Meet the Scout, a model that will be reinterpreted by Volkswagen – Vrum

Meet the Scout, a model that will be reinterpreted by Volkswagen – Vrum


VW unveiled SUV and pickup truck body designs for the new Scout (photo: volkswagen/disclosure)

The Volkswagen Group has confirmed that it will relaunch the interpretation of the Scout line in the American market, a model produced there between the 1960s and 1980s. At that time, the model was manufactured by International Harvester, a company that also produced trucks, engines. , agricultural machinery and many others. However, now the new brand of the Volkswagen Group is named after a model that was successful as a pickup truck and as a forerunner of SUVs: the Scout.

The exact location has not yet been released, but the cars will be designed and built in the United States. Official drawings have already been released showing that the model has been reborn with the same variants of the original, pickup truck and SUV, however, 100% electric. The model will have a new platform, designed for trams, and off-road capabilities.

However, it has already been stated that there will be synergy between the group’s brands, despite Scout’s independent operation. Prototypes start working as early as 2023. Volkswagen is investing heavily in the American market, where it wants to double its share from 5% to 10%. For this, it has already started the production of the ID.4 electric SUV, and soon it will be strengthened by the charismatic ID Buzz, the electric interpretation of the Kombi.

But what does the Volkswagen Group have to do with International and Scout? that when the company had to go out of business in the mid-1980s, its Navistar International truck division was bought by Traton, the heavy vehicle division of the German group. Curiosity: in the 1960s, International came to work in Brazil as a subsidiary in the construction of trucks.

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Introduced in the 1960s, the compact had a convertible version (photo: volkswagen/disclosure)

HISTORY

The Scout 80 was released in the United States in 1960, with a highly flexible body. With a hard, removable or canvas roof, full or partial, the car can be used as a cargo van, station wagon or even a convertible. Its purpose was to be less spartan than the Willys jeep, although still rustic.

A “motorhome” version was launched in 1963, the Campermobile, with bunk beds, a kitchen and a bathroom, but it was not successful. Limited to 3,000 units, the Red Carpet limited series, in celebration of 100,000 units produced, was raced, with a white body and red interior.

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In 1965, the model was updated and renamed the Scout 800. (photo: volkswagen/disclosure)

In 1965, the model was renewed, changing its name to Scout 800. Its main novelty was to provide a back seat with an option, officially changing the car to a jeep, but there was still a pickup option. Here, too, the history of the model was born as one of several that are considered to be the forerunners of modern SUVs.

In 1968, the model received comfort items and was renamed the Scout 800A. Its most modern version, called the Aristocrat, featured a stainless steel roof rack, alloy wheels and two-tone blue and silver paintwork. There was still a short-lived improvement in 1970, the Scout 800B, with minor changes. This first decade of the Scout is considered a winner, having overtaken Jeep itself in the American market.

In 1971, the Scout II arrived on the market, with new optical details and a wheelbase shortened by almost 8 centimeters. Until it was discontinued in 1980, the model basically changed the grid every passing year. An extended wheelbase body was introduced in 1975, with Traveler and Terra versions. In total, over 20 years, more than 500,000 Scout units were manufactured. One of the reasons for the death of the company was the increasing difficulty in competing with the Big Three of Detroit: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.