Volkswagen / CC / sedan
VOLKSWAGEN has some history with oddball Passats – namely the $100,000 W8 AWD
sedan of 2003 – but the four-door coupe version known as the ‘CC’ introduced in
2009 is another mid-size curio out of left field.
Clearly inspired by
the success of the Mercedes CLS, the four-seat Passat flagship struggled to
find a footing in the Australian market.
Now, after a facelift and
overhaul that sees more features for the same money, we wonder whether
Volkswagen will have an easier time Down Under.
Model release date: July 2012
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VOLKSWAGEN’S take on the wildly successful Mercedes-Benz CLS resulted in the
oddly named Passat CC – for Comfort Coupe rather than coupe-convertible like
other ‘CC’ models.
Aimed primarily at American audiences, the four-door,
four-seat, three-box ‘hardtop’ sedan from Germany arrived in two well-equipped
variants – the 125kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel-powered 125TDI
front-drive model and the 220kW/350Nm 3.6-litre V6 FSI petrol with 4MOTION
The former accounted for up to 75 per cent of sales,
but only about 2700 found homes in Australia from March 2009 until the
facelifted CC (without the Passat prefix) arrived in mid-2012.
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