Volkswagen will decide by the end of
this year whether to go ahead with production of the ground-breaking
Crossblue SUV hybrid first shown in Detroit in January.
If it gets the green light, the SUV will be built at either VW's Chattanooga plant in Tennessee state or in Mexico, the Chattanooga plant boss, Frank Fischer, told an industry forum in Michigan.
The appearance of the mid-sized family hauler with innovative diesel-electric hybrid power set tongues wagging at the show.
News of possible series production comes amid a recent stateside sales slowdown for Europe's biggest carmaker.
The soft SUV, which bears a strong family resemblance to the current Tiguan, has been showcased in China and America with a 415-horsepower power-train, which is unlikely to find many buyers in Europe.
The motive power matches the kind of muscly performance North Americans can expect from the homegrown competition.
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