The new Volkswagen Passat, a best seller world wide, will be driving this way for the January 2015 market and orders will be taken from the end of this year.
The Passat is the most successful European business car. The upcoming versions will have new engines, less weight and not least with the latest assistance, Infotainment and convenience systems.
“The name Passat, much like the Golf, has become a hugely significant part of the Irish motoring lexicon,” said VolkswagenIreland Operations Director Paul Burke.
“With this new, eight-generation Passat we feel that it is moving forward even further and this ever-popular family car is now more like an executive offering. This new Passat really is a game changer and we expect it to be hugely popular for us in 2015.”
This Passat heralds in a new era when it comes to design and proportions, engines and drive systems, Infotainment and assistance systems or when it is a matter of safety, convenience and driving pleasure, VW insisted.
The new Passat gives the right answers to the major automotive trends of its time, they added.
They reckon this Passat is a premium class car without premium costs.
It fits perfectly to Europe’s most successful business car - lining up with 20% better fuel economy, up to 85 kilograms less weight and a range of efficient petrol and diesel engine. There is even a plug-in hybrid.
All versions of the Passat belong to the most successful mid-size cars in the world and at 1.1 million units a year (2013) it is the Volkswagen Group’s model series with the highest volume sold world wide.
To continue this success in the eighth generation, the new Passat is again offered in saloon and estate versions with a multitude of innovations.
Thanks to cutting-edge design methods its proportions were made significantly more dynamic (including lower body, longer
wheelbase and larger wheels).
They include systems such as Active Info display (a fully digital instrument cluster), extendible head-up display as well as systems such as an app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablet computers, Front Assist plus City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring and three more world firsts - Emergency Assist (vehicle stops in emergency), Trailer Assist (assisted manoeuvring with a trailer) and Traffic Jam Assist.
The new Passat will be available with 10 direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines covering a power range from 120 PS to 280 PS.
The engines all meet Euro 6 emission standards and both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions were lowered by up to 20%.
All versions come with a stop-start system and a regenerative braking mode. For the first time, the Passat will also be offered wih a plug-in hybrid drive (115 kW TSI petrol engine plus 80kW electric motor and externally chargeable battery).