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Volkswagen’s “Americanized” Passat

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The new 2012 VW is pleasing to the eye, though not eye-catching. It has clean lines and a sculpted chrome grill. also fairly large to prior iterations of the car, to compete with the likes of the Camry and Honda Accord.

is earnestly seeking to increase its of the American automotive market. The started a couple of years ago the redesigned Jetta, made affordable (which somewhat to “using cheaper materials”) and some formerly standard going onto the options

While auto critics tisk-ed the new low-rent base Jetta, VW must have what it was doing, as sales way up. Now, the second phase of plan to climb the U.S. charts is here as well. say hello to the larger and roomier

When I say roomy, I really it. The interior is downright huge for a sedan. Even with the seats moved all the way back is more than even drivers really need), still ample leg room for passengers. Go back and pop the trunk and you’ll see that it’s

Yep, this new Volkswagen is squarely at American car buyers. also built by American at a state-of-the-art factory in Chattanooga, VW invested heavily in creating a manufacturing facility in order to cars here and avoid the of currency fluctuations. They need production capacity if to reach their goal of the biggest car maker in the world.

Operating assembly plants on soil is nothing new for car companies other countries. The Japanese got the rolling in the 1980s, followed by brands in the ‘90s. In fact, ML-Class that Mercedes-Benz and every X3, X5, and X6 that BMW makes — no where in the world they’re — are built at their respective assembly plants.


Starting one scratch is the way to go. Modern production mean that a company can the exact same car in places Alabama, South Carolina, or as it does in Germany. Volkswagen’s effort at building cars in was a bit of a flop, after converting an former Chrysler factory of Pittsburgh.

Part of the criticism of the Pennsylvania-built VW Golfs, and Jettas (1979-1989) was they were altered a too much in order to fit in with buyers’ tastes. The suspensions and became soft, and the cars had a lot of their German character. quality had also gone a couple of notches.

Volkswagen Passat

With the Passat, Volkswagen has managed to a good balance between Teutonic solidity that cars from das Vaterland so to U.S. buyers, as well as and convenience they can get from rivals. If you hit the local auto and try out all the popular mid-sizers, the Passat up very well.

But get it out on the road, and you do get a bit of that very road behavior. The ride is not harsh, but it’s firm and The steering has a nicely-weighted feel to it Again, very German. choices range from a 2.5 5-cylinder, to a 3.6 liter V6, and even excellent TDI clean turbo making the Passat the only car in the with that option now, anyway).

Part of VW’s strategy for the Passat, as it was for the Jetta, is to offer an base price. In this the stripper S model starts at though that does things like electronic control and Bluetooth connectivity. SEL Premium grade Passats, either TDI or V6 gasoline power, just above $32,000.

American buyers like the of a European car. And many buyers feel good a car built by American factory VW’s new Passat offers up those feelings in one car.

see you down the road.

Dave is the automotive reporter at KABC-TV 7 and can be heard on “The Car Show” at 9 a.m. on KPFK, 90.7 FM. Dave at TVCarz @ pacbell.net @dave_kunz, Facebook: ABC7Dave

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