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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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    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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    Report: Volkswagen designer claims no cost was taken out of Jetta, Passat interiors
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    There was a lot of built-up excitement surrounding the larger and less costly 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, but the anticipation deflated among critics when the model's less-than-impressive interior was revealed to the world. Critics chided the cheapened cabin, and quite a few negative reviews followed. It's tough to argue that in the process of its upsizing, ...

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    Official: Volkswagen gives the R-Line treatment to European-model Passat
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    Few automakers can produce the kind of sports sedans that the Germans do. And for most of the country's automakers, those performance vehicles can be recognized by one letter (or a combination of a few): M for BMW, RS for Audi, AMG for Mercedes-Benz... and R for Volkswagen. The relatively new performance division at Wolfsburg has now gotten its hands on ...

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    Official: High-MPG Taylors drive a Volkswagen Passat 1,626 miles on one tank of diesel
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    Watch out, Wayne Gerdes, there's a new hypermiling crew in town. John and Helen Taylor – Volkswagen calls them "mileage experts" and "the world's most fuel-efficient couple" – recently drove a stock 2012 Passat TDI SE all the way from Houston, Texas to Sterling, Virginia without refueling. That's 1,626.1 miles from just 19.3 gallons. Bad ...

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    Report: What crisis in Europe? Volkswagen announces best-ever first quarter sales
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    Apparently the Jetta and Passat redesigns are working well, because Volkswagen is reporting 1.36 million vehicle deliveries for the first quarter of 2012. That's an increase of more than ten percent over last year, and in March alone, VW delivered a record 536,600 cars. Wait a minute, aren't things bleak in Europe? Indeed, while Volkswagen managed to eke ...

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    Report: Volkswagen weighs next Scirocco, diesel Alltrack for U.S.
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    Do you miss the opportunity to buy a Volkswagen Scirocco? You're not alone. Of all the Volkswagen Group products offered overseas but not in these United States, the Scirocco tops our list. (Though we understand there are plenty out there pining for a Transporter van.) Discontinued in its previous iteration in 1988, the Scirocco made its triumphant return ...

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    New York: Volkswagen brings Passat Alltrack "concept" from overseas
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    A Passat used to be a Passat, and that was that. But these days, things have gotten more complicated. Like Honda does with the Accord, the Passat that Volkswagen builds and offers in the United States is an entirely different vehicle from the one it offers overseas. And while we used to have a Passat wagon at our disposal in American showrooms, that one ...

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    Official: VW bringing Passat Alltrak to New York as a concept [w/poll]
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    Volkswagen is bringing its diesel-powered Passat Alltrack to the States after all. But don't get too excited – it's only coming in the form of a concept car at the New York Auto Show. At least, for now. We last saw the Alltrack at the Tokyo Motor Show in November where VW announced that it would offer the all-wheel-drive wagon in the UK with two ...

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    Official: Volkswagen hiring 800 workers in Chattanooga to meet Passat demand
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    How well is Volkswagen doing with its new made-in-America Passat? What if we told you that sales in February were up 14,523.2 percent? Okay, perhaps that isn't the best measure of performance, given that there wasn't actually a 2011 model year Passat. But VW moved 8,189 of the midsize sedans last month after selling 6,318 in January. While that's but a ...

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    Report: NHTSA closes probes into VW Passat fires, GM medium-duty trucks
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    Looks like Volkswagen and General Motors can breathe a corporate sigh of relief. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed investigations into both companies without issuing fines or ordering a recall. The government safety agency said it had reviewed 43 reports of engine fires in 2001-2007 VW Passat models. The turbocharged four ...

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    Official: MAMA says Volkswagen Passat will knock you out
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    Detroit has the North American Car and Truck of the Year. Chicago? The Family Vehicle of the Year. And for 2012, the winner is the Volkswagen Passat. While we must have missed last year's inaugural winner – it was the Hyundai Sonata, by the way – we did catch this year's award presentation. The Passat beat out two other finalists, the Ford ...

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    Confirmed: Passat popularity has VW hiring an extra 200 in Chattanooga
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    The good people of Tennessee are no doubt thrilled to have a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. The facility already features well over 2,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs, and now the German automaker is bolstering employment by another 200 full-time VW staffers, boosting the employment total to 2,500 full-time and temp workers. VW says it is making the ...

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    First Drive: 2013 Volkswagen CC
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    Sleek Four-Door Coupe Noses Upmarket When European deliveries of the then new Volkswagen Passat CC started back in late 2007, even in its home market, the know-it-alls received it with skepticism. There didn't seem to be any burning need for a sexed-up four-door based on a Passat chassis. Was there an audience large enough for a Mercedes-Benz ...

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    Review: 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L SEL Premium
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    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 ...

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    Volkswagen justifiably proud of LEED Platinum status in Chattanooga
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    Nestled in the hills outside Chattanooga, TN squats a large, brand new Volkswagen plant. Fresh and shiny, the collection of buildings houses the people and robots that turn delivered parts and materials into brand-new 2012 Passats, the first of which was just sold to a young man in the tech industry in California. VW is having good success with the sedan, ...

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    Official: Your 2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year finalists are....
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    The finalists for the 2012 North American Car and Truck of the Year have just been announced, and this year, the three candidates in each category are as follows: Car: Ford Focus Hyundai Elantra Volkswagen Passat Truck: BMW X3 Honda CR-V Land Rover Range Rover Evoque The above finalists are the result of voting by a 50-member ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #259
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    Tokyo highlights, 100-million small blocks, Hyundai MPG flap, Honda Crosstour sales Episode #259 of the Autoblog Podcast is here with Chris, Dan, Chris Paukert and Zach this week. Topics include highlights form the Tokyo Motor Show, the dust-up about fuel economy between a consumer group and the Hyundai Elantra, Honda's position on the Crosstour and ...

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    Tokyo: 2012 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack offers crossover capability with wagon style
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    We have a soft spot for rugged wagons like the Volvo XC70 and the Audi Allroad, and while these useful soft-roaders are slowly going the way of the dinosaur here in the United States, they're still quite popular in Europe. Volkswagen is now getting in on the action with this, the 2012 Passat Alltrack – a more capable version of the Passat Estate ...

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    Report: Consumer Reports calls into question whether VW press cars are same as retail cars
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    Consumer Reports is all hot and bothered. According to the publication, Volkswagen may be trying to game the vehicle review process by providing publications, like us, with slightly tweaked versions of production vehicles. What evidence does CR have to support this claim? According to Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports was provided with an early press fleet ...

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    Official: VW goes Allroad with new Passat Alltrack
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    We're pretty fond of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, and we aren't alone. But for all of the vehicle's merits, there are a few of our favorite options missing from the American order sheet. For starters, buyers in the land of the free can't bring home a long-roof version of the mid-sizer, and all-wheel drive is nowhere to found either. These absences are made ...

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