Body Shop Surprises Gay Student With Upgraded Version Of Vandalized Car

Jordan Addison is a college student at Virginia's Radford University, and seems pretty much like any college student: he goes to class, probably drinks, probably has goofy in-jokes with friends, has sexual preferences, and all that good college-era crap. Unlike most college students, though, he has had his 2000 Passat… » 8/22/12 10:00am 8/22/12 10:00am

The Volkswagen Alltrack Concept Is Potentially Cool

While Volkswagen is content to show off the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack as a production car in Tokyo, the German carmaking giant deigns us fit to get the Alltrack as a concept. What, nobody here likes a good longroof? » 4/04/12 4:30pm 4/04/12 4:30pm

Volkswagen Alltrack Concept Is Another Way To Say 'Wagon'

Volkswagen will introduce this Alltrack Concept at the New York Auto Show next week, because apparently that's more fun than just coming out and saying "maybe we'll build a wagon version of the new Volkswagen Passat." Because that's what this is. A diesel-powered, Outback-flavored European Passat wagon. » 3/30/12 4:00pm 3/30/12 4:00pm

How Volkswagen spins

For years, automotive journalists have suspected the cars in automakers' test fleets are somehow better-finished than those customers get. (We've already told you how Ferrari games that system.) Now, Consumer Reports has some questions for Volkswagen about its 2012 Passat press cars. » 11/23/11 2:00pm 11/23/11 2:00pm

MotorTrend's 2012 Car of the Year is an epic win for mediocrity

I've just picked Golden Corral as the 2012 Mike Spinelli Restaurant of the Year. Oh, I don't give a damn about quality, technology, product-use experience or any other childish bullshit like that. I care about profits, dude, big friggin' profits. » 11/16/11 3:00pm 11/16/11 3:00pm

For $10,999, this is a VW even Helen Keller could appreciate

The volcanic islands of Hawaii have been pushing forth from the sea for centuries, the lava flows expanding their footprint on the surface. Today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe VW Passat wagon looks like it's been covered in lava, but would its price make you blow your top? » 8/16/11 8:00am 8/16/11 8:00am

Chattanooga admits it smells like poop after Automobile exposé

Automobile columnist Jamie Kitman's visit to the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga also revealed the city's secret shame: It smells like poop. The city, which drops massive urinal cakes in its sewers to contain the odor, says whaddya gonna do? » 8/04/11 12:00pm 8/04/11 12:00pm

For $9,800, on Dasher! On... Um, Dasher!

Legend has it that years after the end of WWII, Japanese soldiers were still turning up on remote Pacific islands, unaware of hostility's end. Similarly, today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe diesel Dasher is a refugee from another era, but does its price mean war? » 2/17/11 8:00am 2/17/11 8:00am

The Star Wars Super Bowl commercial everyone will talk about

Volkswagen just released these two Super Bowl commercials. The first is an awesome take on a tiny Darth Vader trying to use the Force to control everything from a doll to the new Passat. It's cute, and it works. » 2/02/11 10:50am 2/02/11 10:50am

How Volkswagen Cut $7,000 From The 2012 Passat

Volkswagen vows that the 2012 Passat will lead the German automaker back to glory in America. Step one: Cutting $7,000 from the Passat's price. Here's what happens to a near-luxury car when the bean counters get behind the wheel. » 1/10/11 1:30pm 1/10/11 1:30pm

The 2011 Volkswagen Passat: More Wagen, More Volk?

Here it is: the new 2011 Volkswagen Passat, the sedan VW wants to take America by sturm. How will it do so? By being $7,000 cheaper than the previous Passat, while getting bigger. » 1/09/11 8:50pm 1/09/11 8:50pm

Volkswagen Passat is the NMS!

Einhorn is a MAN! Word out of Detroit today is Volkswagen's New Midsize Sedan will wear the company's Passat badge. As the NMS, the new Passat will attend the larger end of the midsize class, where the cool kids sit. » 1/09/11 5:34pm 1/09/11 5:34pm

New Volkswagen Passat-Sized NMS Is Like A Jetta XL

Here's likely the first image of the upcoming Volkswagen New Midsize Sedan, set to emerge from the Chattanooga, Tenn., factory next year. It looks slightly different from the upcoming Europe-only version of the Passat. What does VW have against excitement? » 12/07/10 10:00am 12/07/10 10:00am

2011 VW Passat Gets Hit With The Boring Stick

Those leaked photos of the Europe-only 2011 Volkswagen Passat were right on the money. The new car's almost as boring to look at as the 2011 Jetta. » 9/29/10 3:30pm 9/29/10 3:30pm

Don't Drive Through Wet Cement

We have no proof distraction led this Passat driver into wet cement this morning, but it's a fair guess. The traffic ticket, 35 minutes of being stuck and extraction fees should get their attention if the wet cement didn't. » 8/20/10 2:00pm 8/20/10 2:00pm

If You're Getting Divorced From The Big Car Class, It's Doubtful You'll…

Before we North Americans called it a Passat, even before we called it a Quantum, the Dasher was one of the first water-cooled Volkswagens ever seen on these shores. Let's watch another vintage Car & Track review! » 8/14/10 3:00pm 8/14/10 3:00pm

2012 Volkswagen Passat: Sharper, Angrier, Golfier

This picture, leaked from a German Volkswagen brochure, shows an undisguised, production-ready 2012 VW Passat. Note the extensive use of Golf and Polo styling cues. Good move, Wolfsburg. Good move. [Auto Express] » 6/04/10 2:30pm 6/04/10 2:30pm

Meet Your Future J-Turning Robot Car Overlords

Stanford University's Computer Science Department's autonomous VW Passat Wagon has learned a fun new trick: using vehicle and real-world models to accurately J-turn its way into a parallel parking space. At least our future masters have skills. » 5/11/10 3:30pm 5/11/10 3:30pm

Welcome To The People's-Car Machine

This is Volkswagen's car-shuffling Autostadt storage facility as seen from the top of its massive robotic arm. The 800-vehicle tower acts as a holding tank for completed VWs awaiting delivery. Want to ride it? You can. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) » 4/20/10 3:45pm 4/20/10 3:45pm