According to thecarconnection.com, the redesigned 1998 Passat sedan is a new breed of Volkswagen — the most refined, best-driving vehicle it has ever sold in the United States, Volkswagen of America executives assert.
But beyond that, it is a key part of Volkswagen's plan to recast its image in the United States. It marks an ambitious move upscale in a scenario that involves the Passat competing in the mid-size passenger-car segment against entry models from BMW and Mercedes. Volkswagen executives believe the Passat will succeed because the market is ready for a well-built German-engineered car that is approachable and affordable.
It is a bold plan from a company that hasn't been part of the American automotive mainstream since the Beetle's heydey. The new Passat shares 40 percent of its components, including the engine, with Audi's highly respected A4. If looks count — and they do — the new Passat is more appealing than its predecessor. And in Europe, the new Passat is so successful that Volkswagen has a back order of 70,000.
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