The coupe-profile four-door sedan was a hot topic a year ago, and Volkswagen's Passat CC remains one of the only offerings in the affordable end of the spectrum. But apparently buyers, while intrigued by the look, were put off by the four-seat configuration. VW has listened, however, and is offer a new bench rear seat that expands seating to five.
The move may speak of slow sales for the car, or at least that VW isn't reaching the target audience as well as intended. The four-seat, four-door coupe layout is broadly envisioned as an empty-nester's car in many ways, providing a capable tourer for two couples, or a handy golf-day foursome conveyance.
VW's problems with the Passat CC may speak of wider issues with the recent crop of four-seat-only cars of similar form factor, like the BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo and Mercedes-Benz CLS. The 5-Series GT is brand-new this year, but the CLS is due for an update soon--it will be interesting to see if Mercedes chooses to alter the seating arrangement for similar reasons.