Volkswagen most recently updated the North American Passat late last year, but the model is nowhere near the level of the European model and thus sales dropped more than 20 percent so far this year.
During the first six months of the year, sales slid 22.2 percent compared to the same period last year, with a total of 32,813 examples sold from January to June this year compared to 42,195 units last year. This shows the model is not only affected by the Dieselgate scandal, but it’s also in dire need of a replacement. The latest report on the matter states the model will finally transition to the European MQB platform – with the first possible timeline being 2018 – when the new generation European Passat would get the facelift.
It appears the two models won’t share anything more than the architecture though, as the report claims the sources with knowledge of the matter stated the model is “going to be designed in America, for America.” The move to the MQB platforms shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Passat (B8) in Europe is already there and the Chattanooga SUV (Teramont, unreleased yet) will also have the same architecture. The North American Passat is being built there as well so the factory will actually be ready for the switch immediately after the new SUV’s production starts.
Via VW Vortex