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2014 VW Passat B8

At the moment around 1 million are manufactured annually.

Is it that time again? It has only just received a facelift. The 'Old' actually looks still quite good. So many people will think with the increasingly rapid succession of new introductions.

But look at the technology, then you can see the development leap. Unfortunately, only three of the planned ten engines between 88 kW (120 HP) and 206 kW (280 HP) are available at the beginning. But you can already say that there will be no Passat with less than 200 km/h top speed.

Why do we mention this? Because you can recognize the air resistance a little at the maximum speed. And the seems to have improved, because for 220 km/h are now only necessary 110 kW (150 HP) instead of 118 kW (160 HP) at the previous model.

Much more serious are the changes in the appropriate engine. With 1390 cc it performed 90 kW (122 HP) earlier, now 110 kW (150 HP). The geometric compression is no longer given. It is probably further decreased in favour of the boost pressure. But more important than the increase in power is the of torque from 200 Nm to 250 Nm at the same rpm. Then of course 114 g/km CO2 is an excellent value now, compared to 138 g/km earlier for an additionally even strengthened engine.

Let's come to the bodywork, the, by the way, does not increase in length, is even 16 mm lower. Since now the modular transverse matrix probably prevails everywhere, nevertheless, the wheelbase is still risen by well 8 centimetres. The turning circle is no more listed in the data.

According to the information for the petrol base model the kerb weight would be shrunk by 64 kg despite significantly increased performance, whereby the by 4 litres smaller tank probably makes only a small contribution. Once again, the body might have contributed to it despite greater rigidity. However, the difference of 334 kg is huge to the large diesel engine with all-wheel drive.

This is a comfortable car, not quite without view to China, where one loves such limousines. Really good that almost simultaneously the new Variant appears. Very important is the title of Europe's most successful company car, the it hopes to defend as a new model by a certain outer simplicity and premium values inside.

By the way, VW boss Winterkorn was ashamed in a Spiegel interview (at a high level) because of the interior of the previous Passat. However, he only said that when the new one was offered. . . .

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