Volkswagen has announced that they won’t discontinue sedan models even though the company is going to venture into other segments
Earlier this week Ford announced that the company is going to kill its entire sedan portfolio in North America as the market is moving toward SUV and crossover models. The news was not very well received by fans and industry experts. Even though the trend of market is changing the traditional body styles demand is not low to make such a decision.
General Motors already announced that they will continue to develop and invest in sedan body style. Now Volkswagen has announced that they won’t discontinue sedan models even though the company is going to venture into other segments.
One of the important reasons for sticking with sedans is its fuel efficiency as traditional body style is more efficient than high riding SUVs or crossover model. The drag is considerably lower on sedan models thanks to the body shape. In future, fuel efficiency is very important even in electric and hybrid models so we can expect some of the future models to be based on sedan body style.
Volkswagen officially revealed its flagship electric concept I.D Vision which is based on sedan body style and the range is 664 km which is considerably higher than 500 km range of I.D Cross and 434 km range of I.D Buzz. Volkswagen will introduce production version of all these models in the coming years.
Volkswagen will stick to sedan models as of now, which is why the company launched seventh generation of Jetta in US market earlier this year. The new Jetta is powered by 1.4 L TSI engine producing 147 hp of power and 249 Nm of torque. The German manufacturer has received positive feed back from customers and the sales are improving for Jetta which confirms that the sedan market is not yet died.
Volkswagen is also working on next generation of Passat which is expected to be launched in near future. Apart from sedan models, Volkswagen is following the market trend as they are planning to launch 5 seater version of Atlas which is based on the Atlas Cross Sport Concept shown at New York Auto Show earlier this year. Then the German manufacturer is also working on a smaller SUV below Tiguan apart from updating its current portfolio.