Volkswagen of America wants a hero, they want a champion. If you watched the Democratic Debate a couple of weeks ago, Volkswagen wants someone like Bernie Sanders to stand up and say ‘Nobody cares about your damn NOX emissions!’. Having sat through the Passat pre-drive press conference question and answer session last week, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen any time soon. Nearly every question asked by a journalist involved the nasty D-word, and nearly every answer given by VW PR was along the lines of ‘We’ll give you more information when we have it’. VWoA wants the Passat to be their champion, they want people to take notice of its strong new sheetmetal and its increasingly advanced tech available inside, and they want people to ignore that there is no longer an option box on the order sheet for TDi Clean Diesel. Is the new Passat good enough to help us forgive and forget? I flew to Stowe, Vermont to find out.