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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...

CarAdvice podcast 144: An expert talks on elderly driver assessment

On this week's podcast, you're joined by Mandy Turner, Joshua Dowling, and Mike Stevens. In car news, the Volkswagen Passat has joined the Victoria Police fleet, and the Honda Civic Type R has joined the NSW Police, but as a community vehicle...

Volkswagen Passat joins Victoria Police fleet

Police in Victoria will soon have turbocharged all-wheel-drive power to track down high-speed crooks, with the 206kW Volkswagen Passat about to join the ranks – ending decades of Ford Falcon and Holden Commodore patrol cars. More than 250 Volkswagen Passat sedans and wagons will be rolled out across the Victoria Police fleet as a mix of general duties, unmarked, and highway patrol vehicles...

2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line Edition headed to Geneva

Volkswagen has revealed the Passat R-Line Edition ahead of its debut at the Geneva motor show next week, essentially a top-shelf launch variant that gets the full suite of new features on offer. Based on the revised 2020 Passat range revealed earlier this month, the R-Line Edition is limited to 2000 units globally, and is only available in wagon form...

2011-15 Volkswagen Passat (B7) added to Takata recall

Volkswagen has kicked off the Takata recall campaign for its B7 Passat, focusing on cars in the hottest and most humid parts of Australia. As with all cars included in the Takata recall, a combination of heat and humidity can make the airbag propellant degrade over time...

CarAdvice podcast 139: Platform sharing explained

On this week's podcast, you're joined by Mandy Turner, Paul Maric, and Mike Costello. The team answer Gavin's question about what a platform actually is, and why brands share them. In car news, the Hyundai i30N Fastback will be debuting in Australia in March or April, and the 2020 Mazda CX-6 (or could it be a CX-3?) SUV has been previewed...

2020 Volkswagen Passat facelift revealed, here before year's end

Volkswagen has revealed the updated 2020 Passat range this week, sporting a range of equipment and technology upgrades in addition to minor design revisions. While it may not look all that different, the Passat has received a raft of new assistance and infotainment technologies to re-assert it as a flagship model in the Volkswagen stable, after being knocked down a rung or two by the related Arteon and larger Touareg SUV...

2020 Volkswagen Passat teased for the US

Volkswagen USA has teased the new 2020 Passat this week ahead of its full reveal at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit next week. The German manufacturer quietly released sketches of the new sedan without any press release last month, and now the company has taken to Twitter posting a tightly-cropped image of the production alloy wheel...

Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Passat CC added to Takata recall

Volkswagen Australia has recalled the Mk6 Golf, 'B6' Passat, and Passat CC as part of the ongoing Takata airbag recall. Affected units span the 2009 through 2016 model years depending on nameplate, affecting both the driver and passenger front airbags. Like previous Takata recalls, the fault revolves around degraded airbag propellant as a result of exposure to high temperatures and humidity over time...

2019 Volkswagen Passat Wagon spied

Photographers have snapped images of the updated 2019 Volkswagen Passat Wagon – or 'Variant' as it's known in markets like Germany – ahead of an anticipated reveal early next year. Like the sedan prototypes we've seen recently, it appears the design changes will be limited to the front and rear sections of the vehicles, incorporating revised grilles, bumpers, and lights – including dynamic 'scrolling' indicators for flagship models...

Volkswagen Passat to get range-wide PHEV option - report

The updated Volkswagen Passat looks set to offer plug-in hybrid technology across its line-up instead of reserving it for the upper end of the range, according to a new report. Britain's Auto Express claims Volkswagen is planning to offer a less-powerful PHEV powertrain in the refreshed Passat line-up – due to be revealed early next year – making the technology more widely available than the current model...