Herndon, Virginia – The all-new Volkswagen Passat has been named the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year.

“Chassis, steering, ride and handling all are tastiest within this segment,” said Motor Trend editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie. “It’s in this category the bigger Passat really demonstrates its engineering excellence.”

The Passat offers class-leading rear-seat legroom and is available with three powertrains, including the only midsize sedan with a clean diesel option.

“Volkswagen is extremely proud to receive this honour,” said Jonathan Browning, president and CEO of Volkswagen of America. “This recognition from Motor Trend is a testament to the engineering integrity of the Passat and validates our strategy of providing a U.S.-built, German-engineered midsize sedan at a price in the heart of the midsize segment.”

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