In Could 2022, when Volkswagen confirmed the return of the Scout model, the automaker stated Scouts “might be designed, engineered, and manufactured within the U.S. for American clients.” One thing occurred on the best way to improvement and engineering, as a result of 5 months later, German outlet Automobilwoche reported VW was in talks with Magna Worldwide about Magna “managing the comeback of the Scout model.” The report solely talked about Magna growing the battery-electric pickup and SUV due in 2026, the query being whether or not VW would persist with its plan to construct the Scout within the U.S. Austrian outlet Kleine Zeitung (translated) cited unnamed sources to say the event deal is full, Magna’s Austrian outpost Magna-Steyr having agreed to its largest-ever deal value 450 million euros ($492M U.S.) to get the 2 new Scouts prepared for manufacturing in three years.
That leaves manufacturing for us, not less than. The association does not embody manufacturing, KZ writing, “Initially, Magna was additionally imagined to take over meeting within the USA. Nothing got here of it. Now Volkswagen will construct the Scout itself and is constructing a brand new manufacturing facility in Columbia, South Carolina.” That refers back to the $2B facility in Blythewood, SC, about 100 miles southeast of BMW’s Spartanburg plant complicated. The state gave VW an incentive package deal value $1.3 billion, the association together with a proviso that VW would repay the state $790 million if the automaker “doesn’t meet or keep sure job and funding commitments.”
Magna’s labored up a good information financial institution about ICE-powered and EV truck challenges, too. It builds the ICE-powered G-Class and can construct the battery-powered EQG. It assembles the electrical Jaguar I-Tempo, helped develop the FM29 platform the Fisker Ocean sits on, and has already signed a contract to engineer and construct the battery-electric model of the Ineos Grenadier.
Splitting improvement and manufacturing is not new, Magna having labored with Ineos Automotive to create the Grenadier pickup that Ineos builds at its personal manufacturing facility in Hambach, France. Earlier than that, Magna labored on improvement of the Audi TT that Audi inbuilt Hungary, amongst different locations. Since one of many Scouts is a pickup, U.S. meeting makes essentially the most sense to us on the face of it as a result of VW must keep away from America’s 25% Rooster Tax on imported pickups and cargo vans — a hurdle we’re nonetheless unsure how Ineos plans to keep away from, contemplating the place Ineos at the moment builds its Grenadier Quartermaster pickup. The U.S. plant can also be anticipated to serve different VW Group manufacturers, particularly Audi, which may use it to construct an electrical Vary Rover or Mercedes-Benz G-Class competitor on the brand new electrical platform being created for the Scout; Audi has repeatedly been tabbed because the Scout division’s expertise provider.
Final we heard, the Scout continues to be deliberate to launch with a $40,000 SUV first, adopted by a pickup stated to be concerning the measurement of a Ford F-150. The picture above is a brightened model of the newest teaser from late final 12 months. It is nonetheless up on the Scout Motors website, however Scout employed Chris Benjamin as head of design in Could of this 12 months, so every little thing may have modified. Benjamin’s 25 years within the auto enterprise consists of six years at Fiat Chrysler/Stellantis overseeing inside design for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram.