2001 volkswagen passat

2001 volkswagen passat DEFAULT

Volkswagen Passat (B5)

Motor vehicle

Volkswagen Passat (B5)
1998 Volkswagen Passat S TDi 1.9 Front.jpg
  • 1997–2005
  • 1999–2005 (China)
DesignerHartmut Warkuss[1]
ClassMid-size car / Large family car (D)
Body style4-door saloon/sedan
5-door estate/wagon
LayoutLongitudinal Front engine,
front-wheel drive or
four-wheel drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group B5
RelatedAudi A4
Volkswagen Passat Lingyu
Škoda Superb
Transmission4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
5-speed ZF 5HP19 automatic
6-speed manual
Wheelbase106.4 in (2,703 mm)
Length184.1 in (4,676 mm) (B5 saloon)
183.8 in (4,669 mm) (B5 estate)
185.2 in (4,704 mm) (B5.5 saloon)
184.3 in (4,681 mm) (B5.5 estate)
Width68.5 in (1740 mm)
Height57.5–57.6 in (1,460–1,463 mm) (saloon)
58.6–58.9 in (1,488–1,496 mm) (estate)
Kerb weight1,406 kg (3,100 lb)
PredecessorVolkswagen Passat (B4)
SuccessorVolkswagen Passat (B6)
Volkswagen Passat NMS
Volkswagen Passat Lingyu (for China)

The B5 version of the Volkswagen Passat, based on the Volkswagen Group B5 platform, was launched in 1997 in North America and Europe as well as during March 1998 in Australia. Its PL45 platform was shared with the first-generation "Typ 8D" Audi A4, which was unveiled 2 years earlier, and saw a return to the Passat sharing its platform with Audi's equivalent model for the first time[citation needed] since the second-generation (B2) Passat, which shared its platform with the second-generation "Typ 81" Audi 80/Audi 90 (the A4 is the successor to the Audi 80 line).


Sedan (pre-facelift)

Variant (pre-facelift)

The Passat introduced a new design language,[citation needed] first seen on the Concept 1 concept car, for the latest generation of Volkswagens such as the Mk4 Golf, Bora, and Polo Mk4. The design with raked windscreens and smooth underpinnings helped give the B5 Passat sedan a 0.27 coefficient of drag.[citation needed] The B5 Passat included higher-quality interior trim and the availability of luxury options to differentiate it in the marketplace.

The car featured fully independent four-link front suspension; and a semi-independent torsion beam for front-wheel-drive models or a fully independent suspension on the 4motion 4WD models. The 4WD version was introduced in 1997 as an option for the 1.8, 2.8 V6, 1.9 TDI, and 2.5 V6 TDI engines, using a second-generation Torsen T-2 based 4WD system to minimise loss of traction. The 1.8 L petrol engine in the Passat and Audi A4 has a lower oil capacity than transverse applications of the same engine (4.6 US quarts (4.4 l) in transverse, 4.3 US quarts (4.1 l) longitudinal). Three transmission options were available: a 5-speed manual, a 6-speed manual (codename 01E) and a 5-speed automatic transmission with tiptronic. There was also 4-speed automatic transmission, available only in 66kW and 81kW 1.9 L TDI, as well as some gasoline models.

B5 awards[edit]

  • 1999 Used Car Buyer Greatest Used Buy Awards – Most Sensible Car Award Overall & Best Family Car
  • 1999 Auto Express New Car Honours – Best Family Car
  • 1998 What Car? Car of Cars – Best Medium Car
  • 1998 Which? Best Buy – Large family car market winner

2001 Facelift (Passat B5.5)[edit]

Sedan (facelift)

VW Passat 3BG Variant estate

B5 Passat models built after late 2000, also known as B5.5 models, received minor styling and mechanical revisions including revised projector-optic headlights, bumpers, taillights, and chrome trim.

A 4.0 L W8 engine producing 275 PS (202 kW) was introduced with a luxury version that included standard 4motion all-wheel drive.[2] This engine was intended to be a test bed for Volkswagen Group's new W engine technology, which would later make an appearance on the W12 in the Phaeton and Audi A8, and the W16 engine in the Bugatti Veyron.

In 2003, a 2.0 L Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine producing 136 PS (100 kW) was added (making the Passat the only mid-sized diesel-powered car sold in the U.S.). This variant was available from 2003 to 2005.

A lengthened platform went on to underpin the 'Passat' that was introduced in China in December 1999 by Shanghai-Volkswagen. This long-wheelbase version was rebadged and launched in Europe as the Škoda Superb in 2001. Both have a 100 mm (3.9 in) longer wheelbase and length than the standard B5 Passat. An updated version called the Passat Lingyu was released in late November 2005, which has the 1.8-litre turbocharged EA113, the 2.0 L EA113, and the 2.8 L BBG V6 petrol engines.

B5.5 trim levels[edit]

In the United Kingdom, trim levels were E, S, Sport, SE, V5, V6, and Highline. The E trim level had a 1.6 L 102 PS (75 kW) engine only. The S trim level was considered well-equipped by the motoring press at the time, and What Car? magazine recommended the 1.8 S as the best version in 1999. SE models had the same engines as the S version, but were better equipped. The V5 models had a 2.3 V5 engine, the V6 was available with a 2.8 V6, or 180 PS (132 kW) 2.5 TDI.

Models sold in Europe and the Republic of Ireland were similar apart from the trim level naming schemes; the trim levels were Volkswagen's "lifestyle" naming scheme: Comfortline, Trendline, and Highline. A base model was also available.

Models sold in the U.S. had the 1.8 L 20-valve turbo four-cylinder engine, 2.0 TDI, the 2.8 V6, or 4.0 W8; trim levels were GL (2003 onward), GLS, GLX, and W8 (2002 to 2004). The W8 was only available with the 4motionfour-wheel-drive system and a slightly higher trim than the GLX models. The V6 engine had 4motion as an option, as did the 1.8 T starting in the 2004 model year. The GLX trim was only sold with the V6.

Versions sold in Mexico are the same as their European equivalents.

B5.5 awards[edit]

  • 2001 Auto Express Used Car Honours 2001 – Best Family Used Car
  • 2001 Diesel Car 2001 Awards – Overall Diesel Car of the Year & Best Family Car
  • 2000 Used Car Buyer: Used the Year – Overall winner & Best Family Car
  • 2000 Auto Express Used Car Honours – Best Family Car
  • 2000 Auto Express New Car Honours – Best Family Car
  • 2000 Fleet World Honours – Best Fleet Car


The internal combustion engines used are the same as for many other vehicles in the Volkswagen Group.

B5 petrol engines
Short Descr VW Engine Code Engine Type Displacement Power
(Max Output)
(Max Output)
Years Accel 0–100 km/h
Top speed (km/h) Transmission
1.6ADP / AHL / ARM / ANAI4SOHC 8V, multi-point fuel injection1595 cc100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) @5600 rpm140 N⋅m (100 lb⋅ft) @3800 rpm1996–200013.11845-speed4-speed
1.8ADR / APT / ARGI4 DOHC20V, multi-point fuel injection1781 cc125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) @5800 rpm168 N⋅m (124 lb⋅ft) @3500 rpm1996–199911.21995-speed4-speed
1.8 TAEB / APU / ANB / ATWI4 DOHC 20V, multi-point fuel injection
and turbocharger
1781 cc150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) @5700 rpm210 N⋅m (150 lb⋅ft) @1750–4600 rpm1996–20009.12145-speed5-speed
2.0AUZ / ASU / AVAI4 SOHC 8V, multi-point fuel injection1984 cc120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @5600 rpm175 N⋅m (129 lb⋅ft) @2600 rpm1999–200011.31965-speed4-speed
2.3 VR5AGZVR5 SOHC 10V, multi-point fuel injection2324 cc150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) @6000 rpm205 N⋅m (151 lb⋅ft) @3200 rpm1997–20009.12145-speed5-speed
2.8 V6ACK / AGE / AHA / ALG / ATX / APR / AQDV6 DOHC 30V, multi-point fuel injection2771 cc186 PS (137 kW; 183 hp) – 193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp) @6000 rpm280 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft) – 300 N⋅m (220 lb⋅ft) @3200 rpm1997–20007.5 – 8.72325-speed5-speed
B5 diesel engines
Short Descr VW Engine Code Engine Type Displacement Power
(Max Output)
(Max Output)
Years Accel 0–100 km/h
Top speed (km/h) Transmission
1.9 TDIAHU / AHHI4SOHC 8V, Turbocharged Direct Injection1896 cc90 PS (66 kW; 89 hp) @4000 rpm210 N⋅m (150 lb⋅ft) @1900 rpm1996–200013.81835-speed4-speed
1.9 TDIAFN / AVGI4 SOHC 8V, Turbocharged Direct Injection1896 cc110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) @4150 rpm235 N⋅m (173 lb⋅ft) @1900 rpm1996–200011.51895-speed4-speed
1.9 TDIAJMI4 SOHC 8V, "Pumpe-Düse" (PD) unit injection1896 cc115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) @4000 rpm285 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft) @1900 rpm1998–200011.01945-speed5-speed
1.9 TDIATJI4 SOHC 8V, "Pumpe-Düse" (PD) unit injection1896 cc115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) @4000 rpm310 N⋅m (230 lb⋅ft) @1900 rpm200011.01946-speednot produced
2.5 TDIAFBV6DOHC24V, Turbocharged Direct Injection2496 cc150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) @4000 rpm310 N⋅m (230 lb⋅ft) @1500–3200 rpm1998–20009.62146-speed5-speed
B5.5 petrol engines
Short Descr VW Engine Code Engine Type Displacement Power
(Max Output)
(Max Output)
Years Accel 0–100 km/h
Top speed (km/h) Transmission
1.6ALZI4SOHC 8V, multi-point fuel injection1595 cc102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) @5600 rpm148 N⋅m (109 lb⋅ft) @3800 rpm2000–200513.31855-speed5-speed
1.8 TAWTI4 DOHC20V, multi-point fuel injection
and turbocharger
1781 cc150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) @5700 rpm210 N⋅m (150 lb⋅ft) @1750–4600 rpm2000–20059.42145-speed5-speed
1.8 TAWMI4 DOHC 20V, multi-point fuel injection
and turbocharger
1781 cc170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) @5900 rpm225 N⋅m (166 lb⋅ft) @1950–5000 rpm2000–20058.02235-speed5-speed
2.0AZMI4 SOHC 8V, multi-point fuel injection1984 cc115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) @5400 rpm172 N⋅m (127 lb⋅ft) @3500 rpm2000–200511.51945-speed4-speed
2.0ALTI4 DOHC 20V, multi-point fuel injection1984 cc130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) @5700 rpm195 N⋅m (144 lb⋅ft) @3300 rpm2001–200510.32045-speednot produced
2.3 V5AZXVR5 DOHC 20V, multi-point fuel injection2324 cc170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) @6200 rpm225 N⋅m (166 lb⋅ft) @3200 rpm2000–20039.22215-speed5-speed
2.8 V6AMX / ATQ / BBGV6 DOHC 30V, multi-point fuel injection2771 cc190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) – 193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp) @6000 rpm260 N⋅m (190 lb⋅ft) – 280 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft) @3200 rpm2000–20057.8 – 9.02325-speed5-speed
4.0 W8BDN / BDPW8 DOHC 32V, multi-point fuel injection3999 cc275 PS (202 kW; 271 hp) @6000 rpm370 N⋅m (270 lb⋅ft) @2750 rpm2001–20046.82506-speed5-speed
B5.5 diesel engines
Short Descr VW Engine Code Engine Type Displacement Power
(Max Output)
(Max Output)
Years Accel 0–100 km/h
Top speed (km/h) Transmission
1.9 TDIAVBI4SOHC 8V, "Pumpe-Düse" (PD) unit injection1896 cc100 PS (74 kW; 99 hp) @4000 rpm250 N⋅m (180 lb⋅ft) @1900 rpm2000–200512.81845-speed5-speed
1.9 TDIAWXI4 SOHC 8V, "Pumpe-Düse" (PD) unit injection1896 cc130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) @4000 rpm285 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft) @1750–2500 rpm2000–200510.22015-speed5-speed
1.9 TDIAVFI4 SOHC 8V, "Pumpe-Düse" (PD) unit injection1896 cc130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) @4000 rpm310 N⋅m (230 lb⋅ft) @1900 rpm2000–200510.22016-speednot produced
2.0 TDIBHWI4 SOHC 8V, "Pumpe-Düse" (PD) unit injection1968 cc136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) @4000 rpm335 N⋅m (247 lb⋅ft) @1900 rpm2003–200510.0205Not Produced5-speed
2.5 TDIAKNV6DOHC24V, Turbocharged Direct Injection2496 cc150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) @4000 rpm310 N⋅m (230 lb⋅ft) @1500–3200 rpm2000–20039.82146-speed5-speed
2.5 TDIBDGV6 DOHC 24V, Turbocharged Direct Injection2496 cc163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) @4000 rpm350 N⋅m (260 lb⋅ft) @1500–3000 rpm2003–20059.22266-speed5-speed
2.5 TDIBDH / BAUV6 DOHC 24V, Turbocharged Direct Injection2496 cc180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) @4000 rpm370 N⋅m (270 lb⋅ft) @1500–2500 rpm2003–20058.92236-speed5-speed


Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Passat_(B5)

Like crows and bass, human beings are attracted to shiny things. (How else could one explain the continued popularity of Las Vegas?)

Why humans are transfixed by shininess, we do not know. It's either (a) the possession of shiny bits is a primeval indicator of wealth--the wherewithal to have something that's taken time to work, buff, and polish--or (b) despite oversize frontal lobes, opposable thumbs, and fancy bipedal motivation, we are simpletons.

We presume it is the former that inspired Volkswagen to slather the 20011/2 Passat with chrome bits.

There are 28 new glinting strips of trim; the previous Passat was unadorned. These include eight separate chrome caps for the leading edges on the front-grille crossmembers, four chrome strips that surround the glass on each side of the car (a distinctly Audilike touch), and the chrome-accented rub strips. All this auto jewelry can be read as a baby step on VW honcho Ferdinand Pi'ch's quest to bring the people's car to an entirely different class of people.

In a few years VW will produce a $50,000-plus luxury sedan (the D1). Shortly after that, a $150,000 super sports car (the W12) will carry the VW badge.

But it's a long way from Golfs and Jettas to Mercedes and Ferrari fighters. Enter the Passat--again. The introduction of the 1998 Passat heralded a change for VWs as attractive, hip rides for the young.

The newest Passat, wearing the cumbersome 20011/2 designation, is designed to herald the beginning of the upmarket Volkswagen years.

The biggest single jump in Passat status will come this fall when VW offers its first eight-cylinder engine in the 271-hp W8, which will come standard with all-wheel drive. The changes evident on our 20011/2 GLS 1.8T are preparation for this range topper in the short term and preparation for battle in the premium segment in the slightly more distant future.

In addition to the snazzy chrome trim, Volkswagen says all but the roof panel and the door skins is new, although you'd be hard pressed to notice a difference. The most noticeable change is the front fascia.

Gone is the simple, unadorned nose of the 1998-2001 model. In an effort to make it look less proletarian, VW has fashioned the Passat's front into a slicker, if droopier, schnoz. The new nose doesn't match the rest of the car in the way that the original did, but it does give the new Passat a decidedly more Audilike look. The rear-end styling has, likewise, been complicated by fussy-looking new taillights.

It will take an even closer inspection to notice that the body-panel gaps are slightly tighter and more consistent than on the previous Passat. That's impressive considering the 2001 Passat's fit was excellent. The tighter tolerances are a byproduct of a stiffer body shell. The overall structure of the Passat is 10 percent stiffer torsionally, owing to heavier-duty reinforcements around the passenger cabin as well as stiffer longitudinal structural members and more liberal use of laser welding. Ten percent may not sound like much, but remember that the Passat, based on the Audi A4 platform, wasn't exactly a wet noodle to begin with.

Drivers are not likely to notice a difference in the car's character. There's a little more ride compliance perhaps, but again we're talking baby steps here.

Volkswagen has left the soft, family-friendly suspension tuning unchanged from the previous Passat. The new car dives, squats, and rolls more than would a sports sedan. The body bobs over undulations in the road.

The payoff for less-than-taut tuning is a nice, smooth ride--a higher priority for most mid-size-sedan buyers. Only a slight engine vibration through the steering wheel separates this car from feeling like a full-on luxury ride.


And although the body leans more than we like in abrupt turns, the Passat responds well to smooth steering inputs and exhibits impressive cornering stability and surprising front-end grip. That's particularly notable given the modestly sized Michelin all-season tires (195/65HR-15) on our base-level GLS.

And because it just wouldn't do to have a base model with only 150 horsepower in the more upscale lineup, the GLS gets an upgrade. The familiar 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes 20 more horsepower, thanks to increased turbo boost (10.2 psi rather than 8.4). That additional power combined with the shorter (numerically higher) gears for first through third in the standard five-speed manual is good for a half-second drop in the Passat GLS's 0-to-60 time. Our test car, equipped with the five-speed, hit 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. That bests four-cylinder mid-size competitors by two to three seconds and is roughly equal to competitors with V-6s and automatic powertrains. This despite a weight gain of about 150 pounds to a still-reasonable-for-the-class 3238.

Torque steer is nonexistent. Chalk one up for the Audi-sourced multilink front suspension.

More important--in the world outside the test track--is the 11 more pound-feet of torque the higher-boost turbo provides. Before the turbo starts spinning in earnest, the little 1.8-liter has its work cut out for it. Once the turbo segues into the power-delivery business, though, the GLS moves out with authority. So much so, in fact, that we wonder why anyone would pay the extra money for the optional 190-hp, 2.8-liter V-6.

Also largely unchanged is the interior, which is fine by us. The '98 Passat set a new standard in the segment for materials quality and lovely little touches such as soft-return grab handles and heated seats.

There are more baby steps along the upmarket trek for the interior. VW replaced the utterly useless, flimsy swing-out cup holders for two proper holes in the new center console. (Rejoice!) There are new bezels around the four analog gauges. They are, of course, shiny. Otherwise, the interior remains the same as always, with supportive seats, an elegant design, and roomy rear quarters.

Even with leather seating, a sunroof, heated front seats, and a steering wheel with buttons for cruise and audio operation, our test GLS came to only $25,675. And all 20011/2 Passats come with a standard side-curtain airbag system.

If you want to spend more, there's the V-6 GLS ($24,800 to start), the loaded GLX ($29,300), or if you really would like to explore the ever-blurring line between Audi and VW, there's the GLX 4Motion sedan and wagon ($32,125 and up). Passats--and VW in general--are only going up in prestige and price from here.

That reflection you see? That would be Ferdinand Piëch's will and aspirations reflected in the chrome.

Like it or not, Volkswagen has the sole U.S. franchise on affordable European cars. The Passat, as well as the Jetta and the Golf, is our only glimpse into another universe of inexpensive but delicious Continental vehicles that our federal regulations and devotion to the porcine have conspired to deny us. If you dream of straightening switchbacks in an Alfa 156, gliding swiftly along the boulevard in a Peugeot 406, or making a run for a frappachino in a Citroën Xantia, then your best bet is a "New Passat." The Teutonic styling lacks the panache of the others, but the robust engine and tight chassis were bred to compete against them.

I've been a huge fan of this little Hungarian hot-shoe motor from the get-go, and the extra 20 horses in the new car are a baby step in the right direction. For another $449, I'd park my Passat for a couple days, pull out the engine controller, and send it to Fairfax, Virginia, for a $449 AutoThority self-improvement seminar. While there, it would learn (via flash upgrade) how to huff up another 4.5 psi of turbo boost, good for another 40 horses and 69 pound-feet of metal motivation. With that kind of scoot on tap, there'd be little need to argue about whether or not the additional chrome trim has an emasculating effect (it most definitely doesn't!).

VW deserves a big hand for giving the Passat 1.8T 20 more horsepower, and an elegantly restyled nose and tail, but my kudos go to its cup holders. Cup holders are one of my pet peeves because many of them are poorly designed and are put in places where they get in the way of elbows or dash controls. That's not the case in this Passat, where they are molded down low in the center console between the front seats. They are easily accessible but are not in the way when you're shifting gears, and the spring-loaded fingers in them securely hold a variety of containers both large and small. Cheers to VW for its sporty family sedan with cup holders that work!

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Sours: https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/a15138556/2001-1-2-volkswagen-passat-gls-18t-road-test/
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2001 Volkswagen Passat Overview

The Volkswagen Passat sedans and wagons started the 2001 model year as essentially the same vehicles that were offered in the previous two years, with a few minor upgrades to freshen them up. But more extensive changes were rolled out mid-year, including alterations to the Passat's interior and exterior.

The new mid-year models came with a redesigned front end, taillights, and chassis on the outside, and updated instrument gauges, center console, and armrests inside. Also new mid-year was the Passat's 1.8-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which now pumped out 170 hp, up from the previous year's 150 hp.

The Passat was still available in two trim packages, the entry-level GLS and the higher-end GLX. The GLS was available with either the new 4-cylinder or the same 2.8-liter, 190-hp V6 offered in previous years. The GLX came only with the V6. A five-speed manual transmission was standard across the line, while an automatic transmission with the Tiptronic manual shift feature was available as an option.

Standard equipment for the Passat included air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, anti-lock brakes, traction control, cruise control, front and side airbags for the driver and passenger, a keyless entry system, daytime running lights, and an anti-theft alarm system. The GLX package added a sunroof and leather seats (powered in the front), among other features. A new side curtain airbag system was added in 2001 as a standard feature, while VW's all-wheel-drive system, called 4MOTION, was available as an option.

As with Passats in previous years, a large number of drivers complained of frequent, and often expensive, repairs, as well as such problems as sludge in the engine that had to be cleaned out frequently. On the positive side, drivers found the Passat fun to drive, easy to handle, and comfortable over the long haul.

Updated by Anonymous

Sours: https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/2001-Volkswagen-Passat-Overview-c5892

2001 Volkswagen Passat Specifications

4-Door Sedan GLS Automatic

4-Door Sedan GLS Manual

4-Door Sedan GLS V6 Automatic

4-Door Sedan GLS V6 Automatic w/4Motion

4-Door Sedan GLS V6 Manual

4-Door Sedan GLX V6 Automatic

4-Door Sedan GLX V6 Automatic w/4Motion

4-Door Sedan GLX V6 Manual

4-Door Wgn GLS Automatic

4-Door Wgn GLS Manual

4-Door Wgn GLS V6 Automatic

4-Door Wgn GLS V6 Automatic w/4Motion

4-Door Wgn GLS V6 Manual

4-Door Wgn GLX V6 Automatic

4-Door Wgn GLX V6 Automatic w/4Motion

4-Door Wgn GLX V6 Manual

Sours: https://www.thecarconnection.com/specifications/volkswagen_passat_2001

Volkswagen passat 2001

Volkswagen Passat

Car model series

"Passat" redirects here. For other uses, see Passat (disambiguation).

Motor vehicle

The Volkswagen Passat is a series of large family cars manufactured and marketed by the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen since 1973, and now in its eighth generation. It has been marketed variously as the Dasher, Santana, Quantum, Magotan, Corsar and Carat. The successive generations of the Passat carry the Volkswagen internal designations B1, B2, etc.

In 2008, Volkswagen launched Passat CC, a "four-door coupé" variant of the Passat.

In January 2011, Volkswagen announced that it would release another Passat model, internally designated Volkswagen New Midsize Sedan or NMS, that would be manufactured at the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant.[1]SAIC-Volkswagen also manufactures the Passat NMS in its Nanjing factory. The Passat NMS is sold in the North American, South Korean, Chinese, and Middle Eastern markets. A new Passat model entered production in Europe in 2014, based on the MQB platform.

In 2019, the Passat NMS program was split into two as the North American one continued being produced on an older platform while the Chinese Passat moved on to the MQB platform, meaning that Volkswagen currently markets three models of the Passat globally.

B1 (Typ 32; 1972)[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Passat (B1)

VW Passat B1 5-door (Europe)
Volkswagen Passat B1 2-door (Europe)
VW Passat Variant LS 1980 (Australia)

The first generation Passat launched in 1973 in two- and four-door sedan and three- and five-door versions. Externally all four shared styling by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The first generation Passat was a fastback variant of the mechanically identical Audi 80 sedan, introduced a year earlier. A five-door station wagon was introduced in 1974, which in North American markets was sold as an Audi Fox. In Europe, the Passat was equipped with two rectangular, two round 7-inch, or four round 5.5-inch headlights depending on specification. The Passat was one of the most modern European family cars at the time, and was intended as a replacement for the ageing Volkswagen Type 3 and Type 4. The only other European cars of its size to feature front-wheel drive and a hatchback were the Renault 16 and Austin Maxi.

The Passat originally featured the four-cylinderOHC 1.3-litre (55 PS (40 kW; 54 hp)) and 1.5-litre (75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp)/85 PS (63 kW; 84 hp)) petrol engines also used in the Audi 80—longitudinally mounted with front-wheel drive, in Audi tradition, with either a four-speed manual transmission or three-speed automatic. It had a MacPherson strut front suspension with a solid axle/coil spring setup at the rear.

The SOHC 1.5-litre was enlarged to 1.6-litre in August 1975 with unchanged power ratings and slightly higher torque ratings. In July 1978, the Passat Diesel became available, equipped with the VW Golf's 1.5-litre diesel (50 PS (37 kW; 49 hp)), followed in February 1979 by the Passat GLI with a fuel-injected version of the 1.6-litre engine.

The range received a facelift in 1977 (launched 1978 outside Europe) with revised interior and revised exterior with repositioned indicators and depending on model, either four round or two rectangular headlights.

In North America, the car was marketed as the Volkswagen Dasher. The three-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and a station wagon model launched in North America for and during the 1974 model year. Sole available engine was a carburetted 1.5-litre inline-four developing 75 hp (56 kW) (or 70 hp (52 kW) in 1975), supplanted from model year 1976 by a Bosch fuel-injected 1.6-litre four 78 hp (58 kW). North American cars were equipped with single DOT standard headlights.

In 1978, the Dasher received a facelift along the lines of the European Passat, with quad sealed beam headlights and big polyurethane covered bumpers. The trim was also upgraded and the ride softened. 1979 saw the introduction of the 1.5-litre diesel engine, which produced just 48 PS (35 kW) in the 1,130 kg (2,490 lb) car. 0–100 km/h time for the Diesel was 19.4 seconds, 6.2 seconds slower than the gasoline (petrol) engine. All gasoline engines were dropped for North America in 1981, in preparation for the next generation.

In Brazil, the Passat B1 was produced from June 1974 until 1988. Since the Audi 80 was not marketed in Brazil, the Passat received the Audi's different front-end treatment after a facelift for 1979. Originally with a 1.5-litre engine, during its long life cycle many improvements from the B2 platform were later introduced, like its 1.6 and 1.8-litre engines, a Brazil-specific face-lift in 1985, and a five-speed gearbox. A sports version, named Passat TS 1.6 and later Passat GTS 1.8 Pointer was also introduced.

B2 (Typ 32B; 1981)[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Passat (B2)

See also: Volkswagen Santana

Volkswagen Passat B2 wagon (Europe)
Volkswagen Passat B2 hatchback (Europe)

The second generation Passat launched in 1981. The platform, named B2, was once again based on the corresponding version of the Audi 80, which had been launched in 1978. The B2 Passat was slightly longer.

In addition to the Passat hatchbacks and Variants (estate/wagon), there was also a conventional three-box saloon, which until the 1985 facelift was sold as the Volkswagen Santana in Europe. In the United States, the Passat/Santana was sold as the Volkswagen Quantum, available in three-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and a wagon model, but the five-door hatchback was never sold there and the three-door hatchback was dropped after less than two years. The four-wheel drive Syncro wagon version was introduced in October 1984, initially only with the more powerful five-cylinder engine.

The Passat/Santana was also produced and commercialized in China, Mexico, South America and South Africa, too. In Mexico, it was marketed from 1984 to 1988 as VW Corsar and Corsar Variant (the 4-door saloon and 5-door wagon, respectively). In Argentina, from 1987 to 1991 as the VW Carat. In Brazil, the wagon model was badged VW Quantum. The Passat saloon and estate were produced in South Africa for the local market until 1987.

Like the previous generation, the B2 Passat was mainly sold with four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. Unlike its predecessor, however, top-of the line versions received five-cylinder Audi or VW engines of 1.9–2.2 litres. The 5-cylinder version was sold in the US as the Quantum GL-5. In addition to four- and five-speed manuals and three-speed automatic gearboxes, the Passat/Santana was also available with the VW concern's interesting 4+E transmission. This, also called the "Formel E" had a particularly high top gear, which combined with a freewheeling mechanism, provided better gas mileage. An automatic stop/start was also available in some markets. The four-wheel-drive system used in the Passat Variant Syncro shared the mechanics of the Audi 80 and not the Volkswagen Golf Syncro. The Syncro's bottom plate was almost entirely different, requiring a transmission tunnel, a relocated gas tank and no spare tire well (to make room for the complex rear axle assembly). Only the more popular estate was reengineered. Syncro was also available in the North American market, only with the five-cylinder engine.

In 1985, the range received a slight facelift, consisting of new, larger bumpers, interior retouches, a new front grille and new taillights on the hatchback versions. The three-door hatchback was discontinued, while the Santana nameplate was dropped in Europe. The saloon's front end was now the same as the hatchback and estate. The North American version, still known as the Quantum, gained European-style composite headlamps.

On 31 March 1988, production ended (although Syncro models continued in production until June) with 3,345,248 built in Germany. World production totaled approximately 4.5 million units.

B3 and B4 (Typ 35i; 1988)[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Passat B3

Volkswagen Passat B3 sedan (Europe)
Volkswagen Passat B4 Variant (United Kingdom)

The third generation Passat was introduced in March 1988 in Europe, 1990 in North America, and 1995 in South America. The lack of a grille made the car's front end styling reminiscent of older, rear-engined Volkswagens, such as the 411, and also doubled as a modern styling trend. The styling was developed from the 1981 aerodynamic (cd 0.25) Auto 2000 concept car.[2][3]

At the time, it was the first transverse engine layout Passat to be built on a Volkswagen-designed platform, rather than sharing one with an Audi saloon. The car, although designated B3 in Volkswagen's platform nomenclature, was based largely on the A platform as used for the smaller Golf model, but was stretched in all directions, and therefore had no connection with the B3 series Audi 80, launched two years earlier. Many components are shared directly between these vehicles. This generation of Passat was sold as a four-door saloon or a five-door estate, with the Passat not being sold as a hatchback from this point onwards. It was marketed under the Passat name in all markets; in North America, this was a first.

The fuel-injected petrol engines gave better performance and refinement than the carburettor units previously used. They were mounted transversely, and the floorpan was engineered to accept Volkswagen's 'Syncro' four-wheel drive system. Engine options were the 2.0-litre 16-valve engine in the GL model, 1.8-litre engine in the CL model (not available in North America, all CLs, GLs, and GLSs had the 2.0 16v), The 1.8 8v 112 bhp PB engine from the Golf GTi was also used in the Passat GT model. Volkswagen's new 2.8-litre VR6 engine (also used in the Golf and Corrado) in the GLX/GLS model (introduced in 1991 in Europe and 1992 in North America), and the G60 engine (only available on the Syncro model in Canada for the North American market). The VR6 engine gave the top-of-the-range Passat a top speed of 224 kilometres per hour (139 mph). The 1.9-litre and the 1.6-litre diesel engine were also available as options.

1993 facelift (Passat B4)[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Passat (B4)

Volkswagen Passat B4 wagon (Europe)
1996 Volkswagen Passat B4 sedan (United Kingdom)

The B3 Passat was heavily facelifted in 1993, and despite being designated B4, it was not an all-new model. The facelift revised external body panels except for the roof and glasshouse, with most obvious exterior change seeing the reintroduction of a grille to match the style of the other same-generation Volkswagen models of the era, such as the Mk3 Golf and Jetta. The interior was mildly updated and included safety equipment, such as dual front airbags and seat belt pretensioners, although the basic dashboard design remained unchanged. The grille was introduced to give the front end a more aggressive appearance, as the previous model looked too 'passive'.

The car was available with a Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engine – an inline four-cylinder 1.9-litre turbodiesel, generating 66 kW (90 PS; 89 bhp) at 3,750 rpm and 210 N⋅m (155 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 1,900 rpm. It carried a US EPAfuel efficiency rating for the sedan of 45 miles per US gallon (5.2 L/100 km; 54 mpg‑imp) highway. Combined with a 98 litres (21.6 imp gal; 25.9 US gal) 28 litres (6.2 imp gal; 7.4 US gal) reserve option fuel tank, the B4 TDI wagon had an 1800+ km (1200+ mi) range on a single tank of fuel. The B4 TDI wagon saw less than 1,000 sales in the US during its 1996 to 1997 lifespan.

B5 (Typ 3B, 1997) and B5.5 (3BG; 2001)[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Passat (B5)

Volkswagen Passat B5 wagon (US)
Volkswagen Passat B5 sedan (Australia)

An all-new Passat, based on the Volkswagen Group B5 platform, was launched in February 1997 in Continental Europe and the United Kingdom, and 1998 in North America. Its PL45 platform was shared with the first-generation "Typ 8D" Audi A4, which was unveiled two years earlier, and saw a return to the Passat sharing its longitudinal engine layout platform with Audi's equivalent model for the first time since the second-generation (B2) Passat of 1981, which shared its platform with the second-generation "Typ 81" Audi 80/Audi 90 (the A4 is the successor to the Audi 80 line).

The Passat introduced a new design language,[citation needed] first seen on the Concept 1 concept car, for the latest generation of Volkswagens, such as the Mk4 Golf, Bora and Polo Mk4. Aerodynamic work gave the B5 Passat a coefficient of drag of 0.27 (saloon model).

The car featured a fully independent four-link front suspension; and a semi-independent torsion beam for front-wheel-drive models or a fully independent suspension on the 4motion 4WD models. 4WD was introduced in 1997 as an option for the 1.8-litre, 2.8-litre V6, 1.9-litre TDI, 2.0-litre TDI and 2.5-litre V6 TDI engines, using a second-generation Torsen T-2 based 4WD system to minimise loss of traction. The 1.8-litre petrol engine in the Passat and Audi A4 has a lower oil capacity than transverse applications of the same engine (4.6 US quarts (4.4 l) in transverse, 4.3 US quarts (4.1 l) longitudinal), and may suffer from oil sludge problems as a result, if not changed at regular intervals with fully synthetic oils. Four transmission options were available: a 5-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed manual transmission (codename 01E), a 4-speed automatic transmission and a 5-speed automatic transmission with tiptronic.

The 1.6-litre petrol engine had been dropped by 1999, leaving the 1.8-litre 20-valve as the entry-level engine.

2001 facelift (Passat B5.5 – Typ 3BG)[edit]

Volkswagen Passat B5.5 Variant (Europe)
2004 Volkswagen Passat GL Estate Wagon (US model) in Mojave Beige color (front perspective view)

The B5.5 Passat began production in late 2000, with styling and mechanical revisions, including revised projector-optic headlights, bumpers, tail lights, and chrome trim.

A 4.0-litre W8 engine producing 275 PS (202 kW) was introduced in 2001 in a luxury version of the car that included standard 4motionall-wheel drive.[4] This engine was intended to be a test bed for Volkswagen Group's new W engine technology, which would later make an appearance on the W12 in the Phaeton, Audi A8, and Bentley Continental GT, and the W16 engine in the Bugatti Veyron. The engine was discontinued in 2004.

2003 Volkswagen Passat B5.5 SE V6 sedan (Australia)
2004 Volkswagen Passat GL Estate Wagon (US model) in Mojave Beige color (rear perspective view)

B6 (Typ 3C; 2005) and B7 (2010)[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Passat (B6)

Volkswagen Passat Sedan (Front)
Volkswagen Passat Sedan (Rear)
Volkswagen Passat B6 Variant (Front)
Volkswagen Passat B6 Variant (Rear)

The B6 debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2005, and launched in Europe in the summer of 2005 for the 2006 model year. Unlike its predecessor, the B6 Passat no longer shared its platform with Audi's equivalent model (the Audi A4). Based on a modified version of the Mk5 Golf's PQ35 platform (PQ46), the B6 featured a transverse rather than longitudinal engine layout of its predecessor, like the previous B3 and B4 generations, which were related to the A2 (Golf) platform. The PQ46 platform provided increased torsional rigidity.

The transverse-engine layout of the four-wheel drive version, marketed as 4motion, dictated a switch from the Torsen centre differential of the B5, to the Haldex Tractionmulti-plate clutch. The change to the Haldex system also changes the handling closer to a front-wheel drive car. Compared to the Torsen, the Haldex can direct torque more unequally to the front wheels (from 100:0 to 50:50 front-to-rear bias), thus providing a wider bias range than the 75:25 to 25:75 of the B5 Passat. Haldex is a reactive-type system, behaving as a front-wheel-drive vehicle until slippage is detected, at which point up to a maximum of 50% of the torque can be transmitted to the rear axle. See the Audi-related quattro (four-wheel-drive system) article for more information.

Fuel Stratified Injection is used in every petrol engined version of the Passat, ranging from 1.4 to 3.6 litres (the 1.6-litre DOHC can reach 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 11.4 seconds, and 200 km/h (124.3 mph) for manual transmission versions), but the multi-valve 2.0-litre Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel is the most sought after version in Europe (available in both 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) and 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) variants). In the US market, a 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) 2.0-litre turbocharged I4 is the base engine, or a 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) 3.6-litre VR6 engine as the upgrade, with six-speed manual (only available on the base 2.0-litre turbocharged model) and automatic transmissions. As of the 2009 model year, the VR6 engine and 4motion option were no longer available in the US on the Passat sedan and wagon, but are available on the Passat CC.[5]

In February 2008, the 2.0 FSI was replaced with the new Audi-developed 1.8-litre TSI engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. The 1.8-litre T is rated at 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) and 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) and accelerates from 0–100 km/h in 8.6 seconds, reaching a top speed of 220 km/h (136.7 mph). At the same time the 2.0-litre TDI engine from the Audi range, incorporating common rail injection technology superseded the existing 2.0 litre TDI units. The common rail technology uses less fuel and is quieter in operation. This engine is part of the wider Volkswagen Group policy for engine sharing.

The Passat Estate won overall winner of Practical Caravans Towcar of the Year Awards 2008 for its array of towing features such as its Trailer Stability Programme.

In Asia, the PQ46 Passat was released by FAW-VW as the Magotan, after Volkswagen's other joint venture Shanghai Volkswagen had decided to continue using the B5 platform for the Passat and the Passat Lingyu (long-wheelbase Passat).[6] Since August 2010, the wagon version of Passat B6 will be offered in Asia, which is a fully imported model. But this car is simply called Volkswagen Variant in China, in order not to refer the name "Passat" or "Magotan".

Exclusive to Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand was a limited edition Passat R36, which featured a 3.6-litre V6 engine. This version of the Passat put out 300 hp, and featured dual exhaust tips, an aggressive front bonnet, and All Wheel Drive.

Passat CC[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen CC

Volkswagen CC 130TDI sedan (Australia)
Volkswagen CC 130TDI sedan (Australia)

The CC ("Comfort Coupé")[7] is a 4-door coupé version of the Passat. It debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Originally aimed at competing with the similarly styled Mercedes CLS, the Passat CC intends to be more stylish and luxurious than the previously released Passat B6. In the US, the name Passat was dropped, and the car was being sold as just CC.[8] Some options specific to the CC include hands-free parking, lane-departure prevention, intelligent cruise control, and adaptive suspension. Engines offered in the CC mirror those of the regular Passat, with options of the base 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder, or the optional 3.6-litre VR6, which includes 4-motion all-wheel drive.

The Chinese-made CC was released by FAW-VW on 15 July 2010. Two engine options are provided: 1.8 litre T and 2.0 litre T.[9]

Volkswagen facelifted the Passat CC in late 2011 for the 2012 year, with styling updates akin to those of the larger Phaeton. For the updated model, Volkswagen has dropped the Passat name for all markets, now matching the Volkswagen CC branding used since 2008 in North America.[10]

2010 facelift (Passat B7)[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Passat (B7)

VW Passat B7 Sedan (Front)

VW Passat B7 Sedan (Rear)

VW Passat B7 Variant (Front)

VW Passat B7 Variant (Rear)

The B6 Passat was facelifted by Klaus Bischoff and Walter de Silva[11] and was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September 2010. Although designated "B7" by VW enthusiasts, the car is not an all-new model. The facelift resulted in new external body panels except for the roof and glasshouse, with the prominent changes to the grille and headlights. Overall height and width dimensions are unchanged from the B6 Passat, while length increases by 4 mm. New features include Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC), Dynamic Light Assistglare-free high beams, a fatigue detection system and an automatic "city emergency braking" system.[12] It arrived at dealerships in January 2011.

The interior featured minor detail changes from the B6, although the basic dashboard design remained unchanged.

In India, the B6 version is likely to be replaced with the B7 version. The new model will be exclusive to the Indian market, and at least 100 mm longer than the European B7.[13]

In China, the FAW-VW-built Magotan will also be replaced by a long-wheelbase version of the Passat B7. The new model will be exclusive to the Chinese market, and at least 100 mm longer than the European B7.[14] Engines available for Magotan B7L are ranging from 1.4-litre T, 1.8-litre T to 2.0-litre T, a special-developed EA390 3.0-litre VR6 FSI[15] engine is opted for the top model.

In Malaysia, Volkswagen Global had authorised DRB-HICOM for assembly in the Pekan facility beginning 2011. The Passat was the best-selling model of Volkswagen Malaysia in 2012 and 2013.

Passat Alltrack[edit]

Volkswagen Alltrack B7 (Europe)
Volkswagen Alltrack B7 (Europe)
Volkswagen Alltrack B8 (Europe)
Volkswagen Alltrack B8 (Europe)

In October 2010, Volkswagen presented at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show the Passat Alltrack. The Passat Alltrack bridges the gap between the passenger VW range and the SUV range comprising the Tiguan and Touareg. The Passat Alltrack was aimed at competing with Subaru Outback, which created a new market niche. They (Alltrack & Outback) both bear resemblance in ride height and external body kit.

The Passat Alltrack has raised ground clearance from 135 to 165 mm which improves approach angle from 13.5 to 16 degrees, departure angle from 11.9 to 13.6 degrees and ramp angle from 9.5 to 12.8 degrees when compared to the standard Passat wagon. Passat Alltrack is the only VW in the passenger range to offer 4Motion with off-road driving programme, the off-road system works in conjunction with the ABS, electronic differential lock (EDL), DSG & hill descent assist system to control the vehicle in an off-road expedition.

The engine range of the Passat Alltrack consists of two 2.0 litre TDI with outputs of 103 kW/140 hp & 125 kW/170 hp and two petrol engines, 1.8-litre producing 118 kW/160 hp and 2.0 litre TSI producing 155 kW/207 hp. The TDI models come standard with BlueMotion Technology packages with Stop/Start system and battery regeneration mode for recovering braking energy. The two lesser powered engine variants 2.0 litre TDI and 1.8-litre TSI are only available in front wheel drive format with a manual 6 speed transmission. The rest of the range with 4Motion has a 6 speed DSG automated manual transmission, except the 2.0 litre TDI with 103 kW/140 hp has an option of 6 speed manual.

In 2012 at the New York Auto Show, VW showed a Passat Alltrack with 2.0 litre TDI 125 kW/170 hp under Alltrack Concept nameplate to gauge response for a future market in the off-road wagon segment.

DARPA driverless edition[edit]

A driverless version of the Passat Wagon finished second in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge.[16] In spring 2015, Swiss telecommunications company Swisscom tested the driverless Volkswagen Passat on the streets of Zurich.[17]

B8 (Typ 3G; 2015)[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Passat (B8)

Volkswagen Passat (B8) SE sedan
Volkswagen Passat (B8) Highline Variant

The eighth generation model of the Passat was introduced in November 2014 in Continental Europe and in January 2015 in the United Kingdom as a four-door saloon and estate. Following other Volkswagen Group passenger vehicles such as the Volkswagen Golf Mk7, it is based on a stretched variant of the MQB platform, a modular automobile construction platform designed for transverse, front-engined cars. To reduce weight, lightweight materials such as aluminium and vacuum-formed steel have been utilised.[18] According to the chairman of the board of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, the B8 is "a premium car without the premium price", indicating that the Passat nameplate was moved to the small car segment, as opposed to the previous generation models that were conceived as large family cars,[19] although some auto journalists have criticised this strategy since it effectively puts the Passat in competition with the Audi A6.

The Passat was introduced with a great number of advanced driver-assistance systems, including a semi-automatic parking system, emergency driver assistant, which will automatically take control of the vehicle if the driver has suffered a medical emergency, autonomous cruise control system for highway speeds up to 210 km/h, a collision avoidance system with pedestrian monitoring and variable ratio steering marketed as "progressive steering" which will adjust the steering gear ratios in relation to the current speed.[20]

The engine line-up of the Passat B7 was re-introduced with this generation with slightly increased power outputs, variable displacement for the 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and two selective catalytic reduction (SCR) diesel engines, with one being twin-turbocharged. A plug-in hybrid, the Passat GTE,[21] with an updated battery pack from the Golf GTE and Audi A3 Sportback e-tron is scheduled for launch in mid-2015 in the United Kingdom with sales commencing in 2016.[22]

Led by new chief of design Walter de Silva and VW's acquisition of coachbuilder Bertone, the 2015 Passat won the 2015 European Car of the Year award.[23][24]

The Passat B8 continues to be sold in China under the name Magotan; this version has an 80 mm longer wheelbase.

Other versions[edit]

Passat Lingyu (China; 2005–2011)[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Passat Lingyu

Volkswagen Passat Lingyu (pre-facelift)

The Passat Lingyu is a restyled version of the first generation Škoda Superb for the Chinese market. Manufactured by SAIC Volkswagen, the Passat Lingyu was introduced in 2005, succeeding the Passat B5. The car was designed by Istanbul-born car designer Murat Günak.[25] In 2009, a facelifted version was introduced as the Passat New Lingyu (Xinlingyu).[26][27] Production lasted until 2011 and replaced by the Passat NMS.

Volkswagen built 20 examples of a fuel-cell Passat Lingyu in mid-2008 to be presented at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[28]

Passat NMS (North America and China; 2011–present)[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Passat (North America and China)

The Passat branches off into two models starting from 2011, the one being the global model sold in Europe and right-hand drive markets, and in China as the Magotan, and the other known as the Passat NMS that is built for the North American and Chinese market. This model is more downscale compared to the European Passat to achieve a lower price point in order to penetrate the mainstream mid-size sedan market.[29][30] The Passat NMS model was split again in 2019 as the Chinese version moved on to the MQB platform, while the North American model continued to be produced above the old platform, as the decline of the sedan market in North America has deterred further investments of a MQB-based Passat for the region.

First generation (2011)[edit]

Volkswagen Passat (first generation pre-facelift, United States)

Known as the New Midsize Sedan (NMS) before its unveiling in January 2011, this model was designed for the North American market, replacing the B6 Passat sedan and wagon. At its introduction, the Passat NMS was part of Volkswagen Group's strategy to sell over 800,000 vehicles per year in the North American market. The Passat NMS is marketed in the North America, South Korea, Middle East,[31] and China, with no plans for a wagon/estate version. North American, Middle Eastern and South Korean models are manufactured at its Chattanooga Assembly Plant.[32]

In China, the new model is built by SAIC-Volkswagen in its Nanjing factory[14] and is marketed as a more upscale model with some interior and exterior differences to the North American model, such as wood-trimmed steering wheel, rear air vents, and LED accented headlights. It was sold alongside models such as the long-wheelbase version of the European Passat known as the Magotan and a B5 Passat-based Passat Lingyu.[33][34]

Second generation (North America; 2019)[edit]

Volkswagen Passat (second generation, United States)

A new Passat for the North American market was released in 2019 as a 2020 model. The 2020 Volkswagen Passat NMS was completely redesigned except for the platform and powertrain featuring revised exterior styling, new wheel and tire combinations. Every metal stamping in the exterior was replaced, except the roof stamping. It is equipped with more standard safety and technology features, which include a suite of standard driver assistance technologies, and a 6.33-inch glass-covered touchscreeninfotainment system with next-generation VW CarNet 4GLTE in-vehicle telematics. The second generation is still powered by a 174-horsepower, 2.0-liter TSI I4 gasoline engine and six-speed automatic transmission from the first generation. Following the 2022 model year, Volkswagen discontinued the Passat in North America due to slow sales.[35]

Passat (China; 2019–present)[edit]

Main article: Volkswagen Passat (MQB, China)

Volkswagen Passat (2019, China)

Revealed on October 12, 2018 by SAIC Volkswagen, the Chinese market 2019 Passat replaces the Passat NMS in China. Despite the high resemblance between the Chinese and North American Passats, they are completely different models based on different platforms. The Chinese market 2019 Passat is built on the newer Volkswagen Group MQB platform together with third generation Magotan, which is a long-wheelbase version of the European B8 Passat.[36] Trim levels are known as the 280TSI, 330TSI and 380TSI. 280TSI models receive the 1.4- litre EA211 engine, while 330TSI and 380TSI models receive the 2.0-litre EA888 engine. All models are available with 7-speed DSG gearbox as standard.


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External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Passat
POV Drive: 2001 Volkswagen Passat V6

Quiet vacation. A beige shirt with a strap, a light cotton undershirt, a mid-thigh shorts and ankle boots - that's all she needed. Until dinner, while Vlady was engaged with his.

Now discussing:

Everything, everything, silly, well, everything is already, why are you. - Ivan Ivanitch whispered, gradually screwing himself into her. - What are you narrow. He began to kiss her on the forehead, in her temples, in her eyes.

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