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2012 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 SEL
Volkswagen today announced the world debut of the all-new Passat, a transformational car in Volkswagen's ambitious growth plan for the U.S. market. Designed in Germany and made in America, the Passat was developed as a larger vehicle with premium features and handling characteristics that they expect will perfectly match it with the tastes and lifestyles of Americans. It will be built in Chattanooga, Tenn., at the world's newest, most advanced and environmentally responsible auto assembly plant. (continued below)
|2012 Passat 3.6 SEL Photo Gallery
Volkswagen Reveals the All-New Passat: A First-in-Class Vehicle that Delivers Superior German Engineering and is Built in America
|Source: Volkswagen | Published: Mon Jan 10, 2011
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The 2012 Passat, the largest ever, is the only midsize sedan that offers
superior German engineering at an accessible price. The Passat TDI - the only
clean diesel option in the segment - is expected to deliver 43 miles per gallon
on the highway, with a range of approximately 800 miles.
will be announced in the spring, but the Passat will start at around $20,000
when it arrives in dealer showrooms later this year. It will come with premium
standard features that include automatic climate control and Bluetooth
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat offers best-in-class legroom,
Volkswagen's Care Free Maintenance program (3 years/36,000 miles) and the safety
of Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System.
Chattanooga plant that will produce the Passat is part of a $4 billion
investment by the company in the U.S. market. The environmentally friendly
facility includes a revolutionary paint shop that significantly reduces
emissions. A state-of-the art $40 million employee training center ensures
adherence to Volkswagen's exacting quality standards.
Passat will set new benchmarks for safety, driving performance and environmental
responsibility in the midsize segment.
VW Passat's Timeless and
The Volkswagen Passat's balanced proportions give it
a unique, timeless and dominant styling reflecting the "design DNA" developed by
Walter de Silva, the Italian design chief for the Volkswagen Group and Klaus
Bischoff, the German design leader for the Volkswagen Brand. The signature clean
design, with a predominance of horizontal body elements, reinforces the Passat's
position as the sophisticated choice in the midsize segment. The bottom line:
this car looks much more expensive than it actually is.
identifying feature of a strong brand is the styling of its front end. Here the
2012 Passat displays the new horizontal brand face, with the grille and
headlights forming a single unit. Unlike models in the compact class, the
Volkswagen Passat's grille is sculpted in a three-dimensional shape. Moreover,
the grille stands more upright and makes a more distinctive and elegant
impression in its stricter geometry.
From the side profile, the muscular
ridge in the sill area creates a lively interplay of light reflections.
Powerfully sculpted wheel arches emphasize the dynamic properties of the Passat.
In the balance of the side profile, the roof lines flow toward the back with a
nearly coupe-like cut of the rear window. Three side windows create luxury class
style with a long, extended glass surface.
The rear section is also
dominated by horizontal lines. The lines of the large taillights rise toward the
sides, underscoring the dynamics of the elegant rear styling. Another unique
feature here is the design of the two-part taillights (integrated in the rear
fender and trunk lid).
Volkswagen Passat 3.6 SEL: Review (2/2)
|Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
||219 cu in (3597 cc)
||280 hp @ 6200 rpm
||258 lb-ft @ 2500-5000 rpm
||Front Wheel Drive
||6 Speed Double-Clutch Automatic
|Brakes & Tires
|Brakes Front - Rear
||Ventilated Discs - Solid Discs
|Tire Size Front - Rear
|Exterior Dimensions & Weight
|EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway
|Origin & Price
|Base Retail Price (MSRP)