A cheaper replacement for the Volkswagen Passat developed primarily for the United States will likely go into a U.S. plant that Volkswagen AG is expected to announce this week. Eventually, a Jetta replacement also could be assembled there.
Making one or both cars in the dollar zone with U.S. components is crucial to VW’s plan to increase group U.S. sales to 1 million by 2018: 800,000 VW vehicles and 200,000 Audis.
The Passat replacement would cost about $20,000, considerably less than the nearly $25,000 with shipping for today’s model. The car would be bigger to compete with the Toyota Camry.
The compact sedan is being designed to fit better in a segment dominated by imports such as the Honda Civic, VW executives say.
Source: Motive Mag, picture by VW