Waiting for VW's Luxury Arteon Sedan? Better Luck Next Year

Waiting for VW's Luxury Arteon Sedan? Better Luck Next Year

2019 volkswagen arteon; photos by christian lantry

volkswagen is delaying the u.s. launch of its all-new arteon flagship sedan, which will be the most luxurious and most expensive vw sedan, until "early 2019" because of certification delays in europe.

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volkswagen says the latest model year of the sedan has been delayed in the u.s. because european union regulators are implementing a new set of emissions rules — the european union's wltp, or the worldwide harmonized light vehicle test procedure.

"this is because of delays in the certification process caused by a backlog in meeting wltp worldwide emissions testing," a vw spokesman said.

the car was first unveiled at the 2017 geneva international motor show and went on sale earlier in germany.

the sleek arteon, which still will be a 2019 model, replaces the departed, coupelike cc sedan in the u.s. vw lineup. it is bigger than the cc, and the u.s. powertrain will be a 268-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. all-wheel drive is optional on all models, and it will offer vw's latest multimedia and safety technology. also offered will be a sportier-looking r-line trim level.

given the way sedan sales are plummeting industrywide in the u.s., the delay may not be a huge loss for volkswagen. and vw's sales of its compact jetta, despite a well-done 2019 redesign, are down 36 percent so far this year compared with 2017; sales of the passat mid-size sedan, which has a new model on the way, are down more than 34 percent. meanwhile, sales of vw's latest tiguan and atlas suvs ( 's best of 2018 winner) have driven the brand's 7 percent overall sales gain so far this year.

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