Volkswagen Debuts All-New Passat
Designed in Germany and made in America, the Passat was developed as a larger vehicle with premium features and handling characteristics that will perfectly match it with the tastes and lifestyles of Americans, said the firm.
Volkswagen claims that the new Passat, the largest ever, is the only midsize sedan that offers superior German engineering at an accessible price. The Passat TDI - the only clean diesel option in the segment - is expected to deliver 43 miles per gallon on the highway, with a range of approximately 800 miles.
Final pricing will be revealed in the spring, but the Passat will start at around $20,000 when it arrives in dealer showrooms later in 2011. It will come with premium standard features that include automatic climate control and Bluetooth connectivity.
The new Passat offers better legroom, Volkswagen's Care Free Maintenance program (3 years/36,000 miles) and the safety of Volkswagen's intelligent crash response system.
Volkswagen's new Chattanooga plant that will produce the Passat is part of a $4 billion investment by the company in the US market. The environmentally friendly facility includes a revolutionary paint shop that reduces emissions. A $40m employee training center ensures adherence to Volkswagen's exacting quality standards.
The all-new Passat offers three drivetrain options: a responsive 2.5L gasoline engine, a remarkably eco-friendly 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel and a powerful 3.6L VR6. The Passat will be offered in three trim levels, S, SE and SEL, with a total of 16 equipment levels.
The new, larger Passat is 191.7 inches long and has a 110.4 inch wheelbase, which translates into a noticeable increase in rear seating space. In a partnership that combined quality automotive engineering and quality sound engineering, Volkswagen and Fender teamed up to bring the raw emotion of live music to the driving experience.
Will the new car enhance the automaker's market share in the US?
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