Why is the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon Delayed Until Spring 2019?

October 10th, 2018 by

2019 VW Arteon Delayed for Emissions Certification

We might have mentioned that the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon was expected soon. The 2019 VW Arteon was expected to have a USA release date in the late fall of 2018. However, that is no longer the case as the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon has been temporarily delayed. Now tentatively scheduled for a USA release date of spring 2019, the delay is due to the Arteon waiting on its emissions certification.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon American and European Emissions Testing

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is actually all approved and ready to go for America. So, why hasn’t it been released, you might ask? The answer to this question is a bit complicated, but we’ll try to explain it as simply as we can.

Currently, Europe is undergoing a transitional period concerning changes to its emissions standards testing. Previously, Europe was guided by the New European Driving Cycle which basically functions as a European equivalent to the USA’s EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) for automotive vehicles. However, now Europe is adopting the Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).

Due to this change, there is an extensive backlog as Volkswagen waits for the 2019 VW Arteon to be greenlit/approved. So, although the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is approved by America’s EPA standards, Volkswagen is still waiting for its European emissions certification. As a European company, Volkswagen is waiting for the new 2019 Arteon to be approved and released in Europe before moving it forward in America. A choice to preserve its legacy and prioritize the European market, this is however likely costing the German automotive company a great deal of American sales in the meantime.