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New Volkswagen Passat review - Passat forward
The new Passat picks up a few neat tricks from its elder brother, the Phaeton
By : Aneesh Shivanekar | Published : December 04, 2010 | Photos : Aneesh Shivanekar
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It’s the little things, I tell you. What could an inconsequential little bench at the Frankfurt airport possibly have to say about the nation itself? A lot, actually, if you’re willing to look closely. The comfortable one I was seated on had a nice swooping wooden form to relax your back, replete with polish standing up to rigorous usage. The wood and metal elements fit together like Siamese twins. Perfectly bolted down, nothing squeaked, nothing rattled. They could’ve compromised here with something so trivial. They could’ve decided to make do with something less, but didn’t.

This steadfast, almost obsessive dedication to quality and utter pride in their work is what makes German engineering such a force. And you can see it in every product — right from Sennheiser headphones to a Carl Zeiss lens. And as I made my way up a set of twisty mountain roads in the Catalunyan countryside a few days later, I could feel this very force shine through whilst at the helm of the new 2011 Volkswagen Passat.


Close your eyes and think of modern-day, well-built German sedans and what the various electrical pulses firing inside your medulla oblongata conjure up is a rough shape not unlike this Passat here — the size, the proportions, the stance...they all match up. In its seventh-generation form, it looks better than ever.
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  Posted by Sumon Kar at 11th January,2012
no prizes for guessing how the vw phaeton will look like. guess they just use the zoom function on their computers nowadays to design cars. The passat before this model was so beautiful with a combi of straight lines and curves. dont think that one ever made it to india!
  Posted by Rohan at 10th February,2011
Look at the car it is far more good looking than the old one.
  Posted by Jeff at 9th December,2010
I've driven the new Passat here in the United States and while it is certainly comfy, it has a horrible MS like fuel efficiency system. It fluctuates like a pendulum on drugs from 5.3 mpg to 160 mpg in less than 2 minutes.
  Posted by vipul at 6th December,2010
This is certainly better than all of those Camrys and Accords. They're so bland they make me puke. I will buy this
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