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Wagenless: VW Ditches SportWagen and Alltrack in America

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Volkswagen is abandoning SportWagen and Alltrack variations of the Golf in the USA. You already know why; crossovers are all anybody ever thinks about anymore. Whereas we’re over right here having sweaty fever goals about sedans and extended hatchbacks, the remainder of America is pulling up graphic crossover comparisons on-line — with the blinds tightly drawn, hopefully.

The entrance and all-wheel-drive wagons apparently couldn’t sustain with VW’s crossover lineup, which presently accounts for greater than half of Volkswagen’s gross sales in the U.S. and is just anticipated to get greater. 

“SUVs have undoubtedly assumed the mantle of household haulers from the station wagons and minivans we keep in mind from our childhoods,” defined Scott Keogh President and CEO of Volkswagen of America. “However as we glance in the direction of the longer term, each our expanded SUV lineup and the upcoming ID. household of electric automobiles will deliver the chance to mix the fashion and area individuals need in quite a lot of methods. Because the ID. BUZZ idea demonstrates, the pliability of our EV platform provides us the power to revive physique types of the previous, so something is feasible.”

Each of the wagons are at present manufactured on the automaker’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, which ended manufacturing on the Beetle earlier this month. Whereas they’re unlikely to to get the identical excessive-profile farewell, their absence will nonetheless be felt on a market that’s steadily turning into over-saturated with crossover automobiles. However that’s what sells proper now and it’s hardly truthful to anticipate corporations to not concentrate on larger-margin merchandise.

Gross sales knowledge signifies that Volkswagen has solely bought 5,123 SportWagens by means of the top of June in 2019. Final yr, it moved 14,123 contained in the U.S. — a big drop over 2018’s 26,seven hundred deliveries.

The corporate introduced that the automobiles can be on sale by way of the top of the yr “to offer lovers further alternative to personal an reasonably priced, European-designed wagon.” It additionally cited its prolonged historical past with the wagon physique fashion — mentioning the Squareback, Sort 412, Dasher, Quantum, Fox, and extra earlier than speaking about how good current-day Atlas and Tiguan gross sales have been.

It’s all the time good to see an automaker acknowledge the previous, even once they’re obliterating it. Such is the character of progress, we suppose.

[Images: Volkswagen]

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