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2012 Volkswagen CC Styling

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Spend a lot of money and you'll find Audi's A7, Mercedes' CLS and the new BMW 6-Series Gran Sport fighting it out for some odd honors: they all have four doors, but deny they're sedans. Instead, we're supposed to think of them as coupes.

The Volkswagen CC is unique: it's the only German four-door sedan at its price point to claim it's a coupe. And like its luxury brothers, it does a fair job convincing us, at least in styling, where its elegant silhouette reminds us of some of the more handsome auto-show concept cars we've seen in the past decade. The design looks timeless, with flowing lines, a low roofline, and frameless windows--not to mention a very succinctly styled rear end. The most serious objection we can find is that the CC has long overhangs--the distance from the wheels to the ends of the car--and even that only helps to elongate its body in a more sensual way.

The Volkswagen CC's sheetmetal is elegant; the interior, inspiring.
The Volkswagen CC's interior still stands out several years after introduction; it includes details like contrast stitching, contrast color themes for the upholstery, and pleasing, upscale trims that aren't typical in a car that starts well under the $30k mark.

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