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Volkswagen Passat

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VOLKSWAGEN has been perfecting the Passat for over four decades. With the début of the new, eighth generation Passat, Volkswagen is revealing a design that combines stylish clarity with a high level of impressive power. While preserving all of its functional virtues, the Passat has gained noticeably in presence, exclusivity and dynamism. This is not your daddy’s Passat anymore.

Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen Head of Design, and his team posed the following question as they began to work on the B8: "What do we need to do to make a world's best-selling car even more visually attractive?” There was a clear answer: "Breathtaking proportions."The team was able to realize this goal more consistently than ever, because an entirely new design platformwas made available for the Passat for the first time in the modular transverse matrix (MQB).

Those encountering the new Volkswagen Passat for the first time will notice that the car is not a typical mid-class car based on its design; the style would also be appropriate for a car in the upper mid-class or premium class. The exclusive image of the new Passat was achieved in part by a wide variety of extremely precisely drawn edges and creases, which develop individual light-reflecting surfaces.

The Passat has been made lower and wider. Thanks to the optimised engine placement, it was possible to significantly lower the bonnet and shift the windscreen towards the rear. This "cab backward design" with mature saloon proportions resulted in a very long bonnet look with the impression of a premium-class model. It was also clear that the new Passat should get dynamic proportions. Volkswagen developed an entirelynew lighting design for the eighth-generation Passat. The car is being offered with halogen and LED headlights. In particular, the LED headlights create an unmistakable look.

The interior designers developed an interior, where aesthetics, clarity and high value are a match for thesophisticated overall concept of the eighth generation Volkswagen Passat. Due to numerous new design solutions, precisely executed details and innovative technologies such as an Active Info Display and a Head-up display, the interior is more avantgarde, distinctive and multifaceted than ever.

Volkswagen is staying tight-lipped when it comes to the engine line up however, we can speculate that they will be using some of their current power units from cars already in their stable. We suspect that they will incorporate frugal diesel engines and petrol power plants but we, here at Autodealer, hope that Volkswagen drops its 2.0-litre 206kW engine in, from the mighty Golf R, into the new Passat. Follow us on Facebook andTwitter for more details. 

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