Tuesday, October 25, 2005

New Passat and Passat Estate Now with 4MOTION

Text from Volkswagen AG.
Permanent four-wheel drive now available with two engines – 3.2l V6 FSI coming in November 2005

Wolfsburg, 25 October 2005 - The new generation Passat can now also be ordered with permanent 4MOTION four-wheel drive. It will be available at first with two engines: In the two-litre class, customers can choose between the 2.0l 110 kW/150 hp direct-injection petrol engine or the 2.0l 103 kW/140 hp turbo diesel engine. The diesel version is also available with a diesel particulate filter.

The proven Haldex coupling is electronically controlled for optimum positive engagement. The 4MOTION system can adjust the engine torque to the road conditions and vary the distribution to all four wheels – this provides a real advantage in terms of safety and driving fun particularly on autumn and winter roads. Both engine versions come with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The average consumption of the 2.0l FSI saloon is 8.9 litres (estate: 9.0 litres). The direct-injection petrol engine accelerates from nought to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds (estate: 10.2 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 209 km/h (estate: 206 km/h). The Passat 2.0l 110 kW/150 hp FSI fulfils the EU4 emissions standard. The saloon is available in Germany from €27,525 and the Passat Estate starts at €28,625.

The average consumption of the 2.0l TDI saloon is 6.8 litres (estate: 7.0 litres). The 2.0l TDI saloon accelerates from nought to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds (estate: 10.5 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 204 km/h (201 km/h). The Passat 2.0l 103 kW/140 hp TDI also meets the EU4 emissions standard and is available in Germany from €27,750. The Passat Estate TDI starts at €28,850.

From November, the flagship engine version from the Comfortline will be the Passat 3.2l V6 FSI presented at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, which features permanent four-wheel drive and the dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) as standard. It delivers 184 kW /250 hp and develops a maximum torque of 330 Nm.

The Passat – a continuing success story


The first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Volkswagen’s Emden plant 32 years ago. Since then, the Passat has become the most successful Volkswagen model after the Golf and Beetle. Over 13 million cars have been produced since 1973. The biggest markets in Europe are Germany, Italy, France and the UK.

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