Volkswagen Passat to be Discontinued for 2023  

In 2023, Volkswagen announced plans to cut out the Volkswagen Passat. For those who love this model, that may come as a bit of a disappointment. Volkswagen confirmed that they would not return the Passat to the auto market after 2022. Even despite the new updates in 2020, the Passat never generated the same exhilaration from car shoppers that some of its rivals received.

A Sad Goodbye

Sadly, the German automaker has said that they must move on despite how the Passat has grown a loyal following in some circles. It hasn't been enough to justify the cost of building them. They build these cars at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The halt in production means that Volkswagen will focus its energies on the Atlas Cross Sport and the Atlas.

Dropping Sales

Volkswagen has witnessed an ever-continuing drop in its vehicle sales. The sales from 2012 to 2018 were sliced down to a third of what they once were. We haven't seen an improvement even up till now. They did see some more sales when they redesigned the car in 2020, but it wasn't enough because the car has struggled to compete with other sedans in the market.

Passat Demise: Not Surprising

The ultimate demise of the Passat shouldn't be all that surprising, and in fact, Volkswagen of America even hinted that they had plans to pull the plug on the Passat. With the next-generation Passat, we will see a much larger outgoing model with a longer wheelbase. In general, Americans tend to favor larger cars, loving the extra legroom, but it won't look anything like the past models.

The Passat first gained a name for itself in the United States in 1990. This was two generations after the model had arrived in the United States. Around 2012, Volkswagen chose to differentiate the American version of the Passat from the European version. This was largely due to how Americans preferred different features to their European counterparts.


If you would like to learn more about the 2022 Volkswagen Passat, come check us out before they discontinue the model in 2023. Overall, we see a market that favors SUVs and crossovers, and they don't like the four-door sedans as much. The Passat is only the latest casualty in a growing number of sedans that automakers have pulled from the market due to a lack of demand for the sedans.

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