Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat

  The Passat was launched in 2008 and the latest variant was launched this year. It has only a 2-litre CRDi engine and the petrol will come later. Its biggest competitors are the Honda Accord, Skoda Superb, Toyota Camry and the Hyundai Sonata. VW has launched the Passat with the BlueMotion technology and the Passat has the first in class park assist and Dynamic Light Assist.

The seventh generation Volkswagen Passat , in both sedan and station wagon version, made its world debut at the Paris Auto Show. With a design language inspired by theVolkswagen New Compact Coupe concept , the new Passat will go on sale in early 2011.

The new design is defined by a new grille element with prominent horizontal chrome fins, heavily contoured headlight units with LED running lights, a set of distinctive tail lights and a subtle chrome highlights. The interior gets new seats, a revised dashboard with new dials, trim finishes and an analogue clock and subtle chrome inserts.

Under the hood Volkswagen will offer both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol line-up includes: a 1.4-liter TSI engine developing 122 HP, a 1.8-liter TSI unit with 160 HP, a 2.0-liter TSI 210 HP engine and a 3.6-liter V6 producing 300 HP. Diesel line-up includes: a 1.6-liter TDI units offered in two versions 105 HP and a 2.0-liter TDI engine offered in two power outputs – 140 HP and 170 HP. Each of this engine will be coupled to a choice of manual or DSG gearboxes.

Press release after the jump.

For those of you who have been waiting for the facelifted 2011 Volkswagen Passat to be unveiled, you’ll be happy to know that the Paris Motor Show organizers have confirmed the car’s attendance at this year’s event.

Even better, Volkswagen is bringing a sedan and an estate version of the Passat, which should bode even better for those who have been pining to see the re-tooled version of the car for a quite some time now.

While we haven’t seen the new Passat in all its glory, we’re expecting to see a wholesale of changes on the model, including some modifications to the front and rear end, a new hood grille, and redesigned front and tail lights that should give the facelifted Passat a refreshed aesthetic appeal. In addition to the exterior upgrades, the new Passat model will also undergo an interior metamorphosis that includes a newly installed navigation system.

We expect more information from Volkswagen and the new Passat on the days leading up to the Paris Motor Show so until then, sit tight, kids, we’ll send along new developments as soon as they come out.

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Not many people have bought the Volkswagen Eos and it’s easy to see why. Even Volkswagen didn’t like it. For 2011, the Eos will get a little makeover, but even that won’t save it in the long term.

For 2015, the Passat Cabriolet will be replacing the Eos . The open top Passat is the only variant of the car that will make it to the United States. VW has decided to drop the sedan from its lineup. In its place will be a revamped CC and this Cabriolet. To close the gap between the CC and the upcoming Phaeton , VW will be revamping them both. The luxury Phaeton will be moving down in the world, while the CC and the Cabriolet will be heading up.

The Passat Cabriolet will be taking a few of the toys that are found on its sister, the Audi A5 . These include a power-operated soft top with a heated rear window, a pop up roll bar, and optional neck warmers. According to Automobile, the Passat will be a genuine four-seater with room in the back for your kids and space in the trunk for luggage.

The current suspension setup will likely make its way into the new Cabriolet, albeit in a slightly modified form. Under the hood will be a turbocharged four-cylinder that will put out 250 horsepower and a 2.0-liter diesel that is rated at 220 horsepower. Both engines will use front-wheel drive.

Don’t expect to see the drop-top Passat anytime soon. The sedan won’t be here until 2014, so the Cabriolet might be here around 2015.

Source: Automobile
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Only on slow automotive news Mondays would a rumor like this matter. It might also be the fact that it’s summer and the automotive industry has slowed a bit. Either way, Autocar has generated some interesting news. The UK based magazine is reporting that Volkswagen is debating on producing a wagon version of the CC four-door coupe.

According to Autocar, an unnamed source within the German company leaked plans for a CC wagon and the board will vote on it later this month. Why build another wagon? Well, Autocar believes that the Passat is on its way out in the United States and the next generation won’t be available in a wagon trim. So, VW is supposedly looking for something to fill the void.

Of course, we are skeptical, but one never knows. With no real competition in the segment, VW might have a winner.

Source: Autocar

Volkswagen has decided to add a couple of packages this past year to keep the interest in the Passat CC at a reasonable level for VW standards. Towards the end of last year, they came out with the R-line package for the Passat CC and this year they are coming at us again with another package. The new Volkswagen Exclusive options package is now available from 35,225 € ($42,100 US) in Germany. This special model can be combined with all engine variants of the Passat CC.

The Exclusive package comes with two-tone leather upholstery for the six-way electrically adjustable comfort seats - "Nougat" combined with black Nappa leather. There are also illuminated door entry strips, ambient lighting, an extended chrome package, "Black Piano" lacquer trim, and other identifying features of the Passat CC Exclusive.

For the exterior Volkswagen is offering the "Moonlight blue pearl effect" paint which is reserved for only the Exclusive models. There is also a set of 18-inch alloy wheels in a black color version.

According to the German magazine Autobild, this is not a Photoshop version of the Passat, but the actual first image of the next Volkswagen Passat that will go on sale this fall.

The new Passat gets a curved front with a refining of the front end that freshens up the traditional brand face. It sits a little wider than the current model and gets the first set of LED daytime running lights that are similar to the ones found on the Touareg . This model follows along the same design lines as the newly renovated luxury Phaeton model and the similarities are evident in this first image.

Under the hood there will be a wide range of engines, starting with a 105 HP 1.2 liters engine and going to up to 300 HP 3.6-liter V-6.

The new Passat is said to have a lifespan taking it into 2014, but then the mid-size sedan will be replaced with a completely new model yet to be determined.

Stay tuned for more details!

Source: AutoBild

We’ve heard about the next generation Passat for a couple of years now. We have even seen a rendering of this Passat back in 2008. Now, at the Paris Auto Show, Volkswagen will finally unveil new generation Passat with a fresh new look and a restyled cabin.

Volkswagen styling director Walter de Silva said when talking about the new Passat: "We have been accused of visual sameness. But to understand our strategy, you need to look at the big picture. First of all, we must create a truly sustainable common form language for all VW models. Once the customers have taken in the new identity, we can start to differentiate slowly and very carefully. Consider for example the redefined family face, the implementation of which will be complete early next year. It defines the brand, and it must in essence remain about as consistent and classy as the design philosophy pursued by Apple. What makes all the difference is how the sculpture, the surfaces and the detailing relay exactly the right mix of style and substance."

The new Passat will feature bolder air intakes, a more angular grille, slimmer mirrors and parallel double streaks along the cleaned up flanks. Under the hood there will be a wide range of engines, starting with a 105 HP 1.2 liters engine and going to up to 300 HP 3.6-liter V-6.

This new Passat will live on until its eventual demise in 2014 when it will be replaced by an entirely new model. The Passat name will live on as the Passat CC and the Passat cabriolet continue their ride.

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Exactly one month ago, we brought some interesting information about an Audi TTS that was planning on making the Pike Peaks International Hill Climb without a driver sitting in the driver’s seat. That technology was brought forth by the masterminds over at Stanford University who have spent a lot of time working on the automobiles of the future. This technology is rapidly approaching reality and eventually there will be no need for drivers at all. Case in point is the Volkswagen Passat by the name of Junior. The VW was wired up before the Audi TTS (Shelley) was born and has even placed second in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) 2007 Urban Challenge, a race in which an autonomous car must navigate city streets, obey traffic laws, avoid obstructions, and, crucially, drive well among other cars in traffic. The video shown here illustrates Junior’s capabilities as they were back in 2007 when it was attempting to qualify for the Urban Challenge. The folks over at Stanford University came across some problems with Junior, but in the video shown after the jump, the solution to these problems is explained.

Volkswagen has just announced that they are now taking orders for their premium full size sports inspired Passat CC R-Line for a 2,200 Euro premium when combined with the Passat CC 2.0 TDI version. The R-Line package includes more aggressive exterior bodywork including a deeper front spoiler and side skirts, R-Line logos and smoked rear lights out back. Rounding out the R-Line design are a set of 17 inch "Mallory" alloy wheels, with 18 inch R-Line rollers available as an option. Upgrading the Comfort Coupe’s luxurious interior, Volkswagen has added a host of customized aluminum kick plates complete with engraved R-Line Logo as well as a sports inspired three spoke leather trimmed multifunction steering wheel. With the new Passat CC R-Line, VW is taking their most stylish full size car to date and injects a healthy helping of fun, giving the CC a whole new attitude.

Press release after the jump.

Yesterday, we talked about a group of scientists from Stanford’s Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory that have been working on an robotic Audi TTS and their ambitious attempt at running the fully automated vehicle at the Pikes Peak climb.

It turns out that the Audi TTS isn’t the only car these geniuses have been working on. In addition to the Audi TTS, the scientists also have a standard-looking VW Passat in tow, and while it looks unspectacular, to say the least, the Passat also comes with the some highly-advanced computer gear in the trunk that allows the car to park itself without any manual assistance.

Amazing as it sounds, the technology does have a few catches of its own. For the technology to show off its true worth, the car needs to have a layout of the area where it’s parking and, in addition to that, the computers inside the Passat have no means of detecting outside forces that may obstruct the car from parking on its own.

Nevertheless, a car that parks by itself is still something none of us have in our garages and it’s worth noting that in the event the technology goes mainstream in the future, you should know that the whole genius of an idea was made to fruition by these guys over a Stanford.

Source: Bot Junkie

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