• Jan 9, 2011
2012 Volkswagen Passat – Click above for high-res image gallery

We're less than 24 hours away from Volkswagen's big reveal at the Detroit Auto Show and while our man Paukert was staked out at a media gathering at VW's corporate headquarters in Herndon, VA he learned that the NMS will carry the Passat badge when it goes on sale later this year.

Up until now, there was some question whether V-Dub would continue to use Passat for its new mid-size sedan, but after the NCS (New Compact Sedan) debuted with the Jetta badge, it was all but assumed that the Passat nameplate would carry on. We'll have all the details on the 2012 Passat later tonight and live shots from the floor when the wraps come off tomorrow.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      No surprise here. Especially with the wording on the VW site teaser.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So... The US Passat will be different from the B7 facelift introduced at the Paris motor show last September? Or is this that car, just introduced again? Or will this replace that car after what will amount to 1-ish year?

      Seriously, I'm really confused here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know how well-received the Jetta was? Now imagine that enthusiasm in the not-at-all competitive mid-size segment. It's important that people think "1995" when they look at your car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if it, like the Jetta, will come with worse less content and arguably worse build quality than the previous model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      ZZzzzzzzzz VW what has happened to you.


      the day VW announced that they wanted to be the largest auto company in the world was the beginning of the end for real VW car lovers. now they are in the appliance business
        • 4 Years Ago
        Axel, great car, but your resale value just went into the tank. I have a 2.0T Jetta, I know of what I speak. Most just haven't put 2 + 2 together yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not much of a VW fan but I like the new styling. It looks to me like an exercise in restraint: WV's designers haven't fallen into the trap of over detailing the exterior, unlike most of the rest of the auto industry. Just look at M-B or Honda or Lexus or even the Camry: uninspired body shapes with overly contrived fascias with too many angles, shapes and brightwork saturating the front end.

        I think the new Passat is a simple, handsome design. From the subtle symmetry across the front bumper to the single shoulder/character line that spans from the headlight to the back without disappearing and reappearing in a different line(s) and thereby convoluting the body design. The lower character line across the doors is simple and sharp and adds dimension without trying to fool you into thinking that there's a sexy curvy sports car behind it, which there isn't.

        It's refreshingly honest and very Teutonic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        With respect, I don't think you know VW, Thipps.

        The VW you are describing is the new perverse auto manufacturer that stepped all over Audi's toes and abandoned the name "people's car" so they could build a run of overpriced, unreliable, middle-luxury vehicles known as the Mk IIIs and Mk IVs. The Mk Vs and Mk VIs have stopped the reliability free fall, but they are still troublesome compared to the real Dubs like the Mk IIs, and the old Beetle. Perhaps the real Dubs lack in initial quality and features, but they actually do what it says on the tin.

        I've owned an old Beetle, and Mk II - Mk V. After my 1985 Jetta, it's been one hell of a rocky road, and I have no idea why I kept buying. My Mk IV GTI was a lemon. I have no Dubs now, and I don't want another one until they discard the chinzy, unreliable options and get back to the lightweight cars that run strong.

        These new cars are actually a step in the right direction for VW. The Dubs you know are faux-teutonic. Their "Germanness" is merely a list of high-tech gadgets not offered by other manufacturers. When they strip the silly toys off of their cars, you will see the real difference between German cars and other makes. Hint: It's the mechanical engineering and the chassis dynamics.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I recently (7 months ago) switched from a 2007 BMW 530 to a MK VI GTI with DSG, Adaptive Chassis Control, Bi-Xenon, etc. - I completely disagree with your "appliance" statement. I love this little hot-hatch. Extremely well built and fun to drive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Axel

        To be fair, the MK VI would still be considered part of the OLD VW... you know, before the move to decontent and make cheapo cars (especially for the USDM).

        The recently introduced new Jetta and now this new Passat will really be the first cars under this new business push by VW.

        Keep your MK VI as long as possible because chances are they won't be making them like that for a long time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW should have called it 'Vanilla'...the new JETTA and PASSAT are fast becoming four wheeled appliances, with the same lust factor as a refrigerator.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i hope they don't drop the CC. I have a feeling this new Paasat will be larger and decontented for "our" tastes in the US. The CC could carry the mantle of the german sport sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      cool..Passat or Santana was my pick..i wouldnt mind them doin a wagon of this
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope it would be "Panzer" or "Stuka". T_T
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yay. Manual? DSG? Wagon?

      If it's another weak ass slushbox box then no thanks...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It will look like the European version. Am I wrong?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No. It will lose some of it's "Euro" look. It will be more bland. No sense in risking sales for the sake of style. In it's quest to be Number 1, VW's mantra seemst to be that if it's bland enough, it won't offend anyone except those who care about style. VW seems to feel Americans don't care about such things.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh my gosh, the secret is out!
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