By on February 25, 2008

vw_passat_vii_s_ttac_01_01.jpgWhen I started working on this project, I was wondering about the Passat's role in the current VAG line-up. Audi sedans are the premium German blend of luxury and performance. Skodas are the true “people’s cars.” And the SEATs are (at least in theory) the exciting toys stuffed with “Auto Emocion.” So what's left for the Passat? Well, in Romania, the sedan is the (dream) car of the parvenus, and the wagon is the nightmare of the wrongdoers (as a police vehicle). I guess it's a “default vehicle;" if you don’t really know what car to choose, if you're not loaded but not poor, if don’t need a car to suit your personality, you go for the Passat. It's the car they should have used in “Equilibrium” (the movie): totally feeling-free. To put the aesthetic paddles to the Passat's heart, I've lost the chrome surrounding the grille and placed it underneath (so we can still tell  it's a VW), given the headlights LED-disease, stolen a little youth and stamina from the Ford Mondeo (the popular kid of the day) and smoothed-it-up with fine e-emery paper. Of course, the real thing should be infinitely more boring…

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13 Comments on “TTAC Photochop: New Volkswagen Passat...”


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    You have awesome talent, Andrei. As for the Passat itself, I visualize it moving in an evolutionary direction, since the Passat CC will be around to scoop up people who want a more stylish Passat. The greenhouse looks unfashionably tall in the chop above, although it would probably be eminently more functional than the gun slits for windows that many cars have today.

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    guyincognito

    I think its an excellent prediction of the next Passat and the 2020 Ford Taurus.

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    LMAO @ guyincognito’s comment.

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    improvement over the original Passat CC design… Nope.

    You’ve lost all excitement. Your hood is plain. You removed all lines that move your eye around the front. LED, nice addition but distracting. Removing the chrome lip makes yours look lazy. etc etc etc.

    Color choice is nice, which would work excellent with chrome accents.

    IMO.

  • avatar
    wsn

    Passat is irrelevant, in North America at least.

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    Martin Schwoerer

    Excellent work and a vast improvement on the present Passat, Andrei.

    I especially like the side-window line which goes down in hight as it approaches the front. This we will see more often, I would think, on family cars as glasshouses become more and more shallow.

    The hood may be a bit softish but I strongly agree that losing the chrome grill was a necessity. The chrome was an afterthought that Pischetsrieder had added on, on short notice, to make the car look more upmarket — and it looks like an afterthought too.

    Do you really think that future cars will still have the sensor dimples on the front bumpers?

  • avatar

    Where the hell is the Passat indeed.

    According to autos.aol.com:

    Passat – MSRP: $23,990 – $39,200
    A3 – MSRP: $25,930 – $34,915
    A4 – MSRP: $28,900 – $47,900
    BMW 135 – MSRP: $34,900 – $39,100
    ES 350 – MSRP: $33,820 – $33,820
    IS 350 – MSRP: $36,005 – $36,005
    TL – MSRP: $33,725 – $38,225
    G35X – MSRP: $34,350 – $34,350

    Real world price of the Passat, looking at cars.com in the 19125 Philly area, is coming in at $40,565.

    Why would anyone look at something with a bad reliability reputation (Consumer Reports Reviews) Vs. a power-brand like Lexus, Acura and even their own Audi?

    Needless to say this is a quick glance at pricing and not weighing in anything else in comparison, but come on, $40k for a non-luxury brand vehicle? That devalues about $15k-$20k within 1-2 years? The prices of the middle-tier auto line is getting ridiculous. No wonder Toyota has an $80k Toyota + 108 month loans…

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    Great detailing, but the offset between the greenhouse and the front windshield makes my eyes water. It all looks a bit droopy, like a Passat that’s been on the pop. Damn fine Photoshopping skills though.

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    incitatus

    This would definetly get me into a VW dealership. Their current line-up is ugly as hell. I lost confidence in VW’s ability to build a good looking sedan. We’ll probably see Hyundai making this car before VW does.

  • avatar
    BostonTeaParty

    Your chops generally look good, but theres something funny about the proportion of the upper to the waist line and door handles, you had same problem on your BMW too. This has a kind of bad Peugeot feeling to it. Front looks tidy though.

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    @ guyincognito
    I’m sill laughing like mad…

  • avatar
    bmilner

    BlueBrat: I’m not sure where you got those values from (might I suggest the TrueDelta pricing links at the top of this page). You probably aren’t comparing appes to Apples. Audis tend to be 2.5-5K more expensive than the equiv VW’s. Judging from the way I’ve seen Volkswagon decontent their interiors, you certainly get what you pay for in interior trim quality though.

    I do see your point though, that at that upper end of the VW line, things get very competitive with other luxury makes. Judging from what I see on the road, Passats sell mostly in their base trim which are WAY cheaper than the cheaper Audi/Mercs etc.

    BTW, regarding this Photocop, I like it basically, but I think the grill looks too Mercedes S-class overall.

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    bmilner:

    According to autos.aol.com which was stated in the beginning of my mini rant. It was a quick source to find. And yes, there’s dealer markup after that, but at least you got my point.


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