rear wall of the cab, to extend storage space in the bed.
The automaker says its goal for the U.S. is to sell 10% of CX-5s with the 2.2L diesel, which would mean about 15,000 units. The engine produces 290 lb.-ft. of torque and is rated at 30 mpg on the highway with AWD.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executive Mary Ann Capo says minivans continue to attract families with children: “Typically there’s a trigger point and yes, it’s when families have that second, or third, child.”
The latest GLS won’t see U.S. deliveries until the year’s fourth quarter, but the German automaker is already extolling its advances, including a new 482-hp gasoline-electric mild-hybrid drivetrain in an initial range-topping GLS 580 4Matic model.