published Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Chattanooga-made Volkswagen Passat named Cars.com’s best of 2012

A new Volkswagen Passat sits on display on the deck of the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga during a Volkswagen dinner and reception for international media in this file photo.
A new Volkswagen Passat sits on display on the deck of the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga during a Volkswagen dinner and reception for international media in this file photo.
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Volkswagen’s Chattanooga-made Passat has been named Cars.com's "Best of 2012," the online automotive site announced during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

"The completely redesigned Volkswagen Passat shook up the extremely competitive family sedan category in 2012," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief. "The Passat's ability to take on these long-standing family sedan leaders along with its great price and standard features makes the Passat our best car for 2012."

Six vehicles were nominated for the "Best of 2012" award. They were the Audi A7, Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Veloster, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Subaru Impreza and the Passat.

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about Mike Pare...

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 ...

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