VW ambitions started many years ago with cars like the Phaeton and Touareg. I personally like Jeremeys take on the Phaeton VW Phaeton
Since the years have past VW ambitions changed direction and instead decided to go mainstream and sell in volume to compete with Camrys and such. Thats when the Passat went to hell.
Since then with events like diesel gate, and now e-cars, VW still around but clearly the market has softened in the US. Interesting to poke around and see the cars that VW offers in China including the Touareg and other luxury models.