The Volkswagen Passat will definitely leave the United States in 2023
Another sedan chased by SUVs
Times are tough for traditional sedans. Since the arrival of SUVs, they can't compete in terms of sales and are playing the marginal role. As a result, they no longer have any use in the manufacturers' catalogue and are therefore being pushed out of the market, one by one.
Thus, after the scheduled discontinuation of the Ford Fusion (Mondeo), it is now the turn of the historic Volkswagen Passat to have a definitive retirement date in the United States. Production of the German saloon at the Chattanooga factory in Tennessee will end definitively in 2023.
The decision was officially announced by Volkswagen CEO Ralf Brandstätter. The latter said that SUVs took a much higher share of sales than sedans. The Passat will have to make room for the future ID.4 electric SUV, which will be produced in the same factory from 2022.
Volkswagen has already invested $800 million to equip the factory accordingly. The electric equivalent of the Passat will only arrive later, around 2024 with the series production version of the ID.Space Vizzion, which will be named Aero B.
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