Volkswagen is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Passat;
Volkswagen is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Passat; the first Passat arrived back in May 1973 and was in fact a hatchback. Not long after the company launched the vehicle in estate body style as well. It was designed by Giorgio Giugiaro to attract the middle-class families and became one of the bestselling German cars with over 2.5 million units sold by the time the model went out of production in 1980.
The first generation Passat’s successor featured newer technologies including a turbocharged diesel engine, all wheel drive system and a five cylinder petrol engine. The second generation Passat was known as the VW Santana and was a star in the 1980’s, with nearly 5.5 million units of the second Passat and all of its variants, it was the most produced model of the entire Passat family.
From 1987 to 1997 the third and fourth generation appeared, they were made exclusively with rear step or combination, a hatchback version was no more for the Passat family. The fifth generation (1996 to 2005) set higher standards and includes fully galvanized body, advanced TDI technology, powerful four, five, six-and eight-cylinder engines and for the first time a dual clutch transmission was offered with the Passat and added a powerful diesel and petrol engines and fuel-efficient BlueMotion versions. The seventh generation of the vehicle has become one of the three cars from the Volkswagen family to enter the top ten list of the best selling cars in the world.
New Passat Alltrack
The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack arrived in showrooms earlier this year. The new Passat Alltrack is based on the popular and versatile Passat Estate it has rugged body enhancements, 4MOTION four wheel drive and raised ride height. These features endow the Passat Alltrack with the practicality of an estate car and much of the versatility of a conventional SUV, while a high standard specification level adds more than a touch of luxury. The Alltrack offers a choice of drivetrains; a 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS with six-speed manual gearbox, priced at £28,475, and a 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS with six-speed DSG transmission, priced from £31,025.
Time has moved on and forty years later the standard equipment includes Alcantara upholstery, 2Zone electronic climate control, RNS 315 touchscreen satellite navigation, DAB radio, MDI iPod connectivity, Bluetooth telephone preparation, cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring system and 18-inch Canyon alloy wheels. A Driver Alert System that monitors the driver’s responses to raise awareness of fatigue is also standard, as is ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme).