2010 Paris Auto Show: 2012 Volkswagen Passat [Live Photos]
German manufacturer Volkswagen started the first day of the show by presenting the next generation Passat, one of its most successful models to date. The new interpretation of the vehicle is the seventh generation, one which promises to be much better than the previous ones.
The car will come equipped with a range of ten engines, all more fuel efficient than the ones which preceded them. The power outputs of the units range in between 105 and 300 ps, with the range including classics like the 1.6 TDI or 1.4 TSI. BlueMotion versions are also being offered, with the Stop/Start system and braking regeneration available as options for the smallest petrol units.
The new Passat builds on the safety record of its predecessors and adds new safety features. They include automatic city emergency braking function and even a driver fatigue detection function (introduced for the first time in this class).
Leading the way into the second decade of the century, the New Passat brings never seen before features in its class. The Dynamic Light Assist option for instance, which debuted on the Touareg, has been fitted into the Passat as well.
At the interior, the model received a rear seat system that can be unlatched from the bootspace and side windows made from noise-dampening compound safety glass.
The new Passat will go on sale in Europe in the middle of November, with further details to be announced at a later date. The Paris Auto Show it's all about the looks, not the specs, so enjoy the somewhat limited gallery released by Volkswagen.
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