Volkswagen of America announced it would end assembly of its Passat sedan at its Chattanooga facility in model year 2022. The company released a limited edition Limited Edition to celebrate the more than a decade-old Passat production in America.
Scott Keogh (president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America) stated that the Passat has been in production for almost 50 years. “The Passat started our relationship with Chattanooga which supports thousands of jobs. He said that the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport are in high demand and that the North American production launch will be of the all-electric ID.4 SUV. This is a brighter future for Chattanooga.”
To commemorate the year that the Passat Limited Edition was launched in Germany, 1,973 units will be made. The 411 units that will be produced from this Limited Edition Passat will have an Aurora Red metallic exterior with a Titan Black interior. This is in keeping with the original Passat’s production code.
There will be 423 examples with a Racing Green metallic interior and Mauro brown interior. The number is Chattanooga’s area code. The 524 Chattanooga cars that have a Pure White exterior with Mauro Brown interior will also be a reference to the Chattanooga facility. This signifies the facility’s opening date on May 24, 2011.
The cars include 615 units with a Platinum Grey metallic interior and Titan Black exterior. This is a tribute to six generations of Passats imported from Germany, one generation built in Chattanooga and five decades worth of US sales.
The Passat Limited Edition will be available in any colour combination. It will have 18-inch alloy wheels made of aluminium and black side mirror caps to distinguish it from the rest. Additional standard features include an Easy Open trunk and LED headlamps with Advanced Front-Lighting System.
There are model-specific seats inside, with “1 Of 1,973” on one end and “Chattanooga 2011 on the other. Special Passats come with a mat for cupholders that includes aerial maps of the city as well as a line drawing of Chattanooga’s factory.
Other items include comfort sport seats with Vienna leather upholstery and driver seat memory, power passengers seat, heated front and back seats, Discover Media infotainment system with navigation, Fender premium sound systems, Park Assist front and rear Park Distance Control and Light Assist (high beam control of the headlamps).
Prices start at USD30.295 (RM128,345). There is an additional USD995 destination charge (RM4,215). If you choose the Aurora Red paint finish, the cost will be USD395 (RM1,673).
The US launched the first version (B1) of the Passat in 1974. It was known as the Dasher. Before the second-generation model (B2) was introduced, more than 222,000 units had been sold. This time the Quantum was marketed. In the USA, the Passat name was first used in 1990. It has been that way since. The first six generations (B1 through B6) of the model were exported from Europe to America.
In 2011, the Passat was assembled locally in the USA. This also marked the US’s first version of the model. It was internally called the Volkswagen New Midsize Sedan. The NMS was bigger than its European sibling and was therefore more suitable for American customers. It was also exported to Canada, South Korea, as well as Middle Eastern markets.
While the 2020 model-year saw a complete redesign of the NMS, it still uses the PQ46 platform from its predecessor. Despite the redesign, Passat sales declined due to increased popularity of crossovers and SUVs in the US.
Published on Wed, 21 July 2021 at 02:52:30 +0000