HEADED FOR SA: VW's eighth-generation Passat will arrive in South Africa during the fourth quarter of 2015. Image: Volkswagen
WOLFSBURG, Germany – Volkswagen’s Passat has been crowned Europe's Car of the Year 2015 by a 55-member international “Car of the Year” jury. The winner, beating seven nominees, was announced ahead of the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.
VW CEO Martin Winterkorn said: “We are extremely proud of this accolade. In the new Passat we have again succeeded in developing a car that sets the standards for its class in terms of technology and quality.
"The new Passat shows that the VW brand has the right answers to the challenges of our time.”
HEADED FOR SA
The eighth-generation Passat will arrive in South Africa during the fourth quarter of 2015.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Volkswagen Passat
Two current VW models have won the Euro Coty award; the 2010 Polo and the 2013 Golf. In addition to the Golden Steering Wheel 2014 and Auto Trophy 2014, the top position as Car of the Year was preceded by several accolades at home and abroad.
The sedan is 4.7m long (2mm shorter than the outgoing model), 1.4m tall (14mm lower), 1.8m wide (12mm wider) and has a wheelbase of 2.9m (79mm longer).
VW claims its new Passat’s "cab backward" design helps to create the impression of a premium sedan. The new Passat’s grille has four chromed bars, the lowest of which stretches towards the headlights; the rear lights have been made considerably wider.
TRAILER PARKING, TOO
New technology includes an (optional) information display which replaces the instrument cluster with a configurable interactive 31cm display. It’s equipped with a head-up display, VW’s latest infotainment system (including the Car-Net remote app), a 360-degree camera function and auto parking.
The parking system comes with a trailer-reversing function.
The new Passat is available with 10 direct-injection, turbocharged petrol and diesel engines with outputs from 88kW to 206kW. Whether they will all ready South Africa is not yet known.
The Passat GTE, the first plug-in hybrid version, will go on sale in Europe later in 2015. It’s powered by a 115kW 1.4 TSI engine and an electric motor for a total output of a 160kW/400Nm.
Fuel consumption is rated at a claimed two litres/100 km, C02 emissions of 45g/km. VW claims its new Passat GTE has a range of more than 1000km (50 litre fuel tank).
CAR OF THE YEAR: VW's Passat, here in Estate GT guise, has won the 2015 European Car of the Year title. Image: Volkswagen