Volkswagen Chattanooga to end Passat production with 2022 model year

Volkswagen will cease production of the Passat in Chattanooga with the 2022 model year and end a decade of assembly of the sedan at the plant.

The automaker will focus instead on building its popular Atlas SUVs and its new electric ID.4 SUV next year, according to the company.

“With the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport in high demand, and the North American production launch of the all-electric ID.4 SUV next year, our future in Chattanooga looks brighter than ever,” said Scott Keogh, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, in a statement.

Passat production at the plant will end with a short-run Limited Edition that will join the lineup with Chattanooga-inspired details.

The Limited Edition will be available in four unique color combinations, with the number of each paying homage to an aspect of the vehicle’s past, according to VW.

Aurora Red Metallic models with Titan Black interior will number 411 units, representing the original vehicle production code. Racing Green Metallic models with Mauro Brown interior will be number 423 for the Chattanooga area code.

Pure White models with Mauro Brown interior will number 524 units, signifying the opening date of the Chattanooga plant on May 24, 2011.

To round out the limited run, 615 Platinum Grey Metallic models with Titan Black interior will be produced — signifying six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales.

“We’ve sold some version of the Passat for nearly 50 years, and the Passat launched our relationship with Chattanooga, which supports thousands of jobs,” said Keogh.

Over the decade, sales of all sedans have been hurt by a move by motorists to SUVs and trucks.

In the first half of this year, U.S. Passat sales were 11,367, up 13{028e8b43b440f88d50a94b0ac799d5b93a220d942414697744f001bd74eb64d0} from the pandemic-stricken first part of 2020.

Still, Passat sales pale in comparison to the 69,897 Atlas SUVs sold in the first half of 2021. Atlas sales are up 120{028e8b43b440f88d50a94b0ac799d5b93a220d942414697744f001bd74eb64d0} in the first part of 2021 compared to the same period a year ago.

This is a developing story.

 

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