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Old 05-24-2007, 01:00 PM
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Arrow Forbes names Volkswagen Passat one of the safest cars on the road

AJAX, ON, May 23 /CNW/ - Volkswagen Canada is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen Passat was picked as one of the safest cars on the road according to prestigious Forbes' web outlet, Forbes.com. The Passat sedan and wagon have both earned Consumer Reports' highest possible rating for accident-avoidance capabilities. These ratings are based on Consumer Reports' objective testing in which, braking and emergency handling, are judged as the most important factors. In addition, the Passat sedan and wagon models achieved a substantially better-than-average frequency of insurance injury-claim filings, as compiled by the U.S. Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). As one expects of Volkswagens, the new Passat embodies the German engineering mandate of building high levels of advanced occupant protection. Major standard safety items feature eight airbags in total, including front side thorax airbags, and Side Curtain Protection(TM) (head) in the front and rear. Rear side thorax airbags are optional in a Passat, and if chosen, will supplement the standard head curtain protection system. The Passat offers the stability and surefootedness of a precise-handling front-drive sedan, with standard four-wheel disc ABS brakes that are coupled with a sophisticated Engine Braking Assist system. Volkswagen's advanced 4Motion all-wheel drive is also available. All Passats come standard with an Electronic Stabilization Program, Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) traction control, and Electronic Differential Locking (EDL). The 2007 Passat pricing starts at $29,970.

Founded in 1952, Volkswagen Canada, Inc. is headquartered in Ajax, Ontario. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. In addition to the Passat, Volkswagen sells the City Golf, City Jetta, Rabbit, GTI, New Beetle, Jetta, Eos, and Touareg through more than 130 independent Canadian dealers.

For further information: Patrick Saint-Pierre, (905) 428-5858, Patrick.Saint-Pierre@vw.com

Source: [url=http://www.cnw.ca/fr/releases/archive/May2007/23/c3888.html]CNW Telbec (Communiqu?s de presse)[/url]
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