Over the summer time of 2021, Volkswagen-owned subsidiary the Traton Group introduced that it had acquired the licensing and remaining belongings of International Harvester. Fast ahead somewhat below a 12 months to at this time, and information has now damaged on how VW plans on utilizing the title of the defunct model, starting with a revived, fully-electric model of the enduring International Harvester Scout.
Originally produced from 1961 to 1980, the International Harvester Scout (and Scout II) is a beloved classic truck that’s skilled a significant inflow in recognition in recent times. And after the immense success of comparable revived retro nameplates just like the Ford Bronco, it’s not laborious to see why VW is seeking to faucet into this more and more in style phase. This follows VW’s present MO of enlargement, which has been closely primarily based within the diversification of its belongings, with the German-run conglomerate presently dipping its toes in making all the things from commuter automobiles to bikes to even hypercars — all created by totally different manufacturers that fall below the VW umbrella.
Operating as a subsidiary of VW, the Scout title shall be used to badge an all-new mannequin vary that may embrace a pickup truck and an SUV — each of which can function fully-electric powertrains, in line with a report from The Wall Street Journal. Done in an effort to broaden into the extremely profitable American market — probably the most useful market on Earth — the Scout sub-brand will characterize Volkswagen’s first-ever U.S.-based firm. Backed by an preliminary price range of $1,000,000,000, VW’s forthcoming Scout lineup expects to finally promote as many as 250,000 Scout-branded fashions within the U.S. yearly.
While to this point, nothing has been finalized, VW’s board of administrators will meet at this time to debate the brand new enterprise and are anticipated to approve the choice. If this revived model does take form, the Scout SUV and pickup fashions that end result from it are reportedly slated for a launch in or round 2026.