Volkswagen has just announced a new Passat Wolfsburg Edition, which slots between the base S and mid-grade SE trims in terms of content and price. The automaker has not released any official photos of the car as of this writing (aside from the badge shot you see here, of course), but the Wolfsburg Passat will be visually set apart from the rest by a unique set of 16-inch alloy wheels.

The big host of upgrades for the Wolfsburg Edition are found inside, where buyers will enjoy standard amenities like leatherette seats (with bun-warmers on the front chairs), a power driver's seat, satellite radio and a media interface with iPod connectivity. Of course, this comes on top of the already standard Passat features like Bluetooth and auto on/off headlamps. The Wolfsburg Passat will only be available with the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Look for the 2013 Wolfsburg Edition Passat to hit dealerships in the very near future, priced from $23,495, *not including $795 for destination. Speaking of dealers, Volkswagen is currently sitting on an average 97-day supply of Passat models, and recently laid off 500 workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant to accommodate for the production reduction.

Have a look below for Volkswagen's official press blast.
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VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES PASSAT WOLFSBURG EDITION

- Award-winning Passat receives value-oriented, competitively priced trim in mid-2013

- Pricing starts at $23,495

Herndon, VA - Volkswagen of America, Inc., announced today that it will offer a new, value-oriented edition of the Passat starting in mid-2013: the Passat Wolfsburg Edition. Sliding in between the new base S and the mid-level SE trims, the Volkswagen Passat Wolfsburg Edition offers a number of additional convenience features for a competitive price.

Building on the features of the well-equipped S model with a six-speed automatic transmission- which already includes Bluetooth® technology, multi-function steering wheel with audio and phone controls, automatic headlights, power exterior mirrors and driver's seat lumbar support- the Passat Wolfsburg Edition adds distinctive 16-inch alloy wheels, perforated V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, satellite radio, and a Media Device-Interface (MDI) with an iPod® cable.

The 2013 Passat Wolfsburg Edition is priced at $23,495, and will go on sale in late Spring.


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      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shouldn\'t it be Chattanooga edition?
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      A sucker is born every minute.
      vripper
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's called marketing. You create a 'Wolfsburg Edition' to bring attention and freshen the lineup when the car has been out for awhile and is becoming stale, which I think matches the design - stale.
      loopless
      • 1 Year Ago
      This sounds like the beginning of the "run-out" editions before the 2014 with the 1.8 turbo engine.
      rdaex1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Has VW released an interesting vehicle since the last GTI? Theyre looking more and more like the german Toyota these days. Wolfsburg!! with luxurious 16 inch rims!! *YAWN*
        ZOZ
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rdaex1
        "Theyre looking more and more like the german Toyota these days." It seems exactly what they want to be, and sadly many American vote this with their pockets. Many names die these years in one way or the other...
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      1980s called. They want their car back.
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      ' The Wolfsburg Passat will only be available with the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.' Ugh, with that combo it might as well be a Camry/Accord/Altima. And, yes, why bother calling it the Wolfsburg, if it has no 'W' in the first VIN position? Silly.
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is mind blowing stuff - power seats, satellite radio. Wow. It's almost like an uglier, more expensive, less reliable Civic. All that for a low, low price of $24000!
      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Wolfsburg model that doesn't come from Wolfsburg? Not to mention isn't even sold in Germany? Fail. Makes as much sense as a Alfa Romeo MiTo "Detroit" model
        linuxaddict7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Does it really matter where its coming from? Does Jeep Sahara comes from North Africa? Whatever names is given, Passats are made in the new TN factory.
        Alex Rodriguez MacFa
        @SpikedLemon
        A Ferrari model named California which isn't even build in the US?? Makes as much sense as naming an English Car company after a big cat which it's natural habitat is Latin America!
          Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          @Devin Baker: Well, if I recall correctly, the Passat B6 had a Wolfsburg Edition (I think I know because I had one) and the vehicle was built in Emden, Germany which is some 200 miles north-west of Wolfsburg. Actually had you done a little research before posting, you would have found out that the Passat has never been built in Wolfsburg!!!!
          Mr Sled
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          Haha! Nice.
          Devin Baker
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          Your argument makes no sense. The california wasn't named as such because it was originally built in cali. Jaguar was never built in Latin America. The Wolfsburg Editions got their name because they were built in Wolfsburg...
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      How much for the extended warranty? LOL. VW would rule the auto world if they would only take build quality and reliability seriously. But decade after decade rolls by and it's the same old story of nightmarish, systemic quality issues.
        RetrogradE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        You're a dummy. I've had 3 trouble-free years with my VW--and I'm hardly an outlier.
          Mr Sled
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RetrogradE
          No, he hit the nail on the head. VW has quality issues all over the board. Their engines, their service, etc. At least they are mostly fun to drive! My 09 GTI was a turd, but my wife's 06 Rabbit has been trouble free. I loved my GTI, even though there were issues with it. Might get another GTI someday.
          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RetrogradE
          @Retardograde: Your personal experience doesn't outweigh the countless legions of people who have had nothing but problems with thier VW's. The truth about VW's quality and reliability is found in impartial ratings outfits like JD Power, and to a lesser extent Consumer Reports. All of which have VW at very substandard quality and reliability for decades. So, dummy, yes you are an outlier, or just and out and out liar.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        When was the last time you owned one or more VWs? You seem to know what you are talking about...only, you don\'t.
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 1 Year Ago
      And, you can impress your friends with the \"Leatherette\" seats.
        desinerd1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wisdom Seeker
        ...and satellite radio
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Wisdom Seeker
        [blocked]
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      kind of ironic since this passat was neither developed in nor could even be seen driving through wolfsburg at all.
        The Friendly Grizzly
        @Lachmund
        When I was a youngster, I don't think many Bel Airs went through that affluent neighborhood north of UCLA, and few people in Saratoga NY could afford an entry-level Chrysler. And, really, how many Plymouths did we see at the Plaza, the Belvedere, Cranbrook, or Savoy Hotels? How many people took their Oldsmobiles on a Holiday? I doubt the French or Italian Rivieras saw many 2-door hardtop Buicks, or....
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