I’ve long been a fan of Volkswagen products. For many decades, they’ve been big on safety and reliability, and fun to drive. Think Rabbit, Golf, GTI, CC and R32. But they also offer a good value when it comes to affordable sedan performance. Think Jetta and Passat. For those who like the ability to carry families and gear, Tiguan and Touareg SUVs foot the bill.
On a recent fall day in beautiful Stowe, Vermont, Volkswagen gave members of the automotive press an opportunity to test drive the newly updated Passat. The largest passenger car model in VW’s U.S. line-up, the 2016 sedan arrives at an awkward time for the automaker, caught up in the fiasco over its cheating on diesel emissions tests.
And, notably, there’ll be no diesel version of the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, the German maker deciding it best to put that version on hold, at least for the time being. That’s a disappointment for fans of the maker’s oil-burners – which account for about a quarter of its U.S. sales. (more…)