The eighth-generation Volkswagen Passat was launched in the summer of 2014 and is now in its fifth year of upgrades in May. Decent sales in Europe were not worth the wait for a serious change in résistance as confirmed by Hamburg's closed announcement. The family has changed to limitations and main points. The most important metamorphosis occurred in electronic devices.
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At the seminar, for updated cars only, the Germans did not bring a sedan and could only see it on the screen. More than a third of the average passats realized in Europe are three volumes. In Hamburg, however, three varieties of wagons were exhibited because the German Variant accounted for 90% of the sales. In Russia, the situation is the opposite. Serbia's passenger cars and 321 station wagons were sold in 2018.
The appearance and interior have been minimized. Pay special attention to upgrading electronic devices in Germany. Multimedia Passat has been enhanced with new dashboards and a new generation of MIB3 headlines. The display with digital devices is slightly smaller (11.7 inches diagonally compared to the previous 12.3). However, as the resolution increases, the contrast of the picture increases and the picture becomes faster.
Also, the function of the multimedia system has been expanded as the center screen becomes more sharper and responsive. In the presentation, we showed only the top level device of Discovery Pro. It looks simpler than the most expensive "head" of the new Touareg, but is not inferior in its ability. With its own modem, Passat can stay online, distribute Wi-Fi, and support branding on the Volkswagen We platform. For example, you can not pay for parking in cash. You can use your smartphone as a key in the future.
IQ.Drive – Highlight of auxiliary electronics complex under the generic name Travel Assist System. In fact, it is an adaptive cruise control with variable output that can operate over the full speed range. In this case, the Germans provided the Passat with the world's first wheels with capacitive sensors that basically determine the presence of hands in the rim with different accuracy. Thanks to the new camera, the Passat is more accurate in the band. I do not crawl from line to line, but I follow the center clearly.
In addition to the two-liter turbo diesel petrol 1.4 TSI and 1.8 TSI, the engine line in Russia is not similar to the European standard, so the information on the latter is for reference only. Earlier "fours" 1.5 TSI, 2.0 TSI, 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI added diesel 2.0 TDI evo (150 hp) with diesel particulate filter and optional neutralizer of nitrogen oxide. The results of the development of the EA 288 engine line have already been installed in the Audi A6 only in the vertical direction. Passat is the first horizontal application of the variant. All engines have an environmental standard Euro 6d-Temp.
The hybrid Passat GTE with 1.4 TSI gasoline engine (156 horsepower) and 115 horsepower electric motor used a battery with a capacity of 13 kWh instead of 9.9. The power reserve of the electric coils has increased from 55 km to 70 km. The set of operating modes of the plant has also changed, but the general sense has remained unchanged. In addition to hybrid and pure electric transfer, there is an algorithm for keeping battery energy at a certain level. GTE is not available in Russia.
The ratio of price to equipment allows Pasat to stay between the premium sector and more democratic technologies. In Europe, 183,249 units sold in 2018 provided Volkswagen leadership among all Class D vehicles, including premium cars. When we talk about the sedan, Mercedes-Benz C grade only sells better. However, there are no equivalent sales in the Passat wagon.
In Asia we are in a united middle class. The leader is traditionally Camry (33,700 units), Optima (20,833 units) and Sonata (6847 units). As already mentioned above, all versions of Passat are 2451 cars sold in 2018. The inner circle includes C class (2655) and Mondeo (2203). As an upgrade, Passat has no reason to believe that it will improve its position by default.
In Europe, the pre-order for the Passat in August and August is due in May, and cars in the salon will not appear until August. The car will reach Russia the best in 2020, and is not yet known as any motor. Talking about prices is a lewd thing. I think they will at least regain VAT and inflation.