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Volkswagen unveils next-generation Passat for China

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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Facelifted VW Passat will be available in Europe this year

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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Detroit Auto Show: 2018 VW Passat GT production model has arrived

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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VW reveals Passat GT Concept at 2016 LA Auto Show

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.

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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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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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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 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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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.

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Volkswagen released today the official details and specs of its all-new 2015 Passat (B8). As we said, the new Passat (B8) will move upscale in order to escape mid-market struggles and will hit the European dealerships by November, with a price tag of 25,875 euros (saloon) and 25,950 (estate). According to the official press release, advance sales for the 2015 Passat (B8) will begin on Thursday, 10 July.

The new Passat will be available with a choice of 10 direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines that cover a power range from 120 PS (88 kW) to an impressive 280 PS (206 kW). The entry-level 1.4-liter petrol engine comes with 125 PS (92 KW), but Volkswagen offers a more potent version with 150 PS (110 kW) that comes with Active Cylinder Technology.

A bigger 1.8-liter TSI engine generates 180 PS (132 kW). The 2.0-liter TSI comes with 220 PS (162 kW), but VW offers a more powerful version that develops 280 PS (206 kW). Regarding the diesel engines, the entry-level 1.6-liter TDI comes with 120 PS (88 kW). Still, Volkswagen offers the popular 2.0-liter TDI engine that generates 150 PS (110 kW) or 190 PS (140 kW).

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This is it folks, the 2015 VW Passat (B8) is here and we are not speaking of a facelift, but a brand new vehicle built on a new platform. The eight-generation of the VW Passat is 85 kg lighter than its predecessor and promises to be 20 percent more fuel-efficient. Volkswagen will offer 10 direct-injection turbo engines, with power ranging from 120 hp to 280 hp.

Also a premiere is the first plug-in hybrid version of the Passat, which uses the 1.4-liter TFSI delivering 156 PS (115 kW) but also an electric motor (108 PS/80 kW) that will offer an electric range of up to 50 km (31 miles). Total output of the hybrid system is 211 PS (155 kW). Using the energy from the 9.9 kWh battery pack and all the gasoline from the fuel tank, the Passat (B8) Hybrid will have a combined range of 965 km (600 miles).

This model will be available with a charging socket located behind the badge on the front grille. As we said, we have plenty of direct-injection engines, such as the two 1.4-liter petrol engines that deliver 125 PS (92 kW) while the other delivers 150 PS (110 kW) and comes with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT). There is also a bigger 1.8-liter TSI engine that generates 180 PS (132 kW).

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VW officially announced today that the 2015 Passat (B8) will make its public debut in October at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Of course, you already knew that as we told you here, but the German carmaker also announced that the new car will be unveiled in July. As expected, the 2015 Passat (B8) will arrive with plenty of new technologies and features.

Thanks to the extensive use of advanced materials, such as hot-formed steel and aluminium in certain areas, the next-generation Passat will be 85 kg lighter than the model it replaces, which translates into fuel-efficiency improvements of up to 20 percent. The 2015 VW Passat will be a little bit smaller than the previous model but will offer improved interior space as well as more space for your luggage.

Also new for the 2015MY Passat is a high-performance four-cylinder 2.0-liter biturbo diesel engine that delivers 240 hp and 500 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm. The engine will be available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. In addition, a plug-in hybrid model will be available too, promising a 31 miles (50 km) electric range and a maximum range of almost 600 miles or 965 km.

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We already know that Volkswagen is working hard on the next-generation Passat, one of its most popular models in its lineup, and this weekend we managed to talk with one of the people involved in the development of the new German vehicle. We found out that the 2015 Volkswagen Passat B8 will make its world debut in October, at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

This might not be a surprise for most of our readers, as the seventh-generation Passat was also revealed at the Paris Motor Show, back in 2010. According to our source, the 2015 Vw Passat will get a longer wheelbase (length increased by 7 inches – which means more interior space for the rear passengers), but the length of the car will remain almost the same.

For those who don’t know, the current Vw Passat has a length of 4,769 mm (Estate model 4,771 mm). As expected, the 2015 Passat will use Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform and the lineup will include four models: the sedan, a new CC, CC Shooting Brake and the traditional Estate. Thanks to the new MQB modular platform, the next-generation Passat will be at least 90 kg lighter than the current version, which means better fuel-economy and less CO2 emissions.

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Volkswagen AG is recalling around 160,351 Passat sedans (MY2012-2013) in the United States and Canada due to a possibility that a low-beam headlight may fail to function. According to VW, when the hood of the Passat is closed roughly or dropped from a certain height, the resulting vibration or impact can lead to a loss of electrical contact to a low-beam headlight bulb's connector.

A loss of the light could result to reduced visibility, the carmaker said. VW said that a warning light on the instrument panel will immediately alert the driver if that occurs. The carmaker said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue, adding that it will notify owners to bring their units to a dealer. The dealer will install an improved bulb fitting free of charge.

The hood bumpers will also be inspected and adjusted or replaced as necessary to prevent the hood from contacting the headlight assembly. The recall covers about 150,201 Passats in the United States and about 10,150 in Canada, VW said. While the Passat is also sold in other countries, the number of cars affected outside of North America were not immediately available.

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At the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volkswagen will bring the Passat BlueMotion Concept, in order to show the people how fuel-efficient can a non-hybrid, gasoline-engined mid-sized sedan can be. According to the official press release, the Passat BlueMotion Concept is powered by the 1.4-liter EA211 TSI engine with direct injection and turbocharging and offering Active Cylinder Management (ACT) technology.

The ACT tech is already offered on the European Vw Polo and Golf models, the ACT is able to deactivate the valvetrain on cylinders two and three for situation when the driver only applies light throttle pressure in order to maintain specific city speeds. The Passat BlueMotion Concept delivers 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Other innovations found on the Passat BlueMotion Concept is the coasting function, offered also on the Jetta Hybrid. How does this work? Well, as soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the DSG transmission decouples the engine, allowing the Passat to roll with the lowest possible mechanical drag from the other moving components.

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