Volkswagen has confirmed today it will be building a new factory in South Caroline for its Scout Motors brand, though the company was beat to the punch by the state’s governor.
“We’re honored to partner with South Carolina to usher in this new era for Scout,” said Scott Keogh, President and CEO of Scout Motors. “Scout has been an American icon since introducing an SUV in 1960. It’s the vehicle that took your family on a camping trip, that gave access to the great outdoors, and that showed up on the job site every morning. Today, we’re reimagining Scout’s original ingenuity and electrifying its future. We’re bringing the Scout spirit to South Carolina and it’s going to be a hell of a ride.”
The Scout name hearkens back to the International Harvester Scout from 1960 up to 1980, when they were more ‘agricultural’ 4×4 pickups and SUVs – gasoline-powered, of course. Volkswagen acquired the nameplate last year, and Scout Motors will be its own semi-independent brand under the Volkswagen Group umbrella.