Record Year-To-Date Sales For Passat

Volkswagen’s redesigned Passat is a success in the U.S., and this success is in part due to its diesel model.

Volkswagen of America reported this week that 77,524 Volkswagen Passat sedans have been sold year-to-date, making 2012 the best year of Passat sales ever in the United States.

This number surpasses the previous total year sales record, established in 2001.

Approximately 20 percent of all Passats sold in the United States are equipped with the TDI Clean Diesel powertrain, which is unique in the midsize segment.

This best-year milestone comes on the heels of the best August sales month for Passat to date, with 10,900 units sold.

The Passat TDI version—the only clean diesel option in the segment—is rated by the EPA at 43 miles per gallon on the highway, 31 miles per gallon in the city, with the manual transmission, giving a range of almost 800 miles. That’s New York to Chicago or San Francisco to Seattle, on one tank.

Acknowledged mileage experts John and Helen Taylor recently set a single-tank long-distance driving record by taking a Passat TDI from Houston, Texas, to Sterling, Virginia—that’s a distance of 1,626 miles—on one tank of Clean Diesel fuel.

The 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel inline four-cylinder engine produces 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. The TDI engine is equipped with a Selective Catalytic Reduction System (SCR) that fulfills emissions requirements in all 50 states.

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  • L Harrison

    I purchased a 2013 Passat TDI SEL and I could not be happier. May buy another one before the year is out. Diesel mileage is terrific at 42 mpg at 75 mph. I had to have a backup camera and the 2013’s have them but not the 2012’s. My first but not my last Volkswagen. The dual clutch transmission is unreal. It is the smoothest transmission I have ever seen and I have owned over 40 new vehicles in my life. This car is worth every dime!