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.
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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