VW to cancel Passat in U.S. to make way for electric car production

first_img The death of the Passat in the U.S. doesn’t mean it’ll be axed worldwide, however. Europe and China will receive a ninth-generation Passat in 2023. Volkswagen Canada said there are currently no plans to replace the model in the Canadian market with a successor, and that “the exact timing of the car’s end of production has yet to be determined,” leaving us with a big ol’ question mark as to how long it’ll stick around here. Some $800 million was invested in the expansion of the Chattanooga plant, as part of the brand’s tooling up to produce the ID.4. The vehicle will be offered as a single-motor rear-wheel-drive vehicle, with a separate variant called the ID.5 acting as a performance version, with dual motors and all-wheel-drive.“We’ve made a decision to cancel the Passat for the U.S. The sales trend is very firmly in favor of SUV models, as indicated by the success of the Atlas,” VW CEO Ralf Brandstätter says. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada See More Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The 2020 Volkswagen Passat  Volkswagen The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSVolkswagenSedanNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Trending Videos First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Volkswagen will discontinue the historic Passat nameplate in the U.S. in a few years to make way for new ID.4 electric vehicle production.The ID.4 is currently built at the Zwickau plant in Germany and will be imported into the U.S., but by 2022 the electric vehicle will also be built at VW’s Chatanooga, Tennessee plant where the Passat is currently built, the automaker told Ward’s Auto.The Passat will continue to be built alongside the ID.4, as well as the Atlas and Atlas Cross, until production of the ID.4 reaches full capacity in 2023, when the model will be axed. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more