Volkswagen makes way for next EV model by dropping a gas car from lineup

Volkswagen's ID. Aero concept (Credit: Volkwagen)

Volkswagen is making way for an all-electric vehicle to move into its lineup by removing a gas car from production as early as 2024.

The German automaker is reportedly preparing to eliminate the Arteon, a sedan expected to be removed from Volkswagen’s lineup in the next two to three years, a report from Automotive News suggests. The Arteon will instead be replaced by the ID. Aero, a vehicle Volkswagen is calling its “ flagship.”

Unveiled in late June, Volkswagen said the ID. Aero will be sold globally but will first start in China. Volkswagen will launch the vehicle in Europe and then the United States, hopefully by the time 2023 comes to a close.

The Arteon has been a vehicle that hasn’t been a strong point of VW’s gas-powered sedan lineup. According to Kelley Blue Book, the vehicle sat alongside the more popular Passat, which was priced more affordably and offered relatively the same dimensions, space, and fuel economy. The Arteon is a sportier and more luxurious vehicle than the Passat has been, but if people wanted more luxury than the Passat, they simply went to VW’s brand that would suit their needs: Audi.

Audi’s comparable models offered more luxury and features for only a fraction more than the Arteon, which was priced at over $40,000. While Volkswagen would not confirm the plans explicitly, axing a struggling gas vehicle for an EV on a new platform that the automaker sees as a strong point moving forward is ideal, logical, and aligns with the company’s plans to transition to EVs.

Volkswagen has not released images of the official ID. Aero vehicle, but has shown concept images of what the car could look like when it is eventually released.

The ID. Aero, upon its release, will be Volkswagen’s third all-electric vehicle on the ID. platform that will be available for sale in the United States. The ID.4, which has been toward the top of crossover EV sales globally, will be followed by the reincarnation of the VW microbus in the form of the ID. Buzz. The ID. Aero will follow.

Concerns regarding the ID. Aero’s price have emerged from the initial report, as the vehicle will be manufactured in Europe and shipped to the United States for orders. This will disqualify the vehicle from federal incentives, which encourage automakers to build electric powertrains within the U.S. The starting price for the ID. Aero has not yet been announced, but don’t expect much relief from the tax credits unless Volkswagen changes up its plans and decides to manufacture the car in the U.S.

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Joey Klender: Joey has been a journalist covering electric mobility at TESLARATI since August 2019. In his time at TESLARATI, Joey has broken several big stories, including the first images of the Tesla Model S Plaid, the imminent release of the 4680 Model Y through EPA certification, and several expansions to the Lucid AMP-1 factory in Arizona, to name a few. His stories have been featured in several publications, including Yahoo! Finance, Fox News, CNET, and Seeking Alpha. In his spare time, Joey is playing golf, watching MMA, or cheering on any of his favorite sports teams, including the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, Miami Heat, Washington Capitals, and Penn State Nittany Lions. You can get in touch with joey at He is also on Twitter @KlenderJoey.
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