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If you're smitten with the new U.S.-market Volkswagen Passat but were hoping for a bit more cargo capacity, we've got some bad news. According to the latest reports, Volkswagen of America has no plans to offer a Passat wagon in the North American market. (Can't say we didn't see this one coming.)

This news breaks despite reports of the European-market Passat wagon spied testing in the United States. The two models - European and American - are completely different vehicles, and the Passat wagon seen undergoing development on our shores is apparently the overseas model.

The previous-generation Passat wagon suffered from poor sales as American customers continued to shift from station wagons to taller crossovers. As a result, Volkswagen is reportedly preparing a seven-seat crossover to join the Tiguan and Touareg and go up against the likes of the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer. But for those who still prefer a wagon, the Jetta SportWagen is now the company's only choice here in the States

Volkswagen rules out Passat wagon for North America originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 18 Jul 2011
 

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:( mk6 Passat buying guide updated.

However, there is still talk of the Passat crossover: http://www.myturbodiesel.com/forum/f9/volkswagen-crosspassat-wings-8533/ I would have preferred a wagon to replace my current B5 wagon since I don't like plastic cladding. 7 seats is also unneeded since the 2 seats at the rear are usually only suitable for kids and don't have direct access anyways (have to climb over the rear seats).
 
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