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Volkswagen Passat
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Volkswagen began developing the Passat in the mid-1960s, realizing that its 411 and 412 range would date in the next decade. Sharing a platform with the original Audi 80, the Passat broke new ground for the German company and, after numerous incarnations, is one of the more desirable mid-sized—or large, depending on your location—vehicles today. The critical model was the B5 of 1996, which endowed the Passat with style; till then, it was simply a worthy German contender. Made in Brazil and China as well, though for many years not always the latest generation. US manufacture from 2011, on a separate platform; China also built this model and offered it alongside second-, fifth- and seventh-generation derivatives. Other names included Dasher, Quantum and Santana, while Magotan denotes a Chinese B6 and long-wheelbase B7 and B8. By the end of the 2010s, Volkswagen had three distinct Passats: the European model, a rebodied NMS-based American model, and a Chinese model. The European B9 was offered only as an estate.

Marque: Volkswagen | Successor: Volkswagen Arteon

q.v. Volkswagen Santana, Volkswagen Magotan


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