Volkswagen will kill off the version of its Passat sedan offered in Europe as well as the one built for the United States, according to company insiders.

While the Passat left the South African market early in 2019 due to lagging sales, it’s worth pointing out the nameplate is still considered the best-selling mid-size vehicle in the world, with more 30 million examples having been produced.

Still, Automotive News Europe says the Wolfsburg-based firm’s shift in focus to electric vehicles and crossovers will see the Passat sedan axed by 2023. Interestingly, the publication suggests the Passat station wagon will live on after that date.

In reference to the US-spec version, one of the sources speaking to Automotive News Europe said “the size of this market in the United States will be negligible" in future. The report furthermore claims the Arteon will “also not be replaced” at the end of its lifecycle, with VW instead set to focus on the upcoming all-electric Aero.

In February 2020, VW of America’s chief operating officer said the Passat had a “finite lifespan”. Some six months later, however, a report out of Europe claimed VW had given the ninth-generation Passat the green light after initially considering killing off the large sedan. That now appears not to be the case...