Reservations

Here's how to reserve your new Volkswagen ID.4 for $100

Volkswagen hasn't fully revealed the ID.4, but here is the model in the concept form.

Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Following Ford and Tesla's model for vehicle reservations, Volkswagen will allow customers to put a $100 deposit down on its ID.4 electric vehicle shortly after its reveal next month. The deposit is refundable.

The model's debut is set for September 23 at 11 a.m. EDT. Reservations will be available immediately following.

The reservation is possible thanks to Volkswagen's new online shopping platform. The new way to buy is designed to help customers avoid the hassles of the dealership experience - something that is a common pain point in customer experience surveys industrywide. The platform also includes shopping tools such as a range estimator, payment tool and dealer selection to assist shoppers with finding an ID.4 model and making the transition to EV ownership.

Volkswagen ID.4 conceptThe Volkswagen ID.4 concept vehicle reveals a crossover with a low coefficient of drag, helping it slip through the air with ease, making it more fuel efficient.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Users start by building their preferred vehicle. Then, they secure their place on one with a $100 reservation payment.

Once vehicle production starts, those with reservations will be invited to lock in their configuration and confirm their order with an additional $400 deposit. The online ordering system will allow buyers to track their vehicle from production to delivery and let them know when to expect their new ID.4 to arrive at their preferred dealer.

Once the vehicle arrives at the dealership, buyers can interact directly with them to arrange for delivery.

The ID.4 will be produced at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which is being modified to fulfill the task. It will be sold in all 50 U.S. states.

Volkswagen plans to sell 26 million electric vehicles globally by 2029.

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VW purchased the rights to the iconic Scout name and plans to make new EVs under the brand.

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Automakers bring back names and brands from the past all the time, but it's not every day that a major company purchases a brand name specifically for the purpose of reviving it. That's exactly what Volkswagen just did with Scout, the name of an ultra-popular off-road SUV that was built by International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s.

As for the types of vehicles we'll see from the brand, we currently only have the renders to go on. The pickup truck and SUV both feature throwback styling that is reminiscent of the original Scout shapes. Beefy off-road tires and lifted suspension are the only other clues available in the drawings.

Volkswagen has its own EVs, and its other brands like Audi and Porsche have made significant progress with electric vehicles as well. That said, VW doesn't really have a solid off-road option from any of its brands at the moment, so the Scout purchase opens doors for the automaker in that arena.

The announcement sounds exciting, but we've still got plenty of time to wait before there's a Scout-branded EV on the roads. Volkswagen said the plan is to release vehicles by 2026, but it won't be sitting idle between now and then. The VW ID.4 is still very fresh and the automaker says it will launch a total of 25 new EVs in the U.S. by 2030.

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New subcompact crossover

Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

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With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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