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2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L SEL Premium

Ich bin ein Mainstreamer Volkswagen tried building cars in the U.S. once before, and it didn't end well for the Rabbits assembled in Westmoreland, PA. "In Vietnam, 'Westmoreland' was a synonym for boundless optimisim in the face of raw facts. The same principle applies here," said my friend Mike, explaining why his Rabbits at the time were imported from Das Vaterland. The real problem with American-made VWs wasn't Pennsylvania or a self-deluding General, Mike continued, but "mushbucket suspensions, chintzy build quality, frou-frou styling compromises," all resulting in a sub-par... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
2.5L I5
Power:
170 HP / 177 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$30,665 as tested
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    Recalls: VW announces recall of 26,000 2014 models with 1.8T engines
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    Volkswagen has followed up on a stop-sale order from earlier this month, announcing a voluntarily recall of 26,400 vehicles that are powered by the brand's 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The new mill replaced the despised 2.5-liter five-cylinder in the Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle Convertible last year. Weirdly, though, of the 26,452 ...

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    Report: VW orders stop-sale on four models for leaky transmission
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    Volkswagen has issued a stop sale on several models in the US while the automaker waits for parts to repair a transmission fluid leak. About 25,000 cars with the EA888 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission are covered under the stoppage, which includes models of the Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Beetle Convertible. All of the affected ...

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    Official: VW confirms new TDI for second half of 2014 in Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle
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    Diesel lovers rejoice. Volkswagen is bringing the latest iteration of its 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine – dubbed the EA288 – to the 2015 model year Golf, Jetta, Passat, Beetle (2013 model pictured above) and Beetle Convertible, and the cars will be on sale in the second half of 2014. While it shares its moniker with the old diesel, ...

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    Recalls: VW recalling 150K Passats over headlight concerns
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    Volkswagen is recalling 150,201 Passat sedans over potential headlight malfunctions. All of the affected vehicles are from the 2012 and 2013 model years. According to the automaker, if the sedan's hood is "closed roughly (or dropped from a certain height)," the force can cause the low-beam headlight bulbs to lose electrical contact. Volkswagen says that ...

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    Geneva: VW Passat to get deeper-than-normal refresh for 2016
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    After generations of Passat sedans designed more to European tastes and needs, Volkswagen finally let loose in 2011 with a larger and less costly model engineered specifically with the North American market's tastes in mind. The Chattanooga, TN-built four door launched well on the strength of a couple of awards and serendipitous supply problems for VW's ...

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    Chicago: 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport does its best GTI impression
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    In the past, buyers that desired a sporty Volkswagen were rather limited in terms of choice. You could have a GTI, a Jetta GLI or a Golf R. If you wanted to move beyond the compact segment, you were stuck looking elsewhere. For 2014, though, VW decided to try and sportify it's big Passat sedan. With a 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, ...

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    Detroit: Volkswagen Passat goes green with the BlueMotion Concept
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    Volkswagen is constantly searching for ways to bring fuel-efficient options to the midsize Passat - a smart strategy considering it competes in one of the most popular vehicle segments. You can already opt for a diesel-powered TDI model, but the new VW Passat BlueMotion Concept hints at a future technology to improve fuel economy without resorting to ...

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    Official: 2014 Volkswagen Passat gets $26,475* Sport model
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    Think back to last year's Detroit Auto Show, and you'll recall Volkswagen quietly introduced a spruced-up version of its midsize sedan, very plainly dubbed the Passat Performance Concept. This show car featured things like 19-inch wheels, carbon accents, an advanced front lighting system and – most importantly – a boosted version of the ...

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    Official: VW Passat BlueMotion Concept gets strong mpg with two cylinders tied behind its back
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    Cylinder deactivation is pretty easy to understand in, say, a V8 or V12, where not all the pistons need to be firing all the time. But cylinder deactivation on a four-cylinder engine? That's something new, and precisely what Volkswagen has in store for us at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. Variable displacement engine tech forms the backbone of the Passat ...

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    Official: 2014 VW Passat 1.8T priced at $20,895*
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    Volkswagen has announced pricing for the whole Passat range with the new 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which starts at $20,895* for the base 1.8T S sedan equipped with the standard five-speed manual transmission. Step up to the 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition, standard with a six-speed automatic, and buyers are looking at $23,695*. The SE with a ...

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    Report: VW leadership split on unionizing TN plant
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    The "will they, won't they" back-and-forth in the United Auto Worker's courtship of Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant is still in full swing, as the union, German and American executives and most importantly, employees, try to figure out just what the future of labor relations will be at a plant that sits in a right-to-work state. The drama of the ...

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    Report: VW's Chattanooga plant in lead for subcompact crossover production [UPDATE]
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    A new Volkswagen crossover may be joining the Passat at the German automaker's Chattanooga, Tennessee factory, a facility recently in the news lately due to grumblings over an increasing potential for UAW unionization. Marc Trahan, Executive Vice President of Quality for VW in the US, told assembled media at a press luncheon yesterday that, "Right now I'd ...

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    Video: VW redoes A-ha's 'Take On Me' music video
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    Volkswagen has been responsible for its fair share of witty, clever commercials. "Tiny Vader" might be the most popular, but somehow, we think this newest spot will find a big audience. VW delivers not so much a cover, but a reimagining, of 1980s Norwegian pop band A-ha's famous music video for "Take On Me." The original opens with an animated motorcycle ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Passat turns 40
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    Seven generations of Passat have graced streets around the world, and today is the long-running Volkswagen's 40th birthday. Looking at the car today, it's hard to imagine that it was offered as a hatchback in its first and second generations, in addition to the sedan and wagon body styles. But there's no question Volkswagen has sold a lot of Passats over ...

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    Lead-acid mild hybrid demonstration vehicle boosts fuel economy, not costs
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    A consortium proposing the use of a lead-acid battery as a cheaper, more effective alternative to vehicle hybridization is showing off its Volkswagen Passat demonstration vehicle in Austria this week. The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC), along with Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), says the lead-acid powered "micro-mild hybrid" system ...

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    Official: VW Passat TDI sets 77.9 mpg fuel economy record through Lower 48 states
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    Volkswagen has announced the company's Passat TDI has set a new world record for the category of "lowest fuel consumption-48 US states for a non-hybrid car." Drivers Wayne Gerdes and Bob Winger managed an impressive 77.99 miles per gallon over 8,122 miles, trouncing the previous record of 67.9 mpg. The duo also sailed past the hybrid record of 64.5 mpg, ...

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    Official: VW builds 250,000th Passat in Chattanooga in just two years
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    It hasn't been without incident or union organizing drive, but the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN has built its 250,000 Passat in just a little over two years. The Night Blue Passat TDI with black leather has come just two years and five weeks after the first customer car came off the line on April 18, 2011. In the last year the plant operated at ...

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    Official: VW confirms development of 10-speed dual clutch, 134-hp/liter diesel
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    Each year, the Vienna International Motor Symposium showcases some of the up-and-coming technologies automakers are engineering for the use in passenger cars, and Volkswagen AG CEO Martin Winterkorn revealed some big developments VW is working on for its future products. Winterkorn discussed a multi-faceted approach that VW is looking to reduce its fleet ...

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    Official: Volkswagen Passat gets Wolfsburg Edition, priced from $23,495*
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    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 ...

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    Report: Volkswagen lays off 500 Chattanooga workers
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    The redesigned Volkswagen Passat has been a decent seller since its debut in 2011, but sales have apparently dropped off enough that the automaker is trimming some of the employees from its Chattanooga, TN assembly plant. According to Automotive News, Volkswagen will be cutting shifts and laying off 500 contracted workers in response to slowing ...

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