SOURCE: Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Volkswagen of America, Inc.

October 17, 2013 12:55 ET

Volkswagen Supports Virginia Tourism for Fall Foliage Sweepstakes

Grand Prize Winner Receives the Use of a Volkswagen Passat TDI® to View the Splendors of Autumn in Virginia

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Oct 17, 2013) -  Volkswagen is delighted to have provided a vehicle in connection with a new fall initiative with Virginia Tourism, "The Fall in Virginia Sweepstakes." Entrants in the promotion sponsored by Virginia Tourism have the chance to win an alluring Virginia weekend getaway package for two and to drive a Passat TDI® Clean Diesel. Virginia Tourism houses the sweepstakes on its website:

Prizes include three nights in a luxurious cabin at Rose River Farm, attraction passes to Luray Caverns, a Blue Ridge biplane ride, and restaurant gift cards. Plus, annual passes will be awarded to magnificent Shenandoah National Park.

With class-leading rear legroom and an EPA-estimated 43 mpg on the highway, the Passat TDI Clean Diesel offers one of the most comfortable and fuel-efficient ways to cruise Virginia's many scenic back roads in a mid-size sedan.

"As the only automobile manufacturer with a U.S. headquarters in Virginia, and with the Passat TDI providing such a wonderful, eco-conscious touring vehicle, it makes perfect sense for us to be involved with Virginia Tourism and to encourage people to get out and enjoy the gorgeous autumn scenery and amenities in Virginia," said Scott Vazin, Vice President of Brand Communications for Volkswagen of America. "We're very excited about this opportunity," he added.

Lindsey Norment, Virginia Tourism's Advertising and Promotions Manager, is equally pleased about this new collaboration. "Volkswagen is a great supporter," she said, "And we look forward to presenting the lucky winner the use of the Passat TDI for this amazing trip."

The 2013 Passat TDI uses Volkswagen's advanced turbocharged and direct-injection Clean Diesel engine to achieve EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 43 miles per gallon when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. This enables the Passat TDI to go up to 795 highway miles before needing to refuel.

Volkswagen remains the U.S. diesel market leader, selling 74 percent of all diesel cars in America in September.

Clean Diesel engines are just one part of Volkswagen's approach to sustainable mobility, encapsulated by the Think Blue.® philosophy. Volkswagen employs a wide range of powertrains -- diesel, electric, hybrid, and intelligently downsized turbocharged gasoline engines -- in its quest to be among the most eco-conscious automakers in the world. That approach extends to the factories in which the cars are built and the processes by which they are made.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA), is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, and Touareg vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.

Notes: This press release and images are available at Follow us @VWNews: #VWTDI, #VWThinkBlue.

VWoA is not a sponsor of the Virginia Tourism "The Fall in Virginia Sweepstakes" promotion.

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