Volkswagen Passat logo (new).
The Volkswagen Passat Chronology, from August 1973 thru May 2003.
Presentation of the first Passat as a hatchback saloon and estate, with engines ranging from 1.3-ltr., 44 kW/60 bhp to 63 kW/85 bhp.
Large tailgate on hatchback model.
1,000,000 Passats produced.
Stylistic and aerodynamic remodelling of the front end, leads to a reduction of average petrol consumption of several percent.
Passat Diesel, 1.5-ltr., 37 kW/50 bhp.
Passat GLI, 1.6-ltr., 81 kW/110 bhp.
2,000,000 Passats produced.
Second Passat generation as hatchback saloon and estate, engines from 1.3-ltr. and 44 kW/60 bhp to 2.2-ltr. and 85 kW/115 bhp.
Presentation "Formel E": Economy gear with long gear ratio, consumption display.
Santana, new top model in the Passat segment.
Presentation hatchback saloon Santana.
Turbodiesel 1.6-ltr., 51 kW/70 bhp.
First Santana assembled in China.
First Passat syncro in the estate GT, 2.0-ltr. five-cylinder engine, 85 kW/115 bhp.
3,000,000 Passats produced.
Model upgrade: new front, new rear end; the Santana becomes the Passat notchback.
Closed-loop catalytic converter for 66 kW (90 bhp) engine.
4,000,000 Passats produced.
Third Passat generation, initially just as saloon, engines from 1.6-ltr. and 55 kW/75 bhp to 1.8-ltr. and 79 kW/107 bhp.
Presentation of Passat III estate.
2.0-ltr. four-cylinder engine 100 kW/136 bhp and 1.6-ltr. turbodiesel, 59 kW/80 bhp.
1.9-ltr. naturally aspirated diesel engine with 50 kW/68 bhp.
Electronic-hydraulic four-speed automatic gearbox with torque converter lock-up and two shift programs.
G60-Motor syncro with 1.8-ltr. and 118 kW/160 bhp.
5,000,000 Passats produced.
New 2.0-ltr. engine with long connecting rods with 85 kW/115 bhp.
1.9-ltr. Kat-Diesel, limited-boost turbocharger, 55 kW/75 bhp.
VR6 engine with 2.8-ltr. capacity and an output of 128 kW/174 bhp.
20 years VW Passat, 6.2 million units produced.
Press presentation of the new 4th generation Passat with engines ranging from 1.8-ltr., 55 kW (75 bhp) to 2.8-ltr., 128 kW (174 bhp). Driver and front passenger airbag as well as ABS are standard.
New top model: Passat estate VR6 Exclusive syncro, 2.9-ltr., 135 kW (184 bhp).
All Passat models are equipped with electronic speedometer in model year '96. The speedometer display quality is thus optimised. The design for the wheel trims for the CL and GL models is also new.
Passat "Classic Line" is the new special model for saloon and estate with comprehensive standard equipment, e.g. alloy wheels, metallic paint finish, air conditioning, electr. height-adjustable sports seats, seat heating, electr. windows, radio "gamma", multi-function display.
Presentation of the new 81 kW/110 bhp TDI engine for saloon and estate.
Press presentation of the new Passat saloon (5th generation) in Dresden. The petrol engine range extends from 1.6-ltr. 74 kW to 2.8-ltr. 142 kW and two diesel engines with 66 kW and 81 kW.
Premiere of the new Passat estate (5th generation) at the Geneva motor show.
Press presentation of the new Passat estate in Hamburg. Market launch on 6th June 1997.
VR5 110 kW is added to the range of engines.
Engine range extended considerably with syncro engines:
92 kW, 110 kW VR5, 142 kW V6 and 81 kW TDI.
Isofix fittings, side turn signals now in white, Highline equipment range includes the Winter package as standard, V6 syncro has 2 folding keys with radio wave remote control as standard. ESP is available for the top model as an optional extra.
85 kW TDI unit injector (Pumpe Düse) is added to the program.
V6 TDI 110 kW AG5-Tiptronic extends range of engines on offer.
Curtain airbag is available - DM 765,--, Xenon headlights for 2.5-ltr. V6 TDI - DM 1,605, 110 kW 1.8-ltr. 5V Turbo now fulfils Euro 4 Norm, V6 TDI now also available with syncro drive and 5-speed automatic gearbox with Tiptronic.
Model designation "syncro" is changed to "4MOTION" and "VR5" to "V5". ESP can be ordered for all models - DM 1,600 --. Radio-Navigation system is now available with a monochrome (black/white) display DM 3,210.
ESP is a standard feature.
V6 TDI now with 6-speed manual gearbox in the programme.
Special model Passat and Passat estate "Edition" with generous standard equipment package e.g. alloy wheels, metal paint finish, air conditioning, radio "beta".
New in the programme: 1.9-ltr. TDI 85 kW/ 115 bhp with 310Nm. Multi-function steering wheel, radio and cruise control system can be operated via integrated rocker switches. Integrated child seat for the rear seat bench available as an optional extra.
Dealer presentation of the product upgrading (GP) for Passat saloon and estate.
Market launch of Passat saloon and Passat estate.
Diesel engines: 1.9-ltr., 74 KW (101 bhp) - and 1.9-ltr., 96 KW (130 bhp) PD/TDI engine as well as 2.5-ltr., 110 KW (150 bhp) V6 TDI engine.
Petrol engines: 1.6-ltr., 75 KW (102 bhp), 2.0-ltr., 85 KW (115 bhp), 1.8-ltr., 110 KW (150 bhp) 5V T, 2.3-ltr., 125 KW (170 bhp) V5 4V, 2.8-ltr., 142KW (193 bhp) V6 4MOTION. All petrol engines fulfil requirements of Euro 4.
Diesel engines fulfil Euro 3 requirements.
Rear parking distance warning system (optional).
TV tuner (optional), 17" alloy wheel "Donnington" (optional), Service interval extension for PD/TDI engines.
4.0-ltr., 202 KW (275 bhp) W8 4MOTION with AG5 Tiptronic with EU4 norm. Press presentation Passat W8 at the Geneva motor show.
Seat heating front + rear (optional as of Comfortline).
Market launch Passat W8. RECARO Sports seats, electric, optional for Trendline, Highline and W8. Passat Limousine Protect with 2.8-ltr., 142 KW (193 bhp) V6 4MOTION.
2.0-ltr., 96 KW (130 bhp) 5V engine with MG5 and EU4 norm.
Family package and Business package for saloon + estate.
Special model "Executive"
Radio "Delta" with integrated CD player (optional). 6-speed manual gearbox for Passat W8.
Smoker model (optional, no extra cost) Estate: Net partition (optional) Convenience brake assistant.
Volkswagen Autotelephone NOKIA 6310i (optional)
Passat "Family" and Passat Comfortline "Family" as equipment package for saloon and estate.
Discontinued: 2.3-ltr., 125 KW (170 bhp) V5 engine.
Extension of standard equipment:
Standard: Climatronic, 3 head restraints and 3 three-point automatic seat belts in the rear.
Comfortline: CCS (cruise control system) as standard and foot mats front + rear.
Trendline: Alloy wheels "Wellington" as standard, MFD (Multi-function display).
Highline: Alloy wheels "Road America", MFD, fog light, wood fittings.
V6/V6 TDI: Roof railing in chrome.
2.5-ltr., 132 KW (180 bhp) V6 TDI 4MOTION with MG6 (EU4 norm) and AG5 Tiptronic (EU3 norm).
2.5-ltr., 120 KW (163 bhp) V6 TDI Motor with front-wheel drive and EU4 norm as MG6 and AG5 Tiptronic.
Discontinued: 2.5-ltr., 110 KW (150 bhp) V6 TDI engine. Running gear and steering measures introduced (improved driving comfort and more direct steering).
Visible vehicle number through the windscreen.
EOBD for diesel engines.
Volkswagen Autotelephone with mobile emergency call (optional).
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