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The Volkswagen CC is a four-passenger, four-door coupe. One of the newest and more stylish trends to pop up in the automotive industry lately is the four-door coupe. Volkswagen joins the ranks of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Aston Martin with the introduction of its sleek new coupe-like four-door, the Volkswagen CC. Introduced for 2009, the Volkswagen CC slots in between the Passat and the ultra-luxury Phaeton (which is no longer sold in the U.S. due to poor sales of the $66,000 sedan). Based off the Passat platform, the new CC features a sporty exterior design, luxurious passenger cabin and a duo of powerful drivertrains. The CC, along with the Routan, Tiguan and Jetta SportWagen, helps Volkswagen spread into new markets as the company attempts to increase its market share in the U.S. by tripling annual sales in the next 10 years. The 2009 Volkswagen CC is the latest addition to Volkswagen’s lineup, which now includes 14 models ranging from the fuel-efficient Rabbit to the rugged Touareg.

While the new CC has a starting MSRP closer to higher-trim midsize sedans, its unique shape and passenger configuration leave it in a class filled with cars twice or triple its price. The sleek roofline and low beltline help give the CC a very distinguishable look even when compared to the car that spearheaded the four-door coupe segment, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class. The swept roofline leads to a 2+2 seating configuration with all four seats receiving adequate side bolstering foretelling the sport side of VW’s sport luxury sedan.

There are four distinct trim levels on the CC: Sport, Luxury, VR6 Sport and VR6 4Motion. All models come standard with leather seating surfaces and the choice of solid or two-tone coloring. The upper trim levels offer standard items such as Bi-Xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting, rain-sensing windshield wipers and park distance control. When the surprisingly cavernous trunk fails to meet cargo needs, the split rear seat can also fold flat.

The base CC Sport model comes with a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter, turbocharged and intercooled inline-4 powering the front wheels, while the top-of-the-line CC VR6 4Motion comes with VW’s 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter VR6 and the safety and stability of all-wheel drive. The CC Sport comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but all higher trims come with a six-speed automatic with Tiptronic (offering manual shift and sport modes). VW claims that the CC can run from 0-60 miles per hour anywhere from 6.2 seconds in the CC VR6 4Motion up to 7.4 seconds in the CC Sport. The 2009 CC is surprising agile and handles corners as if it were on rails without being too rough over average American roads.

VW’s Carefree Maintenance program may further help sway potential customers into showrooms to check out its expanded lineup. Customers who purchase any 2009 Volkswagen model benefit from no maintenance costs for three years or 36,000 miles.