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2018 VW Passat GT Combines Sportier Styling With 280HP V6 For Under $30k 16
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, VW, VW Passat on 01 16th, 2018


An all-new Volkswagen Passat is coming to North America in 2019 but the company isn’t going to let the outgoing model sit idly by so they have introduced the new Passat GT.

Previewed by a concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the production model features a host of styling tweaks that give the family sedan a sportier appearance. The model is based on the Passat R-Line and features a honeycomb grille which sits between LED headlights. A closer inspection reveals black accents, a rear spoiler, and 19-inch alloy wheels with cover red brake calipers.

Since the model is living on borrowed time, interior changes are relatively minor and include black leatherette seats with Moonrock Gray inserts. Other touches include carbon fiber optic trim, piano black accents, and aluminum scuff plates with GT badging. The model also comes equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a 6.3-inch infotainment system.

Despite the sporty styling cues, the Passat GT is more show than added go. It features a sport-tuned suspension but the 3.6-liter VR6 engine carries over and continues to produce 280 hp (208 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Volkswagen declined to release acceleration times but said the model has a six-speed automatic transmission which allows the sedan to return an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.

Pricing starts at $29,090 and the model is slated to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2018.

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2018 VW Passat GT Combines Sportier Styling With 280HP V6 For Under $30k 16
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, VW, VW Passat on 01 16th, 2018


An all-new Volkswagen Passat is coming to North America in 2019 but the company isn’t going to let the outgoing model sit idly by so they have introduced the new Passat GT.

Previewed by a concept at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the production model features a host of styling tweaks that give the family sedan a sportier appearance. The model is based on the Passat R-Line and features a honeycomb grille which sits between LED headlights. A closer inspection reveals black accents, a rear spoiler, and 19-inch alloy wheels with cover red brake calipers.

Since the model is living on borrowed time, interior changes are relatively minor and include black leatherette seats with Moonrock Gray inserts. Other touches include carbon fiber optic trim, piano black accents, and aluminum scuff plates with GT badging. The model also comes equipped with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, and a 6.3-inch infotainment system.

Despite the sporty styling cues, the Passat GT is more show than added go. It features a sport-tuned suspension but the 3.6-liter VR6 engine carries over and continues to produce 280 hp (208 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Volkswagen declined to release acceleration times but said the model has a six-speed automatic transmission which allows the sedan to return an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway.

Pricing starts at $29,090 and the model is slated to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of 2018.

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VW Confirms All-New North American Passat For 2019 15
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, VW, VW Arteon, VW Passat on 01 15th, 2018


Volkswagen has used the North American International Auto Show to reveal major investments in the United States and its goal to become a major player in one of the most important automotive markets in the world.

Speaking in Detroit, Volkswagen brand boss Dr. Herbert Diess said “By 2020, we will offer at least two new U.S. models annually, covering key segments in the United States.” Besides the all-new Jetta, the company will introduce will introduce the Arteon later this year. It will be followed by the redesigned Passat in 2019 and two crossovers based on the MQB platform.

Volkswagen’s MEB-based electric vehicle will arrive in the United States in 2020. It will be a crossover and it will pave the way for future electric vehicles.

2020 is also the year that Volkswagen hopes to “break-even” in the North American market. This is an uphill battle so the automaker will invest more than $3.3 billion into North America over the next three years. Approximately $1.2 billion of this will go directly toward projects in the United States.

Volkswagen even talked about the elephant in the room, the dieselgate scandal, by saying the company has made “considerable progress” in dealing with the issue and has retrofitted or bought back more than 80 percent of the 540,000 vehicles affected by the emissions cheating scandal.

Note: Current generation Passat pictured

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VW Confirms All-New North American Passat For 2019 15
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, VW, VW Arteon, VW Passat on 01 15th, 2018


Volkswagen has used the North American International Auto Show to reveal major investments in the United States and its goal to become a major player in one of the most important automotive markets in the world.

Speaking in Detroit, Volkswagen brand boss Dr. Herbert Diess said “By 2020, we will offer at least two new U.S. models annually, covering key segments in the United States.” Besides the all-new Jetta, the company will introduce will introduce the Arteon later this year. It will be followed by the redesigned Passat in 2019 and two crossovers based on the MQB platform.

Volkswagen’s MEB-based electric vehicle will arrive in the United States in 2020. It will be a crossover and it will pave the way for future electric vehicles.

2020 is also the year that Volkswagen hopes to “break-even” in the North American market. This is an uphill battle so the automaker will invest more than $3.3 billion into North America over the next three years. Approximately $1.2 billion of this will go directly toward projects in the United States.

Volkswagen even talked about the elephant in the room, the dieselgate scandal, by saying the company has made “considerable progress” in dealing with the issue and has retrofitted or bought back more than 80 percent of the 540,000 vehicles affected by the emissions cheating scandal.

Note: Current generation Passat pictured

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2018 VW Passat GT Injected With Sporty 280HP V6 12
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, VW, VW Passat on 01 12th, 2018


VW will present the new 2018 Passat GT at the Detroit Auto Show as the sportiest member of the family, packing the company’s 280hp 3.6-liter VR6 engine.

Based off the R-Line trim, the new Passat GT is a limited-run special model designed in VW’s North American hub, based on extensive feedback from customers and dealers in the US.

On the outside the new Passat GT comes with standard LED headlights and DRLs and features the R-Line bumper but with a different, honeycomb grille. The red stripe is reminiscent of the Golf GTI and the roof is finished in black with matching door mirror caps.

A set of 19-inch Tornado alloy wheels, a black rear spoiler, a sportier rear bumper and a set of darkened taillights together with the dual exhaust tips complete the differences over the standard Passat models.

The 3.6-liter narrow-angle V6 engine makes 280hp and 258lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 9 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

The sporty theme continues inside, with the interior of the new Passat GT featuring black piano trim, carbon fiber optic décor, black headliner, and aluminum GT-badged sills. The seats are dressed with black leatherette and Moonrock Gray inserts.

VW says that the 2018 Passat GT will arrive at US dealers in the second quarter of 2018, with prices starting at $29,940, including a $850 destination fee.

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Watch Tanner Foust Hoon His 900HP Formula Drift Passat 10
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in drifting, Film, Formula Drift, VW, VW Passat on 01 10th, 2018


Tanner Foust is a talented driver who, at the US at least, needs no introduction. However, for enthusiasts that aren’t up to speed on all of the Top Gear USA host’s accolades, Foust is a three-time Global Rallycross champion, has won four gold medals in the X Games, and a two-time Formula Drift champion. Clearly, Foust knows how to pilot a high-powered machine and brought his most recent drift-prepped Volkswagen Passat to TheHoonigans to have some fun.

When Foust returned to Formula Drift in 2015 after a five year hiatus, he did so with a radical, fully-built Volkswagen Passat. The stock Passat is obviously a terrible drift car, as its front-wheel-drive layout and elongated body aren’t the ideal underpinnings for a dedicated drift vehicle, but Foust and his crew managed to find a way to make it work.

With an LS7 V8 that’s cranking out 900 horsepower thanks to a nitrous kit shoehorned into the hood, rear-wheel drive, a four-speed dog box and a Tilton clutch, the Passat doesn’t have a problem creating clouds of tire smoke. Plus, it sounds like an absolute beast thanks to an eight-into-one exhaust system.

Foust has major plans in store for the Passat, which includes adding some rear seats and turning it into a drift taxi. If a V8-powered Passat drift car sounds unusual, a 900-hp taxi that drifts everywhere with the skilled driver at its helm will make its passengers hang on for dear life.

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2018 VW Passat Gets More Standard Features, £22,605 Starting Price In The UK 7
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, PHEV, prices, UK, VW, VW Passat on 01 7th, 2018


Volkswagen has updated the entire Passat range slightly for the new MY by adding new standard features both inside and out.

Pricing starts at £23,625 ($31,978) for the entry-level saloon powered by a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine that makes 125PS (123hp) and works together with a 6-speed manual gearbox, whereas the most affordable estate adds a £1,020 ($1,381) premium.

Changes operated across the range include the addition of LED headlights at no extra cost on the SE Business, GT, Alltrack, and R-Line trims, and the brand’s App-Connect system, offered as standard on all versions of the car, which mirrors the screen phone onto the infotainment system after users link it via a USB cable.

Elsewhere, the SE Business now benefits from three-zone climate control, color multi-function display, multi-function computer, and heated front seats as standard, with the latter also added to the R-Line and Alltrack models.

Volkswagen’s challenger to the likes of the Ford Mondeo and Opel/Vauxhall Insignia continues to be offered in two body styles, saloon and wagon, and with a wide variety of petrol and diesel engines, mated to either a 6-speed manual and a 6- or 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

The top-of-the-line GTE Advance model exceeds the £40,000 ($54,143) mark in Britain, and comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that makes a combined 218PS (215hp).

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VW Celebrates Record Year With More Than Six Million Vehicles Produced 30
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, VW, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Passat, VW Polo on 12 30th, 2017


It appears that 2017 will be a record year for Volkswagen, as the core brand of the VW Group will, for the first time ever, have manufactured more than six million vehicles by year’s end.

VW’s success was driven mainly by its long-standing best-sellers, namely the Jetta, Golf, Passat and Polo, as well as the popularity of the Santana in China and the growing demand for its newer models like the Tiguan, the T-Roc and the Arteon.

“More than six million vehicles produced in 12 months – there is one thing that this shows above all: our plants and employees are continually improving their production competence,” said Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen. “We have top teams in production which successfully master growing demand from customers.”

The VW brand has more than 50 plants in 14 countries, and its global product portfolio now including over 60 models.

In 2017, VW launched more than 10 new models globally and is expected to renew its entire product range within the next few years. By 2020, it will offer 19 SUVs around the world, with the share of SUVs and crossovers in its overall range to be increased to around 40 percent.

From 2020 onwards, the brand plans to build a family of all-electric models based on a new bespoke architecture, including the I.D., the I.D. Crozz and the I.D. Buzz. VW expects to have sold one million electric vehicles by 2025.

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VW Confirms A Passat GT And Two New Crossovers For America 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Reports, VW, VW Arteon, VW Jetta, VW Passat on 12 13th, 2017


Volkswagen of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken has revealed new details about the company’s future product lineup.

Speaking to Autoblog, Woebcken confirmed the automaker will launch two new crossovers and one of them will have coupe-like styling. That’s not much to go on but the other model will be an entry-level crossover which will slot beneath the Tiguan.

The models are expected to help increase sales in the United States but they’re still several years off as the first model isn’t expected to arrive until 2019 at the earliest.

Volkswagen is clearly focused on expanding its crossover lineup but the company isn’t shying away from sedans as 2018 will see the launch of the all-new Jetta as well as the U.S. debut of the Arteon.

We can also expect to see the new Passat GT sometime next year. The model was previewed by a concept a few years ago and reports have suggested the model will come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp (208 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.

Further down the road, we can expect a redesigned Passat to arrive sometime between 2019 and 2021. Volkswagen also has plans to launch at least two vehicles a year through 2021.

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New VW Jetta To Debut In Detroit, Promises To Be “Super Modern” 16
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Reports, VW, VW Arteon, VW Jetta, VW Passat, VW T-Roc on 10 16th, 2017


The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the company's most important sedans and VW North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken has revealed some new details about the next-generation model.
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Australia Welcomes 2018 VW Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition 31
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, new cars, VW, VW Passat on 08 31st, 2017


Volkswagen Australia has lifted the veil on the Passat Alltrack Wolfsburg Edition for the 2018 model year.
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VW Recalls Over 280,000 Passats and CCs 31
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Recalls, Reports, VW, VW CC, VW Passat on 08 31st, 2017


Volkswagen will recall 280,915 Passat and CC models in the United States over a potential fuel pump issue.
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VW Passat GT Could Debut In Los Angeles With 280 HP 8
Aug
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, Reports, VW, VW Passat on 08 8th, 2017


The Volkswagen Passat has been described as appliance-like but it appears the automaker is preparing to spice up the model with a new performance-oriented variant.
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VW Adds New Petrol Engines To Passat And Tiguan In The UK 14
Jul
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, UK, VW, VW Passat, VW Tiguan on 07 14th, 2017


Volkswagen UK has enriched the Passat family by adding a number of new gasoline engines to their range.
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VW Group Wagons Compared: Audi A4 vs Skoda Superb vs VW Passat 3
Jun
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi A4, Audi Videos, Skoda, Skoda Superb, Skoda Videos, video, VW, VW Passat, VW Videos on 06 3rd, 2017


If you’re looking for a new wagon and happen to live in Europe, chances are that, depending on your budget, one or more of these three models are on your list.
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