2011 LA Auto Show

Motor Trend Selects the Volkswagen Passat as Car of the Year

Volkswagen's all-new 2012 Passat has just won Motor Trend's much desired Car of the Year award, beating out 35 other contenders.

Motor Trend has just announced at the LA Auto Show that they've named the 2012 Volkswagen Passat their 2012 Car of the Year. Many may be surprised by their choice, but for anyone who's driven the sedan will know that Motor Trend made a wise choice. The American-made Passat beat out 35 other all-new contenders hailing from Europe, Japan, and America to take the coveted award.

According to Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief, Angus MacKenzie, "The well-equipped Passat is a breakthrough car for Volkswagen, as it has been designed to suit the North American market and is being built in a brand-new, state-of-the-art assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It has one of the roomiest interiors in its class, a wide choice of powertrains and a well-tuned chassis...it's a terrific all-around family sedan." Motor Trend editors were particularly impressed with the diesel engine mated to the dual-clutch auto-manual gearbox. They also noted the Passat's efficiency, value, and the way in which it delivers perfectly on its mission statement.

Surprisingly, this is only the second a Volkswagen has won the award; the first time was in 1985 for the GTI.

Overall, this is a huge boost for VW, as many feared the new Passat would lose its German-like qualities due to the automaker's decision to redesign it especially for North America. The European Passat is continues to be based off the previous generation.

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