Its here and its ready to roll Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 15, 2011 VW delivers the first 2012 Passat TDI to Matt Duchesne of San Jose, CA. As described in detail during the 2012 VW Passat Preview drive in Chattanooga, TN a few months back, the all-new Passat is designed specifically for the North American market. Duchesne’s 2012 Passat was built at the VW plant in Chattanooga, TN, one of the newest, most advanced, and environmentally responsible auto assembly plants in the world. In honor of the first 2012 Passat delivery, VW will be sending Mr. Duchesne and a guest to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a VIP tour of the all-new facility that is the birthplace of not only his new car but every all-new Passat sold in America. The plant visit, scheduled for early November, is part of a celebration for the Chattanooga plant, which rolled out its 10,000th all-new Passat last Thursday, September 8th. After the tour, Mr. Duchesne won’t head home with an empty trunk. Volkswagen is giving him a fully stocked gift bag of VW gear and Shell will also be providing the lucky recipient $500 in Shell Gift Cards to fill up with high quality Shell diesel. Duchesne ordered the 2012 Passat TDI SEL model. With best-in-class rear seat legroom and the new Fender Premium Audio System, it is easy to see why the 2012 Passat TDI has raised the bar in the midsize sedan segment. The all-new Passat has further proven VW’s commitment to safety by earning the coveted Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK rating for 2011, the highest possible rating from the non-profit safety research organization. The 2012 Passat is the eighth Volkswagen model to receive a 2011 IIHS Top Safety Pick, making Volkswagen one of the recognized safety leaders in the industry.