DB2010AU01599_smallDetroit, Michigan – Volkswagen has announced the world debut of the all-new Passat at a media event on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show. The company calls the new model a “transformational car in Volkswagen’s ambitious growth plan for the U.S. market.”

Designed in Germany, the new Passat will be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee at a new plant that Volkswagen said is the world’s newest, most advanced and environmentally responsible auto assembly plant.

The new Passat, the largest ever, will start around US$20,000 when it arrives in dealer showrooms later this year. It will come with premium standard features including automatic climate control and Bluetooth connectivity.

Available options include a 2.5-litre gasoline engine, 2.0-litre TDI Clean Diesel and 3.6-litre VR6 engine.

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