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Sneak Peek: 2012 Volkswagen Passat

by Jeff Prescott on

Volkswagen has released illustrations teasing the upcoming midsized sedan, destined to replace the current Passat. (See the photo gallery below.) The new car will play a key role in the German automaker’s plan to dramatically increase sales.

Dubbed the “New Midsize Sedan,” the Passat replacement for North America will be built at the company's state-of-the-art assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  From the illustrations, it is clear that it builds on the simple, elegant styling introduced with the 2011 Jetta.

Like that car, once known as the “New Compact Sedan,” the Passat replacement is expected to use carry-over engines, with a hybrid version to follow, and be packaged with an emphasis on price. The cost-cutting can be seen on the Jetta; it lost some of the upscale feel that distinguished last year’s model. We hope VW is able to strike the right balance with this important new car, as it faces tough competition from the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry.

Volkswagen says to expect the actual car to be unveiled at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS). The New Midsize Sedan will go sale next summer.

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