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Six Hottest Cars at the Detroit Auto Show

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VW Crossover

Hellwig said he believes that VW will unveil a mid-sized crossover vehicle at the show.

VW has been growing in the U.S, where its 2012 sales rose 35% to 438,134. It spent $1 billion to build a plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The VW Passat is built at the plant, which opened in April 2011.

The mid-sized crossover segment "is one of the last segments where VW doesn't yet compete in the U.S. and it's a segment they have hinted at entering," Hellwig said. "VW has all of its top executives coming over from Germany, and they don't come over here for nothing." The new vehicle could replace the Touareg (pictured), although it would be slightly larger: it is also possible that VW will keep the Touareg.

Here we should add that VW might be a great automaker but it certainly has room for improvement in the area of selecting names for its vehicles. Another weirdly named VW vehicle is the Tiguan, a smaller crossover which is unlikely to be replaced.

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