“I don’t think [the growth in SUVs] is over, but we have enough. We do not need 10 more. We have to take care. We must have a portfolio that is efficient as a volume player,” Welsch told Autocar. “If we have too many models and sell 30,000 or 40,000 units a year, we can’t make money. We will focus on the cars that can be successful.”
Welsch added that VW will reduce the number of models built on its MQB platform “step by step,” but didn’t specify which models will be axed. VW models that are built on the MQB platform include the Arteon, Touran and Passat.