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First Drive: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon

Santa Barbara, Calif. — There is no question Volkswagen’s new all-wheel-drive Arteon fastback is the replacement for the now-departed CC (nee Passat CC). Equally, there is no question the fully contented, mid-size four-door is a far more complete car than the CC ever was, its $47,995 price tag indicative of flagship status. What can be questioned is timing, a valid criticism in that a concept version of the Arteon was shown three years ago at the 2016 Geneva motor show. Yes, the production version’s introduction to North America was deferred about a year, supposedly due to delays in getting emissions certification. But, with consumers buying more and more crossovers at the expense of mid-size and full-size sedan sales — this resultant shift causing the Detroit automakers to cull their lineups — what expectations does VW have for this car, one it is taking up-market into territory occupied by nameplates with a stronger upscale presence? Read More


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