2023-11-27 Volkswagen Passat Assembled in Malaysia Starting November 2011 - autoevolution

Volkswagen Passat Assembled in Malaysia Starting November 2011

Volkswagen’s Malaysian division and the RB-Hicom joint venture will begin local assembly of the new Passat sedan equipped with a 1.8-liter engine at DRB-Hicom’s Pekan plant in Malaysia, starting November 2011.

The engine in question will most likely be a 1.8-liter TSI with about 160 hp, just one of the units in the all-new Passat come with worldwide. On this four cylinder engine, the development team reduced combined fuel consumption from the previous model's 7.4 l/100 km to 6.9 l/100 km (from 31 to 34 mpg) on the new model.

CO2 emissions values now stand at jut 160 g/km. The turbocharged four cylinder also offers decent toque, a maximum of 250 Newton-metres between 1,500 and 4,200 rpm. Using this engine, the sedan reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.5 seconds, while its top speed is 220 km/h (137mph). On the global market, the TSI can be combined with a seven-speed DSG gearbox, which comes as an optional extra.

The news was recently announced by Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, the International Trade and Industry Minister, who spoke to the press at the DRB-Hicom Automotive Complex in Pekan, Pahang, earlier this week.

“This is the result of a collaboration between DRB-Hicom and Volkswagen sealed in December last year. There are now 20 personnel from Volkswagen’s headquarters here to discuss and finalize the production operations expected to take place this November,” Mustapa said.

The November start of production has been confirmed after the collaboration and license agreement was signed by the two parties in December last year. The first phase, expected to be finished this year, sees both the Passat and the Jetta being locally assembled. A second expansion phase is planned from the end of 2012, when the Polo Sedan is said to be a likely candidate to join the local lineup.
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