The 8th Generation of the Volkswagen Passat was recently unveiled in Europe and debuted at last month’s Paris Motor Show.
Besides the successes of the company’s Beetle and Golf brand names, the Passat has carved out a niche for itself as being a value for money package.
In Malaysia, the Passat has, since it was launched in 2011, became a very interesting option alongside the Toyota Camry, Nissan Teana and Honda Accord, besides other European options such as the Peugeot 508 and Ford Mondeo, among others.
Let’s look at the new Passat in facts. Volkswagen Group Malaysia is expected to launch this car here early next year.
For one, the new car is up to 85 kg lighter than the previous model. All offered engines are new to the model range; they have been made up to 20 per cent more fuel efficient. If Malaysia does get the diesel version, the Passat’s new four- cylinder TDI motor delivers a powerful 240 PS of power and has kept fuel consumption to some 5.3 litres per 100 km.
The new Passat will also be the the first Volkswagen with an Active Info and head-up displays.
And since its introduction in 1973, some 22 million vehicles have been sold.