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VW is trying to convey again the Scout model as an electrical automobile

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This picture, from 2019, is of a refurbished Scout. The model was initially constructed by International Harvester between 1961 and 1980.

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Volkswagen is planning to resurrect the enduring “Scout” model as an electrical automobile within the United States.

In a report late Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal mentioned the German automotive big was aiming to launch a “new Scout-branded electric sport-utility vehicle” in addition to an electrical pickup truck, additionally beneath the Scout title.

Volkswagen confirmed to CNBC that its supervisory board would vote on the proposals on Wednesday. According to the Journal, VW has the rights to the Scout title by way of its buy of Navistar International Corp.

Electric ambitions

In July 2021, the Volkswagen Group mentioned half of its gross sales had been anticipated to be battery-electric autos by 2030. By the yr 2040, the corporate mentioned nearly 100% of its new autos in main markets must be zero-emission.

VW’s electrification plans put it in direct competitors with long-established automakers like GM and Ford, in addition to relative newcomers akin to Tesla.

Recently, Ford CEO Jim Farley mentioned his enterprise deliberate to “challenge Tesla and all comers to become the top EV maker in the world.”

In March 2021, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess dismissed the notion his agency might be a part of forces with Tesla, telling CNBC that the corporate was trying to go its personal means.

Speaking to “Squawk Box Europe,” Diess was requested if he would rule out any future cope with Elon Musk’s electrical automobile maker, through which VW might manufacture its vehicles, or if the Tesla and VW manufacturers would ever unite.

“No, we haven’t considered [that], we are going our own way,” he replied. “We want to get close and then overtake.” 

—Chloe Taylor contributed to this text.

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