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  • 10/18/17
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    Let the sunshine in! The panoramic sunroof is a re-interpretation of the legendary folding soft top

    The days are growing shorter, the leaves are changing colour, and fall is making its appearance. Despite the season, a lot of Volkswagens are still bright as in summer. There is a tradition here. Ever since the company's early years, intelligent roof systems have been capturing the light of the sun even in wintertime. As early as in 1950, Volkswagen began to offer the Beetle with a folding sunroof. In the mid-1990s, this roof concept was refined in the Lupo and Polo with electrically actuated versions. Today, transparent panoramic sunroofs are experiencing a boom. They are available for all Volkswagen models – from the small up! and new Polo to the large Touareg and new Arteon.
  • 11/30/11
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    Tokyo Motor Show - World premiere of the Passat Alltrack

    Over the past four decades, well over 15 million Passat cars have been built. Along with its favourable all-round qualities, the success of the bestseller – which is sold on all of the world's continents – can be attributed to the Passat's wide and diverse range of versions. Now, Volkswagen is extending the model series with another specialist: the Passat Alltrack. This new version is offered in an estate car configuration, and it closes the gap between the conventional Passat Estate and SUVs such as the Tiguan. The rationale here: many car drivers who use their car as a towing vehicle, or in light off-road situations, want a versatile, sporty and very roomy passenger car that has rugged qualities. Volkswagen developed the Passat Alltrack for this clientele. In comparison with the familiar Passat Estate, the new model is defined by new bumpers in SUV style – with wheel well and side sill flares. Its greater off-road ramp angle, approach angle, departure angle and higher ground clearance all make the Passat Alltrack an excellent SUV alternative for driving on unpaved track. The Alltrack will debut in a world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show (03 to 11 December); market launch for the new versatile Alltrack begins in early 2012.
  • 10/26/09
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    To the Point: New Polo, Golf and Passat BlueMotion: Volkswagen radically reduces fuel costs

    "BlueMotion" is the best known German automotive environmental label. It debuted in 2006 with the first generation of the Polo BlueMotion, and its combined fuel con sumption figure of just 3.9 litres per 100 kilometres was the best in the world for a five-seat car. At the same time, this Polo represented the beginning of a product offensive being conducted today under the "BlueMotion-Technologies" umbrella brand, which is as unique as it is successful. Volkswagen is now presenting the three key high-volume models in its range as newly designed BlueMotion versions: the Polo, Golf and Passat. All three Volkswagens are equipped with an exceedingly innovative high-tech package, yet they are affordable for all car drivers. This package includes new common rail TDI engines, recovery of braking energy by regenerative braking, a Stop-Start system and refined aerodynamic components.
  • 03/04/08
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    The Passat R36

  • 03/04/08
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    The Passat BlueMotion

  • 03/04/08
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    4MOTION in the Passat

    4MOTION, the four-wheel drive system from Volkswagen, offers enhanced active safety and driving pleasure. From 2006 the new Passat is available in three different engine versions with the latest 4MOTION system.
  • 03/06/07
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    The Passat Variant

    In August 2005, the sixth generation of the Passat Variant was launched in Germany. As early as September, it was launched in most of the other European markets as well. In spring 2006, the new generation model of this best-seller estate car will start off in North America and Japan. For 43 years now, Variant has been Volkswagen's trademark for estate cars sold around the globe. The original Variant was simply called Type 1500. Eleven years later, Volkswagen presented the first of the 4.3 million Passat estate cars produced under the Variant label up to now.

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Passat Variant Generations 1 -7
Passat Variant Generations 1 -7
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