None of this could shock anybody in case you’re within the know, however Automotive Information is reporting that the VW Arteon goes to be discontinued in 2024.
Buried in Automotive Information’ future automobile report for VW is one thing that all of us knew was coming ultimately. Amid stories of all the brand new EVs the German model plans to roll out over the following yr or so is a single sentence:
Arteon: VW’s top-line inner combustion-powered sedan shall be discontinued within the U.S. in 2024, changed by the ID Aero.
The report additional says that VW is changing the Arteon with the Tesla-fighting ID.Areo. The third ID EV is a Passat-sized automotive that ought to go on sale in 2024. It was proven earlier this yr as an idea.
Is anybody mourning? I don’t assume sufficient folks purchased the issues to mourn them. If this report seems to be true, it’ll be a very long time coming for the Arteon. Whereas it was simply lately up to date with the identical turbocharged engine from the Golf R, the Arteon has had a tough time discovering consumers.
The premium Arteon was released for the 2017 model year as a more upmarket successor to the CC before it. But it’s never been a strong seller. Blame consumer movement away from sedans to crossovers as well as an Audi-like price for higher trims. Even now, pricing for a ‘22 Arteon starts at $43,825 and goes up. Fully loaded, you’re nearly at Audi S5 Sportback money: $51,385.
When I say no one buys these things I’m not exaggerating. Simply 4 months in the past, solely 47 items had offered to this point this yr. On the finish of Q2 of this yr, that quantity had gone as much as 123 items. Which will appear barely higher till you see that that 123 Arteons offered is a 92.7 p.c drop from 2021.
If this all pans out although, it’ll be a bit unhappy to see the Arteon go. Whereas it’s a pleasant automotive (and possibly a hell of a used purchase) its pricing and premium-ness simply didn’t match with the remainder of the VW lineup.
I reached out to a VW consultant to get affirmation, and so they declined to remark both method.