The Truth About Cars » Volkswagen Passat http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Volkswagen Passat http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Hammer Time: How a Smelly Dog Helped Me Buy a Volkswagen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/smelly-dog-helped-buy-volkswagen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/smelly-dog-helped-buy-volkswagen/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1216177 Babies are tough. Bosses can be tougher. But the indisputable boot camp of bare knuckled stress inducers has to be a young dog that hasn’t been given the care, love, and discipline it needs and deserves. Not even the Volkswagen Passat W8 I bought last year can compare to the ball busting doled out by an […]

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Babies are tough. Bosses can be tougher. But the indisputable boot camp of bare knuckled stress inducers has to be a young dog that hasn’t been given the care, love, and discipline it needs and deserves. Not even the Volkswagen Passat W8 I bought last year can compare to the ball busting doled out by an […]

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VW Chattanooga Building Hundreds of Passat TDIs Without Front Fascias http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/vw-chattanooga-building-hundreds-passat-tdis-without-front-fascias/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/vw-chattanooga-building-hundreds-passat-tdis-without-front-fascias/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 21:30:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1194666 According to one Chattanooga factory worker on the TDI Club forum, Volkswagen is ramping up production of the new Passat TDI despite not being certified by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its emissions. The new 2016 Passat, which will launch later this year, is equipped with three different engines — a 1.8-liter turbocharged and a 3.6-liter […]

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According to one Chattanooga factory worker on the TDI Club forum, Volkswagen is ramping up production of the new Passat TDI despite not being certified by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding its emissions. The new 2016 Passat, which will launch later this year, is equipped with three different engines — a 1.8-liter turbocharged and a 3.6-liter […]

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Junkyard Find: 1980 Volkswagen Dasher Four-Door Hatchback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1980-volkswagen-dasher-four-door-hatchback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1980-volkswagen-dasher-four-door-hatchback/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 13:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1065138 With the 1986 Quantum GL5 Junkyard Find we had a couple of days ago, we might as well make this a VW junkyard week. With that in mind, I present this icky-looking Volkswagen Dasher today. I shot this car in Northern California a few months ago, and it showed all the hallmarks of a car […]

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With the 1986 Quantum GL5 Junkyard Find we had a couple of days ago, we might as well make this a VW junkyard week. With that in mind, I present this icky-looking Volkswagen Dasher today. I shot this car in Northern California a few months ago, and it showed all the hallmarks of a car […]

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Junkyard Find: 1986 Volkswagen Quantum GL5 Sedan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1986-vollkswagen-quantum-gl5-sedan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-1986-vollkswagen-quantum-gl5-sedan/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1064938 The original Volkswagen Passat (aka Audi 80) was sold in the United States as the Dasher, and we’ve seen a few of them in this series. Then, when the second-generation Passat came out, the US-market version was called the Quantum. These cars, which were available here for the 1982 through 1988 model years (after which […]

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The original Volkswagen Passat (aka Audi 80) was sold in the United States as the Dasher, and we’ve seen a few of them in this series. Then, when the second-generation Passat came out, the US-market version was called the Quantum. These cars, which were available here for the 1982 through 1988 model years (after which […]

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Volkswagen’s Outback Competitor – The One We Won’t Get http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/volkswagens-outback-competitor-one-wont-get/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/volkswagens-outback-competitor-one-wont-get/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:49:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1004338 In North America, the Golf Alltrack will be Volkswagen’s sole offering in the “raised up station wagon” segment of pseudo-CUVs. Europe will get this Passat based version – but we got it first. Sort of. Back in 2012, VW previewed a Passat Alltrack in New York of all places. While the concept wasn’t as rugged […]

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In North America, the Golf Alltrack will be Volkswagen’s sole offering in the “raised up station wagon” segment of pseudo-CUVs. Europe will get this Passat based version – but we got it first. Sort of. Back in 2012, VW previewed a Passat Alltrack in New York of all places. While the concept wasn’t as rugged […]

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Volkswagen USA Ends 18-Month Streak, Sort Of Increases October Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/volkswagen-usa-ends-18-month-streak-sort-increases-october-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/volkswagen-usa-ends-18-month-streak-sort-increases-october-sales/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:08:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=942153 As Isaac Newton didn’t say, to go up, Volkswagen had to go down. U.S. sales of Volkswagen brand vehicles declined 18% in October 2013, year-over-year, a 6182-unit decline in a market which expanded by 114,000 units, or 10%. Looking back, October 2013 was Volkswagen’s seventh consecutive month of decline, a streak which would continue all […]

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As Isaac Newton didn’t say, to go up, Volkswagen had to go down. U.S. sales of Volkswagen brand vehicles declined 18% in October 2013, year-over-year, a 6182-unit decline in a market which expanded by 114,000 units, or 10%. Looking back, October 2013 was Volkswagen’s seventh consecutive month of decline, a streak which would continue all […]

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Volkswagen Reveals MQB-Based Passat http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/volkswagen-reveals-mqb-based-passat/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/volkswagen-reveals-mqb-based-passat/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:54:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=858281   Volkswagen unveiled their all-new Passat, riding on the same MQB architecture as the all-new Golf. The new Passat is 2mm shorter, but 14mm lower and 12 mm wider, while cargo and passenger space is increased. Nearly 200 lbs is lost from the car’s curb weight, helping to boost fuel economy by as much as […]

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  Volkswagen unveiled their all-new Passat, riding on the same MQB architecture as the all-new Golf. The new Passat is 2mm shorter, but 14mm lower and 12 mm wider, while cargo and passenger space is increased. Nearly 200 lbs is lost from the car’s curb weight, helping to boost fuel economy by as much as […]

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Junkyard Find: 1980 Volkswagen Dasher Diesel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/junkyard-find-1980-volkswagen-dasher-diesel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/junkyard-find-1980-volkswagen-dasher-diesel/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 13:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=817145 The original Volkswagen Passat, which was essentially an Audi 80, was sold in the United States as the Dasher. We saw this two-door diesel Dasher at a Northern California wrecking yard last year, then this first-cousin gasoline-burning ’75 Audi Fox a couple months back, and now we’re heading back to California for a super-rare four-door […]

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The original Volkswagen Passat, which was essentially an Audi 80, was sold in the United States as the Dasher. We saw this two-door diesel Dasher at a Northern California wrecking yard last year, then this first-cousin gasoline-burning ’75 Audi Fox a couple months back, and now we’re heading back to California for a super-rare four-door […]

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Volkswagen Cuts Sales Targets For US Dealers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/volkswagen-cuts-sales-targets-for-us-dealers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/volkswagen-cuts-sales-targets-for-us-dealers/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:30:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496971 Despite planning to sell 486,000 units in America this year, Volkswagen has trimmed its sales targets to 440,000 units, after shedding market share in the first half of 2013. The slowdown is sales has caused Volkswagen to offer aggressive incentives on vehicles, such as 0 percent financing across the board, while workers at its Chattanooga […]

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Despite planning to sell 486,000 units in America this year, Volkswagen has trimmed its sales targets to 440,000 units, after shedding market share in the first half of 2013. The slowdown is sales has caused Volkswagen to offer aggressive incentives on vehicles, such as 0 percent financing across the board, while workers at its Chattanooga […]

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Amid Slowing Sales, Winterkorn Promises Crossover For VW Dealers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/amid-slowing-sales-winterkorn-promises-crossover-for-vw-dealers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/amid-slowing-sales-winterkorn-promises-crossover-for-vw-dealers/#comments Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:21:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494905 Volkswagen is having a bit of a tough year in America. As of June 1st, inventory for the brand stood at 105 days supply (third highest in the industry, behind Cadillac and Lincoln). 500 workers have been laid off  from the Chattanooga assembly line due to slow sales of the Passat, while VW is offering […]

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Volkswagen is having a bit of a tough year in America. As of June 1st, inventory for the brand stood at 105 days supply (third highest in the industry, behind Cadillac and Lincoln). 500 workers have been laid off  from the Chattanooga assembly line due to slow sales of the Passat, while VW is offering […]

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Volkswagen Delays Passat As Europe’s Woes Hurt D-Segment Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/volkswagen-delays-passat-as-europes-woes-hurt-d-segment-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/volkswagen-delays-passat-as-europes-woes-hurt-d-segment-sales/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:37:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491660 The next generation European-market Volkswagen Passat will be delayed until at least the end of 2014, as Volkswagen follows an industry-trend in Europe of neglecting their slow-selling D-segment cars. Europe’s economic crunch has led to a sharp contraction in new car sales, and D-segment vehicles are among the hardest hit. Ford is delaying replacing the […]

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The next generation European-market Volkswagen Passat will be delayed until at least the end of 2014, as Volkswagen follows an industry-trend in Europe of neglecting their slow-selling D-segment cars. Europe’s economic crunch has led to a sharp contraction in new car sales, and D-segment vehicles are among the hardest hit. Ford is delaying replacing the […]

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Junkyard Find: 1979 Volkswagen Dasher Diesel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1979-volkswagen-dasher-diesel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/junkyard-find-1979-volkswagen-dasher-diesel/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491017 Having taken my driver-training classes, circa 1982, in a VW Rabbit Diesel, I thought I’d experienced the slowest car available in the United States during the second half of the 20th century. I was wrong! The oil-burning Dasher (which is what the V.A.G. called the first-gen Audi 80 aka VW Passat in North America) had […]

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Having taken my driver-training classes, circa 1982, in a VW Rabbit Diesel, I thought I’d experienced the slowest car available in the United States during the second half of the 20th century. I was wrong! The oil-burning Dasher (which is what the V.A.G. called the first-gen Audi 80 aka VW Passat in North America) had […]

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Inside The Industry: TTAC Finds The Missing Etymology Of Passat, Golf, Scirocco, Polo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/inside-the-industry-ttac-finds-the-missing-etymology-of-passat-golf-scirocco-polo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/inside-the-industry-ttac-finds-the-missing-etymology-of-passat-golf-scirocco-polo/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 11:01:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489412 Where did the names of Volkswagen’s Passat, Golf, Scirocco, Polo come from? What is their meaning? For four decades, it was shrouded in mystery. Forty years later, a famous former Volkswagen CEO, Dr. Carl Hahn, and his illustrious former sales chief, “WP” Schmidt, help TTAC get to the bottom of an unsolved question, Some of […]

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Where did the names of Volkswagen’s Passat, Golf, Scirocco, Polo come from? What is their meaning? For four decades, it was shrouded in mystery. Forty years later, a famous former Volkswagen CEO, Dr. Carl Hahn, and his illustrious former sales chief, “WP” Schmidt, help TTAC get to the bottom of an unsolved question, Some of […]

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SUV Sales Outpacing Family Cars In The UK http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/suv-sales-outpacing-d-segment-in-the-uk/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/suv-sales-outpacing-d-segment-in-the-uk/#comments Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:24:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=479316 Just as McDonald’s resturants successfully introduced themselves into food-conscious Europe, another American-derived invasive species could be entering and killing off the native fauna. At a briefing for the launch of the Ford Kuga (aka our Escape), Ford’s Alex Gallagher told Just-Auto that SUV sales are far outpacing sales of D-Segment cars, or what we call mid-size […]

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Just as McDonald’s resturants successfully introduced themselves into food-conscious Europe, another American-derived invasive species could be entering and killing off the native fauna. At a briefing for the launch of the Ford Kuga (aka our Escape), Ford’s Alex Gallagher told Just-Auto that SUV sales are far outpacing sales of D-Segment cars, or what we call mid-size […]

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Car Reliability Stats Updated, Passat Problems Pinpointed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/car-reliability-stats-updated-passat-problems-pinpointed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/car-reliability-stats-updated-passat-problems-pinpointed/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:49:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461380 Whenever we post about a Volkswagen, comments about reliability (or, more specifically, the lack of it) inevitably follow. So few will be surprised that, with the latest update to TrueDelta’s car reliability stats, the 2012 Passat again received subpar marks. Though the big sedan’s score is better than earlier, it remains considerably worse than most […]

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Whenever we post about a Volkswagen, comments about reliability (or, more specifically, the lack of it) inevitably follow. So few will be surprised that, with the latest update to TrueDelta’s car reliability stats, the 2012 Passat again received subpar marks. Though the big sedan’s score is better than earlier, it remains considerably worse than most […]

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Junkyard Find: 1988 Volkswagen Quantum Syncro Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1988-volkswagen-quantum-syncro-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/junkyard-find-1988-volkswagen-quantum-syncro-wagon/#comments Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:00:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=460100 Because I have some friends who race a Quantum Syncro, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for junkyard parts sources. After several years (including two of them in a state that has more weird four-wheel-drive vehicles than any other), I’ve finally found one! Most Volkswagens, Audis, and Volkswagen-Audi mashups that you see in the junkyard […]

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Because I have some friends who race a Quantum Syncro, I’ve been keeping my eyes open for junkyard parts sources. After several years (including two of them in a state that has more weird four-wheel-drive vehicles than any other), I’ve finally found one! Most Volkswagens, Audis, and Volkswagen-Audi mashups that you see in the junkyard […]

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Capsule Review: 1998 Volkswagen Passat, the G.O.A.T. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/capsule-review-1998-volkswagen-passat-the-g-o-a-t/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/capsule-review-1998-volkswagen-passat-the-g-o-a-t/#comments Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:15:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454692 Sometimes it all comes together, doesn’t it — right before it all falls apart. Lightning in a bottle. Never as good before, never to be equaled afterwards. Duane Allman crashes his motorcycle, the sunburst Les Paul yields to the “Les Paul SG”, the perfected Honda VFR800 Interceptor is replaced by something that looks like the […]

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Sometimes it all comes together, doesn’t it — right before it all falls apart. Lightning in a bottle. Never as good before, never to be equaled afterwards. Duane Allman crashes his motorcycle, the sunburst Les Paul yields to the “Les Paul SG”, the perfected Honda VFR800 Interceptor is replaced by something that looks like the […]

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Volkswagen Passat Sales Up 25,000 Percent During VW’s Best Year Since 1973 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/volkswagen-passat-sales-up-25000-percent-during-vws-best-year-since-1973/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/volkswagen-passat-sales-up-25000-percent-during-vws-best-year-since-1973/#comments Thu, 05 Jul 2012 18:08:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451435 Volkswagen is on track to have their best year in America since 1973 – and all it took was a revamped product lineup that got largely negative reviews from the automotive press. Sales for the first half of 2012 are up 35 percent versus the same time-frame in 2011. June sales were up 34 percent […]

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Volkswagen is on track to have their best year in America since 1973 – and all it took was a revamped product lineup that got largely negative reviews from the automotive press. Sales for the first half of 2012 are up 35 percent versus the same time-frame in 2011. June sales were up 34 percent […]

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Toyota Camry Hybrid vs. Volkswagen Passat TDI: Which Would You Buy? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/toyota-camry-hybrid-vs-volkswagen-passat-tdi-which-would-you-buy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/toyota-camry-hybrid-vs-volkswagen-passat-tdi-which-would-you-buy/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2012 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=450864 Hybrid or diesel? For peak fuel economy in a $30,000 midsize sedan you need one or the other. The Toyota Camry is the most efficient of the five available hybrids (until the 2013 Ford Fusion arrives). If you live in Europe, the diesel world is your oyster. In North America, you have one option for […]

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Hybrid or diesel? For peak fuel economy in a $30,000 midsize sedan you need one or the other. The Toyota Camry is the most efficient of the five available hybrids (until the 2013 Ford Fusion arrives). If you live in Europe, the diesel world is your oyster. In North America, you have one option for […]

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New York 2012: Volkswagen Passat AllTrack Satisfies The Diesel Wagon Crowd http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/new-york-2012-volkswagen-passat-alltrack-satisfies-the-diesel-wagon-crowd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/new-york-2012-volkswagen-passat-alltrack-satisfies-the-diesel-wagon-crowd/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:39:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=438559 Volkswagen purists rejoice; here’s a European Passat wagon with a 2.0L diesel, a DSG gearbox, all-wheel drive and the prestige of not being an American-built VW. The AllTrack is officially a concept for our purposes, but VW will sell you one if you live in the Schengen Zone. Look for an American version to have […]

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Volkswagen purists rejoice; here’s a European Passat wagon with a 2.0L diesel, a DSG gearbox, all-wheel drive and the prestige of not being an American-built VW. The AllTrack is officially a concept for our purposes, but VW will sell you one if you live in the Schengen Zone. Look for an American version to have […]

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Volkswagen Alltrack Concept; A Diesel Wagon, But Alas, No Manual http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/volkswagen-alltrack-concept-a-diesel-wagon-but-alas-no-manual/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/volkswagen-alltrack-concept-a-diesel-wagon-but-alas-no-manual/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:41:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=437266 Volkswagen will apparently debut a “concept” version of the Passat Alltrack, a European model that shares little with our Americanized Passat sedan. Featuring 4Motion all-wheel drive, a 2.0L TDI making 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque and a6-speed DSG gearbox, the Alltrack is like a German Subaru Outback, but with a much desired diesel […]

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Volkswagen will apparently debut a “concept” version of the Passat Alltrack, a European model that shares little with our Americanized Passat sedan. Featuring 4Motion all-wheel drive, a 2.0L TDI making 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque and a6-speed DSG gearbox, the Alltrack is like a German Subaru Outback, but with a much desired diesel […]

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Review: 2012 Volkswagen Passat SEL 2.5 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/review-2012-volkswagen-passat-sel-2-5/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/review-2012-volkswagen-passat-sel-2-5/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2012 18:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428788 Volkswagen’s “premium” image in the minds of car enthusiasts is not entirely accurate. From the Beetle to the Rabbit, VW has a long history of making budget cars for the masses. While the automotive press lauded the high-rent interiors and Audi-sourced parts, the Touraeg and Phaeton were mere detours on the road to brand identity. […]

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Volkswagen’s “premium” image in the minds of car enthusiasts is not entirely accurate. From the Beetle to the Rabbit, VW has a long history of making budget cars for the masses. While the automotive press lauded the high-rent interiors and Audi-sourced parts, the Touraeg and Phaeton were mere detours on the road to brand identity. […]

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Junkyard Find: 1977 Volkswagen Dasher http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/junkyard-find-1977-volkswagen-dasher/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/junkyard-find-1977-volkswagen-dasher/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=412892 When Volkswagen finally decided to try this newfangled water-cooled engine idea, their first effort was the Audi 80-derived Passat. In North America, this car was badged as a Dasher, and it didn’t exactly break any sales records. Prior to finding this example in a Denver junkyard earlier in the week, I hadn’t seen a Dasher […]

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When Volkswagen finally decided to try this newfangled water-cooled engine idea, their first effort was the Audi 80-derived Passat. In North America, this car was badged as a Dasher, and it didn’t exactly break any sales records. Prior to finding this example in a Denver junkyard earlier in the week, I hadn’t seen a Dasher […]

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