Volkswagen Canada

Volkswagen Canada

February 17, 2011 14:02 ET

Volkswagen Canada Launches New Passat

Premium Quality in the Mid Sized Sedan Market

AJAX, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2011) -

Editors Note: There is a photo included with this release.

Volkswagen Canada unveiled the all-new mid-size Passat today at the Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto.

The vehicle will go on sale in late summer of this year, and features "the new look of Volkswagen," with visual cues first seen on the Golf.

With a clean, horizontal design, the car combines balanced proportions with bold character. The front is defined by a sculpted grille, blending perfectly with the headlights to make a strong and distinct statement. In profile, the new Passat flows in the horizontal plane, and the coupe-like cut of the rear window meshes seamlessly with the rear of the vehicle, set off by dramatically styled taillights.

Inside, the look is timeless and elegant, with premium touches throughout. A longer wheelbase translates into a noticeable increase in rear seating space. Controls are all easy to operate, and elegantly trimmed in high quality materials. The instrument panel is uncluttered, and gives the driver a clear view of all necessary information. A low liftover assures easy access to the cavernous trunk.

A range of powertrain options will be available on the new Passat. A 2.5L five cylinder engine is offered for the first time. Coupled with either five speed manual, or six speed automatic transmissions, the result is spirited performance, and excellent fuel economy. 

The available 3.6L V6 engine ups the ante, bringing 280 hp to the table. The automatic, six speed, direct shift gearbox snaps off shifts smoothly and efficiently, giving the driver an added degree of sportiness.

Volkswagen's award-winning 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel engine; paired with a choice of manual or automatic six speed transmissions, provides smooth power delivery and unheard of fuel efficiency. An expected highway consumption of 4.5 l/100 km will result in tremendous range, while 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque will ensure brilliant performance.

Pricing for the all new Passat will be announced this summer. It will be competitively positioned in Canada's mid-size sedan market.

About Volkswagen Canada:

Founded in 1952, Volkswagen Canada is headquartered in Ajax, Ontario. It is the largest volume European automotive nameplate in Canada, and sells the Golf, Golf Wagon, Golf GTI, New Beetle, new Jetta, Eos, Passat, Tiguan, Routan, and Touareg through 134 independent Canadian Dealers. It is the leader in affordable TDI Clean Diesel vehicle sales in Canada, and forms part of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and is Europe's largest automaker.

Visit Volkswagen Canada online at www.Volkswagen.ca

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