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2015 Volkswagen Passat: This Is It, For Europeans

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2015 Volkswagen Passat: This Is It, For Europeans

It’s lighter, it’s more efficient, it’s on the MQB platform , and it’s more upscale. Everyone meet the all-new 2015 Volkswagen Passat . I think it looks pretty nice. Too bad we Americans won’t get to drive it.

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July 3rd, 2014

This Is What The Next VW Passat Will Look Like For Everyone Else

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This Is What The Next VW Passat Will Look Like For Everyone Else

Hope you’re gained some kind of acceptance for the way the Volkswagen Passat looks right now, because the one we get in the U.S. is probably going to be sticking around for a few more years. On other continents, the Passat is ready for a redo and these are the first sketches of the new car. Damn, it looks OK.

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May 22nd, 2014

Volkswagen Tells Dealers To Stop Selling Some Jettas, Passats, Beetles

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Volkswagen Tells Dealers To Stop Selling Some Jettas, Passats, Beetles

There might an issue if you’re in the market for some of the best-selling Volkswagens. According to a dealer memo obtained by Jalopnik, some 2014 models are under a stop-sale order over transmission problems. This means the cars can’t be sold until there’s a fix.

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April 8th, 2014

VW confirms new TDI for second half of 2014 in Golf, Jetta, Passat and Beetle

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2013 VW Beetle TDI

Diesel lovers rejoice. Volkswagen is bringing the latest iteration of its 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine – dubbed the EA288 – to the 2015 model year Golf, Jetta, Passat, Beetle (2013 model pictured above) and Beetle Convertible, and the cars will be on sale in the second half of 2014.

While it shares its moniker with the old diesel, the new engine produces 150 horsepower, a 10-hp boost, and 236 pound-feet of torque. VW promises improved fuel economy as well, but it hasn’t announced specifically what amount yet. The company claims that despite the same displacement, only the bore spacing is shared with the previous version. The mill includes new features like exhaust gas recirculation, an intercooler integrated into the intake manifold and low-friction camshaft bearings.

VW Group of America has had great success with diesels in the US recently. Vee-Dub and Audi sold 105,899 diesel-equipped models in 2013. It was the first time the group ever sold over 100,000 diesels in a year, and they accounted for 24 percent of sales. Scroll down to read the full press release about the announcement.

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March 18th, 2014

VW Passat BlueMotion Is So Blue Which Means Its Green

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VW Passat BlueMotion Is So Blue Which Means Its Green

We know that the new gasoline-burning BlueMotion Passat is digging deep into VW’s BlueMotion rucksack of tricks to get a very impressive 42 MPG without any electric motors, diesel fuel, or black, black magic. Without black magic, the only color here is blue, which to VW, means green. Got it?

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January 13th, 2014

Video: VW redoes A-ha’s ‘Take On Me’ music video

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Volkswagen has been responsible for its fair share of witty, clever commercials. “Tiny Vader” might be the most popular, but somehow, we think this newest spot will find a big audience. VW delivers not so much a cover, but a reimagining, of 1980s Norwegian pop band A-ha’s famous music video for “Take On Me.”

The original opens with an animated motorcycle race, which is revealed to be part of a comic book. VW’s version replaces the motorcycle with a Passat, which strikes us as an oddly sober choice when there are cars like the GTI and Beetle in VW’s portfolio. But never mind that – take a look down below for the entire 46-second spot. For reference, we’ve also included the original music video. And if you aren’t a fan of the musical stylings of A-ha, just think, VW’s choice of 1980s music could have been much worse.

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September 18th, 2013
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