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.