The 2016 Volkswagen Passat Fixes The Old Passat's Biggest Flaw, But That's About It

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Let me paint the scene for you at the press launch of the refreshed 2016 Volkswagen Passat. Journalists went to dinner with the Volkswagen folks and stood around with wine glasses while well-dressed people offered us hors d’oeuvres. I was talking to a product planner when it happened: time slowed down, the room went quiet, everyone turned toward me me as I mumbled the word “diesel.”