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Magna Steyr Tapped to Develop Scout EV

by | November 27, 2023

Volkswagen dug deep into the past to create a new all-electric vehicle brand, Scout, a couple of years ago. However, the progress has been slow — until now. When it’s become clear what company will help VW develop the new brand: Magna Steyr.

A newspaper in Austria says that the Volkswagen Group is having Magna International’s Magna Steyr division develop its forthcoming Scout electric sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks.

Sketches of future Scout EVs.

Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung states that according to people with knowledge of the matter, VW has committed 450 million euros ($492 million) to Magna Steyr to develop the models.

In addition to helping design the Ineos Grenadier SUV, the business currently assembles the G-Class for Mercedes-Benz in Graz, Austria.

Volkswagen is bringing the storied Scout name back, aiming to boost sales in North America. It is projected that production of Scout vehicles, which will comprise an electric pickup and SUV, will begin by the end of 2026. In the U.S., Volkswagen intends to sell 250,000 Scout cars annually.

According to Kleine Zeitung, Magna engineers in Graz and the U.S. are already working on development.

Scout headquarters in the BullStreet District of Columbia, South Carolina.

Home base

Earlier this month, Scout established its first office in South Carolina, located in the Bull Street District of Columbia. Volkswagen declared in March that it would build an assembly plant for the Scout in Blythewood, near Columbia, South Carolina. The business is situated about 350 miles east of VW’s production facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In May 2022, Volkswagen declared it would bring back the Scout brand as a producer of electric vehicles.

Scout EV teaser photo

International Harvester originally used the Scout moniker for its 1961 International Scout SUV, which was a rival vehicle to the Jeep CJ and Ford Bronco. The International Scout was sold through 1980.

After International underwent a corporate reorganization in 1986, its highway tractors carried on under the new name Navistar. In 2020, the Scout moniker was acquired by Volkswagen Group when it paid $3.7 billion to acquire Navistar International through its heavy-truck division Traton.


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