Volkswagen Delays Passat As Europe's Woes Hurt D-Segment Sales
The next generation European-market Volkswagen Passat will be delayed until at least the end of 2014, as Volkswagen follows an industry-trend in Europe of neglecting their slow-selling D-segment cars.
Europe’s economic crunch has led to a sharp contraction in new car sales, and D-segment vehicles are among the hardest hit. Ford is delaying replacing the Mondeo with the car we know as the Fusion, until late 2014, while other cars like the Honda Accord are on the chopping block for Europe.
According to Just-Auto, the next Passat will be based off the MQB modular architecture, but with sales of D-segment cars moving so slowly, VW sees little reason to introduce an all-new car in such a slow market. Where VW is really hurting is in the mid-size crossover segment, which is the main culprit behind slowing sales of large sedans. Buyers are opting for crossovers like the Nissan Qashqai, which is roughly the size of our Rogue, rather than a mid-size sedan – and Volkswagen doesn’t really have a competitor in that segment, save for the relatively unpopular (in North America) Tiguan.
And yet VW is still producing the Phaeton? Must be a cash cow for them.
The Tiguan is Europe's second best selling SUV after the Qashqai - how in hell is that "relatively unpopular"? After its Facelift, the Tiguan has gained hugely in popularity... (Also remember, that Qashqai sales actually count what other manufacturers would sell as two different cars - the 5 seater "Qashqai" and the 20cm longer 7-seater "Qashqai+2".)
I wish they get rid of that Infiniti clock ripoff on the center console. I mean they could have stuck a Braun 3 hander alarm clock on there which actually looks good even tho it's the same cheap crap underneath.
@krayzie: I rarely see Volkswagens made before the Jetta/Golf Mk III, maybe those older Golfs and Jettas just weren't as strongly built as Japanese cars. Usually when I DO see a Mk II Jetta or Golf, it's in rather rough shape. Hell, my mom's boyfriend had a '92 Mexican-built Jetta that had degraded into a total pile, with huge rust holes in the hood, completely trashed paint, and only one working outside door handle.