First 2012 Volkswagen Passat delivered to U.S. customer

Volkswagen has delivered the first 2012 Passat in the United States to Matt Duchesne of San Jose, CA. Duchesne picked the 2012 Passat TDI has is choice.

“Designed specifically for the North American market, the 2012 Passat is the only midsize sedan that offers German engineering at an accessible price,” Volkswagen said. “Duchesne’s 2012 Passat was built at the all-new Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN, one of the newest, most advanced, and environmentally responsible auto assembly plants in the world.”

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“We are very excited to share this seminal moment for Volkswagen in America with Mr. Duchesne. It is the fulfillment of our promise to the U.S. market that we can deliver a German-engineered car with American sensibilities at an affordable price,” said Marc Trahan, Executive Vice President of Group Quality at Volkswagen of America. “This 2012 Passat comes equipped with our TDI Clean Diesel engine of which we’re so proud.”

Duchesne and a guest will be sent to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a VIP tour of the all-new facility that is the birthplace of his new car.

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