The head of sales and marketing at Volkswagen says that the next two years will see the arrival of plenty of new VW-badged models that will "surprise" customers.

Speaking to Auto Express, Jürgen Stackmann said that the Wolfsburg-based brand was in the process of repositioning itself.

“There is a new dimension in Volkswagen; we are being more authoritative and bullish,” Stackmann told the British publication. “We are capturing the core segments well; our models are positioned in a way that they are symbols of the segment, but there is a lot more playground for us.

“That’s one of the primary roles of China. It’s young, and allows us to put more body styles into production that we wouldn’t be able to do in Europe alone.

"You will see a lot from us in the next two years that will surprise you and show a fresh side to the VW brand,” he said.

The Auto Express report added that a shooting brake version of the Arteon (possibly powered by a six-cylinder unit) would likely be one, before revealing that Stackmann saw the coupé-style crossover as “an area we want to explore for the brand”.

In addition, the report said that Volkswagen had plans to expand its R performance line-up with new models, including “more extreme” derivatives.