2012 Car of The Year is 2012 Volkswagen Passat, as named by Motor Trend, presented at 2011 LA Auto Show (Video)

By on Nov 17, 2011 in Automobile, United States Comments

Updated: November 17, 2011 9:54 p.m.

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The 2012 Volkswagon Passat was named as 2012 Car of the Year by Motor Trend magazine on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, as shown in the video below, and was presented at the 2011 LA Auto Show.

2012 Volkswagen Passat
Image Credit: MotorTrend.com

As noted by Motor Trend on its official website that day, the 2012 Volkswagon Passat was chosen as 2012 Car of the Year and beat 34 other contenders including cars from the US, Europe and Asia.

The 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year award was presented to Volkswagen of America President and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Browning at the 2011 LA Auto Show, also that day.

Volkswagen is extremely proud to receive this honor,” Browning was quoted as saying on reports, upon receiving the award, with the Passat being manufactured in its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“This recognition from Motor Trend is a testament to the engineering integrity of the Passat and validates our strategy of providing a US-built, German engineered midsize sedan at a price in the heart of the midsize segment,” he added.

Meanwhile, Motor Trend noted that the criteria for the 2012 Car of the Year award include Advancement in Design, Engineering Excellence, Efficiency, Safety, Value, and Intended Function.

“The well-equipped Passat is a breakthrough car for Volkswagen, as it has been designed to suit the North American market. It has one of the roomiest interiors in its class, a wide choice of powertrains and a well-tuned chassis.” Motor Trend Editor-in-chief Angus MacKenzie reportedly said.

“A compelling new entry in the toughest, most competitive vehicle segment in the U.S. today, it’s a terrific all-around family sedan.” MacKenzie added, who also explained in the video below why the re-designed Volkswagon Passat was named as 2012 Car of the Year.

Last month, Motor Trend named Range Rover Evoque as the 2012 SUV of the Year and beat nine other finalists.

Volkswagen Passat Wins 2012 Motor Trend Car Of The Year
Video Credit: MotorTrend/YouTube

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