We’ve got a fenders crossed: Volkswagen Passat is a 2012 North American Car of a Year finalist

Posted on 16. Dec, 2011 by in Volkswagen Canada

When we designed a 2012 Passat, we knew that we’d strike on a winning formula. From a looks of things, we’re not a usually ones who feel that way. The Passat is one of 3 finalists for a 2012 North American Car of a Year. The desired endowment will be announced on Jan 9th, 2012 and—let’s be honest here—would demeanour illusory on a mantle.

While many automotive awards are given by particular organizations or publications, a North American Car of a Year endowment differs in that is given by a row of 50 of a many reputable automotive reporters around. The row for a 2012 North American Car of a Year endowment reviewed 17 new cars before squeezing a margin down to a final three.

This has been utterly a year for a Passat. May saw a grand opening of a state-of-the art bureau in Chattanooga, Tennessee where a Passat is produced. That same bureau recently became a initial automotive production plant in a universe to accept gold acceptance from a U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) immature building acceptance program.

Then, in September, a Passat was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick endowment winner. Why? Because a Passat facilities 6 airbags, tire vigour monitoring, ABS, and electronic fortitude control to assistance drivers equivocate many dangerous situations before they happen. It’s also built with high-strength steel and assembled regulating modernized techniques like laser join welding.

Later in September, a really initial American-made Passat was sole in San Jose, California. Matt Duchesne comparison a 2012 Passat TDI SEL model, a purify diesel car that delivers an estimated 43 miles per gallon on a highway and a operation of adult to 800 miles per tank. Just like each 2012 Passat, Matt’s was built during a all-new Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga and facilities class-leading rear-seat legroom, involuntary dual-zone meridian control and customary Bluetooth®.

But a Passat’s proudest impulse of 2011 came in November, when

Motor Trend repository named a Passat a 2012 Motor Trend Car of a Year. The Passat bested 34 other vehicles to take tip honors. And to consider we can get a Car of a Year starting during usually $19,995.

Stay tuned—the leader of a North American Car of a Year will be announced on Jan 9, 2012. If things go a way, it will be a happy new year, indeed.

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