VW offers an incentive to new Passat buyers

Wolfsburg, Germany. Even before its new Passat goes on sale, Volkswagen is offering an incentive to potential buyers.

The Passat enters showrooms on March 11. Potential customers are being offered a "business package" that includes cruise control, heated front seats, a car alarm and a hands-free system.

The equipment package will cost 365 euros for the basic "Trendline" Passat version, whose prices start at 23,075 euros.

A VW internal note says "the price advantage for the customer is 1,313 euros." For "Comfortline," which is the next category up, the business package will cost only 165 euros.

VW is working at full speed to ensure that Passat extras that are in high demand are available as soon as possible.

The TDI Passat with 140hp will be available with a diesel particle filter and direct manual transmission "from the second quarter," says VW.

Xenon lights, solar roof and trailer coupling device should also be available then.

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