• Jul 2, 2009
2009 Volkswagen (Passat) CC – Click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen is usually known for its simple, basic, iconic styling; the classic Beetle and the previous-generation Jetta are perfect case studies. Which is why the svelte and streamlined CC – known overseas as the Passat CC – has come as a refreshing change of pace for the German automaker. We're not the only ones who think so, either, as the four-door coupe from Wolfsburg has been accumulating design awards the world over.

Adding to the list that already includes the coveted iF Product Design Award and the Australian International Design Award, the Volkswagen CC has now been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award. The prize has bestowed annually since 1955 by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, the legendary design museum housed in the reclaimed Zollverein coal mine. The Best of the Best award was accepted by designer Martin Kropp on behalf of VW's Exterior Design Studio 1 and you can get all the details in the press release after the jump.



PRESS RELEASE

The Passat CC enchants the world with its style
Design awards in Germany and Australia

Wolfsburg, 01 July 2009 - International panels of design experts have chosen their winners and one Volkswagen model has made an exceptional impression: the Passat CC. Last night in Essen, Germany, Volkswagen's four-door coupé was presented with the "red dot Design Award 2009 - Best of the Best", once again highlighting Volkswagen's first-class and attractive design concept. The elegant model has also sparked excitement down under in Australia, a statement backed-up by the fact that it has recently won the "Australian International Design Award".

Last night the Aalto Theater in Essen provided the setting for a wonderful prize ceremony during which Martin Kropp, designer at Exterior Design Studio 1, accepted the "red dot Design Award" for Volkswagen. The "red dot Design Award" is one of today's most coveted awards that a designer can win for a creative product. The prize has been awarded every year since 2000.

In March, the Passat CC was awarded the prestigious "iF Product Design Award 2009" in Hanover. At the end of May the coupé also swept the board down under where it won the renowned "Australian International Design Award" in the "Automotive and Transport" category.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      They clearly only looked at the front and side. It's rear-end design is such a downer. I remember walking past it at the NY Auto Show and moving front to back I said, "yes, yes, yes , OH GOD NO!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't get it. This car is not that special looking, and not overly attractive. It looks like an exercise in design committee compromises to me. That award had to have been bought off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed - its as generic as many of the recent mercedes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am not a big VW fan, but the CC always catches my attention.

      It really is a good looking car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        VW seems to be hit or miss.

        But this falls under the big "DUH" category.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The CC is beautiful, especially in person. The two tone leather interior is amazing. Sure, the dash looks similar to other VW dashes but that's how you keep the cost of the car down. VW learned its lesson with the Phaeton - US consumers aren't going to go for a luxury VW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was considering the Volkswagen CC as my next car...until I saw one on the road. Yikes. It looks so much better in pictures.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I gave the CC a serious look last week, and came away impressed with the car overall, even though it was priced about 4k more than it's worth... unless you're looking at the 6-cyl with AWD, which is priced about 10k more than it's worth. And you can't get that awesome panoramic roof with the manual transmission, which is frustrating.

      Beautiful car, striking design inside and out, snappy in the low gears, but no real full-throttle pull. It may have 4 doors, but I can only imagine the lag with 4 adults in the car.

      Perhaps next year's dual-clutch 6-sp auto will change the game somewhat, and make that little 4-cyl more enjoyable; (for one occupant.)

      In the end, there are better cars for the price. Not many, but they exist.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like a smoothed out Sebring. I don't get all the fuss.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, so i really don't see what is so striking about this car. VW has design much cleaner less bloated looking cars then this. I feel that this is just about as plain jane as a camry. Mercedes i think did a better job at the whole 4 door coupe thing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I own a 2009 CC and I love it! I have never received as many positive comments from the last 15 cars I have owned. I admit it is a copy of the CLS, but at least they copied a beauty. Da Beautiful Auto!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just wish they didn't all look EXACTLY the same on the inside. Buying this, you might as well have a Golf, or an Eos, or a Tiguan...it doesn't matter. The dash and controls are all the same, regardless.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I actually think this interior is far better than the other VW offerings... It really feels refined when you get inside...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you saying that the Golf VI is nicer, like the CC, or what exactly? We get the new Golf models nearly two years after Europe does :-(.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why Porsche developed the Panamera instead of modifying a CC is beyond me. This would have been an easy way to test the Porsche sedan market.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to see VW add their 2 liter diesel to the CC engine line up. It would be a match made in heaven.
      • 5 Years Ago
      quit already with the four door coupe crap. It's a nice sedan. Muffle the marketing claptrap.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A coupe does not necessarily have to have two doors. It's essentially a shortened saloon car, although there are various types of coupe. Any with a sloping rear roof line are traditionally known as Berlinetta coupes, and these can have 4-door bodystyle in three-box or fastback shells - notable examples being the old Rover P5 and the SD1.
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