The dominance of the crossover has completely changed the face of the automotive space. This has forced many automakers to abandon some of its more passenger- and cargo-friendly cars to make room for new crossovers and SUVs. Volkswagen is the next to do this, as 2019 will spell the end of its two slower-selling wagon models.
Crossovers accounted for 47 percent of all auto sales in the first half of 2019, and VW has seen an even bigger shift with 50 percent of its sales being crossovers. With this data front and center, Volkswagen’s recent announcement that production of the Alltrack and Golf SportWagen would end following the 2019 model year seems like a logical business move.
It is eliminating these models to make room in its lineup for three new crossovers. First up will be the Atlas Cross Sport later in 2019, then the production version of the ID.BUZZ electric concept vehicle in early 2020. The third crossover remains unannounced, but Volkswagen expects to have this sub-Tiguan model in showrooms by 2021.
The 2019 Alltrack and Golf SportWagen are in showrooms now with starting prices of $26,895 and $21,895, respectively, so now is the time to buy if you were considering one of these wagons. Given their relatively low popularity, we expect no special- or limited-edition models to celebrate their departure.
Keep it locked here for updates on VW’s upcoming crossovers and SUVs.