VW Will Continue Making Sedans, But Most Will be Electric

APR 28 2018 BY JEFF PEREZ 16

The company isn’t swapping to only SUVs just yet.

Ford has decided to drop nearly all cars from its lineup in just a few years in place of SUVs almost exclusively. Only the Mustang sports car and the quasi-rugged Focus Active will be available to buyers in the U.S. While that news may come as a shock to some, there is a silver lining: not all automakers share the same sentiment.

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Volkswagen, in an interview with Digital Trends, said that while SUVs will undoubtedly become more of a focal point within the lineup in the next few years, the company isn’t be giving up on small cars and sedans just yet. And there’s a very important reason as to why: EVs.

Volkswagen of America boss, Hinrich Woebcken, said that “when you’re talking about electric cars, sedans have more advantages. The shape and the [drag coefficient] has a high effect on range. Therefore, we’ll maybe see a higher sedan share on full electric cars than with conventional cars.”

The company recently debuted its new Jetta, and its sleek new Arteon, and has plans to fully revamp the larger Passat, too. Not to mention its range of I.D. concepts, which includes a flagship I.D. Vizzion sedan. The latter concept made its debut in March, and features a 111-kilowatt-hour battery equipped, giving it the ability to return a range of 413 miles (664 kilometers) of range on the European testing cycle.

That said, SUVs will become a big part of the American lineup for VW. The company plans to introduce two new models to the market in just a few years. One of those new SUVs will be a smaller five-seat Atlas, and the other will be an entry-level SUV slotted underneath the Tiguan.

“The shift from sedans to SUVs is a permanent one. In former times, when gas prices went up people moved back to sedans,” he continued. “We believe this will not happen anymore for two reasons. First, the difference in fuel economy between SUVs and sedans is not so big anymore. Second, customers do not want to give up the high seating position. I believe that trend will not reverse.”

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Source:  Digital Trends

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16 Comments on "VW Will Continue Making Sedans, But Most Will be Electric"

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ffbj

I lost interest at VW will continue…

James

Humorously, the advantage of sitting higher is completely negated if everyone buys an SUV. I’m going to buy a Tesla semi so I can be higher than everyone else and can roll over top of Hummers.

alohart

Not really. Ingress and egress with higher vehicles are easier for many people. More erect seating allows a vehicle’s length to be less while maintaining interior volume. So there’s more to higher seating than better outside vision.

yo

Yes that is an excuse I have heard and if you have a real medical condition that effects your being able to temporally squat for two seconds to get in or out of a car it is a reason…
But for the majority (say 95 if not 99%) of SUV/CUV buyers it is an excuse to do purchase their giant huge oger mobile…

Will

Heavier and less efficient and when you get hit by one you are more likely to roll over or go through you physics my friends. Death vehicles i tell you

Rick

Excellent, I’ve always preferred German sedans anyway. An electric Arteon would be very nice indeed. With Porsche too it’s very promising, fastback sedans are the best. People can follow each other like sheep and buy SUVs… The Model S has more than enough space for my needs and I’ll stick to that for now. VW is actually really good at making EVs, their e-Golf is the best EV of its class in my opinion. People are mistaken to dismiss VW products, despite the ridiculous scandal they got themselves into. Time to move on, VW is paying for their mistakes big time.

Pjwood1

Light trucks meet lower, less expensive, CAFE mpgs. That is much of why the 2022-2025 fight from Ford, AAM, etc.

EV works better in higher roofed cars, not lower sedans. More room above skateboard, and for batteries in general.
Eh, VW?

Dav8or

You should tell Tesla. They seem to have it wrong.

Kimmo57

High roofed cars have high wind resistance, which is wasting energy. Just compare the range of equivalent Model S and X.

yo

Cars with big rims and tires also waste lots of energy…

Mark C

If you are going that direction, your high roof car has higher wind resistance only IF all else is equal. If the car is narrow enough that the cda didn’t change, it cancels your argument.

Eco

I like the looks of VW’s new all-Electric Sedan. If they give it AWD they can call it an SUS (Sport Utility Sedan) … I’d buy it if it has decent range and is competitively priced!

Will

Im ok with VW news but all they is talk

rad

Just like the Big 3 got caught with their pants down making boats when gas spiked in the 70’s, watch as soon as they drop all their cars, gas will spike again and who will make the smaller cars that people want? The imports. VW is probably smart to keep a few sedans. And, they probably sell better in Europe where gas is more expensive.

Paul GOVAN

VWill,WILL,VWILL – boy, VW with their neverending “will-will” future tense, never-now promises, pledges, plans,prevarication. Where there’s a “will” there’s no sign of a “now”.
GM and Renault delivered 200+ mile, long-range (almost) affordable EVs circa 18 months ago. Yet VW – despite Dieselgate – have done nothing in the real EV world except increase the e-Golf’s range to a still measly 125 miles(EPA).
And our media let’s ’em get away with it, year after year: forever telling us about the great future EV plans + press releases that VW (et al) are busy-busy-busy trying to fill the void or VWoid with.
Bottom line: it’s outrageous that VW have refused at the very least – even post-Dieselgate – to increase the e-Golf’s range to circa 200 miles.
They’ve had near-zero pressure from the press or politicians to emulate GM(Bolt) or Renault(Zoe) – so why bother, eh VW ?
Paul G

Mark C

I most like the one where VW says they plan to be the market leader by (fully adjustable timeline) and then read the article that high demand has them NOT taking more orders for their plug-in hybrid.

VW doesn’t sell its electric Golf nationwide in the US, so it leaves me thinking they don’t actually have their heart in it.