2012 Volkswagen Passat Summary

When the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu rolled into dealers' showrooms, some automotive pundits commended Chevy for finally making a good American Accord. Styling, packaging and ride and handling compared favorably to that year's best-selling Honda. With the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, it just may be that VW has built the best German Camry. That's not a slam; the Camry is a fine car, with impressive technology, strong appeal to American mainstream buyers and the consequential enviable sales numbers. The question that comparison is intended to pose, rather, is whether enough mainstream Americans are going to want a German Camry to keep that new Chattanooga factory humming. correspondent Tom Lankard filed this report from Nashville, Tennessee.

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