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Volkswagen boss says no to GTI range expansion


The Head of Volkswagen has reportedly poured cold water on speculation that the brand might grow its portfolio of GTI models in the coming years.

Speaking to Britain's Autocar magazine, boss Herbert Diess said the company has no intention of bringing a GTI SUV to market anytime soon, adding that the Golf, recently unveiled up! and forthcoming Polo would be the only models to wear the famed GTI badge.

“I think with the three, we have now, we are set. GTI for us is ‘the’ hot hatch: a sporty car, classless, with potential for everyday use and accessible for many. It should be this car – a hot hatch," Diess said.

He also stated that plans to introduce a GTI version of the all-electric ID range would go against the principle of the division's creation, remarking that performance hybrid models wearing the GTE badge could instead experience growth. At present, only the Golf and Passat are available in GTE forms.

"With any model line-ups you have electrification coming. There is broader possibility for GTE than GTI," Diess said, before also ruling out the possibility of a Polo GTE due to costs and market positioning.

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