"You can be sure, day and night, we're thinking about it," acknowledged Jens Neumann, the VWAG board member in charge of North American operations.Neumann
declined to discuss any details about the rumored project, though he
suggested "there are many platform possibilities," when asked if it would require an entirely new platform to fill the gap
.Such a vehicle would "not (come) in the near future," though industry sources expect something by around the 2007 or '08 model years.One thing VW has learned, according to Neumann
, is that more cylinders are not enough.
stressed that Volkswagen
has no intention of playing a high-stakes incentives game, even if it continues to lose share in the U.S. "We will stay with (incentive) levels which for us are already high," he
said, about $1500 a vehicle, or roughly half what the industry, as a whole, has offered in recent months.But that thinking could change, he