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2014 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium Review & Test Drive 14
Nov
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Passat, Test Drives, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Passat on 11 14th, 2013
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The new 2014 Volkswagen Passat continues its design into the new model year with the addition of a 1.8-liter Turbo engine replacing the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder in the SEL trim level but remaining available for base-level trims. With a wide range of configuration options, the new 2014 Passat tends to offer something for everyone in the scope of a mid-sized sedan known for its European styling wrapped up in a composed and economical package.

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The new 2014 Volkswagen Passat is offered in a series of 4 trim levels (S, Wolfsburg, SE, SEL). All trims, with the exception of the SEL (SEL available with 1.8-liter, TDI or V6), touts the availability of 4 different powertrains. The engines available start with the 2.5-liter 5-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 177 ft. lbs. of torque, the 1.8-liter turbo-4 with 170 horsepower and 184 ft. lbs. of torque, and then on to the 2.0-liter TDI 4-cylinder diesel engine with 140 horsepower and 236 ft. lbs. of torque featuring the best fuel economy of the bunch at 31 mpg city and 43 mpg highway. For the higher end of the power output spectrum the choice remains to be the Passat’s 3.6-liter V6 (15-degree-V VR6) engine, as found in my Passat V6 SEL Premium test vehicle, with 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 258 ft. lbs. of torque at 2,500 rpm.

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When it comes to the European driving aptitude of the new 2014 Passat, your choices are summarized in the powertrain selection. Having driven a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder variant of the Passat and now the V6, the contrast is pretty great. The Passat V6, mated to an automated manual 6-speed transmission, basically an automated dual-clutch DSG unit, proves the Passat is serious about its straight-line performance. Power directed through the dual-clutch transmission to the front wheels is at times overshadowing for the chassis. In other words, traction control, which cannot be disabled, has its work cut out for keeping ample wheelspin under control. Power is direct and the quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission, which shifts seamlessly without any power loss through each gear, kicks up a consistent pull at the mercy of the front tires’ grip. Fortunately, torque steer is not much of an issue.

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Fuel economy from the 3.6-liter 15-degree-V VR6 (V6) engine comes in around 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg highway, though I was able to better the highway figure getting 29.1 mpg on average. Considering the engine’s eagerness to keep things entertaining, the fuel consumption is not too bad, especially compaired to the less-powerful 2.5-liter engine. Though, you would be in a better fuel consumption position selecting one of the many other powertrains made available within the Passat’s extensive trim level offerings.

Shifting of the DSG transmission is well suited for the robust and wide power band of the 3.6-liter V6 engine in the new Passat SEL. Shifts take place virtually behind the scenes in milliseconds from one cog to the next. Manual shifting mode, whether controlled by the gear selector or steering wheel mounted shift paddles, also takes place without any noticeable delay. The newest DSG unit is a marvel and exceeds expectations even when it comes to rev-match downshifts, which take place in a snap without any unwanted or abrupt deceleration from the drivetrain. 0-60 mph time comes in a short 6.4 seconds, a testament to the Passat V6’s engaging front-wheel-drive and DSG transmission setup.

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The new Volkswagen Passat V6’s ride has an initial European feel but tends to get lost in translation when going over bumps and wavy road surfaces. Basically, the ride becomes a wet sponge and sways far away from being sporty or firm when taxed. The soft dampening of the ride transmits into the Passat’s handling attributes where you get excessive body roll when you really push the Passat near its lateral limits. Most of the driving characteristics are aimed at safety and understeer but fail to push back with the performance that is met in some of the Passat’s midsized competition. Though, braking and straight-line acceleration remains to be the new Passat V6’s strong suit.

By the initial observation of the exterior, the 2014 Passat is inclined not to stand out in a crowd. Some of the sporty aspects that do gain attention within the exterior are the 18-inch alloy split 5-spoke wheels and front fascia. Most of the exterior design elements are kept conservative much like the Passat’s smaller Jetta sibling in lower to mid-level trims. Differentiating the two does become a task for some after a quick glance. Of course the Passat does exude most of its difference in styling with its larger size, mostly noted at close angles.

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The new 2014 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL’s interior is much more of a commonality in the VW family than its drivetrain. The interior is rather subdued by lackluster accenting much like the Passat’s exterior. However, the interior serves its expected duties with comfortable seating, slight bolstering in the front sport seats with suede-like inserts and ample space for front and rear occupants. Many styling traits carried down from older generations of the Passat can be found in the large padded dashboard along with VW-unique control layouts and instrumentation. The latest infotainment unit fed through a color touch screen is minimalistic in its feature sets and menus proving to have a short learning curve for most. Surprisingly the system is packed with a few hidden features such as the ability to drag and zoom via on-screen-touch gestures.

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At the forefront of safety, getting a 5-star overall vehicle safety score from the government, the new 2014 Passat does not disappoint in its expected duties. With a full list of standard features on the V6 SEL Premium trim, perceived as an exceptional value, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat receives several sought-after amenities as standard equipment in the top-level SEL Premium trim. The new Passat V6 SEL Premium gets the notable features of a Fender premium audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, Bluetooth audio streaming, USB/iPod connectivity, dual-zone auto climate controls, leather-trimmed seats (sport heated seats up front), auto-dimming review mirror, auto on/off headlights with fog lights, 60/40 split folding rear seat backs and a GPS navigation system with voice commands.

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In terms of the new 2014 Volkswagen Passat’s practicality, it really shines bright and serves its endowed purpose for a mid-sized sedan that can even compete with the lower pricing scale of smaller less-equipped vehicles. Starting at just $21,665 for a base Passat S and moving up to the top of the scale for my 2014 Passat V6 SEL Premium for an as-tested price of $34,715 including an $820 destination charge, the Passat is an exceptional value that does not disappoint.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base Passat S $21,665
  • Engine: 3.6 liter DOHC 6-cylinder VR6 (15-degree-V) 280 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm / 258 ft.lbs. of torque @ 2,500 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 110.4 inches
  • Total length: 191.6 inches
  • Total width: 72.2 inches
  • Total height: 58.5 inches
  • Track: f/r-62.1/61 inches
  • Ground clearance: 5.4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,481 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • Turning circle: 36.4 feet
  • Headroom: f/r-38.3/37.8 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/39.1 inches
  • EPA Mileage: 20 mpg/city and 28 mpg/highway
  • 0-60 mph: 6.4 seconds


2013 Volkswagen Passat S Review & Test Drive 25
Jun
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, Passat, Test Drives, Volkswagen on 06 25th, 2013
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The all-new 2012 VW Passat won Motor Trend Magazine’s ‘Car of the Year’ award.  They had good reason to award the new Passat the prestigious award because it is the only mid-size sedan that offers German engineering at an affordable price, a choice of three great engines, a 2.0 liter four-cylinder TDI clean diesel returning up to 43 mpg, a 2.5 liter five cylinder and a 3.6 liter VR6 cylinder engine, all mated to six-speed transmissions.  The Passat also comes with exceptional comfort in back with class-leading rear-seat legroom that makes this five-seat mid-size family sedan one of the best selections a new mid-size sedan consumer can make.  The trunk with a split folding 60/40 bench seat is also one of the largest in the segment.

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I didn’t have the opportunity to test the all-new 2012 model but was privileged to test the new 2013 Passat in the base S trim with the Appearance Package that comes standard with the 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine mated to the six-speed automatic with sequential shifter, 16X6.5 inch alloy wheels wrapped with Continental 215/60R16 inch Conti Contac high-performance all-season radial tires, and a rear pull-down center console with dual cupholders and storage bin.  The price is a very reasonable $22,945.00 for all of this plus a host of more comfort, convenient, connectivity, power, performance, safety and even several features only found on luxury sedans costing thousands of dollars more.

The exterior styling is low and wide with smooth corners that all help to keep aerodynamic drag to a minimum.  The predominance of horizontal lines further enhances the low and wide stance.  Up front is the VW brand’s 3-horizontal chrome blade grille with honeycomb lower air intake.  Enhancing the look even further are the large headlight units forming a single unit.  Down below is a splitter and flat underside to help keep the front end down and stable when traveling at high speeds on the highways.

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From the side you’ll notice the swept-back windshield A-pillars and the muscular ridge in the sill area.  Powerfully sculpted wheel-arches emphasize the dynamic properties of the Passat.  These four wheel-arches have liners on the inside to keep noise from entering the cabin and to enhance aerodynamics.  To accentuate the aerodynamic styling of the Passat, 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.  Also on the side are bodycolor pull-out door handles and aerodynamic-styled/manual folding/turn-signal repeater sideview mirrors.

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The rear fascia is also dominated by horizontal lines.  The lines of the large taillights rise toward the side, underscoring the dynamics of the elegant rear styling.  Another unique feature here is the design of the two-part taillights that are integrated in the rear fender and trunk lid.  Down below is a diffuser to help manage rear airflow to further enhance high speed stability.  The all-new Passat cuts through the air with an outstanding 0.29 co-efficient of drag.

The Passat is a generously-proportioned four-door sedan perfect for any family.  Nose to tail it measures 191.6 inches and featured a stretched 110.4 inch wheelbase and 72.2 inch width, which allows for such an exceptional rear-seat space.

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The potent and refined 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine features a cast-iron block with aluminum heads, DOHC’s, four-valves per cylinder, chain driven with automatic tensioner, maintenance-free hydraulic lifters and variable intake timing.  It produces 170hp at 5,500 rpm and 177 lb.ft. of torque at 4,250 rpm.  It is mated to a smooth shifting five-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic with sequential shifting utilizing a dual-clutch that instantly engages and disengages gears without the need for a clutch pedal.  With a special computer controlling the process, one clutch is engages on the next gear, while the clutch from the previous gear is released.  This automatic also comes with a Sport setting that remaps the on-board computer to change gear quicker in automatic.  Either way each is great for a more spirited drive when you want to speed up your heartbeat.

The Passat has been designed to feature the kind of dynamic, involved handling and precise steering that you come to expect from a Volkswagen.  The new Passat may be a big car but it handles like a smaller sedan.  The unique fully independent suspension features a strut-type setup with lower control arms, coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar.  The rear setup is a multi-link type with coil springs, telescopic dampers and an anti-roll bar.  For a front-wheel-drive sedan the car is very neutral when cutting through curving roads.  It is very well balanced and very stable at high speeds.  The rack & pinion, hydraulic power-assisted steering system gives you pin-point accuracy when cornering and a great feel for the road.  Standard electronic stability control and traction control keep you on track when taking the Passat to its cornering limits.

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Quickly and safely slowing the Passat S down from speed are large, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes.  Up front are 12.3 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers, and 10.7 inch solid discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  Control during hard braking on slick or wet surfaces is enhanced with standard ABS and electronic brake pressure distribution.

The powertrain, suspension and braking systems are definitely world-class in every way and give you and your family comfortable, easy and fun-to-drive experience whether just taking care of personal and family activities, plus plenty of room for long weekend getaways.

The Passat was designed and specifically tailored for American tastes and American lifestyles.  As a result the cabin of the Passat S delivers space and plenty of it.  There’s room for five adults to really stretch out in comfort and with four large wide-opening doors, getting in and out is easy.  Making it even easier is the four grab handles above each door.  The layout is simple yet elegant.  Nothing about the interior is trendy or over-done.  The lines flow in a style that’s easy on the eye, complemented by the highest quality materials applied with careful attention to detail.  The easy-to-see instrument panel is similar to the VW flagship model, the Touareg.   The instrument cluster features aluminum trimmed gauges with the easy-to-use trip computer readout box in the middle.  Aluminum trim is also found around the air vents, center stack, stick shift bezel, rotary light switch and all of the other dials, buttons and switches.  Wide aluminum colored plastic   trim is found on the dashboard and doors.  The parking brake handle also features an aluminum button.  The front bucket seats are very comfortable and supportive with excellent thigh support.  The driver’s-side adjusts eight-ways, including lumbar.  The cloth trimmed seats are very high quality.  The steering wheel is the perfect side and features manual tilt/telescopic for the perfect reach and angle.  It also includes buttons for the audio system and Bluetooth system surrounded by aluminum trim.  The center console features dual cupholders and a padded storage box that is wide and deep for extra security of your everyday needed items.  The glove box is locking and there is storage in each door bottom.  Beside the luxury of real aluminum trim surrounds, all four windows are express up/down, a feature only found on the most expensive luxury sedans.

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Standard features not mentioned above include: A/C, Hill hold control, central locking system, remote keyless entry, powered exterior mirrors, automatic headlights, 310-watt AM-FM-CD audio system with six speakers, dual map lights, sunglass holder, double pull-down inserts to make it easier to close the trunk, 60/40 split rear seat with trunk controls to fold each split flat, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, open storage underneath the center console, a pull-down rear armrest with dual cupholders/storage tray, remote trunk release, variable speed wipers/washers, cruise control and thick rubber floor mats for both rows of seats.

Standard safety features include driver/front passenger airbags, driver/front passenger side airbags, side-curtain airbags front/rear, 3-point safety belts for all five-seats, LATCH system for child seats, daytime running lamps, child safety rear door locks, tire pressure monitoring system and intelligent crash response system.  Also, the Passat features a specially-reinforced safety cage, complete with anti-intrusion side beams and forged steel roof B-pillars plus front/rear crumple zones.

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For a base price of just $22,945.00 and an EPA rating of 22 mpg/city and 31 mpg/highway, I received a combined 29.6 mpg after driving more than 450 city and highway miles; there is nothing else on the market for the money.  The Passat S combines the best of world-renowned German engineering, innovation and safety that other mid-size sedans can only think of duplicating.  The ride is rock solid, the interior is quiet, very pleasing to the eyes and touch, plus the safety systems are one of the best.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Passat S $22,945
  • Engine: 2.5 liter DOHC 5-cylinder 170 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm / 177 lb.ft. of torque @ 4,250rpm
  • Wheelbase: 110.4 inches
  • Total length: 191.6 inches
  • Total width: 72.2 inches
  • Total height: 58.5 inches
  • Track: f/r-62.1/61 inches
  • Ground clearance: 5.4 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,221 pounds
  • Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons
  • Turning circle: 36.4 feet
  • Headroom: f/r-38.3/37.8 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-42.4/39.1 inches
  • EPA Mileage: 22 mpg/city and 31 mpg/highway


Volkswagen’s New SUV to Head for the US 21
Jan
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Passat, polo, SUV, Touareg, Up! city car, Volkswagen, VW on 01 21st, 2011

Volkswagen’s efforts to satisfy the American market is getting a boost, with the carmaker set to launch a new seven-seater SUV specifically for the US. The new SUV will be a cheaper option for those who can’t afford the Touareg. The new vehicle will come from VW’s new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which is also used to build the new Passat.

Volkswagen US boss Jonathan Browning has been quoted as saying that the new SUV will seat seven passengers. The new model’s launch is a part of VW’s plan to increase US sales from last year’s 256,830 to 800,000 by 2018.

Volkswagen is looking at capturing a major share of the American auto market, for this they would have to bring up a whole line-up of cars suited for the US.

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The German major has already brought the new Jetta and Passat (cheapened up versions) to the US and also plans to bring in the Polo too. However, the Up! city car or any other pick-ups will come to the US.

Not many details about the SUV are known as of now. We are waiting for the pricing and launch details too.

(Via AutoExpress)



2012 Volkswagen Passat Revealed 10
Jan
Posted by Larry in 2012 Volkswagen Passat, Automotive, featured, News, Passat, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Passat on 01 10th, 2011

Volkswagen current has their crosshairs on Toyota and they are getting ready to put the finger on the trigger with the launch of the new 2012 VW Passat. The 2012 Passat is the biggest Passat yet specifically designed for Americans built by Americans in good-ol Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The new 2012 Volkwagen Passat will receive the American treatment with a long 110.4-inch wheelbase. Between those 110 inches buyers will have a choice of a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with an output of 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque (same as in 2011 VW Jetta 2.5 SEL), a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel 4-cyl with 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and a 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque 3.5-liter V6. With that many choices VW should be able to provide something for a wide range of buyers depending on taste. The best part of it all is that the 2012 VW Passat will start under $20,000 making it even more enticing for American buyers.

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The new 2012 Passat is slated to go on sale later this year. Check out the press video and full 2012 Volkswagen Passat Press release below for additional information.

Volkswagen Reveals the All-New Passat – A First-In-Class Vehicle That Delivers Superior German Engineering and Is Built in America.

The larger, sophisticated Passat offers best-in-class rear legroom, remarkable fuel efficiency estimated at 43 mpg with a driving experience only Volkswagen can deliver.

WOLFSBURG, Germany, HERNDON, Va., and DETROIT, Jan. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Volkswagen of America, Inc., 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 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.

The new 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.

Final pricing 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 connectivity.

The new 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.

Volkswagen’s new 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.

The Passat will set new benchmarks for safety, driving performance and environmental responsibility in the midsize segment.

Engine and Transmission

The all-new Passat offers three drivetrain options: a responsive 2.5L gasoline engine, a remarkably eco-friendly 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel and a powerful 3.6L VR6.

The 2.5L five cylinder engine (170 hp/177 lb.-ft.), which is being offered in the Passat for the first time, will be mated to a standard 5 speed manual transmission. As an alternative, the 2.5 multi port injection engine may be paired with a 6-speed automatic.

The quiet, four cylinder 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel (140 hp/236 lb.-ft.) has the power of a six cylinder gasoline engine and the fuel economy of a hybrid. The Passat TDI is expected to deliver 43 miles per gallon on the highway, with a range of approximately 800 miles. Volkswagen’s TDI clean diesel engines, which come with a NOx storage catalytic converter, are among the cleanest engines in the world, fulfilling emissions requirements in all 50 states. Optional on the Passat TDI will be Volkswagen’s legendary 6-speed DSG transmission.

The 3.6 liter VR6 (280 hp/258 lb.-ft.) makes the new Passat a top-flight sport sedan. It offers power and luxury-class driving comfort, with European-type restraint in its fuel consumption — estimated at 28 mpg on the highway.

Gear shifting on the new Passat VR6 is handled by a standard 6-speed DSG; the dual-clutch transmission is considered the most efficient automatic in the world. This technologically advanced six-speed transmission incorporates an automatic dual-clutch system that instantly engages and disengages gears without the need for a clutch pedal. With a special computer controlling the process, one clutch is engaged on the next gear while the clutch from the previous gear is released. The results are crisp, quick shifts, without the loss of power that is experienced with a traditional manual gearbox.

Premium Features

The Passat will be offered in three trim levels, S, SE and SEL, with a total of 16 equipment levels. All will offer first-in-class safety and comfort.

The Passat’s safety features include Volkswagen’s advanced Intelligent Crash Response Systems, which initiates automatic safety protections in a collision — the fuel supply and high consumption electronic equipment shuts off; the doors unlock; the battery terminal disconnects from the alternator cable; the hazard lights switch on.

The Passat also comes with a tire pressure monitoring system, ESP electronic stabilization program, ABS with braking assistant, Hill Climb Assist (with manual transmission), six airbags and an extremely rigid body structure to protect the driver and passengers.

The Passat sets new standards for comfort, with a significantly larger rear seating area, best-in-class rear seat legroom, well-designed controls and superior touring properties.

Other standard features include automatic climate control, power windows all around, air conditioning, insulating glass, a distinctive analog clock at the center of the instrument panel, cruise control, outside temperature display with frost warning, radio-CD system (MP3-capable, plus external audio input) and Bluetooth connectivity.

Premium options include 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels, power seat adjustment, leather, leather-trimmed multifunction steering wheel, a touchscreen satellite radio, a choice of Volkswagen’s RNS 510 or RNS 315 navigation systems, front fog lights with static cornering lights, wood decor, new ambiance lighting, memory driver’s seat, power passenger seat, and keyless access with push button start.

The Passat will also offer the new Fender premium audio system, designed exclusively for Volkswagen. In a partnership that combined quality automotive engineering and quality sound engineering, Volkswagen and Fender teamed up to bring the raw emotion of live music to the driving experience.

Exterior

The 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.

The key identifying feature of a strong brand is the styling of its front end. Here the Passat displays the new horizontal brand face, with the grille and headlights forming a single unit. Unlike models in the compact class, the 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).

Interior

The Passat shows the look of considerably more expensive cars. The new, larger Passat is 191.7 inches long and has a 110.4 inch wheelbase, which translates into a noticeable increase in rear seating space.
Like the exterior, the interior is also marked by a clean and geometric formal structure. Interior styling consistently follows the maxims of functionality. Controls are attractive and easy to operate.

The instrument panel is similar to that of Volkswagen’s flagship vehicle, the all-new Touareg. Chrome trimmed gauges surround a digital multifunction display. A high-end chrome look is also applied to the air vents in the cockpit, and to the surrounds of the radio, navigation system and the climate control panels. The rotary light switch and parking brake handle button are also treated in chrome. Except for the base version, all other Passat trims have chrome interior accents on the window, mirror adjustment and trunk opening switches.

The upper and lower instrument areas are visually distinguished by various decorative accents, depending on the equipment version. Decorative elements in “Titan” design are used in the S version; the elegant “Titan Silver Printed” decor is used in the SE version, wood decor “Autumn Nut Burl” is featured in the exclusive SEL version. The accents not only upgrade the instruments, but also the center console as well as the door trim panels.

The seats are exceptionally comfortable. Even in the base version, the driver’s seat is adjustable eight ways, including lumbar support.

The new Passat and the all-new Jetta are expected to be the sales leaders in Volkswagen’s plan to significantly increase market share in the United States. The company’s strategy is built on a broad portfolio of products that offers cars accessible to the majority as well as vehicles for car enthusiasts.

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2012 Volkswagen NMS Unveiled, to be Called Passat in North America 10
Jan
Posted by Alex Ion in automatic climate control, Automotive News, Event Coverage, GPS navigation, New Midsize Sedan, NMS, North America, Passat, power windows, Touareg, Volkswagen on 01 10th, 2011

Volkswagen has announced their New Midsize Sedan (NMS) on the eve of the Detroit. Auto show. The vehicle will be called the Passat in North America. The vehicle features a spacious cabin with Touareg-inspired instrument cluster, premium chrome accents as well as best-in-class legroom.

All the three trim models available come with a host of facilities such as automatic climate control, power windows, cruise control, outside temperature display with frost warning and Bluetooth connectivity.

Apart from these, it is also equipped with power seats, leather upholstery, GPS navigation, wood trim, ambient lighting, and keyless access with push button starting.

Three engines are available. The entry-level 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine produces 170 hp (127 kW / 172 PS) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. 3.6-liter V6 produces 280 hp (209 kW / 284 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.

The third one being the 2.0-liter TDI produces 140 hp (104 kW / 142 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque.

2012 Volkswagen Passat will go on sale later this year with a price tag of $20,000.

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2012 Volkswagen NMS Teaser Out 7
Jan
Posted by Alex Ion in 2012 Volkswagen NMS, Accord, Automotive News, Camry, Detroit, International Auto Show, Jetta XL, New Midsize Sedan, Passat, teaser image, Upcoming Events, Volkswagen on 01 7th, 2011

Volkswagen has released a teaser image of the 2012 New Midsize Sedan (NMS). The model is scheduled to debut at the International Auto Show to be held next week in Detroit.

The NMS will be sleeker. It has accommodated more room than their early premium sedan model Passat. It is likely to bear a Jetta XL-like look. It is to be built in Tennessee.

This enables the company to sell it for approximately $20,000. The price is nearly $7,000 less than the Passat. Volkswagen plans to sell 10 million vehicles a year by 2018. NMS is the major vehicle in this plan.

No additional information has been provided in the teaser. We have to wait till the car is officially unveiled on Monday. The market segment of Accord, Camry, etc runs tight competition. It is to be seen whether the 2012 Volkswagen NMS could conquer over them.



2011 Volkswagen Passat Out in the Form of a New Photo 1
Sep
Posted by Alex Ion in 2011VW Passat, Automotive News, Paris Motor Show, Passat, Upcoming Events, Volkswagen, VW on 09 1st, 2010

A Norwegian website sports what is touted to be a new photo of the 2011 Volkswagen Passat. Volkswagen fans are waiting with bated breath to see if it’s all true, and in the meantime are poring over the picture enthralled with what is to come.

The photo reveals that the headlights have changed – no more bulging headlights as are seen on the current Passat. The lenses also look a little different from the earlier sneak picture  we all saw.

The grille is flat horizontal, fog lights are redesigned, the bumper looks like it’s been remodeled, as do the sidesills and side panels.

Speculation is rife that there will definitely be interior changes that will use upgraded materials, give the vehicle a different instrument cluster, and also a new multifunction steering wheel.

The car is expected to come out as a sedan and a station wagon, and will possibly be out in the European market by November. The run up to the Paris Motor Show, which begins on September 30, will definitely bring out more details.

(Via WCF)



2011 Volkswagen Passat Debuts in Paris; roll out early next year 1
Jul
Posted by Alex Ion in 2011 Passat, 2011 VW Passat, Automotive News, new Passat, new VW Passat, Passat, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Passat on 07 1st, 2010

The 2011 Volkswagen Passat, the face-lifted version of the earlier model, will make its world premiere this October when the curtains go up on the Paris Motor Show. Volkswagen has brought in a few alterations to the Passat by throwing in a new front and rear-end design. The car will start appearing at VW dealerships during the early days of 2011.

Volkswagen’s move to redesign the front and rear end design for the 2011 Passat would make the car look more in line with the latest models from the VW stables. This could mean that the 2011 VW Passat would have similar front and rear looks similar to the Scirocco and the 2011 Jetta.

Besides providing a facelift to the Passat’s exterior design, Volkswagen is also doing a bit of sprucing up in the interiors too. From what we get to know, the steering wheel and the door panel designs could get a facelift. Further, there could be additions and alterations in the audio and navigation systems too. However, Volkswagen could stay with the existing engines and transmission options that are currently incorporated in the existing model.







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