VW Passat Lineup Gets Wolfsburg Edition

By Jennifer Geiger  on April 24, 2013

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Hoping to shore up weak Passat sales, Volkswagen is adding a new model to the sedan's lineup. VW says the Passat Wolfsburg Edition "offers a number of additional convenience features for a competitive price."

The Wolfsburg Edition will slot between the base S ($21,640) and the midlevel SE ($24,740) trims and go on sale in mid-2013 starting at $24,290; all prices include a $795 destination fee. To the S model — which comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, Bluetooth connectivity, a steering wheel with audio and phone controls, automatic headlights, power exterior mirrors and driver's seat lumbar support — the Wolfsburg Edition adds 16-inch alloy wheels, perforated V-Tex leatherette seats, a power driver's seat, heated front seats, satellite radio and a Media Device-Interface with iPod cable.

Sales of VW's midsize sedan, which is built in its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant, were down 5% in March compared to last March, and the automaker recently announced plans to lay off 500 workers at the facility.

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Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan.  Email Jennifer