Volkswagen has celebrated a production milestone this week, with the 30 millionth Passat rolling down the assembly line.
On April 3 at the brand's Emden facility in Germany, a Passat GTE 'Variant' wagon finished in Pyrite Silver metallic was the magic milestone unit.
The Passat first entered production in 1973 as a successor to the Volkswagen 1600, and is currently produced at 10 different plants for over 100 global markets.
"The Passat is one of Volkswagen's most important and most successful cars – since its launch 46 years ago," said Ralf Brandstätter, chief operating officer for Volkswagen.
"As a result, the Passat has become one of the world's greats: a car which today is as much at home in Beijing as it is in Berlin, Sydney, Johannesburg or on the streets of San Francisco."
Depending on the continent, Volkswagen offers independent versions of the Passat – for example, the version on sale in China and the US is quite different to the model sold in Europe and Australia.
Speaking of the latter, the heavily revised version of the Euro-market Passat is due to arrive in Australian showrooms later this year.
While not confirmed for our market just yet, the updated Passat range offers an array of new technologies and features, including a new Travel Assist suite that can semi-autonomously drive at speeds between 0-210km/h, combining the adaptive cruise and lane-keep assist functions.
Other new features in the catalogue include matrix LED headlights and Volkswagen's latest MIB3 modular infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay – the new infotainment setup has been confirmed for Australia and will likely feature on top-spec models.
Further pricing and specification details will be revealed closer to the new Passat's local launch, currently slated for November/December 2019.