VW Halts Production of 2016 Passat TDI In Chattanooga
Spokesman Says Production Mix Adjustment Not Major Issue
Just as General Motors received final EPA figures and a green light to start selling the diesel-powered Colorado and Canyon midsize trucks, Volkswagen is still prohibited from selling Passat TDI models until the models are fully cleared and certified to meet EPA emissions standards. With the sales prohibition in force for the TDI model, VW is reportedly adjusting the production mix at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant to favor the 1.8T and 3.6L VR6 models, which are not affected by the recall and stop-sale order, according to Automotive News. VW withdrew its application for certification on 2016 TDI models on October 7.
The stop-sale order on TDIs affects all 2016 models equipped with the EA288 TDI engine, including the Jetta, Golf, Golf Sportwagen, and Beetle, in addition to the Passat. It is unknown where the 2016 TDI models are in the certification process and when they will be cleared for sale. VW recently debuted a new 1.4L gasoline direct-injection turbocharged I-4 engine in the Jetta, which delivers up to 40 mpg highway with a manual transmission and 39 mpg highway with an automatic. The 2015 Jetta TDI equipped with the EA288 engine received an EPA rating of 31 mpg city and 45 mpg highway, with the TDI manual getting 46 mpg highway. In the absence of the TDI, the 1.4T will likely be sold as the economy-oriented model.
Source: Automotive News