The Volkswagen Passat sedan will likely leave Europe in 2023
The Arteon is also on the list
The Volkswagen Passat will leave the United States in 2023 for lack of sufficient sales. History will most likely repeat itself in Europe in the same year. Indeed, although the German brand has confirmed the ninth generation of the car for 2023, it is not certain that it will make its return as a sedan.
As in the United States, the manufacturer has confirmed that the production site for the European Passat, which is currently assembled in Emden in Germany, will be moved. The saloon will soon migrate to Bratislava in Slovakia to be produced alongside its Czech technical sister, the Skoda Superb.
This forced move is intended to free up space for the ID.4 electric SUV. Then it will be the turn of the Aero, a fully electric sedan, to also arrive in Emden in 2023. This sudden change of situation could well push the sedan version of the Passat into retirement.
The Passat sedan has been completely abandoned in favor of the estate version. And more and more European customers prefer the Tiguan. This can only seal the future fate of the sedan and the Arteon could be next on the list, as its replacement is so much in question.
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