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Special "Star Wars" Passat Auctioned for Charity

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After Volkswagen made audiences laugh with its popular Star Wars-themed Super Bowl ad dubbed "The Force," its new Passat sedan may be forever linked to the famous movies and a young boy dressed as Darth Vader. That's why it only makes sense for Volkswagen to participate in eBay's new Star Wars Experience auctions, which involve the sale of dozens of Star Wars-themed items - including a one-of-a-kind 2012 Volkswagen Passat - benefitting the charity Stand Up to Cancer.

Launched to celebrate the Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga on September 16, the auctions include VIP tickets to this year's Star Wars Celebration VI in Orlando along with a host of memorabilia including costumes, Lego sets, DVDs and even a dinner with Star Wars creator George Lucas. But perhaps the most interesting item up for auction is a unique 2012 Volkswagen Passat decked out with a very flashy - and surprisingly intricate - Star Wars motif.

The Passat, an upscale SEL model equipped with the automaker's efficient 140-horsepower 2.0-liter turbodiesel powerplant, features painstaking exterior illustrations of the complete Star Wars saga. Hand-drawn on the Passat's white exterior, the illustrations include a scene from each Star Wars movie with the characters' lightsabers providing the only colored relief from the otherwise monochrome drawings. The illustrator, legendary comic book artist Ken Lashley, added his finishing touch by signing the sedan's trunk lid.

"Star Wars is one of the most-searched-for pop culture terms across eBay - a Star Wars item is searched for and sold every two seconds," says Wendy Jones, eBay's vice president of global advertising. "We're pleased that Lucasfilm chose to join us to deliver our community of more than 97 million active members a chance to put their passion towards a good cause and we're ready to unite with all Star Wars fans to ‘Use the Force for Good.'"

The recently redesigned 2012 Passat - the first Volkswagen to come out of the automaker's new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee - went on sale earlier this month. But if you'd rather have yours with a little bit of The Force, bidding on the Star Wars-themed Passat goes through Friday evening.

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