VW killing the Passat to focus on ID.5 & ID.6

The VW Passat’s production at the Chattanooga plant in the U.S. will cease in favor of inducting the VW ID.4, VW ID.5 and VW ID.6. Volkswagen plans to discontinue the Passat sedan in the U.S. market due to the increasing customer preference for SUVs.

As per wardsauto.com Volkswagen brand CEO Ralf Brandstatter said that the “ID.5 will be built on the same (production) line as the ID.4 in the U.S.” The report has now been updated to remove Brandstatter’s quote, probably as the VW ID.5 is an unannounced vehicle. Though we saw it coming, this is the first time Volkswagen has said that it will build the coupe version of the ID.4 in the U.S.

VW ID.Crozz II rear three quarters
The Volkswagen ID.5 will be a ‘direct’ production iteration of the VW ID. Crozz II concept.

Brandstatter explained that Volkswagen has decided to stop manufacturing the PQ46 platform-based Passat in the U.S. and the change in the sales trend that is strongly in favor of SUVs behind the decision.

Other markets, including European countries and China, will welcome a new generation Passat, Brandstatter confirmed. This model would be in addition to the VW ID. Vizzion based mid-size electric sedan, with ETA 2022 or 2023. The pure electric sedan is likely to be imported to the U.S. from Emden, Germany.

Volkswagen plans to start manufacturing the VW ID.4 in the U.S. in Chattanooga from 2022. Until the lines are ready to churn out the e-SUV, the ID.4 will be imported from the Zwickau plant (Germany). The same German plant will begin manufacturing the ID.5 next year. 2021 will also mark the world premiere of the VW ID.6, the production VW ID. Roomzz concept. The VW ID.4, ID.5 & ID.6 should enter production sequentially from late 2022 in the U.S..

VW ID. Roomzz VW ID.6 front quarters
The VW ID.6, a large electric crossover with three-row seating will focus on customers in U.S. and China.

Volkswagen Group plans to start manufacturing 27 MEB platform-based EVs from Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda brands by 2022 in what is the most ambitious electrification drive undertaken by a car company anywhere in the world.