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At $57,990 the 2017 Volkswagen Passat 206TSI R-Line is a true semi-prestige value-for-money hero among the 'bottom feeder' models from the big three German luxury car manufacturers.
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Volkswagen could face record fine, Justice Foster blasts ACCC and VW

Volkswagen’s German head office could be hit with an even bigger fine than the proposed $75 million penalty – already the highest of its type in Australia – for “misleading or deceptive conduct” on diesel vehicles that cheated emissions tests. However, the outcome of the hearing and the total amount of the fine may not be known for months after Justice Foster reserved his decision in the Federal Court in Sydney today...

Volkswagen Group to build next-gen Passat, Superb in Turkey

The Volkswagen Group is finalising a new production facility in Turkey which will reportedly become the site of Passat and Skoda Superb production next decade. According to documents obtained by industry journal, Automotive News Europe, the new factory will have an annual production output of 300,000 units when it goes online in 2022, and be located in Manisa, some 40km north-east of Izmir on the Turkish west coast...

2020 Volkswagen Passat GTE gains bigger battery

The Volkswagen Passat GTE has been given an EV range boost thanks to a larger capacity lithium-ion battery pack. The Passat GTE's battery capacity has been boosted from 9.9kWh to 13kWh. Electric-only driving range under the WLTP standard is now rated at 56 kilometres for the sedan, and 54km in the wagon. Under the old NEDC testing regime EV range has been improved by 40 per cent...

2020 Volkswagen Passat: Australian launch hit with delays

The updated 2020 Volkswagen Passat has been hit with delays on various models, as the local division battles with changes in production scheduled caused by the new WLTP emissions regulations in Europe. Originally scheduled to hit Australian showrooms before the end of the year, the refreshed 2020 Passat will now see a staggered launch Down Under that will see the full line-up's availability draw out into 2020...

Volkswagen reveals more efficient manual transmission

Volkswagen has revealed its next-generation mainstream manual transmission, designed to be more efficient and more SUV-friendly than before. The MQ281 transmission will serve initially serve in the new Passat, although Volkswagen's updated rival to the Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry won't be offered with three pedals in Australia...

Volkswagen Passat: MIB3 infotainment detailed

The refreshed 2020 Volkswagen Passat is due in Australia before 2019 is over, bringing with it an all-new infotainment system. Ahead of its arrival, the company’s global division has detailed the new infotainment system. Dubbed ‘MIB3’, Volkswagen’s third-generation modular infotainment interface comes as standard with both the 8...

Volkswagen Eos, Golf, Passat recalled for Takata airbags

Volkswagen Australia has initiated its recall for the older-generation Eos, Golf and Passat model lines as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign. This particular notice involves vehicles with potentially faulty driver's side inflators, which like other Takata airbags can have degraded propellant if exposed to high temperatures and humidity over time...

2003 Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Transporter recalled for airbag fix

Volkswagen Australia has initiated its recall for 2003 model-year Golf, Passat and Transporter vehicles for potentially faulty airbags. UPDATE, 23/5/19: The original version of this article stated that this is a Takata-related airbag recall. This is not the case. In this instance, the faulty inflators were manufactured by TRW despite the similarities in condition...

Volkswagen EOFY drive-away deals announced

Volkswagen Australia has announced a slew of end-of-financial-year sales across the range, with the Golf and Amarok getting the most attention. Until June 30, buyers can nab drive-away pricing for the entire Golf range, with the Trendline starting at $24,990 drive-away, the Comfortline at $29,990 drive-away, the Highline at $36,990 drive-away, and finally the GTI hot hatch at $48,990 drive-away...

2016-18 Volkswagen Arteon, Passat recalled

Volkswagen has recalled a handful of 2016-18 Passat and Arteon models, over concerns about the panoramic sunroof.  According to the company, certain models with a panoramic sunroof could have a bonded joint that's been installed or repaired with the incorrect primer. That could make the sunroof trim panel detach from the sunroof frame, increasing the risk of accident...

Volkswagen Passat: 30 millionth vehicle produced

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...