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 |  Sep 30 2010, 3:49 AM

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Volkswagen‘s Passat had its official unveiling today in Paris, and while the car boasts sharp, Phaeton-inspired lines, it won’t be coming to North America.

Our side of the Atlantic will get a market-specific sedan, but the Passat soldiers on in Eurpoe and the rest of the world. With a whole new range of engines, both diesel and gasoline and features like a start-stop system and Park Assist, which can parallel park the car on its own, the Passat looks like yet another great car we won’t get.

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Gallery: 2011 Volkswagen Passat

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 |  Sep 29 2010, 6:12 PM

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Volkswagen‘s Passat was unvieled in advance of the Paris Auto Show today, and for the first time in years, North America won’t be getting it. Instead, we’ll be receiving a an all new car designed to compete with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. The rest of the world gets the Passat seen here.

Underneath the non-descript bodywork, the Passat gets a whole range of engines, from a 105 horsepower gasoline engine to a 3.6L 6-cylinder making 300 horsepower. Diesels, of course, will be on offer for Europe’s taxi drivers.

Details are still scarce, but if you’re interested in a cut-rate Phaeton and live outside North America, you could scarcely do better. Check back for our Paris Auto Show coverage and the launch of the new VW Passat.
Gallery: 2011 Volkswagen Passat
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 |  Apr 06 2010, 1:10 PM

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According to a report by Auto International an updated version of the Volkswagen Passat is due out later this year. The car isn’t an all-new model, but rather a facelifted version with mostly cosmetic tweaks and likely a few interior trim changes. With VW looking to take the Passat more up-scale, it is expected to be offered with such amenities as a back-up camera, active cruise control and “intelligent lighting” that adjusts hi and low beams based on light and weather conditions as well as oncoming traffic.

No big changes to the engines is expected, however, VW is likely to drop the larger V6 due to a low up-take rate and less impressive fuel economy – especially compared to the always-solid 2.0T.

A full redesign of the Passat is expected in 2015, although by that time VW will have launched its new mid-size sedan in North America, likely killing off the Passat (at least as we’ve known it) on this side of the Atlantic.

[Source: Auto International]