Volkswagen Passat CC
Volkswagen can't help it. The upscale influence of its Audi siblings has been too powerful to ignore, and while some of its models (the Phaeton and Touareg) have crept absurdly high in price, perhaps the shapely 2009 Passat CC won't follow that trend. Perhaps.
Pricing hasn't been announced for this probable range-topper, but there's a lot of options: adaptive suspension, full-width glass roof and robots to park the car for you like in the new Lexus LS. Now about that VW badge...(AP Photo / Gary Malerba)