VW is apparently going to stop selling the Passat in the U.S. – adding to the roster of RIP’d sedans in favor of crossover SUVs.
Interestingly U.S. sales of the Passat are up by 25 percent but that is apparently insufficient to keep the car in production, probably because it isn’t electric. Volkswagen – thoroughly flogged over its “cheating” on government emissions certification tests – has announced it will sell nothing but electric cars by 2030 (there’s that date again).
It is harder to sell electric sedans because they are even less practical than electric crossovers, due to the space lost to batteries. The crossover layout is more amenable to electrification because there’s more space for the batteries, leaving some space for cargo.
The loss of the Passat will likely also mean the loss of the jobs assembling it at the Chattanooga, TN plant where the U.S. Passat is made. The TN plant is also where the VW Atlas and Atlas CrossSport are made, so the plant will likely remain open. But it will build fewer vehicles unless VW gins up enough Atlas/CrossSport sales to make up for the roughly 16,000 Passats that won’t be made there anymore.
Those who get pink-slipped can send a note to El Presidente (s)elect Joe Biden, whose EVs-are-the-future policies no doubt hastened VW’s decision to deep-six the Passat.
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