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    Produced in the USA: 2012 Volkswagen Passat
    Produced in the USA: 2012 Volkswagen Passat

    The world-known brand Volkswagen has plans for its market share in North America. The automaker intends to sell 800, 000 vehicles per year in the American market by 2018, including all-new 2012 Volkswagen Passat. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat has been recently revealed at the Detroit Auto Show. New midsize sedan has been developed specially for the North America and will be produced at the Volkswagen's new plant in Tennessee, US.

    The American version of 2012 Volkswagen Passat will come with increased dimensions versus the European model. The passenger space is also increased compared to the previous model it replaces. The exterior styling of the sedan was inspirited by the recently launched 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. The styling and car's technology came from Germany, while the conceptual direction was provided by the Volkswagen of America.

    The 2012 Volkswagen Passat will come with base 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine producing 170 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, returning 31mpg on the highway. The five-speed manual transmission will come standard, while optional six-speed automatic will be also available. Engine options will include 2.0-liter 4-cylinder diesel with 140 hp and 43 mpg on the highway, and the 280 hp 3.6-liter VR 6 engine, which will be mated to Volkswagen's DSG automatic transmission. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat diesel version will meet the expectation of the fuel efficient buyers. The German automaker has achieved the goal of 43 mpg highway rating for the 2012 Passat TDI. The diesel version rated 31 mpg in the city, and a combined rating of 35 mpg. It is a good rating compared to the segment competitors: the Hyndai Sonata Hybrid rated at 35/40/37 and the Ford Fusion rated at 41/36/39.

    Production of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat was commenced last week at the Volkswagen's new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US. The buyers will have a choice of three trim levels: S, SE and SEL. Volkswagen hopes to sell 150,000 new Passats annually.

    2012 Volkswagen Passat Debuts in Detroit
    2012 Volkswagen Passat Debuts in Detroit

    It’s official - the Volkswagen Passat is the NMS. The highly anticipated Volkswagen New Midsized Sedan has finally made its debut at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Press has immediately tagged the 2012 Passat “big Jetta” as it sports the same corporate image just in a larger format.

    The 2012 Volkswagen Passat will come in three trims: S, SE and SEL. Each trim level will feature a number of safety functions, such as ABS with braking assistant, Intelligent Crash Response System, a tire pressure monitoring system, and six airbags. As for the power, there will be three engine variants offered: a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with output of 170-hp, a 140-hp 2.0L Clean Diesel unit and and VW’s favorite 3.6L VR6 producing 28 horsepower and an estimated 28 mpg.

    While sharing some principal design cues with the Jetta, the 2012 Passat has considerably better interior. Thus, the cabin looks surprisingly upscale taking to account the cheapening transformation strategy Volkswagen have chosen for the next-gen Passat model.

    The price for the new Passat is likely to start at $20,000, which is about $8,000 below the 2011 model’s price tag. The production of the new car will start at the new VW manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee later this year.