Volkswagen at the 2017 NAIAS

Volkswagen unveils the Atlas, the Tiguan Allspace and I.D. Concept car

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Volkswagen experiences a challenging time. Thanks to the diesel affair, the company lost the trust of thousands of its customers. A new product strategy, focusing on SUVs, should help to regain lost market share. To make this happen, a bunch of new products are being introduced in Detroit. Focusing on the North American market, the attention is on two SUV models of the German automaker.

The all-new Volkswagen Atlas is the result of the Cross Coupe GTE, which we saw at the Detroit show in 2015. The Atlas was unveiled at the LA Auto Show back in November 2016. However, Volkswagen doesn’t mind to bring the SUV also to Detroit. The mid-size SUV offers space for seven passengers and their baggage. Customers can select either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 238 horsepower (175 kW) or a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower (206 kW). Both models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Obviously, a diesel-powered Atlas isn’t offered.

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Manufactured at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Atlas is exclusively available for the North American market. Additional markets, such as Russia and the Middle East, are about to follow at the end of 2017.

Alongside the Atlas, we recognize a second seven-seater model. The Tiguan Allspace joins the SUV model range and becomes available in North Amercia, China and Europe in the beginning of summer 2017. As the name suggests, the new model offers more space, thanks to an extended wheelbase of additional 8 inches.

As already known from other car makers, also Volkswagen brings its latest developments from Las Vegas to Detroit. The Volkswagen I.D. represents a visionary concept car, promoting three central elements. Digital connectivity, autonomous driving and emission-free driving, thanks to an electric motor. The basis of the concept car is the new Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB) with an electric range of 372 miles (600 km).

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According to Christian Senger, Product Line Leader for the I.D., the production version will be launched in 2020. Autonomous driving via the “I.D. Pilot” is forecasted for 2025. As a result, VW teams up with the Nvidia cooperation. The cooperation was announced by Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer of the Volkswagen Group, at the CES in Las Vegas. The ultimate goal of the cooperation is the development of the best artificial intelligence for the car of the future.

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