Automotive News reports Volkswagen’s German officials confirmed it will launch a U.S.-based Scout subbrand, a rugged electric Pickup and SUV based on a new EV platform. Scout will be a separate unit or brand with independent management. It’s not certain, at this moment, who will sell the Scout—even VW’s U.S. dealers weren’t aware of the Scout’s comeback until last week.
VW acquired the Scout name when it bought, via its Traton truck unit, heavy-truck Navistar in 2020. VW plans to show its first prototypes next year and start production in 2026. VW plans to strengthen its position in the U.S. market where trucks rule.
International Harvester, the forerunner of Navistar, built a line of Scout utility vehicles from late 1960 through 1980. No word yet if VW will re-introduce the IH’s larger Travelall, which competed with the Chevy Suburban.