2015 Volkswagen Passat

Jan 1st
When Volkswagen decided it needed to drastically increase sales in the U.S. market, a different Passat was born. Engineered for and built in America, that Passat arrived for the 2012 model year larger than ever before and at a drastically reduced price—but also on a less sophisticated architecture and with fewer available luxury and tech options. At the same time,…
2016 Volkswagen Passat

Dec 16th
The Passat has been part of Volkswagen’s U.S. product program since the early 1970s. It started life here as the Dasher in 1974, back when the company began to wean itself from its Beetle-only roots, before evolving into the Quantum in the mid-1980s and then the Passat in 1990.Over six generations, there have been sedan and wagon body styles, but…
2017 Volkswagen Passat

Dec 7th
As Volkswagen was preparing to launch its current top-of-the-line sedan for the U.S. market, it created a big mystery around its name. Slated to replace the Passat but designed specifically for Americans, the model was cryptically referred to as the NMS, which stood for “new mid-size sedan.” Just when the suspense had become almost unbearable, the name of the new…
2016 Volkswagen Passat

Dec 6th
Change is the universal constant in the car biz, the pace is accelerating, and those who can’t keep up are likely to find themselves marginalized. Which brings us to the 2016 Volkswagen Passat, which is not—as it might appear at first glance—just a carbon copy of the sedan that has been in VW showrooms since 2012. From the windshield forward,…
2016 Volkswagen Passat

Nov 26th
In the wake of the TDI emissions scandal—or are we still in the build-up phase?—Volkswagen is in need of some good news. The launch of a new model can provide just that, and the 2016 Passat is sufficiently different from the 2012­–15 models to justify a modicum of enthusiasm.It’s true that the U.S.-built Passat has failed to give competitors like…