Volkswagen of America has announced that the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen won’t be produced anymore following their 2019 model year run. Of the pair, the Alltrack will endure until December of this year when production will cease at the Puebla plant in Mexico.
The reason for their demise is the fact that SUVs account for 47% of industry sales and more than 50% of VW sales in the U.S. And more are coming too, like the Atlas Cross Sport and the ID. CROZZ electric SUV.
“SUVs have definitely assumed the mantle of family haulers from the station wagons and minivans we remember from our childhoods,” said Scott Keogh, VW of America president and CEO. “But as we look towards the future, both our expanded SUV lineup and the upcoming ID. family of electric vehicles will bring the opportunity to combine the style and space people want in a variety of ways. As the ID. BUZZ concept demonstrates, the flexibility of our EV platform gives us the ability to revive body styles of the past, so anything is possible.”
As of right now, buyers can still purchase a 2019 Golf wagon model, either as a regular SportWagen or as the more capable Alltrack, which features 4Motion all-wheel drive as standard, 6.9 inches of ground clearance and a 1.8-liter TSI engine with 168 HP and 199 lb-ft (270 Nm) of torque. The SportWagen meanwhile can be had with either a 1.4-liter TSI unit with 147 HP and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque, as well as with the previously-mentioned 1.8-liter TSI.
Even prior to these two models, VW has had a rich wagon-filled history, beginning with the 1600 Squareback Sedan (1966-1971). Models that followed included the Type 412 Wagon (1971-1974), Dasher (1974-1981), Quantum (1981-1988), Fox (1989-1991), Passat (1990-2010) and the Jetta (2001-2005 / 2008-2014).