Volkswagen AG joins Germany's 4-door coupe craze with the highly stylish Passat CC.

The new model is one of 12 vehicles VW CEO Martin Winterkorn promises to unleash over the next three years as VW looks to challenge Toyota Motor Corp. globally and make a bigger dent here in the U.S. market.

In addition to its luxurious lines, the Passat CC packs a lot of technology, including VW's first application of lane-departure technology and what the auto maker calls Dynamic Drive Control, which offers three settings for the car's suspension damping and steering.

The 4-door coupe also boasts park assist technology, which guides the vehicle into a parking space, and intelligent cruise control that can maintain a set speed and distance from the car in front.

VW's “Front Assist” technology helps avoid collisions, using a radar sensor to monitor the distance to the vehicle ahead and automatically pre-condition the brakes for emergency activation, shortening stopping distance.