Could Foxconn or Magna help VW revive Scout brand

MUNICH — Volkswagen Group may partner with Foxconn to revive the Scout brand in North America.

VW is in talks with Foxconn for the Taiwanese contract manufacturer to build Scout vehicles, Automotive News Canada sibling publication Automobilwoche has learned from VW sources.

In addition to Foxconn, VW is also said to be in talks with Magna Steyr, the Austria-based contract manufacturer owned by Canada’s Magna International Inc., which is considering opening a plant in the U.S.

Scout could jointly develop its first vehicles with Magna, sources said.

Foxconn, best known as the manufacturer of the Apple iPhone, started manufacturing Lordstown’s Endurance pickups in September after buying the company’s Ohio facility bought by Lordstown from General Motors in 2019.

VW said in May it plans to revive the long dormant Scout off-road nameplate that it acquired last year when its heavy-truck brand merged with Navistar.

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