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2018 Volkswagen Arteon

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It’s going to take more than a name change and a lower roof for anything above the Passat to be successful

Back in 2007, Volkswagen thought it would be a good idea to develop a large coupe with a heavily sloped roof. Some of you from way back then know it as the Passat CC, while more recently it has dropped the “Passat” name. Volkswagen had big ambitions for the CC, calling it a “sports sedan” and projecting sales of at least 300,000 over the first seven years of production. But, the CC is often overlooked and has performed very poorly. Fast forward to 2017 and VW has decided to usher in a successor to the last-gen CC and it comes complete with a name change. Now going by the name Arteon, the car now rides on VW’s MQB platform and will be offered with a number of standard features that includes LED lights outside, a progressive steering system, 18-inch wheels, and a handful of engines that offer a power output that ranges from 148 horsepower all the way up to 276 horsepower. You can have AWD with some drivetrain options, or only front-wheel drive in others.

Tobias Suhlmann, the man responsible for the Arteon’s design, said, “The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupe-style fastback design and large rear hatch, this Gran Turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional sedans."

But, while it does have a long wheelbase and it follows suit with a number of other sedans that have that low, sloping roof, the new Arteon isn’t all that different from the CC it replaces. So, let’s take a closer look at it and see if we can make out anything that might make this model more successful than the CC.

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The Volkswagen Arteon has a Bigger Trunk than the CC and a Full-Sized Spare!

The Volkswagen Arteon has a Bigger Trunk than the CC and a Full-Sized Spare!

More room than the Mercedes CLS too!

Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Volkswagen Arteon arrived to replace the CC, a sportier-looking, coupe-style version of the all-popular Passat. A big hit when it was introduced in 2008, the CC lost its appeal after only a few years, and it became one of the company’s slowest selling vehicles. A significant departure from its predecessor, the Arteon will fix that and likely give Volkswagen a better shot at the premium market. Launched in the U.S. at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the Arteon is not only the more appealing car on the outside, but it’s also more practical.

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Is The Volkswagen Arteon Worth Your Hard-Earned Benjamins?

Is The Volkswagen Arteon Worth Your Hard-Earned Benjamins?

Based on first impressions, it’s worth a serious look

Almost a year after making its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Volkswagen Arteon finally touched down in America when it was unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. If you’re wondering what caused the long delay of its U.S. debut, you’re better off channeling your curiosity somewhere else. The delay isn’t important. What’s important is that it’s finally here. If there is a question to ask about the Arteon, it’s this: is it worth it to get one?

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Volkswagen Arteon Finally Makes U.S. Debut in Chicago!

Volkswagen Arteon Finally Makes U.S. Debut in Chicago!

The successor to the ill-fated CC is here

Developed as a successor to the Volkswagen CC, which back in 2015 was one of the lowest selling models in the company’s lineup, the Arteon was introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. A big step forward in terms of design and equipment, the four-door coupe finally made its U.S. debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. Volkswagen’s choice for the Arteon’s American debut is rather weird given that the U.S. had three major events in New York, Los Angeles, and Detroit since then, but it’s better late than never I guess.

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Coming Soon: VR6-Powered Volkswagen Arteon R

Coming Soon: VR6-Powered Volkswagen Arteon R

A fitting variant for a sedan that needed one in the first place

The Volkswagen Arteon sits on top of VW’s range, but for whatever reason, the flagship sedan tops out with a 2.0-liter TSI variant that pumps out 276 horsepower. That’s actually a decent number, but not for a car that’s supposed to have the status of the Arteon. Fortunately, good news is on the horizon, though, because Volkswagen is actually preparing a more potent VR6 version that could have as much as 400 horsepower at its disposal.

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2018 Volkswagen Arteon

2018 Volkswagen Arteon

It’s going to take more than a name change and a lower roof for anything above the Passat to be successful

Back in 2007, Volkswagen thought it would be a good idea to develop a large coupe with a heavily sloped roof. Some of you from way back then know it as the Passat CC, while more recently it has dropped the “Passat” name. Volkswagen had big ambitions for the CC, calling it a “sports sedan” and projecting sales of at least 300,000 over the first seven years of production. But, the CC is often overlooked and has performed very poorly. Fast forward to 2017 and VW has decided to usher in a successor to the last-gen CC and it comes complete with a name change. Now going by the name Arteon, the car now rides on VW’s MQB platform and will be offered with a number of standard features that includes LED lights outside, a progressive steering system, 18-inch wheels, and a handful of engines that offer a power output that ranges from 148 horsepower all the way up to 276 horsepower. You can have AWD with some drivetrain options, or only front-wheel drive in others.

Tobias Suhlmann, the man responsible for the Arteon’s design, said, “The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupe-style fastback design and large rear hatch, this Gran Turismo provides more space and flexibility than conventional sedans."

But, while it does have a long wheelbase and it follows suit with a number of other sedans that have that low, sloping roof, the new Arteon isn’t all that different from the CC it replaces. So, let’s take a closer look at it and see if we can make out anything that might make this model more successful than the CC.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Arteon.

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Volkswagen Arteon Is Proof that Volkswagen Learned Something From the CC Fiasco

Volkswagen Arteon Is Proof that Volkswagen Learned Something From the CC Fiasco

It’s gorgeous and promises to deliver proper performance!

While it was a cool looking car, the Volkswagen CC wasn’t exactly successful, despite surviving nearly ten years on the market. For starters, it wasn’t as sporty is it looked, but Volkswagen also received complaints about the expensive sticker and the limited headroom. Discontinued for 2017, the CC will be replaced by the Arteon, and it seems that Volkswagen learned a few valuable lessons from the CC’s rather unfortunate stint on the market.

Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the Arteon is a gorgeous design exercise. Based on concepts from the past, the CC replacement is no longer just a slightly restyled Passat with a sleeker roof line. The Arteon received its own design language defined by a massive grille and aggressive air intakes up front, muscular rear haunches, and a sportier stance overall. Sounds like the CC so far, right?

Well, yes, but unlike the CC, the Arteon has a fancier interior, with standard features that include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, electronically controlled air conditioning, six-way power adjustable front seats, and a state-of-the-art infotainment system. As you advance higher into the lineup, it gets Alcantara and leather upholstery, aluminum-look pedals, and heated front seats.

What’s more, it’s also supposed to perform better. While the CC’s most powerful drivetrain had 208 horsepower and 210 pound-feet, the range-topping Arteon will come with 276 horsepower on tap. Granted it’s not a whole lot more, but the new four-door should be significantly lighter than its predecessor, which translates into a significantly better power-to-weight ratio.

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