Patrick Monahan

Volkswagen of America, Inc., today announced the world debut of the all-new Passat, a transformational car in Volkswagen’s ambitious growth plan for the U.S. market at a special preview evening at The Detroit Firehouse. Designed in Germany and made in America, the Passat was developed as a larger vehicle with premium features and handling characteristics that will perfectly match it with the tastes and lifestyles of Americans. Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America welcomed the crowd and then Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board, Volkswagen Group announced the All New Passat to the excited crowd.

Next the band Train performed a four song set kicked off by their huge mega hit "Hey Soul Sister." Lead singer Patrick Monahan mentioned, "Hey most of us were conceived in the back of a Volkswagen." They then played "Calling all angels," If it's love, and ended with "Drops." When asked about the Passat backstage Patrick said "We love the Volkswagen Passat!" It's awesome german engineering at a price people can afford. Drummer Scott Underwood also said the band's first tour bus was a Volkswagen too. "It was awesome!"

The band will soon be headed to Australia to tour with Inxs and are nominated for a Grammy. "We're gonna win too," exclaimed Patrick.

Guests dined on comfort food favorites with a modern and sophisticated twist including chicken wings, fried shrimp, sliders, mini Caesar salads, and fries.

The Volkswagen Passat will start at around $20,000 when it arrives in dealer showrooms later this year. It will come with premium standard features that include automatic climate control and Bluetooth connectivity.

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