Volkswagen may revive Scout cars in the US

Volkswagen may revive Scout cars in the US

Volkswagen plans to bring the Scout brand back to the U.S. with new electric pickups and SUVs, two people with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday. The German automaker would invest around 100 million euros in the new Scout brand, the people said, possibly seeking funding from investors or an IPO to expand production capacity. Volkswagen’s management board “will make a decision on the matter” at a meeting later on Wednesday, a spokesman confirmed, adding that an update was expected later on Wednesday.

Volkswagen has given up on cars in the US while adding electric models. SUVs now account for about 75% of US sales for the group’s VW and Audi brands, which account for about 4% of US auto industry sales. US sales of the two brands fell nearly 30% in the first quarter.

The Scout and Travelall vehicles produced by International Harvester were the forerunners, in performance and style, of popular SUVs from Detroit’s Big Three automakers, such as the Ford Bronco and General Motors’ Chevrolet Suburban. Harvester stopped building the Scout and Travelall in 1980, after the oil crisis of the mid-1970s, while it was undergoing restructuring. But the Scout “look” is still present in vehicles like Ford’s current Bronco and the R1 line of pickups and SUVs from Rivian electric carmaker.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Volkswagen expects to sell up to 250,000 Scout-branded vehicles a year in the United States and begin production in 2026. Volkswagen first revealed plans to use the Scout name late last year. . Car maker Traton SE bought American truck maker Navistar in 2020, which owns the Scout name.

In 2020, GM said it will revive the Hummer name to build electric SUVs and pickup trucks. As of March 31, 100 images of the Hummer EV had been delivered in the United States.