If you're smitten with the new U.S.-market Volkswagen Passat but were hoping for a bit more cargo capacity, we've got some bad news. According to the latest reports, Volkswagen of America has no plans to offer a Passat wagon in the North American market. (Can't say we didn't see this one coming.)

This news breaks despite reports of the European-market Passat wagon spied testing in the United States. The two models – European and American – are completely different vehicles, and the Passat wagon seen undergoing development on our shores is apparently the overseas model.

The previous-generation Passat wagon suffered from poor sales as American customers continued to shift from station wagons to taller crossovers. As a result, Volkswagen is reportedly preparing a seven-seat crossover to join the Tiguan and Touareg and go up against the likes of the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer. But for those who still prefer a wagon, the Jetta SportWagen is now the company's only choice here in the States.


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      simianspeedster
      • 3 Years Ago
      For a company who is trying to more than double their US sales in a decade, this doesn't seem like a very smart move, espeically because it leaves a sizeable hole in VM's product offering. I don't see the harm in allowing at least one more generation of Passat wagon to be sold in the US while Volkswagen continues to work on a competitive crossover SUV. The Tiguan is not competitive enough for the price and the Touraeg is far too expensive for the VW nameplate even if it is a capable vehicle. A nicely equipped Passat wagon selling for under $30K really hits a sweet spot -- a mid to large sized wagon at a very fair price. Only Subaru competes in that world right now with their "almost an SUV" Outback, but even the don't offer the standard Legacy wagon anymore. I haven't seen the sales stats, but a good percentage of the Passats I see in SoCal are wagons -- a far higher percentage than, say 3 Series wagons to 3 Series sedans from my observation. Also, I think the new, larger Passat platform would give it a better chance of competing with SUVs on interior volume (real or perceived). Then again, I'm biased because I really like wagons -- they usually drive just like their sedan counterparts but offer far more practicality and little to no penalty (maybe 50lb more weight).
      DyanRucar
      • 3 Years Ago
      its Buick Regal Wagon time! Your move, GM!
      Chris Goldrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the same company that can't sell enough of the Jetta Sportwagens, the vehicles that have three things Americans most despise: a hatch, a manual transmission, and diesel?
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a fail...the Jetta wagon is selling well and it's great that it comes with a diesel. I think there was a missed opportunity here, big or small, especially for a company that's trying to meet a goal of 800k sales in the next few years
      Nowuries
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course VW America wouldn't bring a totally practical, good looking VW over here that people want... Idiots. Just like the parred down version of the Golf R that they think is what we want... VW--if you are reading this--the people making decisions for the US need to be discarded. This is yet another reason why I have lost interest in VW...
      Evan McMiller
      • 3 Years Ago
      goddamnit Volkswagen you're shooting yourself here. What could they possibly fit between the Tiguan and the passat? There's no need. Volvo XC sells like ****, Audi Allroad doesn't exist anymore, BMW 5 GT sells like **** (because its stupid), X6 is a niche vehicle, I mean, what do they think they have to gain? Not to mention they will alienate many with this. Stupid.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's pretty damn disappointing that they didn't bring the wagon over here. I mean, it's not like we Americans don't want wagons. It's just that the ones over here are generally sub-par, not advertised much, and have less options than their sedan counterparts. It's all a shame, because a wagon should really be seen as a more fun to drive, more fuel efficient alternative to an Suv.
      Durishin
      • 3 Years Ago
      WTF? First, Subaru kill the GT Wagon then, they make the Outback so tall you need a step-ladder to put bikes on the roof. Now, VW decides against a Passat wagon (I wanted 4-motion and TDI). What's left? A4 Avant, 3Ser or something in FWD? Wow! So you have two choices: EXPENSIVE or fwd. Sux!
      Plasticar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, I guess no VW for me. I have owned 3 Audi's and 1 Passat, all wagons. Lack of AWD and wagon has crossed the Passat off the list for the next car. And this is not an idle comment, as I have actually owned one before.
      kopter28
      • 3 Years Ago
      Idiots!
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not surprised by this at all. Why would VW sell you a Passat Wagon for maybe $25-30k, when they can try selling an SUV for $30-40k?? Most other car makers have moved into this business model years ago. That's why you no longer see wagon versions of most cars, while years ago there were wagon versions of the Accord, Camry, Taurus as well as smaller cars like the Civic. The US market seems to be one of the few ones out there with consumers stupid enough to fall for this BS, so carmakers exploit our willingness to overspend and at the same time get an interior product (usually way less fuel economy, worse handling and many of times less space).
      icerabbit
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, VW wants to be the next biggest car manufacturer in the world, but will cut wagons out of the US? Less options = less sales. The only Passat I'd buy would be a wagon, 4motion.
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