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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 experie... 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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    Paris 2010: 2011 Volkswagen Passat says hello in person
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    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 ...

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    2011 Volkswagen Passat unveiled ahead of Paris Motor Show
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    Volkswagen is slowly in the process of refreshing its entire product portfolio, and right on the heels of the recently introduced 2011 Jetta comes the seventh-generation Passat. The automaker's new corporate design language is in full force here, and observations of the new Passat looking like a big Jetta will not be disagreed with. A full range of ...

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    First image of 2011 Volkswagen Passat leaks out? [UPDATE]
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    A Norwegian website claims to have snagged the first official photo of the 2011 Volkswagen Passat from one of the automaker's European retailers (they didn't, see the UPDATE below), and sources suggest we could see the restyled mid-size sedan as early as the Paris Motor Show this October. There's still some question about what engines will be available ...

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    2011 Volkswagen Passat leaks out
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    Those crazy kids over at Auto Express have managed to get their hands on a leaked photo of the next generation Volkswagen Passat. The car is set to debut at this year's Paris Motor Show, and so far, the German manufacturer has been quiet about exactly what we can expect from the mid-sized fighter. From what we can tell from the leaked photo, it looks like ...

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    Spy Shots: 2011 VW Passat is ein kleiner Phaeton
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    The first leaked shot of the 2011 Volkswagen Passat has apparently surfaced in Germany's Auto Bild. Assuming it's accurate, the mid-size sedan boasts one of the straightest interpretations of VW's new design language. In fact, its wide, strongly-horizontal bearing is as much a reminder of the freshly updated Phaeton as it is of the Touareg. Following the ...

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    Rumormill: All-new Passat debuting in Paris?
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    According to Auto International, Volkswagen is set to release the latest update its Passat mid-size sedan at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. Further, the German automaker could have both the sedan and wagon versions already in European dealerships before the end of the year. If there's any truth to the rumor, the next Passat will get new bodywork but will ...

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    New York 2010: VW BlueMotion brand wins 2010 World Green Car
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    The definition of the World Green Car of the Year was expanded a bit today when the World Car of The Year organization named Volkswagen's BlueMotion product brand – including the Polo, Passat, and Golf models – as the 2010 World Green Car during the 2010 New York Auto Show. The 59-member jury's statement declaring BlueMotion the winner took ...

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    Another new (old) Passat: Shanghai VW Lingyu
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    China's already got Volkswagen's Passat in R36 guise, as well as a locally-made, Passat-derived model called the Magotan. Now it's going to have another car based on the Passat called the Lingyu. Built on a revised, long-wheelbase version of the 4-year-old PQ46 platform and using the previous-generation Passat body style, the Lingyu is shaping up to be ...

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    Chicago 2009: Volkswagen CC Gold Coast concept
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    It made its debut over the summer at Pebble Beach. It showed up again in November at SEMA. And finally, we have a set of our own live shots of the CC Gold Coast concept because Volkswagen sent the swanky 4-door to Chi-town. The Gold Coast is doused in a rich-looking brown finish dubbed "Pepe Pepper" by DuPont, and it adopts a squat, muscular stance ...

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    LA Preview: hydrogen fuel cell Passat Lingyu
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    Shanghai VW, is bringing a hydrogen fuel cell-powered version of the Passat Lingyu to the LA Auto Show. The Shanghai Securities News, via Gasgoo, says this is the first China-made "new-energy car model" from VW to make an appearance at an auto show. It's also the first-ever hydrogen Passat. The fuel cell Passat Lingyu (just rolls off the tongue, doesn't ...

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    Geneva 2008: Volkswagen Passat Variant TSI EcoFuel
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    Click above image for gallery of live shots of this high mileage Passat from GenevaThe Passat Variant (aka Estate, Wagon, Family Truckster) TSI EcoFuel popped up in Geneva today, joining Volkswagen's other super efficient headline grabber, the Golf TDI Hybrid. This particular VW uses the company's first natural-gas powerplant. If you look closely, you'll ...

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    Detroit 2008: Volkswagen unveils the Passat CC
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    click above for more high-res images of the Volkswagen Passat CCAfter months of informed speculation, Volkswagen finally revealed its CLS-inspired Passat, dubbed the "CC." The four-door "coupe" is based off the Passat platform and carries over several of the standard sedan's cues, but the sleek shape of the plummeting C-pillar, shortened rear overhang and ...

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    Spy shots: Volkswagen Passat CC "coupe"
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    With the imminent arrival of the new coupe-shaped Volkswagen Passat at the Geneva Motor Show and the recently launched teaser site for the budget CLS competitor, it was only a matter of time before more detailed spy shots found their way onto the Web.The artic white mule was caught undergoing testing in the chilly clime of Finland with its upmarket Mercedes ...

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    Geneva Preview: Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion
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    Click on the image for a high res gallery of the BlueMotion PassatThe BlueMotion version of the mid-sized Volkswagen Passat is coming to the Geneva Motor Show in March. BlueMotion is the model designation VW is applying to the cleanest, most efficient variant of each of their platforms, and the Passat BlueMotion model is rated at 46 mpg which is pretty ...

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    More Leakage: Volkswagen Passat R36 unveiled
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    UPDATE: More specific info added Official pics of the Passat R36 have mysteriously appeared on various international auto sites that show the car in full production trim well ahead of its official debut, which is likely to take place in Geneva early next year. And let us be the first to say: hot, hot, hot. Pardon us but we're totally grooving on the Audi ...

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    New York Auto Show: Volkswagen Passat gets aggressive
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    Volkswagen of America is showing this racy Passat in New York, equipped with an appearance package derived from the Passat R GT concept that debuted at SEMA in November 2005. It seems that the concept got such rave reviews that VW decided to offer the aesthetics portion of package as a factory option, starting this fall.Priced at $4,500, the VW-installed ...

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    Volkswagen's 5-year plan includes new roadster, four-door coupe
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    Volkswagen chairman Wolfgang Bernhard's plans for 20 new vehicles over the next five years includes both a roadster and a coupe-style four-door sedan, according to Automotive News Europe.The roadster will be based on the Concept R mid-engine car (at right), which debuted at the Frankfurt auto show in 2003. An earlier production version was killed in 2005 ...

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    Finalists announced for 2006 World Car of the Year
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    May I have the envelope, please? Not quite yet. However... the finalists are: BMW 3-Series Honda Civic/Civic Hybrid Land Rover Range Rover Sport Lexus IS Mazda MX-5 Mercedes-Benz M-Class Mercedes-Benz S-Class Porsche Cayman S Suzuki Swift Volkswagen Passat The finalists were selected by a jury ...

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