chooses the Volkswagen Passat as Car of the Year

January 13, 2012 12:00 AM

Many automotive publications are choosing their favorite vehicles from the past year, and has announced that its pick is the Volkswagen Passat.

"The completely redesigned Volkswagen Passat shook up the extremely competitive family sedan category in 2012," said Patrick Olsen, 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."

The Passat was overhauled for this year as Volkswagen looked to focus more on the American market. Typically, the German automaker's designs have been labeled as "European," but the changes made to the car for this year were targeted at an American audience.

That strategy clearly paid off, as the Passat has been on many best-of-the-year lists, including being named one of the three finalists for North American Car of the Year. also highlighted models like the Honda Pilot, Ford F-150 and Ford Mustang Boss 302 as the best in their respective segments.

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