While Volkswagen of America executives and dealers would love to bring a compact or midsize pickup to new-vehicle lots, there are few choices within the Volkswagen global product portfolio to do so, especially now that Ford and VW have signed an agreement to use the global Ranger platform to replace the VW Amarok outside North America.
Fresh off the introduction this year of the two-row Atlas Cross Sport and the midcycle freshening of the three-row Atlas, Volkswagen’s larger-crossover family is due to receive a freshening, including an all new interior, in 2023.
Freshened in 2019, the Passat is likely to be discontinued in the U.S. as sedan sales continue to plunge. When that will be depends largely on when its current production capacity in Chattanooga is needed.
Mazda will sell its first electric vehicle in Europe, the MX-30, which is available for pre-order. It's also planning a hybrid version of the subcompact crossover. The MX-30 could come to the U.S. in the future. But Mazda has only said that it will announce new markets closer to the launch date in those markets.
The current two-door sports car was given a power boost for the 2019 model year and carries over into the 2021 model year with one notable exception. This fall a special edition will be offered in both the soft-top convertible model and the RF retractable fastback hard top to mark Mazda's 100th anniversary as a company in January. The centennial Miata will come in white with red accents and anniversary badges.
Mitsubishi has plans for an EV in China with local automaker GAC next year and is studying a micro-car EV with Nissan in Japan. There are no public plans for the U.S. market, but the company said in its July midterm business plan that it wanted to deepen its collaboration with Nissan on EVs in general.