Volkswagen has been perfecting the Passat for more than four decades. In seven generations, 22 million Passats have been sold. Now it's revving up for a fresh start. We take a look at the family tree.
First Generation Passat 1973–1980
Giorgetto Giugiaro designed the saloon that the Estate would soon follow. Just a year later, the First Generation Passat topped the German registration statistics and sold more than 2 million units worldwide.
Second Generation Passat 1980–1988
The Second Generation Passat became a worldwide hit as a hatchback and estate. At almost 5.5 million units in all its guises, it remains the most-produced model range in the entire family. The golden oldie: the Santana saloon version.
Third Generation Passat 1988–1993
The Third Generation Passat was produced as a saloon and estate and sold 1.6 million units. Thanks to the transverse mounting of the engine and transmission, the interior was roomier. New: TDI technology, supercharged petrol engine and compact six-cylinder.
The Fourth Generation Passat 1993–1997
Designers gave it a new front: a radiator grille slightly raised at the corners. The so-called “happy face” becomes a trademark look over the following years. The The Fourth Generation Passat, 700,000 of which rolled off production lines in total, also received a stiffer body, more safety features and more powerful diesel engines.
The Fifth Generation Passat 1996–2005
With a fully galvanised body, advanced technology and a luxury-class level of quality, the Passat became the leading light in its class. The result was that over four million units were delivered worldwide.
The Sixth Generation Passat 2005–2010
The 1.8 million The Sixth Generation Passat vehicles sold worldwide included an additional body variation: the CC, a four-door coupé. It was also the first time the double-clutch transmission was offered on the Passat.
The Seventh Generation Passat 2010–2014
With the The Seventh Generation Passat, the standalone CC was joined by the Alltrack. The international Passat family includes single models such as the Chinese New Midsize Sedan and the Passat manufactured in the US.
The Eight Generation Passat from 2014
Totally new: design, technology, engines, possibilities. The new Passat also sets new standards with its 85 kg lower kerb weight and up to 18 percent lower consumption values.
The Eight Generation Passat: Fuel consumption in in mpg/ltr per 100km: 44.1 (6.4) - 62.8 (4.5) (urban), 61.4 (4.6) to 53.3 (5.3) (extra urban), 53.3 (5.3) to 70.6 (4.0) (combined), CO2 emissions in g/km: 139 to 103 (combined), efficiency class: B to A+