America's Volkswagen ID.7 Has Been Delayed Indefinitely

Volkswagen’s press materials don’t outright say what caused the indefinite delay of its ID.7 electric sedan in the US and Canada, but it’s also not hard to read between the lines. Its announcement says the brand is “committed to making market-driven choices while listening to our customers,” and that the delay comes “as market dynamics continue to change.”

Put plainly, Volkswagen has seen the shift in North American appetites towards hybrids and away from EVs. While electric cars certainly aren’t going anywhere, buyers are looking at a middle ground more seriously than they were perhaps a few years ago, when the ID.7 was announced. While it says that demand for the ID.7 is strong elsewhere, especially at home in Germany, VW’s press release spells out the rest for us: “In North America, the brand experienced strong sales in Q1, with 27.5% growth, driven by its SUV segment.” North American buyers don’t want a sedan right now, they want crossovers and SUVs. Whether the ID.7 eventually makes its way across the Atlantic isn’t clear, but given the death of many of Volkswagen’s sedans here in the US, from the Passat to the Arteon, it’s not looking good.

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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