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It makes perfect sense, as the segment is shrinking and their slice of the pie was never that big to start with, but it's also sad. A Passat has been sold here under many different names since the original version, marketed as the Dasher in the U.S.

That's a 46 year run.
 

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LOL. Typical. They gave the most half-assed investment into a ~8 year old car and then surprisedpikachu.jpg it didn't sell! Wow! Who could've known it wouldn't leave the Camry/Accord dead in the water! Guess everyone wants SUVs now wow, and what a coincidence our margins are nice and fat on those, too bad for the suckers who wanted sedans!

I seriously do not understand what anyone really sees in VW these days anyway. They went from offering a nearly full European lineup with some made-for-North-America enhancements to offering Chinese styled crap at the same price.

I can almost excuse this strategy if at least they kept the Golf Wagon family, it sold really, really well here in Canada as I'd see at least 2-3 a day which is quite a lot for any VW. Hell, I saw more wagons than Jettas, even Alltracks too. But no, take this dingy Chinese compact SUV instead..Pathetic :facepalm::facepalm::facepalm:
 

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LOL. Typical. They gave the most half-assed investment into a ~8 year old car and then surprisedpikachu.jpg it didn't sell! Wow! Who could've known it wouldn't leave the Camry/Accord dead in the water! Guess everyone wants SUVs now wow, and what a coincidence our margins are nice and fat on those, too bad for the suckers who wanted sedans!
LOL, VW doesn't sell 1/2 ton pickups either. Not every brand has to sell every segment. Seems obvious that they planned to eliminate the Passat in North America, resulting in the "half-assed" investment, not the other way around.

VW has Chattanooga and Puebla to supply the bulk of the inventory for this market. All decisions have to do with maximizing the future revenue and margins from the most efficient use of these two plants. The Passat doesn't fit in with that.
 

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LOL. Typical. They gave the most half-assed investment into a ~8 year old car and then surprisedpikachu.jpg it didn't sell! Wow!
It doesn't make any sense to spend big dollars on an all-new full size ICE sedan for the US market. Nobody is generating big sales with them anymore. VW is clearly betting their future on BEV vehicles, and in doing so is looking for the NMS Passat refresh to bridge a gap in their product portfolio until they have suitable SUV-based replacements in the lineup, both ICE and BEV.

As stated, the typical Passat buyer is moving into a Tiguan or Atlas Cross Sport now. When I can lease a Tiguan for $279/month, why would I even consider a Passat if I am a typical new car buyer (not someone who only wants a VW sedan, which represents 0.000000001% of the buying population).
 

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It makes perfect sense, as the segment is shrinking and their slice of the pie was never that big to start with, but it's also sad. A Passat has been sold here under many different names since the original version, marketed as the Dasher in the U.S.

That's a 46 year run.
VW could always pull a Mitsubishi and rename an SUV after the Passat.
 

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LOL. Typical. They gave the most half-assed investment into a ~8 year old car and then surprisedpikachu.jpg it didn't sell! Wow! Who could've known it wouldn't leave the Camry/Accord dead in the water! Guess everyone wants SUVs now wow, and what a coincidence our margins are nice and fat on those, too bad for the suckers who wanted sedans!

I seriously do not understand what anyone really sees in VW these days anyway. They went from offering a nearly full European lineup with some made-for-North-America enhancements to offering Chinese styled crap at the same price.

I can almost excuse this strategy if at least they kept the Golf Wagon family, it sold really, really well here in Canada as I'd see at least 2-3 a day which is quite a lot for any VW. Hell, I saw more wagons than Jettas, even Alltracks too. But no, take this dingy Chinese compact SUV instead..Pathetic :facepalm::facepalm::facepalm:
And yet you have a Tiguan and a BMW X5.

For them to justify keeping the Golf wagon people have to actually buy them, and you had a chance to get exactly that, but didn't. Why is that?
 

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LOL. Typical. They gave the most half-assed investment into a ~8 year old car and then surprisedpikachu.jpg it didn't sell! Wow! Who could've known it wouldn't leave the Camry/Accord dead in the water! Guess everyone wants SUVs now wow, and what a coincidence our margins are nice and fat on those, too bad for the suckers who wanted sedans!

I seriously do not understand what anyone really sees in VW these days anyway. They went from offering a nearly full European lineup with some made-for-North-America enhancements to offering Chinese styled crap at the same price.

I can almost excuse this strategy if at least they kept the Golf Wagon family, it sold really, really well here in Canada as I'd see at least 2-3 a day which is quite a lot for any VW. Hell, I saw more wagons than Jettas, even Alltracks too. But no, take this dingy Chinese compact SUV instead..Pathetic :facepalm::facepalm::facepalm:
VW went all in on the TCL European dream in the 00s and sales flatlined. When they pivoted to the big cheap Americanized stuff in 2012 sales skyrocketed, and when they moved from the Tiguan to the Biguan sales skyrocketed again. You look around the industry and even sedans that have been kept fresh have tanked in sales, so if anything VW was smart to not continue to pour money into a dying segment. Plus like someone else said you're not exactly practicing what you preach :D
 

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And yet you have a Tiguan and a BMW X5.

For them to justify keeping the Golf wagon people have to actually buy them, and you had a chance to get exactly that, but didn't. Why is that?
Bingo.

I would have if they'd brought one with any sporting pretensions here. Instead I traded my Mk6 GTI for a Mk7.
 

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And yet you have a Tiguan and a BMW X5.

For them to justify keeping the Golf wagon people have to actually buy them, and you had a chance to get exactly that, but didn't. Why is that?
In my defence I wanted to reply to you but the site went and got some plastic surgery...

Anyway, seldom do the stars align in my life when every car I want in the time I want it covers a wide breadth of choices. When I got my Tiguan, the heating on my Rogue had failed, it was rusting, it was wearing down despite being a ~4year old car and I wanted something new. I took advantage of a good lease deal which was not extended to the Golf family at the time. Also, I wanted a heated steering wheel and the Digital cockpit display which was unavailable on the Golf and still is.

It's not about necessarily what I personally bought, but the fact that we are getting lesser and lesser choices so that the manufacturers make more money. You don't think I was coerced moreso into buying the then brand new Tiguan than a already years old Golf design?

I still like Volkswagen, I still like the designs and the quality of the interior but I really don't care for how the Tiguan drives, and I was really keen on picking up a new 4Motion Golf Wagon once my lease expired but obviously that is no longer to be, so I have to buy another Tiguan (not going to happen), an Atlas (WAY too large), or some chintzy Chinese branded "VW" to get something with AWD which makes life much more easier in these areas.

About my X5, I picked it up for $35,000 and it had 25,000 kms on it as a diesel at 4 years old. Either way you slice it, its a good deal. Had it been a 5 series I would've done exactly the same thing. Sometimes I do wish it were a 535d as the interior on my X5 is kind of dated lol.
 

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VW to drop Passat for ID.5 in the US

I have NO PROBLEM with that. The current Passat is like the Azera/Maxima/Avalon that no one care.
 
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