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2015 VW Passat (B8) Alltrack officially unveiled, will arrive next month in Geneva

After it made quite a buzz on the market, the new VW Passat (B8) received a new version as the German manufacturer unveiled the redesigned Passat (B8) Alltrack. Set to make its official debut next month at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Passat (B8) Alltrack features a 27.5 mm increased ride height and comes with plenty of design features that underline its off-road capabilities.

As a result, the new 2015 VW Passat Alltrack shows redesigned front and rear bumpers as well as plastic elements that improve its rugged look. The interior features as standard unique Alcantara, fabric interior and metal trim, while leather is available as an option. As expected, the 2015 Passat Alltrack is offered with the 4Motion four-wheel drive system as standard.

Four driving modes will be offered by the new vehicle: Eco, Normal, Sport and Off Road. Alltrack version will be available with the same engines found on the standard model, such as a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine developing 150 hp or a 2.0-liter TSI with 220 hp.

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VW Passat (B8) Alltrack officially confirmed for July 2015

Volkswagen officially confirmed the fact that the Alltrack version of the Passat (B8) Estate will be unveiled next year in July. Under the hood, we expect to see the powerful 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine that generates 240 hp (176 kW) and 500 Nm of torque but also a less powerful turbocharged version that produces 190 hp (140 kW).

When it comes to petrol engines, the Passat (B8) Alltrack is expected to get a 1.8-liter TSI engine with 180 hp (132 kW) and 280 Nm of torque as well as a more potent 2.0-liter TSI with up to 220 hp (162 kW).

The most fuel-efficient version will get a 1.6-liter TDI with 120 hp and bolted to a 6-speed manual transmission. Just like the previous model, the new Passat Alltrack will feature the 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive system.

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Volkswagen offers Bosch anti-drowsiness feature in Passat Alltrack

With the Bosch Driver Drowsiness Detection system, the early signs of fatigue will be detected while driving before a critical situation happens. Microsleep and fatigue at the steering wheel are two of the frequent causes of serious accidents. The system will monitor steering movements and advise the one behind the wheel to take a break.

This vital information is communicated by the steering angle sensor or by the electric power steering system of the vehicle. The steering angle sensor is part of the vehicle's ESP anti-skid system. This means that it would be cost-effective to fit the feature, which aids in further boosting road safety.

The Bosch Driver Drowsiness Detection is useable in light commercial vehicles and in passenger cars. It can also be combined with a range of control units in automobiles. In 2010, it was launched in the new Volkswagen Passat as a standard feature. The new Passat Alltrack is the latest vehicle to be fitted with the system.

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2012 Vw Passat Alltrack will hit UK showrooms on May 28

The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack will start arriving in UK showrooms on May 28 but orders can now be taken through your local retailer. Its ride height has been raised and it is equipped with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and rugged body enhancements improvements so that going off track won’t pose any problems.

The Passat Alltrack is based on the popular and versatile Passat Estate and is offered with 4MOTION four-wheel drive and a raised ride height to give it greater agility off-road. Driving through rough terrain won’t leave you too exposed as it features body enhancements that offer protection from scrapes. With these features, the Passat Alltrack is as practical as an estate car and as versatile as a conventional SUV. Meanwhile, a high standard specification level offers a substantial amount of luxury.

Only one trim level is offered in the UK, with two drivetrains available. These are a 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS with six-speed manual gearbox with a price tag of £28,475 (RRP OTR), and a 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS with six-speed DSG transmission that costs £31,025. What’s offered as standard are 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. Another feature that’s offered as standard is a Driver Alert System that tracks how the driver responds so that fatigue awareness is raised. ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) is also standard equipment.

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For 40 years, more than 15 million Passat automobiles have been manufactured. With its practical and versatile qualities, the success of the worldwide bestseller can be attributed to the company's wide and diverse range of products. Now, Volkswagen is expanding the model lineup with the addition of Passat Alltrack, which is offered in an estate vehicle configuration.

This new version closes the gap between the conventional Passat Estate and SUVs like the Tiguan. The new model is meant for car owners who use their vehicle for towing or for light off-road situations, but also want a sporty, versatile and spacious passenger vehicle with rugged qualities.

When compared with the Passat Estate, the new vehicle is defined by new bumpers in SUV style with wheel well and side sill flares. Adding to the qualities that make Passat Alltrack an excellent SUV alternative for driving on unpaved track are the greater off-road ramp angle, departure angle, higher ground clearance and approach angle. The company unveiled today the Alltrack at the Tokyo Motor Show. Market launch for this model begins early next year.

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German carmaker Volkswagen has just revealed the next generation of the VW Passat family sedan, but there is a twist. The all-new Passat that was just unveiled was created for the massive automotive market in China. Nonetheless, this Passat is an important model as might be able to provide a glimpse of how the next-gen sedan for the United States might look like when it finally arrives.

Nonetheless, it should be noted that while having the same name, the VW Passat bound for China is much different from the existing large sedan models in the United States and in Europe. The recently unveiled China-bound Passat sedan is undeniably influenced by the VW brand’s understated and simple design mantra. In fact, the front end of this China-bound Passat sedan seems to be adopted from the Arteon, especially the shape of its new grille.

The Arteon-like front grille of the China-bound VW Passat is flanked by elegant headlights that extend to the sides. When viewed from the sides, this Passat reveals a sleek profile with some liftback influences. While this Passat does have a sloped roofline, it is a traditional sedan featuring a small trunk opening.

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Earlier this week, we talked about Volkswagen’s plans to halt the production of the US spec Passat for a few weeks during spring. And now, we just learned new things about its European counterpart. The Wolfsburg based manufacturer said that the Euro spec Passat will be out in the market very soon, though they did not give a particular date.

Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen brand, said in his speech at the annual Volkswagen Media Conference, that the Passat is almost ready to arrive in dealerships across the Old Continent. But he stops there and does not give any other details. However, he did mention that the Passat will be available as Variant and hybrid models.

Unlike the US spec Passat, the European variant of the model sits on an MQB platform. The eighth generation of the D segment vehicle was launched way back in 2014, as a premium car that is still affordable to most. This model will be available as a traditional sedan, a practical wagon, and a rugged Alltrack wagon.

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Back in the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen showcased a Passat GT Concept at their booth. Though it has been a little over a year since that happened, the automaker has finally come up with the production model of the 2018 VW Passat GT and will bring it at the  2018 Detroit Auto Show. And all we can say is that it looks exactly like the 2016 concept. Just without the bold GT graphics on the sides.

So. What does the production model have to boast? Well, it definitely has a touch of sportiness. Both the exterior and interior also got over 20 visual enhancements. The front fascia comes with standard LED headlights as well as daytime running lamps, paired with the bumper from the R-Line. There is also a new black honeycomb grille that replaces the one on the stock unit, and is surrounded by red trim. After all, anything GT must have a hint of red.

There are also black accents all around the car, from the side mirrors, the door trim, to the subtle GT fender badges as well as the blacked out roof. In the rear, there is a new black spoiler with more black trim, paired with a set of LED headlights that had been darkened.

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Volkswagen strong sellers like the Golf and the Passat have their Alltrack versions, which offer a sportier driving experience with an all-terrain capability and rugged looks. But another VW strong seller, the Polo supermini, doesn’t have an Alltrack version. Nonetheless, a Brazilian automotive designer is providing Polo fans an idea of how an Alltrack version of the supermini might look like.

Essentially, VW employs the Alltrack moniker to identify derivative models that cater to urban customers with active lifestyles. These customers are people who spend the weekdays in the city, and the weekend off the road. This is why all of VW’s Alltrack models are fitted with an all-wheel drive system. VW distinguishes the Alltrack versions from their base vehicles by making them appear rugged.

Here comes a detailed rendering of the VW Polo Alltrack, as created by Kleber Silva of Sao Paulo, Brazil. This isn't the first time an Alltrack version of the Polo has been rendered visually, but Silva’s work is certainly worth considering.

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Volkswagen of America, Inc., revealed that it will be officially unveiling the Passat GT Concept during the Automobility LA, also known as the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept itself was made possible through the brand’s North American Engineering and Planning Center located in Chattanooga. This was the result of looking into the extensive feedback from dealers and customers in the U.S. As a concept, this car serves as the preview for a possible new model to the Passat range.

In terms of overall description, the Passat GT concept is the standard Passat with new styles put in and mixed with the VR6 engine with output at 280 hp. Specifically, the Passat GT concept is powered with the 3.6-liter TSI VR6 engine that is paired to the automatic dual-clutch DSG 6-speed transmission. The transmission itself is controlled by using the shift paddles that are placed on the steering wheel.

On the inside, the Passat GT offers a more athletic feel given the carbon-fiber pattern seen on the instrument panel and the door trim. Helping with this impression are the black-and-gray two-tone sport seats that have contrast stitching. There is also console trim in piano black and the black headliner.

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Volkswagen has unveiled a slew of upgraded trim levels for a number of its nameplates, particularly for its Polo, Golf, and Passat Saloon and Estate models. In lieu of the SE trim comes the new Polo Match, which can be availed in either three doors or five doors.

Available in several engine-transmission combos, the Polo Match now boasts of over £900 worth of extra equipment. For instance, the VW Polo Match now comes, as standard, with a number of new features like front and rear parking sensors, cruise control and front fog lights with static cornering function.

It also comes with tinted rear windows as well as smart new 15-inch Stratford alloy wheels. With all these new standard features, the Polo Match can be availed from just £12,735 RRP OTR, or equivalent to a price hike of just £100 OTR over the SE trim.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has reviewed the 2016 Volkswagen Passat and given it a 2016 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, following a series of tests conducted by the institute.

In an announcement, Volkswagen of America, Inc., said the 2016 Passat in particular aced the IIHS Small Overlap Front Crash test, receiving the highest possible rating of “good.” It also received “good” ratings in other crashworthiness tests conducted by the IIHS.

The Passat used in the tests was equipped with the available Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) system. This system employs a radar sensor to monitor the distance between the Passat and the vehicle ahead.

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Amid the controversy surrounding emissions ratings, Volkswagen’s production of the diesel-powered 2016 Passat midsize sedans at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee has been suspended. This was confirmed by company spokesperson Scott Wilson.

The stop in production is happening in the middle of a plan to increase the production of this Passat. Notably, VW dealerships will begin receiving the gasoline-powered 2016 Passats late in November or the early part of next month.

Via an email sent to media, Wilson said that the company’s plan to boost production is underway and that he doesn’t see a problem in making adjustments in order to cope with the changes.

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Volkswagen of America, Inc. is introducing the new MY2016 Volkswagen Passat midsize sedan that is designed and developed for customers in the United States. This newest version of the Passat has been homologated to suit American taste in terms of design, cargo space, interior, technology, engines and driver assistance systems.

Aside from infotainment and connectivity technologies, the MY2016 VW Passat is also blessed with a number of new safety and driver assistance systems in.

One of these is the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System that comes as standard on all MY2016 Passat models. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is developed on the assertion that a collision is a series of events following the initial impact, which means subsequent collisions are possible.

Read the entire article 2016 VW Passat features new design suited for American customers, prices start at $22,440

The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show was the venue for the unveiling of the latest off-road style version of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Caddy, the Caddy Alltrack. Succeeding the Cross Caddy, this urban delivery van and family multi-purpose vehicle is unique from other Caddy models thanks to distinctive features like its Mojave Beige metallic paintwork and exclusive 17-inch ‘Quito’ alloy wheels, as well as the optional 4MOTION all-wheel drive technology.

This off-road version of the Caddy is further made distinct by matt silver sill tread plates with the Alltrack logo. Available in passenger car and panel van versions, the Caddy Alltrack features black side sills, black trim panels on the wheel arches, and the lower edges of the bumpers – all giving the Alltrack a robust character.

These features are contrasted by Alltrack parts painted in body color like the vehicle’s bumpers, protective side strips and door handles. Likewise, the Caddy Alltrack’s black designer underbody protection is contrasted by additional silver accents.

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The new Volkswagen Passat has earned the distinction to be called as the “Car of the Year 2015” in Europe, as presented every year by the international “Car of the Year” jury. For this year, the accolade was announced a day before the Geneva International Motor Show.

Martin Winterkorn, chief executive of Volkswagen AG, remarked during the awarding ceremony that the carmaker is extremely proud of the accolade. He quipped that the new Passat proved the carmaker’s success in developing a car that could set new class standards in terms of technology and quality. He commented that the accolade confirms the work of VW engineers, designers and its entire team. He added that the new Passat demonstrates that the VW brand has the right answers to the challenges of the current time.

The “Car of the Year 2015” accolade was received by Member of the Board of Management, Volkswagen Brand, for the Development Division. He remarked that the brand is delighted by the award, which he says has special significance for the carmaker as it was given by independent international trade journalists.

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When Volkswagen introduced its all-new Passat B8, everyone was impressed by the vehicle’s 2.0-liter biturbo diesel engine that produced 240 hp and 500 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm. The engine is available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and with 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Still, if these numbers don’t impress you that much, you better know that B&B can boost the performances of the biturbo diesel engine to an impressive 300 hp and 630 Nm of torque for 3,950 euros.

The standard model is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds, the upgraded engine pushes the Passat B8 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds.

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Volkswagen’s 2015 Passat (B8) follows its predecessor when it comes to safety as the new model managed to receive the maximum rating of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests. The overall safety rating of 5 stars for the new Passat is composed of the results obtained by the vehicle in four sub-areas: occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and security support.

According to the press release, the occupant protection for adults include a head-on crash test against an aluminum barrier at 64 km/h and 40% overlap, as well as a side impact at 50 km/h in the vehicle structure and a pole side impact at 29 km/h.

The new Passat managed to receive 85 percent of the maximum rating. During the tests in the important area of child protection, the Passat reached over 87 percent of the maximum rating thanks to the standard Isofix and top tether child seat anchors.

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Volkswagen wanted to offer Golf fans the possibility to drive their vehicle on uneven roads and as a result, it introduced the Golf Alltrack. The new German “off-roader” arrived at the 2014 Paris Motor Show and as expected it gets the permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system equipped with the latest generation Haldex coupling that activates before slip occurs.

The design is new and follows the same strategy applied by Volkswagen with the Passat Alltrack (Passat B8 Alltrack was also confirmed), consisting of a low-profile radiator grille crossbar featuring an aluminum look (matt), a honeycomb radiator grille that sports a chrome “Alltrack” badge designed in matt “Black” as well as a redesigned front bumper that shows a honeycomb structure.

Looking at the vehicle you’ll first notice the distinctive ‘Reflex Silver’ crossbar that extends across the entire width of the bumper. At the rear, there are dark-red taillights, a new bumper design with an underbody protection in ‘Reflex Silver’ and a dual-branch exhaust system with separate chrome tailpipes on the left and right for the model powered by the 180 hp TSI petrol engine.

Read the entire article 2015 VW Golf Alltrack shows its red skin at 2014 Paris Motor Show [Live Photos]

Ahead of the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled its all-new Passat GTE a.k.a. the plug-in hybrid version of their Passat B8. Available in both Sedan and Variant versions, the Passat GTE follows the same recipe as the Golf GTE and uses a hybrid system consisting of a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine that delivers 156 hp (115 kW) and is bolted to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission as well as an electric motor with 115 hp (85 kW) and 400 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque.

The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 218 hp or 160 kW. As a result, the Passat GTE accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 8 seconds, with a top speed limited at 220 km/h or 137 mph.

Regarding the fuel consumption, Volkswagen says that its Passat GTE will need around 2.0 l/100 km (combined) or 141 mpg and 13.0 kWh/100 km, while CO2 emissions are just 45 g/km. Due to the low fuel consumption, the Passat GTE will qualify for the French challenge of having the 2 l/km cars by 2020. This means that with a full tank of fuel (50 liters) and a fully charged lithium-ion battery, the Passat GTE promises a range of 1,000 km or 622 miles.

Read the entire article 2015 VW Passat GTE is the German version of the 2 l/100 km French cars