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VW to Expand Crossover Lineup

New Touareg and Tiguan to be joined by a range of crossovers big and small for various markets around the world.

Volkswagen broke new ground when it introduced the Touareg in 2002, propelling the German brand into the SUV market. The smaller Tiguan followed in 2007, but that could be just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, according to the latest reports. Over the past year, Volkswagen has displayed several concept versions for new crossovers. And each of them stands a real chance of seeing production, according to VW’s chief designer Klaus Bishoff, who spoke with Auto Express in Shanghai this week.

In addition to replacements for the Touareg and Tiguan, Volkswagen is reportedly moving ahead with the Taigun concept, although that model would likely be reserved for markets outside of North America, much as the Up city car on which it is based is as well. Another crossover based on the Polo is also said to be in the cards. However the seven-seat CrossBlue concept shown in Detroit is more likely to reach American dealers. Meanwhile the CrossBlue Coupe concept revealed last week is expected to foreshadow the replacement for the Tiguan itself.

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