published Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Volkswagen Passat a finalist for North American Car of the Year

A new Volkswagen Passat sits on display on the deck of the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga during a Volkswagen dinner and reception for international media in this file photo.
A new Volkswagen Passat sits on display on the deck of the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga during a Volkswagen dinner and reception for international media in this file photo.
Photo by Jenna Walker.
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The Chattanooga-made Volkswagen Passat is a finalist for the 2012 North American Car of the Year.

It will compete against the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra for the annual award by a group of 50 automotive journalists that is coveted by automotive manufacturers.

The finalists were revealed today at an Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The judges selected the finalists from 17 new cars and seven new trucks. The winners of the contest will be announced Jan. 9 at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Passat, a key to VW’s efforts to sell 1 million vehicles a year in the U.S. by 2018, went on sale in September.

For more, see Friday’s Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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jsmith1427 said...

They have had many factors to be extremely pleased this season, and may have one more next Jan. The 2012 VW Passat was just known as as a top three finalist for the Northern National Car of the Year, provided by a 50 participant section of the nation's major vehicle correspondents and experts auto repair shops.

February 13, 2012 at 10:57 p.m.
J3rrYcid said...

I wonder if the number of auto accessories available for a particular car is taken into consideration by the judges, because accessories mean greater flexibility for the car owner to customize his car the way he wants.

Melanie - http://www.carid.com

February 29, 2012 at 10:10 p.m.
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