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VW positions new Passat as little Phaeton

Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen will offer a wide range of equipment in the new Passat, which is unusual for a medium sized car.

VW hopes this move will help it retain the comfort oriented customers for whom the Phaeton luxury sedan is too big or too expensive at 60,480 euros.

VW officials told Automobilwoche that beginning in April, the Passat will be available with a speed control system that takes into account the distance between the Passat and the car in front of it. Prices for the new Passat begin at about 22,000 euros.

The electric seat adjustment control that is used in the Phaeton will also be in the Passat, in a less complex version. It gives passengers a wide range of seat settings.

Even the handbook for the new medium-sized VW will be similar to that of the top model. For the first time the operating instructions will be individualized: customers will only get information about the particular engine and climate control in their car.

Passat buyers will not get the handbook in a luxurious leather cover like Phaeton buyers get. The leather cover costs 40 euros, which would by far exceed the planned budget for the booklet of 6 euros.

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