2012 Volkswagen Passat Preview

2012 Volkswagen Passat Photo GalleryHighlights:
  • All-new redesigned model
  • Same width and height, but slightly longer
  • More amenities than its predecessor
  • Standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (optional 3.6-liter 6-cylinder)
  • Standard 6-speed manual transmission (optional 6-speed dual-clutch automatic)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (available "4Motion" all-wheel drive)
  • Independent suspension
  • New technology includes City Braking and Fatigue Detection
  • Available early 2011
The Volkswagen Passat is the automaker's largest sedan. The family-oriented midsize car was first launched in 1973, and has today become one of the automaker's more popular models by sales volume. The German-engineered Passat is sold worldwide under such names as the Dasher, Quantum, Santana and Carat.

Larger than the Golf and Jetta, the Passat is typically offered in both 4-door sedan and 5-door wagon body styles (although the wagon doesn't always arrive on our shores). While it shares many of its smaller sibling's mechanicals (the Passat shares platforms with the Golf/Jetta) the larger Passat is offered with more amenities, upgraded interiors, and a higher caliber of technology.

After five years on the market, the sixth-generation Passat has been replaced by an all-new, seventh-generation model that made its world debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

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