Consumer Reports: VW Press Cars Might be Different than Showroom Ones

Automotive producers trying to trick the world by offering enhanced press cars is nothing new, but since we’re living in the era of communication, this practice hasn’t been used for a good deal of years.
VW Passat US 1 photo
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However, it seems that it might have made a comeback at VW’s US division, as Consumer Reports (CR) noticed during a VW Passat test drive that took place this summer.

CR reviewed the US-built 2012 Passat, with Jon Linkov noticing that, unlike in the Jetta, the boot lid hinges of the Passat were covered in plastic. The publication’s policy is to acquire retail samples of the tested cars, so it bout three Passats: a 2.0 TDI, a 2.5 SE and a 3.6 SEL Premium.

When the three were checked, it was discovered that that none of the cars that had been acquired from the dealership has plastic covers like the press car did. This raises an important question: what if VW, and other automakers, likes to go deeper than that with “upgrading” press cars?
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