Volkswagen Teases Electric Scout II Pickup Truck for U.S. Market
[embedded content] Share This: With a goal to gain 10% market share in the North American auto market, Volkswagen teased an electric Scout II pickup truck.
The European automaker has been working closely with a team in the U.S. on a new Scout pickup truck concept and seems prepared to take the next step in development. Volkswagen Group recently announced Scout will launch a fully electric pickup truck for the U.S. market by 2026. Along with the announcement, the Group included a video hinting the new Scout EV might be based on the Scout II produced in the 1970s and '80s.
"It is generally the case that Volkswagen AG in the USA and North America has very ambitious goals. We are aiming at 10% market share there, but we do not cover important segments of the market, and these are the segments like the pickup or the robust SUVs," said Gong Lee, VW's head of urban solutions. "As part of the Navistar acquisition, we also purchased the rights of the Scout brand.
It's a very American brand, and that was key for us," added Lee. The Scout II is the second-generation of the Scout two-door truck, assembled in Fort Wayne, IN, from April 1971 to 1980. Each new iteration of the Scout II is identifiable by the front grilles.
For example, the one produced from 1971 to 1972 featured a grille with three horizontal bars between the headlights, while the 1973 Scout II has 14 vertical bars between the headlights, split in the middle.
In its video, Volkswagen Group seemed to feature a 1980 Scout II, marked by its split horizontal grille and square headlights.
The Scout II released in 1980 also had an International name mark, similar to models released in 1973 and between 1977 to 1979.
VW suggested the Scout II might have...