Because of the declining European market, Volkswagen is planning to have more temporary suspensions in Passat production in Germany in the upcoming weeks. VW said that it will stop the assembly lines at the Emden plant on February 8, February 15, February 22 and March 1.
VW spokesman Georg Goericke said the company will continue to closely monitor the market situation in Europe. He declined to say if the automaker was preparing for another series of interruptions in March and April.
VW produces around 1,200 units a day at Emden, where workers build the Passat sedan, the Passat wagon and the CC coupe. VW has already stopped the output there from December 17 to 21, 2012.
Last year in Europe, VW sold 207,273 Passats, standing for a 15.5% drop compared to 2011, according to market researchers JATO Dynamics.
Last week, VW said that it will add three Saturday shifts to its main Wolfsburg manufacturing plant to cope with the excessive demand for the new version of its Golf hatchback and for the Tiguan compact SUV.
The extra shifts will permit VW to produce an additional 2,000 Golfs, helping to fill approximately 100,000 orders for the best-selling model from Europe.
In terms of dimensions, the new Passat is wider, thus lending it a greater road presence. The saloon version measures 4,769 mm in length and 1,474 mm in height. The estate version, meanwhile, measures 4,771 mm in length and 1,519 mm in height. Both body styles have a width of 1,820 mm.
Defining the front end of the new VW Passat are its new dual headlights, which can be optionally specified with bi-xenon lamps and daytime running lights made from 15 LED units. Just below the line formed by the headlights and grille is the body-colored bumper, under of which is an air intake bordered by chrome-plated winglets.
This air intake accommodates integrated fog lights. In the Highline equipment line, the center of the air intake features a chrome trim strip that joins the winglets. The new Passat also features a front spoiler designed like a splitter. Starting from the Comfortline equipment level, the front spoiler features a chrome trim strip.
The front end of the Passat flows into the sides through the side contour of its V-shaped bonnet with its characteristic wing panel lines. Here, the Passat features two character lines, which are designed to lend structure to the car’s height while giving it a lower profile. The upper character line serves as a link between the headlights, the window line and the C-pillar. The lower character line, meanwhile, serves a link between side sections of the headlights and rear lights.