Paris, France – Volkswagen has premiered the all-new Passat, both as a sedan and wagon, at the Paris Motor Show. The seventh-generation Passat will go on sale in initial European markets in mid-November.
The company has sold over 15 million Passat models worldwide since it was launched in 1973.
The new model has front-end styling similar to that of the Phaeton, which was restyled this year for the European market. Its turbodiesel models include an energy-saving stop/start system, while gasoline engines use battery regeneration. The smallest gasoline engine can also be optioned with both systems.
The Passat features such safety devices as a city emergency braking function and fatigue detection function, the first time Volkswagen has used such a system. It detects reduced driver concentration and warns with a signal.