• Michael Posted: 5/22/2011 10:45pm PDT

    Yep, the Passat won't look old in three years. Why? It looks old now.

  • Alumni Posted: 5/23/2011 5:13am PDT

    It looks and feels a bit too American. I don't like in general cars built for the American market (except maybe for supercars). And I also don't like the new radiator grill that all VW cars have.

  • Nick Posted: 5/23/2011 6:41am PDT

    I'm a big fan of Volkswagen, But In case of design, it is not good compared to Hyundai Sonata
    What do you think about that? I'm expecting new design of Volkswagen.

  • John in Michigan Posted: 5/23/2011 1:49pm PDT

    VW sold 12,500 Passats in the USA last year, and they want to produce and sell 150,000 Passats a year. This is an overly ambitious figure based on running 2 shifts at 40 jobs an hour. These vehicles get only average gas mileage, and a history of poor reliability. Viel Gl├╝ck!

  • Bill Posted: 5/23/2011 8:28pm PDT

    Great comment, Michael!
    I'm getting a bit tired of the "German Engineered" bull VW and the other Germans crow about.
    If German engineering was so good, why do they make some of the most unreliable cars?
    Engineering in the US and Asia is every bit as good as German, if not better, but the Germans think they can rest on their laurels forever. It ain't so, Krauts. But I have to admit you have a lot of the American public fooled when that phrase is used and what's worse some of the fools will pay your premium prices for subpar goods.
    Whatever you guys are smoking, there is no way your gonna sell 800,000 vehicles a year in NA!

  • fb_100001330733385 avatar David Posted: 5/23/2011 10:47pm PDT

    Bill:Quality and sales numbers are all about pricing. Any Japanese, American or German could make a great product if they have the money to invest. (Not the Chinese though)
    And if they want to sell 800.000 cars, all they need to do is lower their margins.

  • Joe Posted: 5/24/2011 8:34am PDT

    The Audi-esque greenhouse seems a little strange.

  • noeld Posted: 5/25/2011 8:26pm PDT

    The product manager of VW said that he did not want the design of the Passat to look old after only three years - It looks old from day one and reminds me of the original square and ugly looking passat. The whole design is a disaster. It is just too "MARY HICK" We need a PROPER NEW DESIGN. This design makes the last model look extremely attractive. With designs like this, VW will never achieve their aims of car sales world leader.

  • hjprohl Posted: 5/27/2011 10:01am PDT

    Doing it safe, joining all the other midsize mediocre designs.
    Instead of challenging the market place with vehicles that inspire, the drives and SUV's of tomorrow.
    Where are the guys who shaped the VW brand, Porsche, Feuereisen, Nordhoff, they certainly where made of a different caliber, gutsy, forward looking pioneers, stimulating our imagination.