2011 NAIAS: Volkswagen Passat [Live Photos]
The German manufacturer decided to keep the nameplate for the model presented today at the North American International Auto Show, thus creating the largest Passat ever created: 191.7 inches long (4,868 mm).
The car will be manufactured at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant in Tennessee and will arrive onto the market in August this year. The engine offering, which will be on the table at that time, is comprehensive enough to meet all needs.
The new Passat will be launched with a range topping VR6 which spits 280 hp (controlled by a standard dual clutch transmission), a five-cylinder petrol which develops 170 ps and a Clean Diesel (TDI) good for 140 ps.
There will be three trim levels to go with the former NMS, namely S, SE and SEL. The entry level offers more than other similar models do, starting with tire pressure monitoring system, ESP electronic stabilization program, ABS with braking assistant, Hill Climb Assist and going all the way to six airbags and outside temperature display with frost warning.
The new Passat will play a key role in Volkswagen's plans to take over America. The car maker intends to triple the total annual volume of all of its models in the USA to about 800,000 units by 2018, the year it plans to become the number 1 manufacturer in the world.
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