The Passat is one of Volkswagen's longest-running nameplates in the US. Yet the most recent version of this midsize sedan is, well, maybe not the company's best effort. And with VW focusing firmly on SUVs and electric vehicles, where does that leave the slow-selling Passat?
"[The] Passat is a car that has a finite lifespan in terms of our planning," Johan de Nysschen, Volkswagen of America's chief operating officer, told Roadshow on Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show. Given the fact that Volkswagen only moved 14,123 Passats in the US in 2019, this doesn't seem like a bad decision.
But what comes after the current Passat? "It's probably a reasonable assumption that when this Passat reaches the end of its lifecycle, its successor will probably not feature an internal combustion engine," de Nysschen said.
Volkswagen has said it will likely build a production version of the, so this could make sense as a Passat replacement.
We think Volkswagen should just call this new EV the Pazzat -- since VW really seems to love that double-Z nomenclature for its has a preference for weird alphanumerics.". When we told de Nysschen this, he chuckled and agreed, though admits he "