VOLKSWAGEN AT THE LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: November 17, 2011
Categories: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Awards, Volkswagen Car Shows

  • US PASSAT NAMED MOTOR TREND 2012 CAR OF THE YEAR

Herndon, VA / Los Angeles, CA: Motor Trend, one of the world’s premier automotive authorities, today named the Volkswagen Passat the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

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‘Chassis, steering, ride, and handling all are tastiest within this segment,’ said Motor Trend editor-in-chief, Angus MacKenzie. ‘It’s in this category the bigger Passat really demonstrates its engineering excellence.’

Along with German-engineered DNA, the Passat offers class-leading rear-seat legroom and standard Bluetooth® and automatic dual-zone climate control. The Passat is available with three powertrains and is the only midsize sedan with a clean diesel option in the line-up. When equipped with a manual transmission the TDI® Clean Diesel model is good for an EPA estimated 43 mpg on the highway and a range of 795 miles (US figures).

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The 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year award was presented to Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America, during a press conference at the 2011 LA Auto Show.

‘Volkswagen is extremely proud to receive this honour,’ said Browning. ‘This recognition from Motor Trend is a testament to the engineering integrity of the Passat and validates our strategy of providing a US-built, German engineered mid-size sedan at a price in the heart of the mid-size segment.’ To see Jonathan Browning’s full show speech.

On sale since September 2011, the Passat is built at Volkswagen’s state-of-the art factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (It is not on sale in Europe.)

  • WORLD DEBUT OF NEW VOLKSWAGEN CC

This year’s Los Angeles Motor Show also saw the debut of the new CC which goes on sale in the UK in March 2012.

  • US DEBUT OF BEETLE R CONCEPT

Also on show and causing a stir was the Beetle R Concept