Volkswagen Passat

Last Chance to Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

Last Chance to Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

There are only a few days left for readers to vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year.  Cars from four companies, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, are in the running.  Nominees include seven passenger cars; the Audi A3 TDI, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec, the …

2011 Diesel Sales Report: Market Share in Germany Hit 49%

2011 Diesel Sales Report: Market Share in Germany Hit 49%

It’s common knowledge that the market share for diesel is in the low single digits in the U.S.  Currently, only four manufacturers, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen currently offer diesel-powered automobiles although there will be several automakers joining the diesel fold, including Jeep, Mazda, and Porsche, in the coming 18 …

2011 Year in Review: Diesel in America

2011 Year in Review: Diesel in America

2011 was a good year for diesel fans.  Sales of diesel-powered automobiles in the U.S. were up 39% in the first half of the year, and it looks like that figure will increase when all of 2011 is tallied.
Two entirely new diesels were introduced in 2011, namely the Mercedes-Benz S350 …

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SEL Review and Report

In the U.S., the Passat has had a bit of an identity crisis.  First introduced as the Passat in Germany in 1973
and developed from the Audi 80/Fox platform (VW had acquired Audi in 1964), the new front-wheel-drive sedan with a water-cooled engine was the harbinger of things to come out …

Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

Vote for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year

Voting for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year has started.  Four companies, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, currently offer diesel passenger cars in the U.S.
This year’s stellar field of nominees includes seven passenger cars; the Audi A3 TDI, the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec, the Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec, the Volkswagen Golf  …

Coming Up in The Diesel Driver in December and 2012

Coming Up in The Diesel Driver in December and 2012

We have exciting news about upcoming features, and coverage, and additions to our short-term press fleet.
Balloting for the 2012 Diesel Car of the Year will start on Friday, November 18th. You can read about the winner of the 2011 Diesel Car of the Year, the BMW 335d, and, starting on …

2012 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. – What’s New

2012 Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. – What’s New

More and more buyers picked a diesel in the first half of 2011 and the reasons behind this are clear. Not only do diesels have better fuel economy but they are typically cleaner than the gasoline-powered equivalents and one doesn’t have those pesky (and expensive) batteries to worry about a …

Building the 2012 Volkswagen Passat: A Tour of the New Chattanooga Factory

Building the 2012 Volkswagen Passat: A Tour of the New Chattanooga Factory

It’s been almost a quarter century since Volkswagen stopped making cars in the U.S.  The carmaker has never claimed more than 3% of the U.S. market, despite the iconic stature of its Beetle and Minibus models.  But VW has big plans – and lots of capital – dedicated to capturing …

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI – Review and First Drive/Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI – Review and First Drive/Road Test

Editor’s Note: A new and in-depth review of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI was published on December 12, 2012. 
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI will be arriving at VW dealerships soon and we had an opportunity to pick up the car at the factory  in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and drive it to …

New Volkswagen Passat TDI with 800 Mile Range Introduced

New Volkswagen Passat TDI with 800 Mile Range Introduced

Volkswagen announced pricing and details for the 2012 Passat, which includes the Passat TDI that will deliver an incredible 43 mpg (5.47 l/100 km or 2.33 gallons/100 miles).  This gives the new Passat a range of almost 800 miles (1287 km).
The new Passat was designed for the North American market …