As part of our first contact with the Volkswagen Taos 2022, Thomas Tetzlaff, Head of Communications at Volkswagen Canada, taught us thatArteon would be withdrawn from the Canadian market in 2022. Obviously, the German manufacturer is relying more than ever on the marketing of SUVs in North America.
Even Mr. Tetzlaff told us he finds it a shame to see the Arteon leave our market so soon. Recall that this large sedan was introduced here in 2019. Spiritual successor of the old Passat CC, the Arteon, which borrows most of its components from the Passat, stood out for its breathtaking design and surprising versatility.
Unfortunately, despite his fine qualities, barely 1,000 Arteons have found a taker in the country since his arrival. Even in the United States, we do not sell more than 4,000 Arteons annually. These disastrous figures force Volkswagen to throw in the towel.
However, it is important to note that, on the US side, the Arteon will remain in the range in 2022, but everything suggests that it will also be withdrawn from the US market in 2023.
What is especially paradoxical about the fate of the Arteon is that, although it has an all-wheel drive just as capable as that of an SUV, and its huge hatchback can accommodate up to 1 557 liters of cargo – which approximates the volume of a Mazda CX-5 (1,688 liters) – consumers here still continue to shun it.
The model will therefore be withdrawn from Canadian dealerships around the middle of next year, but nothing is planned to replace it. As for the Passat, production will also cease in 2022 at the Chattanooga plant in Tennesse. A 1973 limited edition will be marketed in his honor.