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Volkswagen to put an end to sales of Passat in the US

Volkswagen said Monday it will put an end to U.S. sales and production of the Passat sedan by 2022.

This is the latest shift by automakers away from vehicles and toward larger sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

The automaker said it will end U.S. assembly of the Passat sedan in Tennessee with the model year 2022.

The automaker has sold various versions of the Passat since 1974 in the United States. Initially under the Dasher and Quantum names. and the Passat name first appeared in the U.S. in 1990.

Since 2011, Volkswagen has built more 700,000 Passat vehicles at its Chattanooga factory. A version of the car has been on sale in China as well, assembled by SAIC in Shanghai.

The automaker has sold more than 1.76 million Passat, Dasher and Quantum models in the United States since 1974.

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