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January 15, 2008

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World Premiere of the Volkswagen CC

DETROIT - Volkswagen of America, Inc. welcomes the all-new CC, an evocative new coupe with sedan access and functionality. The CC features a muscular shoulder line, which visually connects the front wheel wells to the taillights, providing the emotional and expressive stance of a sports coupe with the convenience of a sedan.

The Passat CC will come standard in the U.S. with the 2.0 TSI engine with 200 horsepower and 207 lbs.-ft of torque, available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed Tiptronic transmission. Available optionally is the 3.6L FSI, rated at 280 horsepower and 266 lbs.-ft of torque. The 3.6L FSI comes standard with the six-speed Tiptronic transmission.

With an unmistakable front-end, the grille sports two cross-struts and a centrally placed Volkswagen logo between trapezoidal headlamps. In the lower area, three large air inlets and integrated turn signals and fog lights dominate the visual image. The lower air inlets are formed by a sporty spoiler that optimizes the highs peed downforce. An indicator of the CC's excellent overall aerodynamic qualities is its drag coefficient of cw 0.29.

The rear end of the coupe is also marked by large-surface dual taillights, which produce an unmistakable visual image, day and night. A rear spoiler - styled into the trunk lid - tames air turbulence and, like its counterpart at the front end, supplies greater downforce. The large rear window continues the coupe's roof line, extending into the short but high-opening trunk lid. The styling makes the window appear even larger and the trunk lid even smaller. It extends the look of the glass and underscores the dynamic character of the CC.

Newly developed for the CC is an electrically actuated Panorama power vent sunroof. The transparent roof is 29.5 inches long and 44 inches wide, covering the entire front area up to the B pillar.

Volkswagen's attention to detail is shown off in the interior of the Passat CC with four ergonomically formed sport seats with available climate control, new instruments, new door trim, new radio and navigation systems spokes on the steering wheel. The rear sport seats offer ergonomically optimized lateral support on the sides of the seatbacks and seat surfaces and optional heated seats will be available.

The CC will be available for the U.S. market in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Photo: VW

(Jan. 13, 2008)

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