The 2012 Volkswagen Passat in the U.S. market is sure to lure some buyers that usually go for the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. However, recent spy shots of a Passat station wagon has started rumors that the variant will come to the United States.
Sorry to say, but it won’t. Volkswagen sources say that the Volkswagen Passat station wagon seen on American soil is undergoing testing and is headed for the European market… exclusively. Why no love for the American market. Apparently, Volkswagen is aiming at big sales numbers and doesn’t see a new Passat wagon as an effective use of resources.
Shouldn’t be that big of a problem for V-dub since the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry don’t have station wagon versions here either.
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Refresher: The 2012 Volkswagen Passat is offered in three trim levels, S SE and SEL. Entry-level 2012 Passat models are powered by a 2.5L 5-cylinder engine making 170-hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Standard transmission choice include a 5-speed manual while an optional 6-speed automatic is available. Moving up, buyers can pick a 2.0 TDI Clean Diesel 4-cylinder unit making 140-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 6-speed DSG transmission, the 2012 Passat TDI gets 43 mpg on the highway and a range of approximately 800 miles. The range-topping 2012 Volkswagen Passat is powered by a 3.6L VR6 units producing 280-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 6-speed DSG, the 2012 Passat VR6 will get 28 mpg on the highway. Prices will start around $19,995.
– By: Omar Rana