The Volkswagen Passat is a car that was produced as a family vehicle and has spanned a total of six generations, starting in 1973. The current Volkswagen lineup has the Passat position between the Golf and the Phaeton. In 2008 Volkswagen made the decision to launch the Passat CC, an extension of the original which is classified as a four-door couple, unlike the Passat which has a different design that is still similar in some ways. The Passat along with the Golf were the start of a new generation of cars from Volkswagen after the 1964 acquisition of Audi. The design for this car was partially based on the design of the Audi 80/Fox.
When the Volkswagen Passat was initially launched, there were both two and four-door sedans available for purchase. Both versions of this car had a modern fastback style design which was created by famed Italian designer Giogetto Giugario. Originally, this car came with a four-cylinder OHC 1.3 liter which was capable of 54 horsepower and a 1.5 liter that could produce up to 74 horsepower, a significantly more powerful engine.
In August of 1975 the Volkswagen Passat underwent some major changes, including the 1.5 liter engine which was increased to a 1.6. July of 1978 brought more changes to this vehicle in the form of VW’s Golf’s 1.5 I Diesel engine which could produce up to 49 horsepower. The entire range of cars were improved and enhanced in terms of their overall performance in 1978, and there were even upgrades to the interior, including repositioned indicators and subtle changes to the car’s styling. In North America the Passat was marketed as the Dasher and both the three and five-door hatchback models were made available in 1974.
In 1981 the second generation of the Passat was officially launched, bringing with it a whole set of new and exciting features as well as trademark innovations. The B2 platform was used to design this vehicle and although the styling was still recognizable, there were some changes made to make it look more contemporary for the time. One of the biggest differences with the second generation Passat is that it had rectangular headlights, which none of the others do. The B2 Passat was sold primarily with four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, which was yet another departure from its predecessors which were available with four and five-speed manuals as well as three speed automatic gearboxes.
There were also a lot of changes made to the Passat in 2010 and it was officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2010. While this vehicle was called the “B7”, it was not a new model car altogether, but rather a vastly improved and tweaked version of its predecessors. This new Passat included new external body panels for the roof as well as the glasshouse and certain changes that were made to both the grill and headlights. This new vehicle definitely had a much sleeker design that any of the models before it, as well as some mechanical changes that improved its performance.
The suspension and tuning of the Volkwagen Passat are definitely two of the best things about it, mechanically speaking. This car has been ranked very highly in terms of comfort and luxury with plenty of room for passengers. The Passat is definitely one of the best selling midsize sedans in decades and has become a top seller for Volkswagen. Throughout the years there have been a variety of changes made to this car, many of which have ultimately improved the way it handles along with safety features which make it a very family-friendly vehicle.