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2011 Volkswagen Passat – Click above for high-res image gallery

Volkswagen was so eager to unveil its new Passat that it revealed the car a day before the Paris Motor Show actually begins. It's received the Jetta treatment to some degree, but the softer looks may actually work better on the Passat than for its smaller brother.

The all-new Passat is intended for an older demographic and the styling seems to reflect that. We look forward to seeing it on our shores. Speaking of which, the 2011 goes on sale in the United Kingdom this October and then will roll out to other European and global markets, not including North America. Us Yanks will wave bye-bye to the Passat next year and welcome the New Midsize Sedan, or NMS, that Volkswagen's developing just for us.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope for VW's sake this decontented, bland styling approach works, because they are gonna lose a lot of faithfuls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not sure it's the styling they need to worry about. The way I see it (in Australia anyway) their lousy build quality and dealer service are doing the job for them!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm all in favor of un-pimping ze Auto but this may have gone too far. Time to re-pimp ze Auto just a little bit?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The VWs continue with their quest for blandness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "intended for an older demographic and the styling seems to reflect that."

      I love sportwagons, but this is a snoozewagon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm surprised that VW is actually trying to get an older demographic on purpose...most car companies have the opposite problem of trying to get younger buyers to replace theh aging ones that die off. I mean Toyota made a whole brand just to try and get younger people into the Toyota brand family. But I guess VW doesn't really have as much market share so they're going for the old people first?
        • 4 Years Ago
        P.S. I meant U.S. market share, I know they have a huge market share in the rest of the world. But in the U.S. the older population presumably has the money so maybe that's why they're gunning for that first. This car is going to be sold worldwide though so are their buyers just especially young?
      • 4 Years Ago
      i am getting kind of scared concerning this NMS for north america. does this mean they are going to dumb down a product for NA? i can see them making everything cheaper and less european so that we will buy it.
      pity vw's need to sell more and make cheaper product.

      i think if you want a good vw, buy one now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Like everyone has already said - it's boring and unforgettable. At least it has its awful quality and reliability to fall back on...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Boring and unforgettable it quite a feat. Is it so boring it's unforgettable?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess with their effort to become #1 car manufacturer they need to become mainstream, plain, and kind of square....I like it is very german but a little bit square! I thought they will look for a few design clues on the CC.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure many will say it's bland. I, for one, like it a lot. It's not trying to be too much (ahem, Hyundai Sonata.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car looks exactly like Golf, Jetta, Polo... it's only bigger. Same thing about Audis. (And BMWs.)

        One thing is corporate/brand identity, the other thing is using a copy machine to "design" your cars. The result is a bland and blunt line-up, more beige than anything Toyota (I use it only because it became a by word for beige motoring) ever produced.

        Look at Mazda. You see one, anyone, and it's unmistakably a Mazda. Yet each car has it's own identity. Now forget the smiles etc,. If you look at ny VW, you see it's a VW. But the only difference is it's bigger or smaller.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If Hyundai is trying to hard with the Sonata, VW isn't trying hard enough...this car is boring no matter how elegant you might say it looks.

        The interior is the same as the previous generation that came out in 2005. In fact this looks like a 2007 refresh instead of a 2011 all new car. Look at the new Bentley....VW didn't do much to that either exterior wise or interior.

        I see the accounts are trying to save money. Call it new and nobody will notice that it is more of the same of thing.

        BTW Audi is doing the same thing...someone took brand identity way to far.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I mentioned the Hyundai Sonata because its design, in my opinion, is not likely to age well. Mazda will likely have the same issue with the 3 and the 6 - even Mazda is moving away from it.

        Mercedes and BMW had their phase during the 1990s where the cars looked like scaled versions of the same design. I think it worked out well for them. Having a familial design link isn't a bad thing.

        In full disclosure, I don't like this generation of the Passat as much as the 2004 model. THAT Passat was a nice design that stood above the midsize competition.
      • 4 Years Ago
      New?

      You guys are wrong. What you are looking at is the old-for2011 VW Optima! I can see the headlines now...

      "In one fell swoop, European carmakers have taken the initiative ala' China 10 years ago and are now copying obsolete Korean designs."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh hey!!! That's the new Pas...... .ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

      A comment I usually reserve for Toyotas.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No kidding. Wake me when...on second thought, don't bother. This one's a snoozer. I mean, it's not ugly or anything. It's just...there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So does this mean that the Euro Passat and the American one are the same car now? I'm confused, I thought they were building a specific American version.

      I think it looks fine. It certainly looks nicer than the Japanese competition because their cars are all awkward looking.

      What isn't forgivable is that it is down 70 horsepower to the Sonata 2.0t. Here the T stands for toothless I fear.

      turn up the boost and call us back. And I got rid of my Passat because it was just much too soft overall.
        • 4 Years Ago
        this Passat is not coming to the US. We are getting the NMS (New Market Sedan) to be built in Tennessee. Photos of the NMS have yet to surface.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wake me when they anounce a coupe
        • 4 Years Ago
        Somehow I am glad he's at Kia now, otherwise Passat is going to look like a Civic knock-off.

        this one might look boring, but at least it's not a copycat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kotse -- This is the second time today they've made that mistake. Either they're not telling us something or we're all better readers than the those who write this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BTW the chief designer that use to be at VW now works for Kia. The new Optima is what the Passat should and could have been.

        http://www.thetorquereport.com/2011_kia_optima_press3.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        see Panamera.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Ben64

        uh, so they just made is look like an Accord instead?

        hhaha

        VW has gone all out to beat Toyota so they must convert to boring to do that
        • 4 Years Ago
        What a boring and bland design. I'm getting sleepy just looking at it.
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