The Chattanooga-made Volkswagen Passat is a finalist for the 2012 North American Car of the Year.
It will compete against the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra for the annual award by a group of 50 automotive journalists that is coveted by automotive manufacturers.
The finalists were revealed today at an Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The judges selected the finalists from 17 new cars and seven new trucks. The winners of the contest will be announced Jan. 9 at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The Passat, a key to VW’s efforts to sell 1 million vehicles a year in the U.S. by 2018, went on sale in September.
For more, see Friday’s Times Free Press.
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...