Volkswagen, a careful manufacturer of very capable vehicles, continues its steady plod toward perfecting the Passat.
It may be a warm January in Wolfsburg before it happens.
When the Passat arrived three years ago, it was Veedub's biggest
and roomiest car ever. Nicely styled. Good handler. Sensibly priced. It also had blood in its eye for Accord, Camry and Taurus.
Unfortunately, there was no muscle in its four-cylinder engine. The automatic transmission was a confused, tremulous
mess. So were sales.
Last year, Passat was made beefier by an optional V-6 engine and improved transmission. Now it had looks and acceptable power. But the ride was still marbles on a washboard.
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