This is reported by Automotive News Europe, citing a statement by Volkswagen CEO Thomas Schaefer.
The new Passat will hit the market exclusively as a station wagon, while the Superb will be available in both five-door and four-door versions.
The production of “related” models, according to Autonews Europe, will be established at one plant: at the VW Group site in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Passat will “move” there from the Volkswagen plant in Emden (Germany), Superb – from Czech Kvasin.
Currently, the plant in Emden is gradually being redeveloped for the production of electric vehicles. Today, the ID.4 crossover is being produced there, in the near future the ID.7 model will be put on the production line of the enterprise, which will replace Arteon in the production line.
The Bratislava plant, in turn, will continue to produce premium SUV models for the Volkswagen Group, including the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg.
According to the Dataforce analytical agency cited by Autonews Europe, the current Passat became Europe’s most sought-after D-segment car last year with 66,621 cars sold. Compared to 2021, sales of the model decreased by 20%.
The Skoda Superb was the second best-selling mid-size car in Europe in 2022. Europeans purchased a total of 45,042 of these vehicles last year.