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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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    Detroit: Volkswagen shows off performance-ish Passat concept
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    As part of its 2013 Detroit Auto Show debut package, Volkswagen has rolled out a sportier version of the Passat sedan, though it's strictly conceptual for now. A small dose of go-fast visuals have been added to the handsome Volkswagen, including 19-inch wheels, carbon-capped mirrors, an advanced front lighting system, LED taillamps and dual exhaust. Some ...

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    Official: Volkswagen breaks 40-year-old sales record in 2012
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    The last time Volkswagen moved this many vehicles in America in one year, Richard Nixon was still a President in good standing, Let It Be was a radio hit and each car wearing the VW badge boasted an air-cooled engine. That's right, with a grand total of 580,286 vehicles sold in the US last year, the VW Group has broken its own four-decades-old sales ...

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    Official: Volkswagen unveils sportier Passat Performance Concept ahead of Detroit debut
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    Ahead of its official unveiling at next week's Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen has released some preliminary details and images of its Passat Performance Concept – a car that, as its name suggests, adds a little more spice to the automaker's midsize sedan formula. VW makes no mention of any production intent for this road-ready-looking sedan, simply ...

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    Video: Watch bystanders try to put out fire on transporter full of new Volkswagens
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    Watching a small fire that no one can stop from becoming a big fire is like watching a train wreck in Super Slo-Mo. That is the spectacle we get from a rural two-lane road in Poland when a transporter truck hauling seven Volkswagen Passat wagons catches flame. The cause appears to be some sort of tire or axle failure on the trailer that starts a small ...

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    Official: IIHS says these are the safest cars of 2013
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    Quick Spin: 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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    Report: VW trending toward best U.S. showing since 1973
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    Volkswagen product planners have been making more concerted overtures to North American customers over the last year or so, and their efforts appear to be working. On the strength of new Jetta and Passat models tailored specifically for U.S. customers (read: larger and less costly), VW is poised to reach its best sales year since 1973, says the ...

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    Official: Volkswagen gives the R-Line treatment to European-model Passat
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    Report: What crisis in Europe? Volkswagen announces best-ever first quarter sales
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