VW US bids farewell to the Passat with a limited-edition model

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Volkswagen of America, Inc. has just announced that they will be discontinuing the Passat. VW’s Chattanooga plant, which accommodated the production of the Passat sedan, will no longer manufacture the said model.

To celebrate the integral role of the Passat in the brand’s presence in the American automotive market, the US arm of the German carmaker will release a limited-edition Passat.

A run of only 1,973 models will be made, with the total number of production vehicles commemorating the year the Passat sedan made its debut.

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“We’ve sold some version of the Passat for nearly 50 years, and the Passat launched our relationship with Chattanooga, which supports thousands of jobs,” said Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. President and CEO Scott Keogh.

He added, “With the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport in high demand, and the North American production launch of the all-electric ID.4 SUV next year, our future in Chattanooga looks brighter than ever.”

Outside, the Limited-Edition Passat will feature LED headlights with the Advanced Front-lighting System (AFS). Distinctive wheels and mirror caps complement the 15-spoke 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

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Volkswagen also equipped the Limited-Edition Passat with an easy-open trunk.

More easter eggs can be found inside the last Passat to roll out of the Chattanooga plant. Unique seat tags featuring the car’s number sequence in the limited production series and a “Chattanooga 2011” are placed on each side.

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The seats also boast Vienna leather with driver seat memory, power passenger seat, as well as heated front and rear seats.

An aerial view of Chattanooga’s city map and an aerial line drawing of the Chattanooga factory can be found on the special mat on the cupholders.

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The Limited Edition Passat will also feature Discover Media infotainment with navigation, Fender Premium Audio, Park Assist with front and rear Park Distance Control, and Light Assist (High Beam Control for Headlights).

According to VW the Limited Edition will be priced at US$30,295 with a US$995 destination cost. An optional Aurora Red Metallic exterior color option is also available but will set customers back an additional US$395.

We Filipinos also had a chance to dance with the Passat, which was once sold in the local market under AC Motors. Today, Volkswagen’s sedan lineup in the Philippines includes the Santana, Lavida, and Lamando.

Photos from Volkswagen

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