Volkswagen Nearly Has Enough SUVs, Says R&D Chief

Frank Welsch, Volkswagen’s head of R&D says that the brand’s hunger for SUVs is nearly sated. Although not quite done with introducing new SUVs and crossovers, Welsch told Autocar that the brand won’t produce many more.

“I don’t think [the growth in SUVs] is over, but we have enough,” Welsch told the publication. “We do not need 10 more. We have to take care. We must have a portfolio that is efficient as a volume player.”

We currently know of a few more SUVs in the pipeline like the Nivus in South America, the sub-Tiguan SUV that is on its way for the US, and, of course, the ID.4. But it’s important not to oversaturate the market, according to Welsch.

“If we have too many models and sell 30,000 or 40,000 units a year, we can’t make money,” said Welsch. “We will focus on the cars that can be successful.”

Welsch also added that some culling of the current lineup might have to begin, though he would not reveal was on the chopping block.

“I don’t think we’ll have more cars than we have today,” said Welsch. “For SUVs, we are represented in every segment.”