Volkswagen of America announced Wednesday that the Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen will end production with the 2019 model year.
Volkswagen will continue building the Alltrack at the Puebla, Mexico, plant through December 2019, according to the automaker.
Demand among American consumers has shifted from wagons to SUVs. Through the first half of 2019, SUVs account for 47 percent of the industry sales, and more than 50 percent of Volkswagen sales, the company said. It cited sales of the Chattanooga-made Atlas SUV and the Mexico-made Tiguan SUV.
Volkswagen has had the highest year-over-year percentage growth among mainstream automotive brands in the first six months of 2019.
Also, VW plans to release three new SUV models in the next 24 months, including five-seat Atlas Cross Sport, which will be assembled in Chattanooga. Also, and the ID. CROZZ electric SUV debuts early next year. Last week, Volkswagen announced a new smaller SUV model expected to arrive in 2021 that will slot beneath the Tiguan.
"SUVs have definitely assumed the mantle of family haulers from the station wagons and minivans we remember from our childhoods," said Scott Keogh President and CEO of Volkswagen of America.