And that new enemy needs to improve its image.
Tesla experienced a surge of enthusiasm when it revealed its upcoming Model 3. The $35,000 EV (before tax breaks) won't even go on sale (supposedly) until the end of next year and already over 370,000 people have placed a deposit. Impressive. So impressive, in fact, that Volkswagen, one of the biggest automakers in the world, is already planning to build a Model 3 fighter. According to German publication Auto Bild, VW, in the wake of Dieselgate, is currently planning to invest heavily in zero-emissions vehicles.
Hey, it needs to recover its reputation somehow, and an affordable EV seems like the right way to go. So what does VW have planned for its future affordable EV? The report claims that it'll be offered in two different versions, both SUV-ish. The first will supposedly resemble the Tiguan, while the second and sportier version will be a bit longer and will be inspired by the Tiguan CC. If all goes to plan, both EVs will debut in 2019. What's more, VW is also planning a production version of the BUDD-e microbus concept, rumored to officially be called the e-Bulli. It too will launch in 2019. Eventually, VW wants to have a large flagship e-SUV that'll be based on the Phaeton sedan, but the two e-Tiguans are very much in development.