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Volkswagen Passat turns 40

 Volkswagen Passat turns 40
Volkswagen Passat 40th 25.7.2013

Company has sold over 20 million units

Volkswagen is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Passat by taking a look back at the iconic model.

Originally introduced in May of 1973, the Passat was designed by Giorgio Giugiaro and was created to appeal to middle-class families. Following its launch in July, it quickly became one of the best selling cars in Germany and went on to sell 2.5 million units by the time the model went out of production in 1980.

It was followed by a redesigned model which introduced a host of new features including a five-cylinder petrol engine, a turbodiesel engine and four-wheel drive. The second generation model was also an international star as it was produced in Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Japan.

In succeeding generations, Volkswagen continued to improve and refine the model. The fifth-generation Passat, in particular, beat the competition with a fully galvanized body, a luxurious interior and an assortment of four-, five-, six-and eight-cylinder engines.

The sixth- and seven-generation built on these accomplishments and helped Volkswagen to sell over 20 million Passats since 1973.

Source: Volkswagen
Published Jul 25, 2013 3:40 pm By Michael Gauthier

(translated)

40 years Volkswagen Passat

In July 1973, the delivery of the first generation began Passat The Passat was from the beginning benchmark in its class so far delivered over 20 million Passat world

Wolfsburg, 25 July 2013 - 40 years ago debuted a new Volkswagen, which ushered in a new era with modern technology and contemporary design: the Passat. Now in its seventh generation, he advanced from the prior model for success.

In May 1973, he was presented in July - exactly 40 years ago - began his delivery: The drawn by Giorgio Giugiaro hatchback car, which was soon followed by a station wagon version called Variant, convinced the clientele of middle-class newcomer. A year later he already went to the top of the German registration statistics. The first Passat - the former based on the Audi 80 - remained in the program until 1980. 2.5 million units of the so-called B1 emerged.

The successor, there was again with oblique and estate rear, he was offered until 1987. New technical features were used: four-wheel drive, turbo diesel, five-cylinder gasoline engine and the fuel-reducing formula E as a precursor of today's BlueMotion Technology. The notchback version of the B2 Santana was given the name but on Evergreen.

As a world car of the 80s it was produced not only in Emden, but also in Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Japan. Above all, the car established the success of the Volkswagen brand in China: The Santana B2 was produced there until 2012, a modified long version - Vista - continues to run off the line. With nearly 5.5 million units of the second Passat and all of its variants, the most produced model of the entire Passat family.

The Passat models in the third (1987 to 1993) and fourth generation (1993 to 1997) were made exclusively with rear step or combination, a hatchback version there was not more for the Passat family. The new air-resistance-optimized models offered thanks to the transverse installation of the engine and transmission significantly more interior space. TDI technology, a turbocharged gasoline engine and even a compact six-cylinder found their way. Third of the Passat model range around 1.6 million units were shipped. The fully optimized, approximately 700,000 times produced Passat B4 received a stiffened body, more safety features and even more diesel engines - which the mid-level model has been upgraded significantly.

The fifth generation (1996 to 2005) set higher standards. With fully galvanized body, advanced TDI technology, powerful four-, five-, six-and eight-cylinder engines and a level of quality that you previously only known from the luxury class, the Passat finally developed a model in its class. In China - where even been offered a long version - the Passat was not until the year 2009. A total of over four million units of the fifth generation were shipped worldwide.

The spring of 2006-2009 offered, about 1.7 million times produced Passat B6 brought an additional body variant of the game: the CC, a stylish four-door coupe. For the first time a dual clutch transmission was offered for the Passat and added a powerful diesel and petrol engines and fuel-efficient BlueMotion versions.

He was succeeded by the current, more refined and more luxurious equipped edition, which put the bar even higher in terms of safety and driver assistance systems. The Passat B7 brought alongside the now independent CC another derivative with itself - the Alltrack with more defined body and optional all-wheel drive. Foreign-made, unique models, such as the Chinese New Midsize Sedan and the Passat produced in the United States completed the global trade family.

The Passat has been designed for the permanent success of the Volkswagen program. It stands for the higher positioning of the brand and the democratization of advanced technologies. Volkswagen delivered by the end of 2012 a total of over 20 million Passat and Passat derivatives from around the world.

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Comments (5)

 alihijazi alihijazi
40 YEARS of niche model compared to what OPEL offered during this era
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July 29, 2013 6:13 am
 fleuger99 fleuger99
My father had a 1979 model with a 1.3 litre engine. That thing just kept going. It was my first car. At the time I loved it.
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July 27, 2013 11:15 am
 turboro turboro
First end 90's when the Ford Granada/Scorpio and Opel Omega left, the Passat and Superb entered the stage an became succesful, before '96 it was a real niche model
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July 26, 2013 8:31 am
 RaulLeal RaulLeal
40 boring years...
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July 26, 2013 5:53 am