Volkswagen of America confirmed it will drop the slow-selling U.S. Passat sedan after the 2022 model to boost plans to build electric vehicles at its Chattanooga Assembly complex.
The automaker on Monday said it will end the run with 1,973 Limited Edition models that will include features that pay homage to both Chattanooga -- where it has been built since 2011 -- and its German ancestry. The number of Limited Edition models notes when the Passat was introduced in Germany. It was launched in the U.S. as the Dasher for the 1974 model year. It was later known as the Quantum in the U.S. before assuming the Passat nameplate in 1990.
Sales of the midsize sedan were up 13 percent in the first six months of 2021 over the same period the previous year, to 11,367, and up 63 percent in 2020 during the pandemic to 22,964, but those gains came after massive falls. VW sold 41,401 Passats in the U.S. in 2018 and 60,722 in 2017.