Volkswagen revealed their Passat CC at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. The Passat CC body is a coupe design but with four doors over the usual two. The interior is luxurious, with features like the active climate seat, a creature comfort that until now was reserved for the Phaeton luxury sedan. Developed for the Passat CC, there is also a new electrically actuated Panorama vent sunroof to add an extra touch of class and luxury.
The big highlight of the Passat CC is the “Lane assist” feature which is an active lane keeping system, unique in this vehicle class. “Lane Assist” detects lane markings via a camera in the vicinity of the inside mirror or rain sensor. The system is activated via the multifunctional display on the Passat CC; the driver selects the system under the menu item “Lane Assist” to activate. As long as the driver does not deactivate the system, from that point forward it takes effect starting at a speed of 65 km/h. It automatically counter-steers as soon as the Passat CC leaves its lane unintentionally, though the counter-steering is said to be very continuous and gentle, overridable by the driver steering with very little force. If the driver takes their hands off the steering wheel completely, the system detects this and issues a warning, both acoustic and by vibration, to request that the driver resume control, and then the system switches itself off.
Expect the VW Passat CC in the US during the fourth quarter of the year.