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by Brett Davis

Volkswagen has just unveiled and released details of the next generation 2011 Volkswagen Passat at the Paris Motor Show. Volkswagen has also taken a couple of videos showing the car up close, for all of us who couldn’t quite make it to France this week.

The 2011 Volkswagen Passat takes on a more mature design, which Volkswagen says was styled on the Volkswagen Phaeton luxury car. There’s also a range of new engines which Volkswagen says can save up to 18 percent fuel over the existing range, including a 1.6-litre TDI turbo diesel outputting 77kW which uses just 4.2L/100km. Not bad for a non-hybrid.

Inside, the new Volkswagen Passat gets redesigned seats, interior door trim panels and all new dash surfaces and trimming. On the technology front, the 2011 Passat also comes with Park Assist 2 which claims to not only parallel park through the use of automatic steering, but the car can also find its way into a perpendicular car park. Other new features include a navigation system which uses cameras to detect speed limits and also a button-operated retractable tow-bar.

We don’t expect the new Passat to hit Australian showrooms until next year but we’ll keep you updated with any Australian-specification info that comes through. Until then, check out the walk-around videos below for a closer look.

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