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"hard to position directly next to a main rival"
How about the Audi A5 Sportback then, another multi-door coupe which just happens to be an in-house rival.
Why anyone would choose a boxy Passat over this is unimaginable.... Great work VW.
Good move to drop the Passat name. Not so sure about the "XDS electronic differential" though, sounds expensive (at the risk of being labelled a Luddite again). But no V6, so of no concern to me.
[quote BriMarsh]But no V6, so of no concern to me[/quote]
A V6 certainly would make the car a great deal more appealing.
I quite agree, in view of the coupe-esque styling (which I really like) a V6 halo model would surely be worthwhile? After all VW did once manage to stuff a W8 in a Passat - maybe that should go into the CC?
However I doubt BriMarsh would want a V6 or a W8 as i believe that the CC only comes with an electronic handbrake!
Worse stiil a motor-trader friend told me earlier this week that it it only possible to change the rear brake pads on the latest Passat (so presumably also the CC) when it is hooked up to a VW diagnostic computer because using the computer is the only way to get the pistons back into the calipers to allow room to fit the new pads!
I know very few buyers are lilkely to try any DIY on modern cars (which is what makers are trying to achieve) but surely it would be useful for the private buyer if Autocar mentioned such potentially costly absurdities when they test cars.
[quote toptidy]However I doubt BriMarsh would want a V6 or a W8 as i believe that the CC only comes with an electronic handbrake![/quote] Touché, you got me!
I find it a bit dissappointing.
The old one was stylish and looked nothing like any other VW.
I dont think this looks particularly stylish - expecially from the front. Just looks like a curvy PPhaeton. I prefer the old model.
[quote Rich_uk][quote Fidji]
[/quote] The Passat CC was sold with a 300bhp 3.6 V6 engine. Not many were bought...[/quote]
That was the same engine found in the Passat R36, and whilst not many were sold, that was kind of the reason for its appeal. VW is probably too obsessed with profit to make a small number of V6 engined Passat CCs (oh, sorry, CCs) anyway.