The Volkswagen Passat has long been a legendary car model. It debuted all the way back in 1973 and has since been with us for eight generations.
Here in Norway, sales took off in earnest in the 80s. The Passat became the natural choice for many families. The car kept a very good grip on the buyers, even while the SUVs really made their entrance in the market.
First, it was the gasoline engine that applied to most people. Then diesel took over completely – before rechargeable versions marked what was the end of the heyday of the Passat here at home.
In recent years, it has slowed down sharply, as the aforementioned SUVs and not least the electric cars have taken more and more of the market.
Rolled out before Christmas
Station wagons have always been the first choice for most Passat buyers here at home, but at times sales of the sedan version have also been quite good.
Now, however, it’s too late if you fancy a new Passat sedan. This version disappeared from the Norwegian market in 2017, and now it is also known that it is out of Volkswagen’s production plans.
According to well-informed Coach rolled the latest Passat sedan copy of the assembly line at the factory in Germany before Christmas. Now only the station wagon applies to the Passat, in combination with the five-door station wagon Arteon which acts as a top model for VW. It is also away from the Norwegian market.
Here, the Passat Datsun met Bluebird, Peugeot 305 and Fiat Ritmo for testing
Taken good time
Today’s Passat has been on the market since 2004. This means that it has been with us for eight years, which is a long time for a car model. Nevertheless, a replacement is not expected until 2023.
That VW takes such good time here has several reasons: One of them is that the entire class the Passat belongs to, has lost a lot of sales in recent years. At Volkswagen, very many have also been about electrification in recent years, thus leading the way in new versions of the fossil cars.
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In addition, there is the international shortage of semiconductors. As a result, many manufacturers have to choose which models to prioritize building. Due to tough emission requirements in Europe, it is then natural to prioritize electric cars.
When the ninth generation Passat arrives next year, it is not expected that it will have a sedan version. Probably the Passat goes here for station wagon and maybe a more sporty station wagon as well.
Instead, there will be an electric sedan in the new ID series. We have already seen it as the concept car ID.Vizzion, it is expected that the production-ready car will be called ID.6.
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Video: Join back to the 1973 model of the Passat