Production of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat diesel has been halted at the German automaker’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
According to Automotive News, the pause comes midway through a planned production ramp-up for the new Passat, which is scheduled to arrive U.S. dealerships later this month or early December. Of course, only the gasoline-powered 2016 Volkswagen Passat models will be available for sale, since the diesel variants currently cannot be sold after Volkswagen withdrew its application for EPA certification on its 2016 diesel models with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
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Volkswagen had continued building its diesel-powered Passats despite admitting that it cheated on EPA diesel emissions tests on September 18, 2015. It appears that Volkswagen will adjust the mix to accommodate the fact that diesel models cannot be sold, likely increasing production of the gasoline models.
VW spokesman for the Chattanooga plant, Scott Wilson, confirmed that no other changes to the shop floor had been made and that construction for an expansion is continuing as planned. Recently, the German automaker reaffirmed that its investment into the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant will still be moving forward, where it will add a new midsize crossover to production by late 2016.
[Source: Automotive News]
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