2009 Volkswagen CC

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What Changed for 2009:
  • All-new 4-door coupe
  • Based on the Volkswagen Passat sedan
  • Four-passenger seating
  • Four- and 6-cylinder powerplants
  • Six-speed manual and Tiptronic transmissions
  • Upscale interior and a new instrument design
  • Available 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • Manufactured in Germany
The Volkswagen Passat CC, a 4-door coupe derivative of the popular Passat sedan, debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show. Slightly longer and lower than the standard Passat Sedan, the Passat CC coupe-or \"CC\" as it is known-offers customers a sleek, sporty and upscale German automobile ata more reasonable Volkswagen price point. The interior of the CCcontinues the sport/luxury theme with available leather upholstery andwood trim in the cabin. Unlike the standard 5-passenger Passat, theinterior of the new CC features four ergonomically formed sport seats.Arguably the most luxurious non-SUV in the Volkswagen lineup, the newCC arrives with a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines, front- orall-wheel drive (FWD or AWD), and a long list of standard featurestypically not found in this segment.

New for 2009 is Volkswagen's carefreemaintenance program. It is standard on all CC models. The benefits of the program include no-charge scheduled maintenance during the first 3 years or 36,000 miles of ownership. The 2009 Volkswagen CC also features a3-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty, and a 5-year/60,000-milepowertrain warranty. Volkswagen also offers a 12-year/unlimited mileagecorrosion warranty on all of its new vehicles.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Volkswagen CC is offered in four trim levels: Sport, Luxury,VR6 Sport and VR6 4Motion. The Sport and Luxury models feature a4-cylinder turbocharged engine while the VR6 Sport and VR6 4Motion areequipped with a larger 6-cylinder powerplant. All models are FWD,except for the AWD VR6 4Motion.

The standard Sport model features a 12-way full power-adjustable driverseat, and an 8-way power-adjustable passenger seat. Both have standard4-way power lumbar support. In addition, the Sport offers full powerwindows and locks, manual air conditioning, leather-wrapped steeringwheel, sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels, and an 8-speaker AM/FMradio with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer. The standard upholstery on theSport model is V-Tex leatherette (synthetic leather). The upgradedLuxury model adds a 12-way power passenger seat, leather sports seats,satellite radio, rain-sensing wipers, and HomeLink as standardequipment. The two VR6 models upgrade even further to 18-inch wheels,the premium Dynaudio sound package, bi-Xenon headlamps, and a powerrear sunshade. The VR6 4Motion, as the name implies, is fitted withVolkswagen's permanent 4Motion AWD system.

Volkswagen offers the new Passat CC with two engine choices. Thestandard powerplant is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder enginerated at 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft. of torque. All standard models are FWD.The 2.0-liter comes with a choice of 6-speed manual transmission or a6-speed automatic with Tiptronic. According to Volkswagen, the standardmodel will accelerate to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds with a 6-speedmanual (7.4 seconds with the Tiptronic). Fuel economy is EPA-rated at19 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with the automatic transmission. Theengine on both CC VR6 models is a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder rated at 280 hpand 265 lb.-ft. of torque. The standard VR6 Sport model is FWD, whilethe VR6 4Motion features a permanent AWD powertrain. The 6-speedautomatic transmission with Tiptronic is standard on all V-6 models (amanual transmission is not offered). According to Volkswagen, the CCVR6 models will accelerate to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds on towards atop speed of 130 mph. Fuel economy for the larger powerplant is 18 mpgcity, and 27 mpg highway.

The front suspension of the new CC is of an independent design-it's aMacPherson concept with triangular wishbones, coil springs andtelescopic shocks. The rear suspension is an independent 4-link setupwith telescopic shocks. Brakes are power-assisted discs on all fourcorners with standard anti-lock control (ABS). Standard wheels are17-inch aluminum alloy on the standard models, and 18-inch alloy on theVR6 models.

All 2009 Volkswagen CC models feature driver and passenger front airbag supplemental restraint systems and driver and front passenger sidethorax air bag supplemental restraints. Side curtain air bag protectionand front safety belt pre-tensioners are also standard on all models.Rear-passenger side thorax air bag supplemental restraints, with safetybelt pre-tensioners, are optional. The rear seating positions are alsoequipped with LATCH (formerly ISOFIX) tether anchors for child seats.All 2009 CC models are equipped with standard ESP (stability control),ASR (anti-slip control), ABS (anti-lock brakes), and atire-pressure-monitoring system.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 VolkswagenCC 4-door with side air bags received 4 stars in frontal crash testingfor both driver and front passenger, as well as 5-star (the agency'shighest rating) side-impact scores for both front- and rear-seatoccupants. The CC received 4 stars for rollover resistance. The 2009Volkswagen CC has not been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute forHighway Safety (IIHS).

Volkswagen paid careful attention to managing airflow around theexterior of the new CC. This is important as improved aerodynamicstranslate to increased fuel efficiency, lower emissions, a quieterpassenger cabin, and a more stable vehicle at highway speeds. Toachieve these objectives, Volkswagen engineers designed lower airinlets on the front spoiler to optimize high-speed downforce, themanufacturer says. They also styled the trunk with an integratedspoiler. According to Volkswagen, it is designed to tame air turbulencearound the rear of the vehicle and provide additional downforce withoutdisrupting the flowing styling of the 4-door coupe. With an attentionto aerodynamics and the details, the new CC earned a drag coefficient(Cd.) of just .29.


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