A Scout drives past a Ford Bronco and a Jeep Wagoneer. You might assume Lyndon B. Johnson is president. But wait. The Scout is heading to a charging station to plug in.
Welcome to 2026.
supervisory board has voted to resurrect an iconic American automotive badge — Scout. This time, though, it won’t wear a tractor company’s name. And it will wear a plug.
In recent months, VW has toyed with building an electric pickup for sale in the U.S. Rumors have suggested it could be based on the Amarok, a pickup VW sells overseas. A VW design executive even playfully posted a rendering of the upcoming ID.Buzz electric van with a bed on the back.
What all those rumors missed is that, through a circuitous round of mergers and acquisitions, Volkswagen owns the rights to the International Harvester name and its legacy of early SUVs.