published Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

VW’s Chattanooga-made Passat is Car of the Year winner

Jonathan Browning, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, left, and Frank Fischer, who heads the Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen plant, stand with the Passat, awarded the 2012 Car of The Year by Motor Trend magazine, stand with the car at the Los Angeles Auto Show Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Jonathan Browning, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, left, and Frank Fischer, who heads the Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen plant, stand with the Passat, awarded the 2012 Car of The Year by Motor Trend magazine, stand with the car at the Los Angeles Auto Show Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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Would you buy a Passat?

The Chattanooga-made Volkswagen Passat was named today as Motor Trend’s Car of the Year.

The all-new Passat was picked at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Passat and 34 other vehicles were among the vehicles identified by the magazine as contenders for the top spot.

The other vehicles included compact sedans, two full electrics, three hybrids along with several midsize sedans.

Motor Trend has called the Passat “Volkswagen’s strongest entry to date in the midsize sedan segment” and cites the car’s design specifically aimed at the American market.

The Passat TDI, a diesel version also produced in Chattanooga, is one of the finalists for the Green Car of the Year Award.

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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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phrasewrite said...

Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 16, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.
TinaFrench said...

How wonderful!

November 16, 2011 at 1:55 p.m.
WHS1970 said...

Since "Lil" Bob is a 1 percenter, maybe he will buy everyone that voted for him a Passat.

November 16, 2011 at 3:14 p.m.
adolphochs said...

WH1970 must really suck that you know you're incapable of ever being one. You might be able to buy a used one in ten years.

November 16, 2011 at 4:53 p.m.
tifosi said...

From all of us Tennesseans at the VW plant... Thank you Chattanooga and Hamilton County! You made this possible.

November 16, 2011 at 5:52 p.m.
WHS1970 said...

Hey Ate Off, it must suck being you!

November 16, 2011 at 7:25 p.m.
adolphochs said...

WHS1970: Send contact info. I'll have a used one for you in a few years. Your mom might be able to finance for you.

November 17, 2011 at 9:02 a.m.
eurekbennison said...

I remembered that volkswagen commercial. LOL where darthvader is present. Not doubt. This is the car of the year not just for it exterior but also for its power and performance. Just last year, there is a mid size sedan launched by the auto dealer, which actually grabbed the attention of people. Some experts actually compared this one to the Fusion of Ford but truly different with the engine being used. However the good thing is that the maintenance is always straightforward. There is nothing to worry with the presence of auto parts stores that deal with different stuff merely for Volkswagen and these include Bumper cover , suspension parts, engine parts and even DIY guides for the installation.

February 9, 2012 at 9:31 p.m.
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