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Volkswagen Santana: new Chinese sedan launches 29 years after original

The all-new second-generation Volkswagen Santana has been unveiled in China, 29 years after the original utilitarian sedan went into production. Although the name is not well known in the western world, the Volkswagen Santana was actually the first mass produced modern passenger car built in China, and has since become one of the best-selling nameplates in the country’s automotive history with almost four million units sold since domestic production began in 1983...

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack launches with sub-$50k price tag

The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack has been launched in Australia with a price tag of $47,790. The all-new Passat Alltrack is an off-road-oriented wagon featuring higher ground clearance than the regular Volkswagen Passat wagon, as well as 4Motion all-wheel drive and a six-speed DSG transmission as standard...

Volkswagen Golf sales falls short of Passat

Volkswagen CEO Dr Martin Winterkorn may have described the all-new Volkswagen Golf as the brand's most important vehicle at is unveiling in Berlin on Wednesday, but, somewhat surprisingly, it is the larger Volkswagen Passat that is the manufacturer's top seller around the world. Volkswagen sold 900,000 Golfs in 2011 compared with 1...

Volkswagen Passat scores more features for 2013 update

The Volkswagen Passat range has been updated for the 2013 model year with new features added while prices remain untouched. Satellite navigation with a high-resolution touch screen now comes standard across the entire Volkswagen Passat range, featuring voice control, integrated 30GB hard drive and the display for the standard rear view camera while both sedan and wagon variants of the Passat V6 FSI receive steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles...

VW Passat Alltrack: Volkswagen's "anti SUV" option

The Volkswagen Passat Alltrack is being positioned as the latest alternative for buyers who want a high-riding vehicle but not the stigma associated with big SUVs. Volkswagen’s new spin-off variant of its medium-sized passenger car follows models such as the Subaru Outback, Audi A6 Allroad, Skoda Octavia Scout, Volvo XC70 and even the Holden Adventra in offering a wagon body with extra ground clearance and a more rugged appearance...

2014 Volkswagen Passat spy shots

Volkswagen has been spotted testing a prototype version of the upcoming Volkswagen Passat in extreme winter conditions in Europe. The next-generation Passat will be built on Volkswagen Group's new MQB platform, which will underpin the new Audi A3, VW Golf, and scores of other Volkswagen Group vehicles...

2014 Volkswagen Passat new from the ground up: report

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Passat will be redesigned from the ground up when it launches with a new platform and new powertrains in 2014. According to Dutch website Autoweek, the next Passat will adopt the Volkswagen Group’s versatile new MQB platform, which is destined to underpin a range of upcoming vehicles, including the new Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf...

2012 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack: VW's off-road wagon

Volkswagen has unveiled the Passat Alltrack, an off-road-oriented wagon that will become a rival for the Subaru Outback and Skoda Octavia Scout. The 2012 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack will be imported to Australia next year, likely in the second half, to follow model variants such as the Outback, Scout as well as the Audi A6 Allroad – introducing increased ride height and extra body protection over the regular models on which it is based...

2011 Volkswagen Passat, new Touareg face rear view camera shortage

Australian customers of the new Volkswagen Passat and the upcoming second-generation Volkswagen Touareg could face longer waiting times on their vehicles if they were ordered with rear view cameras. Volkswagen Australia’s Karl Gehling confirmed there was currently “bottle neck” in supply of rear camera units for the two new models that could potentially push back delivery dates...

Volkswagen Passat US price cut by $7000

Volkswagen in the US has just announced a drastic price cut for the upcoming new 2011 Volkswagen Passat sedan, which will now start at US$20,765. The price reduction will put it in direction competition with the popular Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. In the US, the price of the Toyota Camry starts at US$20, 195...

2011 Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion to use 4.1 L/100km

The new 2011 Volkswagen Passat BlueMotion is one of the most fuel efficient cars in the world, despite its large, family-size proportions. The new Passat BlueMotion sedan will consume just 4.1 litres/100km on the European combined cycle, while the wagon will use 4.3 litres/100km. Average CO2 emissions are 109g/km and 113g/km respectively...