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With the imminent arrival of the new coupe-shaped Volkswagen Passat at the Geneva Motor Show and the recently launched teaser site for the budget CLS competitor, it was only a matter of time before more detailed spy shots found their way onto the Web.
The artic white mule was caught undergoing testing in the chilly clime of Finland with its upmarket Mercedes rival. The front end struck us as particularly Lexus-like, aping the Japanese GS model with lights inset between the grille and the headlamps, and carrying a similar theme throughout the air dams. Whether all those elements will make it to production, or are merely camo to confound spy photogs, remains to be seen.

Unfortunately, the profile proves to be more last-gen Accord then Benz-beating chic, although judging from the awkwardly shaped rear window, we doubt that the back end will remain as staid when it graces the V-Dub show stand in March.

Click the pic above to check out several shots of the Passat "coupe" in action.


[Source: Auto Channel]


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      • 7 Years Ago
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      Good to see VW continue the long-standing tradition of
      making crap cars.
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      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't mind this car so much, except... when it comes, what will be the point of the upcoming Audi A7?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ok, that works... I guess I'll have to wait to see, then, what constitutes "premium pricing."
        • 7 Years Ago
        It will be at least 2 times cheaper, wint have a V8, etc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW is so confused... wasn't there an article about a month or two ago about VW no longer going after the premium brands and competing more with companies like Toyota? From my understanding they were trying to compete w/ Toyota not just with overall sales, but beat their products in their segments. How could VW compete with Toyota and then try to compete with mercedes? That's what AUDI is for! this is why the phaeton failed miserably...
      • 7 Years Ago
      VW is so confused... wasn't there an article about a month or two ago about VW no longer going after the premium brands and competing more with companies like Toyota? From my understanding they were trying to compete w/ Toyota not just with overall sales, but beat their products in their segments. How could VW compete with Toyota and then try to compete with mercedes? That's what AUDI is for! this is why the phaeton failed miserably
      • 7 Years Ago
      The rear 3/4 view reeks of 2nd generation Oldsmobile Aurora...
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow, that is one awkward-looking car. Totally defeats the purpose of the 4-door "coupe."
      • 7 Years Ago
      that nose looks liek a lexus GS

      so now VW has combine a CLS with a GS

      i though that was hyundai's job, but I guess if VW wants to catch Toyota in 3 years they'll have to be somewhat copy cats
        • 7 Years Ago
        @ futurama

        i'm not talking heaglight dummy
        check out the grill
        then open a pic of a GS and see that it looks the same
        then combine that with a CLS and there youhave it

        but VW had done a poor job of trying to impersonate
        • 7 Years Ago
        HAHA...VW did a great job camouflaging their secret passat coupe!! the fellow reader at AutoBlog actually thinks IT actually is just a blunt copycat of Lexus GS. haha...that is so funny.

        p.s plz. look through the obvious camo trying to hide its identity next time.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't think anyone has caught the drift that this model is designed for Europe. VW is considered a premium brand there, and I can tell you that this car is extremely well made for that market.

        As an example, because of the massive amount of public transportation, getting a taxi is considered a luxury. That considered, taxi fleets generally either have MB E-series or Passats.

        In Europe, the main distinction between Audi and VW where their lines overlap is that VW produces more functional cars, where Audi produces more beautiful cars. A lot of "old rich" in Europe enjoy the civility of the VW name over more ostentatious brands.

        In Europe, also, VWs cost about double what they do here. Most of that is because of currency exchange rates, and VW essentially subsidizing its US arm to remain competitive, but at least a good chunk of it is because VW is considered an extremely desirable brand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ah yes. This is the type of car that Winterkorn thinks will help VW surpass Toyota in sales.

      They must be putting something in the water at VW headquarters...
        • 7 Years Ago
        2006 global sales for Toyota: 8,808,000
        2006 global sales for VW: 5,730,000

        VW has zero chance of reaching Toyota by 2010.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "people are so ignorant"

        Yup, you are so right. Winterkorn IS completely ignorant (or on mind-altering substances). He claims VW will surpass Toyota by 2010.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The overall shape looks nice, but it's not a coupe. Not even close.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not only does the nose look exactly like a GS, but so does the rear, just check the tail-lights. Maybe it's wearing the GS bumpers to hide the final product?

      And nothing about this car says coupe to me. VW's make such awkward cars save their hatchbacks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why would you think VW needs to save their hatchbacks???

        Hacthbacks are the best selling models in Vw's range! And Golf is one of the best selling cars in the world!

        So what are you talking about???!!!

        O, wait...you Americans always think the word "world" mean USA, right? And since the only VW hatchback selling in the states is Golf, which doesn't sell very well. So somehow you Americans think VW's hatchbacks don't sell very well overall.

        Come on, the world we are living in is bigger than USA!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Whoa! Calm down lovice. I meant that hatchbacks are by far the best thing VW does.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't believe how many people on here are trashing it for looking like the GS....

      I think that's the whole point of the camo... they want it to look just like a GS so that when the camo comes off you are surprised. Did no one notice the Toyota esque front logo thing? It's obvious they didn't want anyone to know it was a VW.

      That being said... it has one hell of a fat ass.

      Also... why the hell didn't audi take the "failed" phaeton and make it into the "new" A8? Phaeton with aluminum instead of steel with the audi badge would have sold amazingly.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What you are describing, "aluminum, with an audi badge on" IS in fact the A8, why would a phaeton having the same characteristics be selling better than the A8? Btw, the S-class outsells the 7 series and A8 combined, so no question who's the leader there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't mind this car at all, but in standard VW fashion, it will probably cost about $5000-10000 more than it should. Passat Wagon AWD V6 can be ordered at $40+ K!!

      2.0T wagon is much better priced, but no AWD option. They used to have 1.8T with AWD, so I don't understand what are they waiting for. Even with my prevoius (bad) experience with VW Touareg, I would have bought a $25000 VW Passat instead of my Outback, if they had one with AWD.

      This way, they lost a customer.

      If they price this car in $25-35K range, with 2.0T as entry level option, they might have a winer, but I am not holding my breath for that one.
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