• David Z Posted: 5/26/2011 12:07am PDT

    This article is pointless. The US Passat is a completely different car - the only thing is shares in common with the German car is the name. The German model has a 7-speed DSG transmission as standard (not an outdated 6-speed torque converter), mated to a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with direct injection, and it achieves 33 mpg, which is more fuel efficient than a Toyota Corolla (32mpg). It also includes much more standard equipment.

  • john_v avatar John Posted: 5/26/2011 3:59am PDT

    @David Z: Your points are correct, but despite the stereotype of Europeans buyers, not all of them want to pay more for all that sophisticated technology. A surprising number have eagerly stepped up to buy less advanced, cheaper cars with lots of interior room--their version of a Crown Vic, say. Witness the success of Renault's Dacia brand. I'd argue that the only reason that VW did this math pre-emptively is because they're worried that private imports of the larger, cheaper U.S. Passat might pose a threat to the smaller, pricier Euro-Passat.

  • JKD Posted: 5/26/2011 5:04am PDT

    I'd question some of those charges but even then, it comes pretty close though the price difference is not significant to begin with... The cars to try it with are Subaru Outback, Lexus RX350, and a few others. We're talking more than double the price and a lot of Europeans can get away without paying taxes if they lived/worked in the States for at least one year (though not many do anymore - we're a very desirable spot but to the 3rd world countries now)

  • Kurt Posted: 5/26/2011 6:13am PDT

    @JKD: I agree that VW went high with some of their figures, since I spent 4 years running a company that imported tech-based products from Germany into the US. I also exported US components to Germany, so I have a better-than-average feel for the costs associated. Even under a "best case" cost scenario, the hassle of converting a U.S. spec car to meet E.U. standards (and vice versa) often makes it a losing proposition.
    I don't know too many Euros working in the US these days. Of course, I don't know very many Americans with jobs these days, either.

  • JKD Posted: 5/26/2011 7:43am PDT

    Subaru 3.6 R Limited w/ nav starts at $70K in Germany vs. the current price of $32.5K in the States. Even with taxes and duties this is a much better deal for 2x the car with top notch quality and made in USA in the best zero-emissions factory.

  • paulg avatar paulg Posted: 5/26/2011 12:04pm PDT

    Other then the turbo 4 cylinder and a slightly smaller platform, mechanically they are not much different.Oh right you cannot get awd. The US made Passat has a similar independent rear suspension,optional available DSG transmission in the diesel and VR6. It has,I think actually a richer interior,especially with the wood simulated trim.It has the interior room of a BMW 5 series now and appears suited more to American tastes. It sounds like a savy European that knows the costs might get a spanking good deal here.