Volkswagen Scout EV ute could be built by iPhone maker – report

Volkswagen appears to be looking to outside help in reviving its Scout brand for an all-electric pickup and SUV for the US market.

Sources have told Automobilwoche that the German automaker is in talks with Foxconn – the contract manufacturer best known for making the Apple iPhone – over manufacturing the Scout range.

The German trade publication believes that Volkswagen is also in talks with Magna-Steyr, which produces the Fisker Ocean and Jaguar I-Pace electric cars at its plant in Graz, Austria.

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If Volkswagen chooses Foxconn, it will benefit from the US production of the Scout. Under the rules of the Biden administration’s recently passed Infrastructure Act, American-made electric vehicles with enough local components can be sold with federal tax credits that reduce the purchase price by up to $7,500 ($11,500).

The automaker has neither confirmed nor denied the accuracy of the report.

“We are very pleased with the progress made by the scout team and the excitement it is already generating among current fans and future customers,” said a Volkswagen spokesman for Automobilwoche.

Volkswagen acquired the Scout name in 2021 when its truck division bought Traton Navistar, the parent company of International Harvester, the company that built Scout SUVs and Jeep-style SUVs from 1961 to 1980.

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Foxconn currently owns and operates an auto plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

It started out as a GM factory and produced some of the company’s smaller models, including the Chevrolet Cavalier, Cobalt, and eventually the Cruze. It was sold to startup electric car maker Lordstown Motors in 2019, with GM providing Lordstown with around $40 million ($62 million) to fund the purchase.

After running into financial difficulties, Lordstown sold the facility to Foxconn in 2021 for US$230 million (US$360 million). Foxconn began production of the Lordstown’s Endurance EV pickup truck in September this year.

The first member of the Scout range, an electric Ute, is scheduled to go into production in 2026. It will not be based on the existing MEB architecture that underlies the Volkswagen ID.3 and Cupra Born, Audi Q4 e-tron, and Skoda Enyaq, among others.

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The Scoutute and SUV will be based on the R-SUV’s “new technical platform concept”, but Volkswagen has yet to provide more details on the architecture.

It is unclear whether the talks between Volkswagen and Foxconn will extend to platform sharing.

The Taiwanese company announced its intention to expand its contract manufacturing business into automobiles in 2020 when it previewed a modular EV architecture that could be used by new and existing brands.

The company has since launched the Foxtron brand with the first vehicle, the Model C crossover, which is scheduled to go on sale in Taiwan from the second half of 2023. The smaller crossover Model B and the larger pickup Model V will follow.

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