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2012 Volkswagen Passat Price Drops by $7,000

January 13, 2011

Volkswagen is on a mission to become a major contender in the US this year.

To show just how serious they are - they've announced the price of the new 2012 Volkswagen Passat: $7,000 less than the current 2010 version.

When the new Passat hits dealer showrooms later this year, the starting price will be around $20,000.

This will make the Passat much more competitive price-wise with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord - and will almost match the starting price of Hyundai's Sonata.

Although the price makes the Passat more attractive, there are a couple of issues that might hurt sales.

Some have criticized the styling as being too bland and boring. (You can judge for yourself below)

2012 Volkswagen Passat

The other issue - Volkswagen is building the Passat in a brand new $1 billion manufacturing plant.

Whenever a new model is introduced, it usually encounters production and quality problems in its first year.

Since the Passat is being built in a brand new manufacturing plant, this adds an additional factor that may contribute to more quality problems.

Nevertheless, if you're considering a Hyundai Sonata this year, you should definitely check out the Passat as well.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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