2016 Volkswagen Passat to Look Less Boring

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2016 Volkswagen Passat to Look Less Boring

Volkswagen wants to rejuvenate its sales in North America, but is a mid-size sedan its saving grace?

The Volkswagen Passat was designed specifically for the U.S. market, and while it had strong sales in 2012, it has struggled since the second half of last year. In a way, the sedan is another ambitious model from the German automaker that hasn’t quite succeeded as well as it would have liked, so the company is looking to make big changes when it gets refreshed for the 2016 model year.

SEE ALSO: VW Passat BlueMotion Concept Hits 42 MPG Highway

Acknowledging that the Passat’s styling could be considered bland by American consumers, Volkswagen is focusing on cosmetic changes to make the model more attractive in the marketplace. The mid-size sedan market is one of the more competitive segments in the U.S., and if the Passat wants to contend with the likes of the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, it’ll also need plenty of new features and state-of-the-art technologies – both of which Volkswagen is planning to incorporate.

So when the 2016 Volkswagen Passat finally makes it debut, don’t be surprised to see more than just a minor refresh on its exterior.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept Live

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GALLERY: Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion Concept

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[Source: Car and Driver]

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  • eubean

    I’ve had 5 Volks in a row. I’m about to buy a new car but I don’t think I’ll be buying another anytime soon. Having once been the most stunning machines on the road, they have now been reduced in look to a K-Car. They are so un-designed on the exterior as to put me to sleep. Who in America, just out of high school, approved these flavorless chassi? I’m embarrassed and jealous every time I go to Europe because the cars there are striking and handsome. The Yugo had more flavor than the full line of Volkswagens in the past 3 years. I’m aiming for a Volvo this time. They remind me of an older VW.

  • Russell Brenzel

    This is the B7 PASSAT. Everyone look up the B8 PASSAT the rest of the world is driving. Thats the one we want..

  • http://www.di.fm/ Mergatroid69

    Actually the B8 Passat looks a lot like our B7 with some additional contours and creases…

  • Russell Brenzel

    Completely different platform. Different interior. Almost 200 kg lighter. Quieter.smoother. I was going to buy one this year when they came out. I got a hold of VW, and they said YES. We are still getting the B7. America will NOT get the B8 until 2017… Look at the dashboard. Its the same as the new Jetta I ended up buying.. Loaded, and it’s a good car. 350 miles per tank and the 170 HP tsi gets up and goes.. Good long distance cruiser, and I fit in the back seat. I was going to trade it in for a B8. Maybe I’ll end up with a Plug in C Class. They’re also getting those in Europe. Plug in B8’s. The Plug is in the Front, next to the Badge. People are worried about that design because, what if someone backs into you and hits your bumper? Will it disable the Plug socket? All of this info is not about the B7…

  • http://www.di.fm/ Mergatroid69

    I’m aware of that, however if you look at the new MQB (European Passat) it looks less like the previous European version, and looks more like the American/Chinese NMS version with some sheet metal updates…the American Passat is not scheduled to get MQB for several years because it will make no sense to have NMS, when MQB is supposed to consolidate chassis complexity and reduce costs…

  • http://www.di.fm/ Mergatroid69

    I’m aware of that, however if you look at the new MQB (European Passat) it looks less like the previous European version, and looks more like the American/Chinese NMS version with some minor sheet metal updates…the American Passat is not scheduled to get MQB for several years because it will make no sense to have NMS, when MQB is supposed to consolidate chassis complexity and reduce costs…If you look at a B8 Passat, except for the front portion, it looks almost exactly like a US/China NMS Passat…then there’s that…

  • Russell Brenzel

    Exactly. Add some Amber lights to the front and call it new… Just settle for this.. I’ll settle for a new C or E class. Which is what the Europeans are finally saying that VW has finally done. Worked it’s way into that market with the new B8.

  • Russell Brenzel

    Reduce costs. Exactly. So settle for our adding some amber lights to the front, and calling it NEW… I’ll settle for the new C Class…

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