07 August 2012
Volkswagen Passat Rated Most Ideal Premium Mid-size Car in Autopacific and Autobytel Owner Survey
Herndon, VA – The Chattanooga, Tennessee-built Volkswagen Passat has earned yet another distinct recognition during this, its first year on sale. In addition to being awarded top-rated premium mid-size car in the Autobytel and AutoPacific 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, the Passat was also recognized as the Most Ideal Premium Mid-Size Car for 2012 as part of AutoPacific’s New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey. Additionally, owner respondents voted the Golf hatch as the Most Ideal Compact Car.
The Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVA) are unique from other automotive awards given each year in that they are based on owner input to a survey that measures any changes that the owners would make to their new vehicle. Questions are based on 15 key vehicle attributes such as exterior styling, passenger roominess, and cargo space. Over 75,000 owners across all manufacturers were surveyed—after having purchased their 2012 model vehicle between September and December 2011 and after driving their vehicle for 90 days.
“The significance of the Ideal Vehicle Awards is that they identify the automotive manufacturers that are listening to their buyers when updating and developing their latest cars,” said George Peterson, President of AutoPacific. “The IVAs are awarded to those vehicles whose owners like them just the way they are.”
“We are very excited by this latest recognition for the Passat and Golf models,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “This is a testament to the commitment by the Passat and Golf vehicle teams to bring to market affordable German engineered vehicles that not only meet the needs of the customer, but exceed them.”
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Beetle, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.
This press release and images of the 2012 Passat and Golf models are available at media.vw.com.
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