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gotboost? said:
i like this a lot more then the current design. the lines are much more aggressive.
look like VW phateon. the slow selling VW top lux sedan dat supose to compete with BMW 7 and Mercedes S Class
 

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look like VW phateon. the slow selling VW top lux sedan dat supose to compete with BMW 7 and Mercedes S Class

umm..yeah.....that 70k VW. People aren't buying :byye. Don't know what VW execs where smoking when they gave it the go ahead for production.

I like the new Passat as far as styling, but i've heard that it gained a good bit of fat.
 

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doesn't look bad at all. I really really like it. Hey.. Whats the retail and Spec's on that bish??
 

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umm..yeah.....that 70k VW. People aren't buying :byye. Don't know what VW execs where smoking when they gave it the go ahead for production.

I like the new Passat as far as styling, but i've heard that it gained a good bit of fat.
no kidding man. the phaeton and the W8 passat never sold becuase it was over priced. i dont know what these manufacturers are trying to do really.

subaru and VW trying too hard to move upscale.
 

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no kidding man. the phaeton and the W8 passat never sold becuase it was over priced. i dont know what these manufacturers are trying to do really.

subaru and VW trying too hard to move upscale.
while toyota moving down with scion hehehehehe and they too make alot more money...my friend trying to get TC and he gotta wait for 3 months.. wow and remember prius.. longer waiting list.
 

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and those grill look like new A6 and new A4 all the way to the bottom. look like big mouth
 

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http://www.autoweek.com/article.cms?articleId=102153

2006 Volkswagen Passat
Phaeton Junior: Upcoming Passat reveals it’s ready to step up to the bigs
GREG KABLE
Published Date: 4/18/05
2006 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
ON SALE: August
BASE PRICE: $35,000 (est.)
POWERTRAIN: 3.2-liter, 246-hp, 236-lb-ft V6
0 TO 60 MPH: 6.1 seconds (est.)
CURB WEIGHT: 3300 lbs (est.)

Volkswagen has made little secret it wants the sixth-generation Passat to leapfrog its usual mid-class rivals such as the Nissan Maxima and take on upscale cars like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. That’s one hell of a task.

Only five minutes into our first drive of the European model, though, and it seems VW may have succeeded. Wolfsburg replaced the old Passat with a car that is more agile, more rewarding to drive hard and yet better isolated from the outside world.

The upmarket aspirations are reflected in the Passat’s styling. With that bold chrome grille taking pride of place up front and a nicely integrated rear, there is a new degree of visual flare to the car.

Passat’s transformation is such that it required a completely new platform. The Audi A4-based longitudinal engine layout of the old model has been abandoned for a more space-efficient transverse engine format. For the first time front-drive Passats have fully independent rear suspension. There is also a raft of advanced new features, including brakes that automatically clear water from the discs when the wipers are activated, automatic distance cruise control, adaptive bi-xenon headlamps and high-intensity LED tail lamps. It is a makeover of such magnitude, VW could have included a new name as well.

This new Passat is a good deal bigger than its predecessor—about 2.5 inches longer, three inches wider and a half-inch taller, though the wheelbase has been extended by just a quarter-inch, leaving the car with unfashionably long overhangs

Changes inside the Passat are just as significant. First impressions are of a scaled-down Phaeton, with upmarket details such as an electronic handbrake and ignition key and multifunction steering wheel. Mounting the engine transversely gives appreciably more room both up front and in the rear. The supportive driver’s seat has a generous amount of travel and height adjustment, while the steering adjusts for rake and reach.

Perceived interior quality, however, is a mixed bag. The dashboard itself is an excellent piece of design, with classy, deep-set chrome-rimmed instruments, soft-touch plastics and pleasantly damped rotary switches. The letdown comes in cheap-looking trim applications, substandard fit in some areas, and nasty hard plastic on panels below the critical line of sight.

Much thought went into stowage space, too, but the most impressive cubbyhole of all is the 19.9-cubic-foot trunk, a generous three cubic feet bigger than the old model’s. Safety is another priority, with dual-stage front airbags, and side and head airbags standard. The front-passenger airbag is easily deactivated, while the rear gets optional side airbags. There are also three-point belts on each seat and internationally ISO-FIX-approved securing hooks in the rear for child seats.

Under Passat’s skin, a super-accurate laser-welding process and the added use of high-strength steel stiffens the body by 57 percent while the suspension uses more aluminum components to cut unsprung weight. Multi-piece sub-frames help isolate vibration. The front suspension retains MacPherson struts, though with revised geometry and a considerable 30 pounds of weight savings. A contemporary four-link rear suspension improves wheel control over the old torsion-beam design.

Standard wheels are 16-inch alloys wrapped with 205/55 tires. An optional sports package firms up the springs and shocks, lowers the ride height and substitutes less forgiving short-sidewall tires on big, 18-inch wheels. Steering is heavily reworked with an electric assist replacing the hydraulics. That steering contributes mightily to the car’s fluency on the road.

Noticeably sharper and more responsive, better balanced and more poised, the new Passat’s refinement takes a big step forward, cutting road and wind noise. Standard driving aids include a second-generation ESP system, Brake Assist, ABS, EDS and ASR. Strong grip ensures these systems come into play only when needed.

Watch for a Passat wagon before the end of the year, and later a sporty coupe/cabriolet derivative with cues from Volkswagen’s striking Concept C show car, with a folding hardtop and seating for four.

Buyers in Europe choose from among a range of advanced FSI direct-injection engines in the new Passat, from an entry-level 1.6-liter four to the 2.0-liter unit we drove. When the wagon arrives and the range heads for America, VW will add a 197-hp turbo*charged 2.0-liter (replacing today’s 1.8-liter 170-hp base engine for the States) and a top-of-the-line 3.2-liter 246-hp V6. Word is North America could see a 3.6-liter V6 packing up to 280 hp later on.

On the diesel side there is a 1.9-liter 103-hp TDI that Volkswagen expects will account for the majority of European Passat sales, alongside a 138-hp 2.0-liter and a 168-hp 2.0-liter using piezo injectors from German supplier Siemens. This latter may be the best prospect for American diesel fans.

The Passat comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, with a six-speed automatic optional on the gas engines, and DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox, as on the A4) for the diesels. Volkswagen will offer 4Motion four-wheel-drive versions of the new mid-ranger later in the year.

Manual-shift cars use a tall final-drive ratio, making highway running refined and frugal. Fuel consumption with the base 2.0-liter remains the same, at 28 mpg (European rating), which translates to a theoretical range of more than 500 miles from the 18.5-gallon tank. Dip into the engine’s reserves, however, and consumption rockets.

So, does the new Passat have the goods to leapfrog the old standbys, like Volkswagen hopes? The car is cleverly packaged, roomy, thoughtfully specified and proves remarkably easy to live with on a day-to-day basis, and with the odd exception of the interior trim, exudes a quality feel. More significantly, it is better to drive and far more refined. We can’t say the new Passat will match the also-new 3 Series for outright dynamic prowess, but in other areas it is closing the gap.

WOW VW really try hard to sell expensive cars...which is dumb dumb dumb. unless they destroy audi it better to stick to cheap car for people.
 
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