WASHINGTON -- Volkswagen of America has halted production of diesel-powered 2016 Passat midsize sedans at its plant in Chattanooga, a VW spokesman said today.
The pause comes midway through a planned production ramp-up for the re-engineered Passat. Gasoline-powered 2016 Passats are scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships later this month or in early December.
“As we are in the middle of the ramp up of the production volume, it is no problem to adjust the mix to accommodate this change,” Scott Wilson, VW’s spokesman for the Chattanooga plant, said in an email.
VW, which releases only sparse information about the volume and mix of vehicles built at its Tennessee factory, continued to build Passat diesels in Chattanooga even after Sept. 18, when the EPA announced that vehicles with VW’s 2.0-liter diesel contained illegal software that masked their emissions.