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VW close to decision about the 395-hp Golf R 400 for the U.S.

VW execs are currently close to decision about a production version of the Golf R400 and maybe even a new van for the U.S.

VW Golf R 400 Concept

Volkswagen has hinted several times about its aspirations to grow its SUV lineup in the U.S., but what else could the brand introduce on this side of the Atlantic? VW execs are currently close to decision about a production version of the Golf R 400 and maybe even a new van for the U.S.
Hans-Jakob Neusser, VW’s development chief told Automotive News last week that the automaker is close to decision about whether to produce the Golf R 400 concept that debuted last year at the Beijing Motor Show. The concept was powered by a 395-hp 2.0L turbocharged engine that accelerated the high-performance Golf from 0-60 mph in under four seconds.

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“We are just in front of the decision to do it or not, but I personally think that we have good conditions to do it,” Neusser said.

VW may also introduce a new van in the U.S. according to comments from Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen of America. “We’re studying this, and personally I believe we should do something based on the technology which we already have in this market.” Some options are the next-generation Crafter, which is currently a van that is based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter or the Caddy, which is a small van that is based on VW’s MQB platform.

Source: Automotive News