Volkswagen celebrates 40 years of Passat - over 20 million delivered since 1973

40 years ago Volkswagen debuted debuted the Passat. Now in its seventh generation (Porsche and Corvette are also surprisingly in seventh generation, the first is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and Corvette its 60th).

The first generation Passat was a hatchback drawn by Giorgio Giugiaro, which was soon followed by a station wagon version called Variant.

The first Passat was based on the Audi 80 and remained in production until 1980. 2.5 million units were produced.

The second generation model was produced until 1987 and was a true international hit with nearly 5.5 million units sold throughout the world. It was produced not only in Emden, but also in Belgium, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Japan. Second generation model brought four-wheel drive, turbo diesel, five-cylinder petrol engine and the fuel-reducing formula E to the Passat range.

The third generation model was produced from 1987-1993 and fourth generation from 1993 to 1997.

The fifth generation (1996 to 2005) introduced fully galvanized body, advanced TDI technology, powerful four-, five-, six-and eight-cylinder engines. A total of over four million units of the fifth generation were sold.

Between 2006-2009 a new body variant CC was offered with about 1.7 million units produced. The CC is now a separate model and still in production.

The Passat B7 introduced another new body variant called Alltrack, a similar model to Audi’s Allroad with higher body clearance and all-wheel drive.


RELATED POSTS

Audi Allroad Shooting Brake concept revealed
2015 Porsche Cayenne facelift spied up close with less camouflage
BMW X7 SUV confirmed, will be built at Spartanburg factory in South Carolina
Arrinera Hussarya supercar from Poland shown in production spec
MG Dynamo concept revealed, brand's first fully electric vehicle
2015 Toyota GT86 revealed with minor updates
2015 Fiat 500X prototype spied for the first time in Italy
2014 SUV’s worth considering
Mazda LM55 Vision Gran Turismo revealed for GT6
New Ferrari 488 GTB with a new V8 turbo revealed ahead of Geneva debut
New Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace previewed ahead of Detroit debut
Back To Work! Is It Time For An Auto-Upgrade?
Tags: , , , ,