Herndon, VA – The list of accolades for the American built Volkswagen Passat just got a little longer. As part of their annual rundown of Best Family Cars, Parents magazine and Edmunds.com editorial staff named the Volkswagen Passat as a Best Family Car of 2012. In addition to test-driving, analyzing, and comparing prices and features, Parents and Edmunds.com consulted parents who own vehicles on their list. The Passat was lauded for its impressive list of features and space offered at an accessible price point.
“Larger, more fuel efficient and more affordable than ever before, VW’s redesigned Passat isn’t just built in America, it’s built for Americans,” Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief, Edmunds.com said. “The sedan now offers one of the largest backseats in its class and still delivers the upscale, German-engineered ambiance Volkswagen vehicles are famous for.”
“We’re delighted that Passat continues to garner attention,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America. “With the Passat, we set out to offer a midsize sedan with a winning combination of features and comfort at an accessible price, with German engineering at the forefront. It’s very rewarding to see our efforts being recognized.”
Parents and Edmunds.com included the Passat among the sedan category in their Best Family picks of 2012. Each car on the list was judged on performance, interior, exterior and family-friendly features. In addition to being designated as a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Passat offers standard Bluetooth® connectivity, dual-zone climate control, and class-leading rear seat legroom.
Motortrend magazing has reviewed the three top contenders in the mid-sized sedan category and since I already spoiled the results by titling this post “…Passat wins!” I’ll go ahead and say it, the Passat wins! This is great considering they only tested the base SE model which doesnt even get into the touch-screen bluetooth and media awesomeness!
Normally the last-place finisher wouldn’t be of any note, but in this case the Passat is different. Absent for 2011, Volkswagen’s midsizer is all-new for 2012, bigger and roomier than ever before, and built for the first time in America, in a state-of-the-art plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. VW has invested more than $1 billion in the Volunteer State, and thus has dreams of the Passat one day selling in the 300,000-per-year rate, which would help execute the German behemoth’s plan to become the largest automaker in the world. VW will have to snatch that title from Toyota, which sold 8.42 million vehicles in 2010 to remain Big Daddy for the third year in a row. To stay on top, Toyota will need some help from its Kentucky-built Camry, which, like Passat, has been redesigned for 2012. Not so coincidentally, both of these fresh players come just one short year after Hyundai released the sixth-gen Sonata — built in sweet home Alabama, except for the hybrid — in all its “fluidic sculpture” glory. Let’s just say Hyundai has angered its competitors and delighted its dealers…
To read the entire article, got to Motortrend.com!
We just got our first shipment of the All-New VW Passat! This is a huge model introduction, and marks the entry of VW into the high volume mid-sized sedan market. If you’re in the market for a Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, or Hyundai Sonata, you owe it to yourself to stop in and take the Passat for a drive. We have seven Passats in stock right now…
1 Passat TDI SEL Premium (fully loaded Mac-daddy with 795 miles to one tank of fuel)
1 Passat TDI SE, Everything you need, plus a bit extra
2 Passat 2.5 SE’s, one Silver, one Red
1 Passat SE with Sunroof and Navigation
2 Passat S with Appearance package
If you’d like to take a look at these vehicles in person, please call me at 949-307-5722 or contact me here!
Also, if you’d like to just learn more about the Passat, visit my Passat page here
VW has a great new Mini-site set up to prepare you for the all-new VW Passat coming this fall! Information on the car, and an introduction to VW’s state of the art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga Tennessee.
Take a look at the site and explore!
2012 Passat Sets New Benchmarks in the Midsize Segment:
- Highly Contented with Standard Premium Features
- Automatic Dual-Zone Climate Control and Bluetooth®
- Only Clean Diesel Option in Segment with Manufacturer
- Estimated Best-in-Class 43 MPG Highway and Range of Nearly 800 Miles
- Class-Leading Rear Seat Legroom
- No-Charge Three-Year/36,000 Mile Carefree Maintenance®
- German Engineering and Sophistication, Built in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Herndon, Va. – Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the all-new 2012 Passat, a vehicle that brings new standards to the highly competitive midsize segment, with a starting MSRP of $19,995. The 2012 Passat offers exceptional features and premium options in three powertrains and a variety of equipment levels, with equally impressive pricing.
“The 2012 Passat is a true Volkswagen, offering German engineering, class-leading standard features, and superior fuel economy, all for a remarkable value,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “Demonstrating our commitment to the American market, the car will be produced at one of the newest, most advanced, and environmentally responsible auto assembly plants in the world in Chattanooga, Tennessee.”
The 2.5L model with manual transmission and 170 horsepower has a starting MSRP of $19,995.The 2.5L model, available in eight equipment levels, comes standard with automatic dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel audio controls and Volkswagen’s no-charge three-year/36,000 mile scheduled Carefree Maintenance Program. The up-level SE model starts at $23,725 and includes additional equipment such as 17-inch alloy wheels, 8-way power driver seat, heated front seats, touchscreen Premium VIII radio, and a multi-Function leather-wrapped steering wheel (see 2012 Passat pricing chart for further details and additional model information).
The 2.0L TDI® Clean Diesel model offers three trim levels and starts at $25,995. The Passat TDI – the only clean diesel option in the midsize segment – is expected to deliver 43 mpg highway, with a range of nearly 800 miles. The TDI base trim package, the SE, comes standard with features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, Volkswagen’s touchscreen Premium VIII radio and a six-speed manual transmission. Volkswagen’s automatic DSG® transmission is optional. This direct-shift gearbox is a technologically advanced six-speed transmission that incorporates an automatic dual-clutch system that instantly engages and disengages gears without the need for a clutch pedal.
The powerful 3.6L VR6® is offered in three trim levels and has a starting MSRP of $28,995. The VR6 model comes standard with a six-speed automatic DSG transmission and offers a highly competitive 280 horsepower. Additional standard premium features in the VR6® model include 18-inch alloy wheels, comfort sport seats, a sunroof, and a class exclusive Fender® Premium Audio System.
The new Passat, designed specifically for the North American market, provides premium features uniquely offered in the U.S., yet maintains the dynamic character that is expected of a Volkswagen. For instance, the new Passat sets new standards for comfort, with best-in-class rear-seat legroom. The all-new midsize sedan is 191.7 inches long and has a 110.4 inch wheelbase.
Premium options include leather seating surfaces, leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, wood decor, ambiance lighting, memory driver’s seat, power passenger seat, a choice of Volkswagen’s RNS 315 or RNS 510 navigation systems, front fog lights with static cornering lights, and keyless access with push button start.
The Passat will also offer the new Fender Premium Audio System, designed exclusively for Volkswagen. In a partnership that combines quality automotive engineering and quality sound engineering, Volkswagen and Fender have teamed up to bring the raw emotion of live music to the driving experience.