I am considering the purchase of a 2019 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and the issue is as follows: VW will not be manufacturing the Alltrack after this year, should this issue be a consideration when purchasing and will this impact on depreciation?
It all depends on where you get your information from, John. Like you, I’ve certainly read reports that the Alltrack franchise is being put to rest in North America in favour of SUVs, but a quick chat with VW Australia revealed that the concept still has legs out here. Perhaps the confusion is over the USA market axing of the cars, while the Alltracks sold here are generally sourced from the German VW factory. In any case, you can expect to see Alltracks in VW showrooms for the foreseeable future.
The big question is whether they’ll be available with a diesel engine. My VW insider “hopes so” but recent reports that all VW passenger cars will be petrol powered puts that into doubt, even if the Alltrack models are classed by some sections of the trade as light-commercials. Even if the Alltrack concept survives with a diesel engine option, count on there being a petrol-powered variant available as well.
In any case, the notion of the Alltrack becoming a depreciation victim here because the USA stops selling them is not going to be a reality.