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Volkswagen is doing yet another crossover

The VW ‘Taigo’ will be based on an existing coupe-crossover sold in South America

Published: 30 Mar 2021
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Apparently Volkswagen thinks Europe needs yet another crossover. So it’s pinching the Nivus from South America, where it was developed and is already available, and has announced plans to stick it on sale over here towards the end of this year. 

It’ll have a new name – Taigo, because in Europe all VW crossovers start with a ‘T’ – and be built locally in Pamplona, Spain. 

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Selling cars developed for other parts of the world in Europe is tricky because different regions have such varied standards and requirements (Ford EcoSport and Ka+, we’re looking at you), so no doubt the Nivus will be fettled and tweaked before it lands. 

Might even look a bit different – so far VW has only released drawings and renders of its Euro-spec coupe-ified small SUV. The red car is the Nivus as-sold in Brazil, Argentina and so-on.  

We’re promised the Taigo will come with “a multitude of assistance systems and state-of-the-art connectivity” as well as “economical TSI engines, LED headlights as standard, a modern operating concept [and] a fully digital cockpit”. 

More as we have it. 

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