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Volkswagen Targets Mid-Sized SUV Market With New Concept

Monday, 14 Jan 2013 | 12:24 PM ET
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Jonathan Browning, Volkswagen of America president & CEO, discusses the automakers three new crossover models, with CNBC's Phil LeBeau

Volkswagen is going "right into the heart" of the mid-size sport utility vehicle market with a new concept called the CrossBlue, VW of America CEO Jonathan Browning said in a "First on CNBC" interview Monday.

"We're very strong on the sedan side, and now we're building that presence on the SUV side," Browning said on "Squawk Box" from the Detroit Auto Show.

(Read More: Detroit Auto Show Special Report)

The CrossBlue "goes right into the heart of the mid-size SUV" market, he said, positioning it between the Tiguan and Touareg.

Volkswagen Crossblue concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.
Jonathan K. Li | CNBC
Volkswagen Crossblue concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

Browning also called VW's entire line the most "affordable German engineering has to offer."

Volkswagen's U.S. sales increased 30.6 percent in 2012 to a record-breaking 580,000 units.

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—By CNBC's Phil LeBeau; Follow him on Twitter @LeBeauCarNews

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  • Phil LeBeau is a CNBC auto and airline industry reporter based in the Chicago bureau and editor of the Behind the Wheel section on CNBC.com.

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