Seven generations of Passat have graced streets around the world, and today is the long-running Volkswagen’s 40th birthday. Looking at the car today, it’s hard to imagine that it was offered as a hatchback in its first and second generations, in addition to the sedan and wagon body styles. But there’s no question Volkswagen has sold a lot of Passats over the years, with over 20 million produced.
VW started delivering the B1-generation Passat on July 25, 1973, and sold it until 1980, when the second generation came out. The B2, which went by many names in different markets, was produced from 1980-87 (longer in some markets, such as China, where it was produced until 2012) and featured technology you might recognize in many of today’s VWs, such as a turbo-diesel engine option. The B3 generation was produced from 1987-93 and, styled with aerodynamics in mind, starts looking more like a Passat in this writers opinion. The B4, produced from 1993-97, was safer and had a stiffer body but followed the same formula as the previous generation.
Fairly soon, the current generation Volkswagen Passat will have to purchase another trophy case if it hasn’t already. To add to its numerous accolades, the experts at AutoPacific and Autobytel recently named the sedan the top-rated mid-size car for this year’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. If that wasn’t enough, the Passat also took home the title of the Most Ideal premium mid-size. Needless to say, Volkswagen knows how to build a proper four door.
Summary: Looking for excellent engine performance, reliability and gas mileage, with quality construction in a roomy sedan with sporty looks that’s made in the USA? Then look no further than VW’s Passat TDI.
Over the last few weeks as I came to the realization that my move to Florida from New Jersey was imminent, I began to look into the purchase of a new car.
While I loved my two late 80′s and early 90′s Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL cars, it was time for one of them to go. The older of the two vehicles needed several thousand dollars worth of maintenance and when it came to fuel consumption it was like a thirsty elephant, getting about 10-12MPG at best on its 5.6L V8.
Additionally, the air conditioning peformance on the cars were far from optimal and I was concerned about potential reliability issues when driving the vehicle 1200+ miles down the I-95 corridor from New Jersey over the 4th of July week.
So I decided to donate the 1987 car, arranged for the 1990 to get trailered to Fort Lauderdale and look for a suitable replacement vehicle.
Volkswagen’s Passat has always been a bit of a head-scratcher in terms of price relative to the mean cost of a vehicle in the midsize sedan segment; that is, it has traditionally been pricey. This leaves most insiders wondering just what exactly does a prospective buyer get for those extra dead presidents?
Well scratch no more. The all-new 2012 Passat is more spacious, stylish and, most importantly, appropriately priced. Volkswagen has made clear its intentions to take on the likes of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, and the new price range is arguably its strongest selling point. Regardless, a drop in price may not be enough to woo buyers.
Volkswagen has launched an on-line video game that let’s you try to drive as far as you can using a little fuel as possible. If you’re good at stretching your virtual fuel you can compete for your national championship.
A new virtual fuel saving game from Volkswagen now now available for playing via iPhone, iPad and Facebook. The best players can qualify for a national fuel saving competition or win a direct wildcard for the international final, the “Think Blue. World Championship.” to be held in California.
Auburn Volkswagen has just been named Vadis “Employer of The Year”. It’s a great honor- but what we’re most proud of is Vadis and the wonderful people they provide us who have become part of the Auburn Volkswagen family.
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The 2012 Volkswagen Passat was named the 2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year this week. This latest generation of the Passat has only been on sale in the United States for a few months. “The 2012 Passat came out on top because it fulfills six specific criteria: advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function,” writes Autoblog. “Motor Trend specifically cited the vehicle’s roomy interior and wide range of powertrain options as reasons that it won the top nod.”
The redesigned Passat, which is built in Chattanooga, Tenn., offers two gasoline engines and the segment’s only diesel engine, which is capable of achieving up to an EPA-estimated 31/43 mpg city/highway with a manual transmission, and 30/40 mpg with an automatic. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat starts at $19,995, while the diesel-powered TDI starts at $25,995.
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