Volkswagen CC

At the beginning of 2008, Volkswagen unveiled the Volkswagen CC, a four-door coupe version of the Volkswagen Passat. In the U.S., the coupe was called the Volkswagen CC, while in other countries it retained the Passat name, and was called the Volkswagen Passat CC. The CC is stands for comfort coupe and represents the goal of Volkswagen to provide a more luxurious, higher-end vehicle than the Passat.

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About the Volkswagen CC

As with other Volkswagen vehicles, the Volkswagen CC was designed to combine performance with comfort and practicality. Both the exterior and interior underwent style changes to differentiate the CC from the Passat, and to make it look sleeker both inside and out. Changes were made to the engine and additional features were included, such as a lane departure prevention system and an automatic parking system. The Volkswagen CC is aimed at young professionals who want to make a statement about what they drive.

Volkswagen CC Features

The 2013 Volkswagen CC was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2011. While it was not a new generation of the CC, it had undergone a significant facelift. This version of the CC went into production in January 2012 to be released for sales later that year.

As well as modifications to the exterior body shape and style, other changes were made to technically update the Volkswagen CC. The front and rear of the body was modified as it reinforced the luxury status of the car within the line of Volkswagen models. The front grille was changed to three bars that are similar to that found on the Passat and Jetta. The headlamps were equipped with adaptive front lighting that follow corners and new LED running lights. When viewed from the front, the 2013 Volkswagen CC looks wider and closer to the ground due to the reshaping of the air intakes. The rear of the car underwent similar modifications to enhance its high-end performance reputation. The taillights received a new shape and also include LED elements. Finally, several different alloy wheel options are available.

Within the CC itself, the interior design remained mostly the same after the facelift for the 2013 model. Changes included an increased number of color combinations and trim enhancements, including some new ones that were previously unavailable. One of the most significant interior modifications was that the single bucket-style seats in the back were replaced with a bench that was capable of seating three passengers. Also, whiplash-preventing headrests were added to the front seats.

Volkswagen CC Evolution

The first Volkswagen CC coupes rolled off the production line at the end of 2008 for the 2009 model year. It was launched in the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the first generation of the vehicle. While it shared the same wheelbase as the Passat, the CC was longer, wider, and lower to the ground compared to the Passat models of the same year. It is available in a four-door coupe style only and is classed as a large family car.

When it was initially launched, the CC was equipped with either a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. The 2.0-liter engine was available in front-wheel drive only and had a power rating of 200 horsepower and a maximum torque of 210 lb-ft. It was equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, and a six-speed manual transmission was available as an option. The CC models equipped with the V-6 engine came in either front-wheel drive or with the VR6 Sport sedan or VR6 4motion four-wheel drive on-demand system installed. These engines were rated as producing 280 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, but came with a six-speed automatic transmission only.

The six-speed automatic transmission found within the V-6 version of the CC and within the four-cylinder version from 2009 onwards was a direct-shift gearbox (DSG). This gearbox is manual and electronically controlled without a clutch pedal. Basically, the transmission contains two gearboxes that are housed together and work as one unit. The gearbox offers full automatic control of the gear shifting or semi-manual capabilities to the driver to make gear shifts.

The 2011 model year released six trim lines of the CC, which are the Sport, R-Line, Lux, Lux Plus, Lux Limited, and Executive. Except for the Executive, all are equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Executive trim line is the only model that has the 3.6-liter V-8 engine installed. The Sport and R-Line have a six-speed manual transmission, while all the other trim lines are equipped with the six-speed DSG automatic transmission. Depending on the trim level, features found within higher trim levels include 18-inch alloy wheels instead of 17-inch, a navigation system, a climate control system, improved interior trim finishing, and a sunroof.

Select a Volkswagen CC Year

2017 Volkswagen CC

Midsize, Sedan

2016 Volkswagen CC

Midsize, Sedan

2015 Volkswagen CC

Midsize, Sedan

2014 Volkswagen CC

Midsize, Sedan

2013 Volkswagen CC

Midsize, Sedan

The original concept of the Volkswagen CC was that of a four-door coupe, that is to say, a car with coupe style that was suitable for a family.

2012 Volkswagen CC

Midsize, Sedan

VW streamlined some of the options packages for 2012 by dropping the VR6 Sport model. If you want the bigger engine, you'll have to spring for the top-of-the-line model with 4Motion and a Tiptronic six-speed automatic.

2011 Volkswagen CC

Midsize, Sedan

The letters in the 2011 Volkswagen CC name tag stand for Comfort Coupe.

2010 Volkswagen CC

Midsize, Sedan

There are few changes to be found on the CC for 2010, though Volkswagen has replaced the conventional Tiptronic automatic with its DSG auto-clutch transmission on 2.0-liter models, added wood trim to the VR6 versions, and included standard touchscreen audio and Bluetooth controls across the board.

2009 Volkswagen CC

Midsize, Sedan