It was at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay on the beautiful Pacific, with the cultural Mecca of San Francisco as its backdrop, that Volkswagen chose to launch its new car lineup.
Over three days in March, journalists from around the world were able to drive the legendary Volkswagen Beetle, New Golf, and Golf R, as well as Eos, Jetta, the flagship SUV Touareg, and the new 2013 CC.
The CC Sport had its first debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
In an area that encompasses sand beaches and cliffs that shelter and dress the Pacific Coast, going east towards the rich vineyards and produce fields in dark mountain shadows and high plateaus further east, I got to drive some of the finest American-produced automobiles.
The 2013 CC Sport Plus is one of the most affordable 4-door coupes in the marketplace, and the car I have chosen to write about. By the way, CC stands for Comfort Coupe.
The CC has an outstanding outside wrapping of candy-white while inside is colored in a wonderful rich luxury white.
The 4-cylinder models offer the acclaimed turbo charged 200-hp I-4 engine with a choice of 6-speed manual or DSG transmission. The VR6 models have a heady 280 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. A new front drive V6 Lux model has been recently introduced.
The automatic transmission was my choice for the challenging route and it did splendidly. It shifted smoothly; not once did it hesitate or jerk.
One of the features I liked the most was the lighting. Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daylight running lights, LED taillights, and LED license plate illumination are standard in all 5 trims.
The EPA has CC getting 31 mpg highway and 22 mpg city. But my driving experience netted me a combined average of 28 mpg.
Electro-mechanical power steering, special variable assists, multilink independent sports rear suspension along with elective stability controls, anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, and anti-lock breaking are some of the safety and durability features that are standard on all models. The standard price for the CC is $32,850.
Side impact curtains, head restraints for all passengers, child safety rear door locks, and tire monitoring systems are valued safety devices that German engineers have made standard features.
Power adjustable exterior mirrors, rear seat arm posts, power heated seats, and cruise control are comfort and convenient features as Bluetooth and media device interface handle the technological aspects of the driving experience.
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