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I just got my latest issue of Automobile Magazine in the mail last night. It has a real picture -- with somebody driving --- of VW's new smaller SUV to compete with the the Honda CRV and the likes.
The article calls it the Marrakesh (sp?). It's a great looking vehicle.
 

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I just got my latest issue of Automobile Magazine in the mail last night. It has a real picture -- with somebody driving --- of VW's new smaller SUV to compete with the the Honda CRV and the likes.
The article calls it the Marrakesh (sp?). It's a great looking vehicle.

The spelling is Marrakesch and the vehicle will be build in the original VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany!
 

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Re: VW's New SUV (dschlei)

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The spelling is Marrakesch and the vehicle will be build in the original VW factory in Wolfsburg, Germany!

Depends on whether the German labor unions will make enough concessions. I was told that the production could go to Portugal, Poland, Slovakia or elsewhere. That decision hadn't been made yet.
 

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Depends on whether the German labor unions will make enough concessions. I was told that the production could go to Portugal, Poland, Slovakia or elsewhere. That decision hadn't been made yet.

Just fresh of a press release today:
http://www.ngz-online.de/publi...06332
The VW CEO Pischetsrieder statet that the Marrakesch will be build in Wolfsburg.
 

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From a June article:
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Under the codename Marrakesh, Volkswagen is getting on with the development of the new 4x4 Golf model, based on the Golf Plus tall wagon not seen in the States.

Prototypes of the crossover were sighted last winter during cold-weather testing in Scandinavia and have now been caught at Germany 's Nürburgring.
The raised ride height has been designed to offer extra ground clearance. Under the skin, the new SUV features a re-engineered version of the Golf's 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system, which will also appear on the upcoming A3 Allroad from VW's sister firm, Audi.
Inside, the CrossGolf gets the same cabin as the Golf Plus, with three rear seats that fold and slide independently of each other. Pricing and specification details for the Golf Plus range have yet to be announced, but the soft-roader is set to make its showroom debut in 2006. It will be equipped with transversely mounted engines delivering up to 250 horsepower.
The new CrossGolf/Marrakesh is Volkswagen's second try to market a off-road-capable version of the Golf. The first one was the not so successful Golf Country, introduced in 1990.
 

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Pretty funky looking, they should build it. Time they got in the game with Scion, PT Cruiser, Chevy HHR, etc.
With that 4WD system it will be significantly less mechanically dense than the Touareg/Cayenne, they should be able to price that fairly low.
 

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Re: VW's New SUV (dschlei)

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The VW CEO Pischetsrieder statet that the Marrakesch will be build in Wolfsburg.
that's not exactly what he said...
Quote, originally posted by from the article »
Zuversichtlich zeigte sich Pischetsrieder, dass der neue kompakte Geländewagen in Wolfsburg und nicht in Portugal gefertigt wird. Der Marrakesch sollte im Stammwerk gebaut werden, auch um dort eine verbesserte Kapazitätsauslastung zu erreichen, betonte er. "Wenn wir gemeinsam mit der Arbeitnehmervertretung den Kompakt-SUV in Wolfsburg auf solide wirtschaftliche Füße stellen, wäre das ein positives Signal auch für künftige Produktentscheidungen", sagte der VW-Chef.

so he is only confident that the Marrakesch will be built in WOB and not in Portugal. It should be built in WOB to better utilize the factory. They just need to talk to the labor unions to find a way to make the whole thing productive.
So nothing has been decided yet and the whole article should just put a little pressure on the labor unions to make some concessions
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Modified by FrankS at 7:29 PM 9-9-2005
 

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Re: VW's New SUV (TREGinginCO)

Actually, it is not a real photo of the production version, but "an artist's interpretation" of the production version of the Marrakesh that you see in Automobile magazine.
 

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My $0.02 here:
.01...they should not build in Bratislavia or the drunks who built ours will FUBAR it again.
.02...VW sure know how to pick names that baffle most consumers...why not a simple roving tribe to match - Bedouin ?
Marra...frickin...kesch!

Cy


Modified by cybulman at 11:20 PM 9-10-2005
 

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Re: VW's New SUV (TREGinginCO)

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At its meeting today, the Brand Product Strategy Committee of Volkswagen AG recommended that the compact SUV should be built at the Palmela plant in Portugal from 2007.
This recommendation was issued in view of the competitive situation and the scheduling framework for production start-up of the compact SUV. From the present perspective, production in Portugal brings cost benefits of over 1000 Euro per vehicle compared with production in Wolfsburg, the alternative facility. Given the tough competitive situation in this vehicle segment, extra costs on this scale are not acceptable. Under present conditions, production of the compact SUV at the Wolfsburg site would therefore not be economic.
There is one remaining alternative for Wolfsburg as regards production of the compact SUV. This would involve integration of the vehicle in Touran production, i.e. production by Auto 5000 GmbH.
“The window for a decision on this alternative also closes on 26 September”, commented Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, Chairman of the Volkswagen brand Board of Management. “That is the deadline for plant and machinery specifications for the production site in order to guarantee on-time production start-up.”


 
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