The first models rolled off the production line 42 years ago, as a hatchback. Since then, more than 22 million vehicles in its series have been sold worldwide.
The vehicle being described here is none other than the Passat. And now, on its 8th generation, the time is ripe for the 2015 Passat to roll onto Philippine shores.
Coupled with decades of unparalleled Volkswagen engineering and design heritage is the Passat's recent achievement of it being crowned the 2015 European Car of the Year.
With such a formidable portfolio that comes with the Passat, it should be no wonder that Volkswagen Philippines is confident that this luxury midsize sedan will dominate its segment in the Philippine market, and as such bolster Volkswagen's stature as the top-of-mind premium brand.
"The introduction of the award-winning Passat will become the biggest product launch of the year for Volkswagen Philippines. With its formal unveiling on October 21, The Passat will be offered at a price range between P2.25 million and P2.75 million,” said John Philip Orbeta, Volkswagen Philippines’ President and CEO, during the Passat press preview night at Volkswagen BGC on September 4.
Targeted for executives and businessmen, the Passat, has been earning favourable reviews for its passenger and cargo space, refined and quiet ride, powerful engine, and top safety scores.
The Passat offers impressive performance with German-tuned driving dynamics and a responsive and efficient 2.0 TSI engine generating 220 PS, managed by the 6-speed dual-clutch Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission.
The Passat goes straight from Germany to Volkswagen showrooms in the Philippines complete with design and technological touches that would make it as an ideal executive car. These include LED headlights, 18" alloy wheels, Adaptive Chassis Control, 12-way electric front seats, a navigation system, rear view camera, Active Info Display gauges, and a panoramic sunroof.
The Passat will be introduced in the Philippine market in two variants: The "Business Edition" and "Highline" lines. Both variants feature technological, infotainment and safety innovations such as the 3-zone Climatronic Air Conditioning, Park Distance Control, XDS Differential Lock, “Keyless-Go” Entry (KESSY), 8-speaker Audio System, and iPod, USB, Bluetooth Connectivity.
The available exterior/interior color combinations of the Passat are Crimson Red/St. Tropez, Oryx White or Iridium Grey Metallic/Titanium Black, and Deep Black Pearl or Black Oak Brown/Natural Brown.