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Volkswagen's biggest SUV ever will sell its American roots

A new video miniseries chronicling the inception of this ute will lead us into the official unveil at the LA Auto Show.


Volkswagen might be a German brand, but its still-unnamed three-row SUV is 110 percent American. In order to showcase this new vehicle's all-American roots, the automaker will release an eight-video miniseries, and the first episode just came out.

The first video takes a look at the philosophy behind the vehicle's creation. This is Volkswagen's largest SUV ever, and it needs to be -- unlike Europe, America's expanse is a vast one, taking 30-plus hours to travel from West Coast to East Coast. Much of the vehicle was designed here in the US, and it will be built here, too. In fact, the new model won't be sold in Europe at all, because I think it would be classified as a semi truck. (Not really.)

Volkswagen's desperately needed new SUV, which is expected to be called Atlas, is set to receive a hero's welcome at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November, and should go on sale in the second quarter of 2017. I still don't know much about it, but if I were a betting man, I'd wager on two different engine options -- I4 and V6. I took a ride in one earlier this year and walked away impressed.