The Volkswagen Passat is a seventh-generation large family car. The history of the Volkswagen Passat can be traced back to 1964, when the Volkswagen Group acquired Audi. With the new engineering expertise on board, the company began to develop a front-wheel drive car powered by a water-cooled engine. This would result in the launch of the first generation of the Volkswagen Passat and Golf in 1973 and 1974, respectively. Over the years, the Volkswagen Passat received several badges around the world, including Carat, Corsar, Magotan, Quantum, Santana, and Dasher. Each generation of the Volkswagen Passat is known internally as B1, B2, and so forth.
Volkswagen is known to name its cars after the wind, and the Volkswagen Passat is no different. The Passat is derived from the German name for trade winds.
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About the Volkswagen Passat
The Volkswagen Passat is traditionally known to be a luxury family sedan with superb fit and finish. Since its introduction in 1973, the car was a popular choice with the customers who want just a little more luxury from an average family sedan. The Passat is able to straddle the line between a normal, dull family car, and the overly expensive luxury car. Every generation of this car displayed a restrained and refined style and the classic Volkswagen character. Volkswagen Passat Features
The redesigned 2012 Volkswagen Passat reflects the company’s new mission: to become the world’s top-selling automaker by 2018. For this reason, Volkswagen decided to concentrate more on the American market. This has resulted in several changes to the Volkswagen Passat. For instance, the wheelbase of the Volkswagen Passat has increased by 3.7 inches from the last generation, and the front legroom has also increased by an inch. At the back, the legroom has increased by 1.4 inches.
The 2012 Volkswagen Passat can be powered by any of the three familiar Passat engines, with the standard engine being the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine that delivers 170 hp of power and 177 lb-ft of torque. The popular 2.0-liter turbocharged engine has been removed from the Volkswagen Passat, and it has instead been replaced by the 3.6-liter VR-6 engine with a maximum power of 280 hp and maximum torque of 285 lb-ft. This engine comes with the DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission as a standard, but other engines come with the five-speed manual as the standard, and the DSG transmission as an option.
The 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine is fortunately carried forward from the previous generation, delivering 31/43 mpg city/highway. This engine is more enjoyable than others are and can be mated to a DSG dual-clutch or six-speed manual transmission. The interior of the Volkswagen Passat is predictably conservative and borderline bland. Nevertheless, the Volkswagen Passat still retains a smart design and high build quality, the two qualities that have defined the Passat lineup.
The body of the Volkswagen Passat looks a lot like a magnified version of the Jetta. This similarity in design comes as no surprise since Volkswagen has not made any major efforts to change the design of its luxury Audi brand either. On a positive note, the Volkswagen Passat debuts with a significant slash in price when compared to previous versions. Volkswagen Passat Evolution
The first generation of the Volkswagen Passat began in 1973. The Passat was offered as two-door and four-door sedans as well as three-door and five-door versions. The first generation was offered with a choice between a 1.3-liter and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder OHC gasoline-driven engine. The transmission could be either a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic.
The second generation Volkswagen Passat had the internal designation B2. This generation was longer and kept the updated styling from 1977. The high-end models of the Volkswagen Passat received five-cylinder engines with a displacement in the range of 1.9 to 2.2 liters.
The third generation Volkswagen Passat was launched in 1990 in North America. It received the designation B3 but actually derived most of its design from the ‘A’ platform that was used on the Volkswagen Golf models. Several components were also shared between the Golf and Passat, with the then-new 2.8-liter VR6 engine available as an option.
The fourth generation of the Volkswagen Passat was designed on the company’s B5 platform and was launched in 1998 in North America. This B5 platform was shared by the first generation Audi A4. The Volkswagen Passat featured an all-independent four-link front suspension and could be driven by 1.8-liter and 2.8-liter V-6 gasoline engine, or a 1.9-liter TDI engine. This generation received a facelift in 2001 and was designed as B5.5 models. The outside styling remained more or less the same, but mechanical changes included new bumpers, taillights, and chrome trim and projector-optic headlights. The luxury version was modified to include a 4.0-liter W8 engine.