Unveiling ofnNew mid-sized VW saloon-cum-coupe attracts VW's whole board
14 January 2008

Seeking to add some spice to its line-up, Volkswagen whipped the covers off its new Passat CC – the first in what the German car-maker’s US boss, Stefan Jacobi, described as "a range of image boosting niche market models due out by 2010".The sleek new upmarket saloon sits on the same basic underpinnings as the standard Passat – complete with a transversely mounted engine and the choice of either front- or four-wheel drive, but receives its own unique body featuring four frameless doors, heavily curved roofline and notchback style boot – all aimed at providing it with coupe-like appeal very much in the same vain as Mercedes-Benz’s successful CLS.Reaction to the new car in Detroit was mixed; some considered its swoopy styling just what Volkswagen needs as it attempts to rachet up its sales on the back of an announcement that it intends to sell 800,000 cars annually in North America by 2018. Others described it as lacking sufficient visual differentiation to the standard Passat to make any real impression.Whatever the case, there was no doubting the new car’s importance to Volkswagen. The entire executive board was on hand to witness the unveiling.Due to go on sale in the UK in September at a starting price of around £23,000, the CC (the name hails from Volkswagen’s own internal codename denoting C-segment C-coupe) will come with a wide range of engine options, including a base turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol unit developing 160bhp. Ranged above it is a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder mill with 200bhp and flagship naturally aspirated 3.2-litre V6 with 300bhp. Joining them from the outset of sales will be two 2.0-litre four-cylinder common rail diesels with 140bhp and 170bhp.

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GD

14 January 2008

How about some decent photos, Auto Express are way ahead of you!

GB

14 January 2008

I don't know how other countries view the Passat, but here in the UK my view of this car has always been one of a well built slightly upmarket reps car. Now I may be wrong with that view. However say I am right. The car therefore is not very spicy product, so for me trying to add a bit of spice into a range that does not represent this demographic.

Do manufacturers not look at others failings, I mean we are absolutely overrun with people driving 406/7 coupes!!!!!! I never see them.

I wish manufacturers would stop trying to mess with winning formula's. VW have other models within the group that chase the sexy image, don't mess.

GD

15 January 2008

Jon,

I agree with on this perception thing, sad isn't it? The Germans see certain Mercedes-Benz models as taxis, We see the Passat as a repmobile. People here will pay an extra £35k for a VW Phaeton because it carries a Bentley badge. What are the manufacturers to do? VW have totally changed our perception of a Skoda, may be this will work. Your comments on the 406/7 coupes are fair. The thread about Tata's new cheapo immediately got comments along the lines of "just wait for the Jaguar Nano". Let's face it we are a vain lot, who care more about our perceived place on the pecking order than the sense of what we buy!

GB

15 January 2008

I realise this makes me a complete dimwit but my first reaction on seeing 'CC' was to think eh? Passat coupe/cabrio, which is how CC has been used latterly. Surely confusion that this car is not going to need. Its one of those 'answers to a question nobody asked' kind of cars. The Passat does not have a foundation image to expand on. There is no 'defining' Passat in the range. No halo car.

15 January 2008

[quote Alastair Inglis]There is no 'defining' Passat in the range. No halo car. [/quote]

What ever happened to the R36 passat? there were pics of it a while back

15 January 2008

I'm getting a feeling of deja vu here.

HEADLINE: VW takes on Mercedes with the new Phaeton

I seem to remember.

Why bother VW. Stick to what you do well. Let's face it you have Audi in the group as the provider of premium models, leave them to it!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

15 January 2008

Friggin thing should have looked like this in the first place.

The Passat Saloon is sooooooo boring!

15 January 2008

[quote jsfletcher61]The Passat Saloon is sooooooo boring!
[/quote]

Try having to drive one daily! And one with the older 1.9 diesel in it...!

GD

15 January 2008

The Passat does not have a foundation image to expand on. There is no 'defining' Passat in the range. No halo car.

But isn;t that the point? Is the CC (granted a confusing badge. may not make it to procduction?) not exactly the "defining" Passat? Not a repmobile, not a taxi, not a poor man's intro to BMW. And, no you are not a dimwit!

GB

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