Over in the UK, drivers buying a new Passat CC now have a new transmission option that gives them an extra 1.2 mpg. The 160 hp 1.8L TSI four cylinder can now be paired with VW's 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox in place of the 6-speed manual. The DSG yields a combined 32.2 mpg (U.S.) compared to the 31.0 mpg (U.S.) with the manual. Similarly, the CO2 emissions have dropped from 178 g/km to 172 g/km. The 2.0L TDI diesel and gasoline 3.6L V6 are available with the 6-speed DSG, in addition to the manual and conventional automatic transmissions.

Here in the U.S., no DSG transmissions are available in the CC, and neither are the diesel or 1.8L engines. The 2.0L TSI is available with a 6-speed manual or automatic while the V6 can only be ordered with the automatic.

[Source: Volkswagen]


News Release

30 January 2009

MORE CHOICE FOR CUSTOMERS AS VOLKSWAGEN EXPANDS PASSAT CC RANGE

Volkswagen's four-door, four-seat coupé, the Passat CC, is now available to order with a seven-speed DSG gearbox which enhances performance and economy.

The compact and lightweight seven-speed DSG transmission, fitted with a pair of dry clutches, offers a number of benefits over a conventional automatic gearbox. A lower first gear ratio improves acceleration from a standstill to 62 mph to 8.5 seconds (8.6 manual) while the seventh gear has been raised to act as an overdrive function. This, in turn, gives an improved fuel consumption figure on the combined cycle of 38.7 mpg (37.2 manual) and CO2 emissions are reduced to 172 g/km (178 manual).

Available only in standard CC trim, and with the 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS engine, the Passat CC with seven-speed DSG gearbox features an extensive list of standard equipment including 17-inch 'Phoenix' alloy wheels, 2Zone Climatronic air conditioning, touchscreen stereo system with six-disc CD autochanger, driver's six-way electrically adjustable seat, multi-function leather steering wheel, six airbags and Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP).

Further innovative systems available as an option on the Passat CC include Adaptive Chassis Control (ACC) which allows the driver to select from comfort, sport and normal modes to define the desired suspension and steering settings for any particular journey, and Park Assist which makes light work of parallel parking manoeuvres.

Prices for the Passat CC start at £20,622 (RRP on the road) for the 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS, while the new DSG gearbox commands a £1,243 premium. Prices for the range rise to £30,492 for the GT 3.6-litre V6 which produces 300 PS.

For more information visit www.volkswagen.co.uk.

Passat CC model line-up and pricing

Price, £
(RRP OTR)

CO2 emissions, g/km

CC 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS 6 spd manual

20,622

178

CC 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS 7 spd DSG

21,865

172

CC 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6 spd manual

21,408

146

CC 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6 spd DSG

22,676

158

CC GT 2.0-litre TSI 200 PS 6 spd manual

22,717

186

CC GT 2.0-litre TSI 200 PS 6 spd auto tiptronic

23,960

199

CC GT 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6 spd manual

22,289

146

CC GT 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS 6 spd DSG

23,557

158

CC GT 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS 6 spd manual

23,170

146

CC GT 2.0-litre TDI 170 170 PS 6 spd DSG

24,438

159

CC GT 3.6-litre V6 4MOTION 300 PS 6 spd DSG

30,492

242