Read the complete 2013 Volkswagen Passat Review at AutoGuide.comLess German, but more attractive
by Mike Schlee
The Passat may be as important to Chattanooga, Tennessee as the Choo-Choo or the Outlooks Double-A baseball team. Roughly 2,000 local residents build the Volkswagen Passat for consumption in North America, Korea and the Middle East. The American built Passat is also important to another group of people: the executives of Volkswagen.
When the Tennessee plant first opened in 2011, the Volkswagen faithful were up in arms. Worried the German engineered Passat would be diluted in is relocation stateside, many wrote off the Passat right from the start.
But one other (very important) group of people did not turn their backs on the Passat: consumers. At 117,023 units sold last year, Passat sales have never been stronger; up over 400% from 2011 when the Passat was in the process of immigrating to the USA. So for 2013 one can’t really blame Volkswagen for not changing the formula too much.