Volkswagen Passat News

  • 2020 Volkswagen Passat, 2019 Detroit auto show

    The 2020 Volkswagen Passat will go it alone, at least in terms of what's under its updated body. Mike Lovati, VW's U.S.-market chief product planner for the Passat, told Motor Authority at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that the Passat will move forward with only a 2.0-liter turbo-4, an 8-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. MORE: 2020 Volkswagen Passat: More of the same for American-made mid-sizer "That's not in the planning right now," Lovati said on the sidelines of the Detroit auto show when asked about further configurations. As recently as...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Passat, 2019 Detroit auto show
    2020 Volkswagen Passat: More of the same for American-made mid-sizer

    Volkswagen unveiled a new version of its Passat on Monday at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but fans hoping for major changes are in for disappointment as the car is an update of the existing model which dates back to the 2012 model year. The new Passat arrives in...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Passat prototype first drive - December 2018
    2020 Volkswagen Passat prototype first drive review: Playing it safe

    When the last mid-size sedan buyer exits the showroom in favor of a crossover SUV, Volkswagen will be there to turn out the lights. That’s the overriding thought about the 2020 VW Passat I drove in lightly camouflaged guise at the automaker’s proving grounds south of Phoenix. The...

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    US-spec Volkswagen Passat to be redesigned in 2019

    Volkswagen's Passat sold in the United States will be redesigned in 2019, brand boss Herbert Diess revealed to the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Monday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Production will take place at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the...

  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT, 2018 Detroit auto show
    2018 VW Passat GT: jazzed up, but only a little

    The 2018 VW Passat GT is not the 4-door GTI it could have been. That’s probably just fine with buyers looking for a little more zest in their mid-size sedan, however. For the most part, the Passat GT follows the standard souped-up mid-sizer playbook to a T. Or a GT, if you will. It rides on a...

  • Volkswagen Passat GT concept, 2016 Los Angeles auto show
    Sporty Volkswagen Passat GT coming in 2018

    Volkswagen has mulled the idea of a sportier Passat variant for over a year. Now, a 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT has officially been given the green light. A VW spokesperson confirmed to Motor Authority the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT will launch next year and it will resemble the Passat GT concept...

  • Volkswagen Passat GT concept, 2016 Los Angeles auto show

    Volkswagen has let its North American engineering team cook up something interesting for the 2016 Los Angeles auto show, on this week. That something arrived in the shape of a Passat, and it came bearing GT badging. It's called the Passat GT and it's just a concept at this point, but we're guessing the green light is going to come for this seemingly production ready, near-R potential family sedan. ALSO SEE: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV finally makes debut Under the hood you'll find VW's familiar 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 280 horsepower and is paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission...

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    VW mulls sportier Passat

    In an effort to drum up enthusiasm for its relatively slow-selling Passat mid-size sedan, Volkswagen revealed to us that it is toying with the idea of a more sport-oriented model intended to resonate with enthusiasts. The automaker's increasingly autonomous North American region showed us an...

  • Volkswagen Trailer Assist ad
    VW Comes Up With Fun Ad For New Trailer Assist Feature: Video

    Volkswagen's Passat sold overseas has an innovative Trailer Assist feature that makes it easy to back up when you're lugging around a trailer thanks to some semi-autonomous systems working in the background. You basically use a controller dial to tell the vehicle where to back up the trailer, and...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Passat
    2016 Volkswagen Passat Gets Visual Tweaks, More Tech And Sporty R-Line Package

    Obviously, the reveal of the Passat isn't why the automotive universe is talking about Volkswagen these days. That said, the show must go on, and the company revealed its 2016 Passat at an event in Brooklyn, New York on Monday night. The mid-size sedan gets new front and rear clips aimed at giving...

  • Tanner Foust Racing / Rockstar Volkswagen Passat Formula Drift 2015
    900-HP Volkswagen Passat? Say What? Tanner Foust’s New Formula Drift Ride: Video

    Let’s get this out of the way: Passats don’t drift. Passats are front-drive family cars “Built for the family that’s going places,” although they also somehow have “Performance that makes a track out of a road,” (while cautioning you to “Always obey...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Passat (European-spec)
    Volkswagen Passat Named 2015 European Car Of The Year

    The 2015 European Car of the Year winner is the Volkswagen Passat, with the stylish sedan and wagon beating out some very lame competition in the final round of voting, such as BMW’s unsightly 2-Series Active Tourer, the Ford Motor Company’s [NYSE:F] Mondeo (which is actually just a...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack

    A fan of the Audi A4 Allroad’s German engineering and ruggedness, but not its price tag? Then Volkswagen’s new Passat Alltrack may be for you… if you happen to live in a market where this particular version of the Passat is sold. You see, the new Passat Alltrack is based on the Passat sold outside the U.S., which means we’re unlikely to ever see it in local showrooms. That’s a shame, because the vehicle offers a lot to enjoy. This is actually the second generation of VW’s Passat Alltrack, and like the original it comes with a taller ride height than the...

  • Latvian dual-Passat donuts in the snow
    Time To Make The Dual-Passat Snownuts: Video

    Dramamine to the rescue on this dual-Passat throw down in the snow. MUST SEE: Watch The Ford GT Supercar Start, Rev Its Twin-Turbo V-6, And Drive: Video Yes, that’s right. Dual. Passat. Snow. Donuts. One is a 1.8-liter, the other a 2.0—but both are welded together at the A-pillar to...

  • Volkswagen Passat GT concept, 2016 Los Angeles auto show
    Plug-In Hybrid Volkswagen Passat GTE Revealed Ahead Of Paris Auto Show

    Volkswagen’s version of the Passat the rest of the world enjoys has just been redesigned and will appear for the first time at this week’s 2014 Paris Auto Show. The new Passat, which still offers sedan and wagon bodystyles, debuts with new engines, less weight and the latest assistance...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Passat (European-spec)
    2015 Volkswagen Passat (European-Spec) Revealed

    Volkswagen has revealed the latest versions of the Passat sedan and Passat Variant wagon that the rest of the world enjoys. They represent the eighth generation of the Passat line, the B8, and make their official debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October. Although the cars won’t be sold in...

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    Volkswagen Previews Future Tech

    Volkswagen in July will reveal a new generation of the Passat sedan that the rest of the world enjoys. The new sedan will be packed with the automaker’s latest technologies which will eventually filter across to more of its models, and some of those technologies were recently previewed. DON'T...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Passat (Chinese-spec) leaked (Image via Car News China)
    2015 Volkswagen Passat (Chinese-Spec) Leaked

    It was only yesterday that we got our first look at the production version of Volkswagen’s New Midsize Coupe concept thanks to leaked photos out of China, and now new photos of the next-generation Volkswagen Passat, the B8, have surfaced via similar channels. This is the version of the Passat...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Passat (European-spec) spy shots

    Now that the Volkswagen Group’s latest modular platform, the MQB, is out in the open, having already appeared in the new 2015 Audi A3, 2015 Volkswagen Golf and recently revealed 2016 Audi TT, VW is accelerating the pace in which existing models are redesigned around the flexible architecture. The next recipient of the MQB will be the next generation of the European-spec Passat, a prototype for which has been spotted by one of our photographers. Not to be mistaken with the larger and somewhat less premium Passat sold in the U.S., this latest version of the European-spec Passat is due to...

  • 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport
    2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport Priced From $27,295

    At the Detroit Auto Show last year, Volkswagen showed off a slightly sportier version of its Passat in concept form. Now, just days out from this year’s event, Volkswagen has shown a version of its Passat based on that original concept and which will be rolling into showrooms in the coming...

  • Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept
    Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept: Detroit Auto Show Preview

    Volkswagen has big plans in store for next week's Detroit Auto Show, where media preview days begin Monday. One of several cars it will show is the Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept, a "sneak peek" of a new, sportier model of its U.S.-built Passat mid-size sedan with an all-new 250-horsepower...

  • 2009 VW Passat wagon test car w/Bosch-Mahle turbocharged 1.2-liter, 3-cyl engine, from WardsAuto.com
    3-Cyl Volkswagen Passat: An Insight Into Extreme Downsizing

    Think turbocharger and you may think high performance, but the latest generation of cars are using turbochargers in order to maintain performance whilst engine capacity decreases in the push for improved fuel economy. Volkswagen is no stranger to forced induction, having used turbochargers on...

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    Ten Sedans That Would Make Great Wagons

    After years of being pegged strictly as mom-mobiles, station wagons seem to be enjoying a resurgence in the auto market as style and driving capabilities have drastically improved. Here are ten sedans that would make great future wagons. With the success and excitement over recent wagon models like...

  • Brain Driver - image by Raúl Rojas/Freie Universität Berlin
    BrainDriver: A Mind-Controlled Car

    Imagine you could drive your car using only your thoughts. German researchers have just made that possible -- and they have the video to prove it. Following his recent interview on the Robots Podcast about autonomous vehicles, Raúl Rojas, an AI professor at the Freie Universität Berlin...

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