The Volkswagen brand's U.
S. product planner wants a more Americanized lineup. His wish list calls for a small, locally built SUV, more diesels and possibly a return of the Phaeton.
Rainer Michel, Volkswagen of America's vice president for product marketing and strategy, sees room for a compact SUV below the Tiguan crossover that would be manufactured here and tailored to local tastes. He also wants a slightly larger SUV, one that might fit between the Tiguan and the mid-sized Touareg SUV.