New VW Passat Pricing Announced

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.

2012 VW Passat Pricing

The New 2012 Beetle

Yesterday morning VW unveiled the all-new 2012 Beetle!  Judging from the pictures, this is an amazing car that Volkswagen has doen themselves proud with.  Here’s the complete write-up from VW Vortex…

Well Volkswagen has officially taken the wraps off of their next generation Beetle and we like it. Judging from the comments in our forums we’d say an awful lot of you like it as well. I had the chance to see the new Beetle in person and sit in it today and overall came away impressed with the level of detail and thought that went into not only the exterior and interior details but the trim levels and choices that will be available when it launches in September.

First, the new design manages to update the Beetle in a way that makes it different than the outgoing model yet still identifiable as a Beetle. The exterior gives a nod to the very first aircooled prototypes with a more sloping rear end and upright windshield. But it goes beyond that with thoroughly modern sheetmetal with creases and vertical surfaces that give the car a more purposeful and substantial look. The new car is 3.3 inches wider, 6 inches longer and half an inch lower. The dimensions make the car look lower and wider lending a more sporty appearance, especially with the new 18″ and 19″ wheels.

Inside the interior is completely new with retro cues in a mix of textures that hang together really well and make it feel special. Turbo models get a gauge pod cluster integrated into the dash with a boost gauge, chrono and oil temp. A “Kaeferfach” glovebox in addition to the standard glovebox is a nice nod to VW’s aircooled past as well. Some of the dash pieces are color matched to the exterior colors on the 2.5 and TDI models while the turbo models get a carbon-fiber look that manages to look like real carbon fiber. The 400 watt Fender sound system is worth every penny – it sounds great with beautiful clarity that rivals systems that cost far more. Headunits will range from the basic RCD-310 up through a top of the line RNS-510 with full navigation so everyone should be happy. Interior trim options include cool new cloth options, leatherette with a new weave pattern on the bolsters and full leather available in two-tone color combinations. Headroom, shoulder and hip space have all increased in the back seat making it a more pleasant place to sit than the old car but not somewhere I’d like to be on a long road trip. The new sunroof is quite a bit larger and gives the impression of a larger panoramic glass roof but still opens fully. The interior plastics and textures all match nicely and look very nice. There are some hard plastics, but they don’t have that cheap look like some of the new Jetta surfaces. Overall the interior is great improvement and manages to capture some of that Beetle flavor without trying too hard to be retro (MINI comes to mind)…. [Read the rest here]

VW Golf R

Late 2011 is when to look forward to the new Golf R!  Personally I’m excited because for years I’ve been wanting Volkswagen to put a nice, light-weight 4-cylinder motor in their flagship performance car.  Not to knock the old VR6, but that thing was to heavy for a front-wheel drive platform.

The new Golf R adds manual transmission and 4-doors too, making it pretty much my (and many others) dream GTI!  VW’s come so far over the last 10 years with their interior options also, this new VW looks to really take its place as the best all-around compact performance vehicle on the market.  There will still be cars that handle better, there will still be cars that are faster, and there will be other cars with more luxury features, but as a total package, the R is truly impossible to beat! (In my of course un-biased opinion!)

I already have a waiting list for this model , which will be limited in number, especially at first.  If you’d like to stay updated on the Golf R’s arrival, you can follow me on my facebook page, or contact me here to get added to the list!

 

Sign Then Drive Event

The VW “Sign-Then-Drive” Event is back!  Now you can get into a new VW for practically just your signature, they say and its true.  Pretty darn awesome!

Vehicles included in this event are the all-new 2011 Jetta, Golf, CC, Tiguan, Touareg, and GTI!  The details are $0 down payment, $0 first months payment and you’re in the car!  The only thing you have to come up with is your DMV fees, because lets face it, California needs the cash.

Give me a call or email me to see what the program is on the vehicle you’re interested in!

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