1973: A decade of fantastic music really takes off. The brothers Angus and Malcolm Young found AC/DC. Pink Floyd releases their timeless album “The Dark Side of the Moon”. All songs of the album could be heard on the radio of a new Volkswagen: the first Passat. A hatchback saloon with two or four doors and a large boot lid. More variable than any Volkswagen before. With a length of 4,190 mm and therefore slightly shorter than a T-Roc today. And yet even the first Passat offered plenty of space. That was even more true when Volkswagen launched the Passat Variant in 1974.
Bestselling mid-size model in the world: the Passat has stood for progress for 45 years
- With more than 29 million vehicles produced, the Passat is one of the most important models in the business class
- Together with the Beetle (21.5 million) and Golf (35 million), the Passat is one of the three most successful Volkswagen models
- At the end of January 2019, Volkswagen will start the countdown for the next evolutionary stage of the Passat
For 45 years the Passat has been on course for the future. Originally launched in 1973, it is now sold on every continent. Volkswagen has built more than 29 million Passat vehicles in eight generations so far. 2019 will see the start of a new evolutionary stage of the most successful mid-size car ever, as the Passat becomes the first in its segment to break through the barrier of 30 million units.