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Volkswagen has a number of new model introductions, a concept vehicle and a few other announcements as well.

Volkswagen of America will introduce a new wagon addition to the Jetta lineup. While the wagon version has been on sale in Europe for over a year now, VWoA has decided to offer it here for the first time ever. Initially, the Jetta wagon will be available in GLS and GLX trim lines powered by the 115hp 2.0l 4-cylinder and 174hp 2.8l VR6 respectively. Later next fall the 1.8T model will be added and a TDI model will follow that late next year. Pricing and availability will be announced at the show.

Volkswagen is also introducing a limited edition New Beetle Sport model. This limited-edition model offers additional features such as leather sport seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-speaker Monsoon sound system, sunroof and cold weather package. This Beetle Sport model is powered by a 150hp 1.8T engine and has an MSRP of $20,950.

The north american debut of the new 2001.5 Passat will also be at Detroit. This facelifted model features more than 2000+ changes under the skin in addition to the obvious cosmetic features. The 1.8T engine will receive a bump in horsepower to 170hp and the 2.8l V6 will remain unchanged. Look for the new redesigned model in dealers by February 15th.

After years of speculation, it looks like Volkswagen is finally going to take the wraps off of a retro styled Microbus concept van. Reportedly the Microbus concept is related in spirit to the looks of the old Microbus, but don't look for a dead-on copy. The concept vehicle sports headlights similar to the ACC pickup truck concept with a large volkswagen logo prominently displayed on the large front hood area. A smaller grill opening on the lower front and two sheet metal cutouts on either side allow airflow to the engine compartment. The roof is covered in a brushed aluminum finish with metal ribs. Windows are vast all the way around and are darker tinted to give them one cohesive wrap-around look. Tail lamps are horizontal on the left and right sides mounted up high. The concept sits on large wheels with the typical VW family flared fender look. New unique slab-side wheels accent the whole package. There are sliding doors on both sides of the van along with seating for at least six or more people, which shows VW's likelihood to offer it for production sometime in the next two years. The concept is finished in a two-tone paint scheme of a unique greenish-blue tint and may or may not feature a roof rack with surf board(s) attached.

In addition to the unveiling of this concept vehicle, Volkswagen will make announcements about its upcoming Van strategy and significant pricing changes for the Eurovan lineup. Volkswagen of America wants to make a definate push into the van segment here in North America and has plans to increase sales of the Eurovan significantly over the next several years till the new T5 platform replacement arrives (expected to look more than a little like the Microbus concept vehicle).
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