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.
The “Car of the Year” accolade is considered as one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in Europe. Given annually to the best new releases in the auto industry (since 1964), the award is reviewed by a jury consisting of 58 European motoring journalists from 22 countries. Seven candidates – nominated just before the final – were made to undergo extensive testing, comparisons and evaluations, employing criteria like design, economy, safety, comfort, driving attributes, technical progress and functionality.
For the “Car of the Year 2015” competition, the new Passat earned a total score of 340 points, joining two other VW models that managed to win the accolade -- the Polo in 2010 and the Golf in 2013. Aside from the “Car of the Year” award, the new Passat also won “Golden Steering Wheel 2014” and “Auto Trophy 2014” awards, as well as a number accolades both at home and abroad.
The Passat is regarded as one of the most successful mid-class cars in the world. It is one of the VW Group’s bestsellers, with around 1.1 million units sold in 2014. The eighth generation of the Passat now boasts of a more dynamic design – like longer wheelbase and larger wheels – as made possible by advanced engineering methods. While the interior length of the latest Passat remains the same, the vehicle managed to become roomier.
Moreover, the new Passat is provided with a number of new technologies like Active Info Display, extendable head-up display, Front Assist with Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring, as well as Emergency Assist, Trailer Assist and Traffic Jam Assist. The Passat also features an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablets.
Power for the new Passat is provided for by any of the 10 direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, with outputs ranging from 88 kW (120 PS) to 206 kW (280 PS). VW will also offer the Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive – the Passat GTE – starting late summer of this year. It is powered by a combination of a 1.4-liter TSI engine that delivers 115 kW (156 PS) and an electric motor generating 85 kW (115 PS).
The plug-in hybrid drive system delivers 400 Nm of peak torque. As per NEDC fuel consumption for hybrid vehicles, the Passat consumes less than 2.0 l/100 km and 13.0 kWh/100 km, while emitting less than 45 grams of carbon dioxide km. When the Passat GT is filled up with 50 liters of fuel and has a fully charged battery, it could go travel a distance of more than 100 km.