Passat 1973-2005

Passat history

August 1973 Presentation of the first Passat as a hatchback, saloon and estate. Entry-level engine is a 1.3-litre with 60 PS.
December 1976 1,000,000 Passats produced.
March 1978 First Passat diesel introduced, with a 1.5-litre 50 PS power plant.
October 1978 Passat GLI, with 110 PS 1.6-litre petrol engine.
April 1980 2,000,000 Passats produced.
November 1980 Second Passat generation unveiled as hatchback, saloon and estate.
August 1982 Passat’s first turbodiesel is launched, a 1.6-litre with 70 PS.
July 1984 First Passat syncro (4x4) introduced in the estate GT, with 115 PS 2.0-litre five-cylinder engine.
January 1985 Model upgrade: new front, new rear end; the Santana is the new name for the Passat  saloon.
April 1988 Third Passat generation debuts, initially just as a saloon.
June 1988 Presentation of new Passat estate.
November 1988 Two new engines: 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 136 PS and uprated turbodiesel with 80 PS.
June 1990 5,000,000 Passats produced.
June 1991 2.8-litre VR6 engine with 174 PS is added to the range.
August 1993 Twenty years of Passat, with 6.2 million units produced.
Press presentation of the fourth generation Passat.
October 1994 A new flagship is introduced: Passat estate 2.9-litre VR6 syncro, with 184 PS.
August 1996 Press presentation of the fifth generation Passat saloon in Dresden. The petrol engine range extends from a 100 PS 1.6-litre to 190 PS 2.8-litre, and two diesel engines with 90 PS and 110 PS.
March 1997 Premiere of the fifth generation Passat estate at the Geneva motor show.
September 1997 150 PS V5 is added to the range of engines.
October 1998 115 PS TDI unit injector (Pumpe Düse) diesel is added to the range.
January 1999 V6 TDI with 150 PS expands the Passat’s diesel line-up.
January 2001 UK launch of facelifted Passat; changes include new front and rear styling, plus introduction of 100 PS and 130 PS 1.9 TDI engine.
September 2001 W8 4MOTION model is launched, featuring a unique 275 PS 4.0-litre engine.
December 2001 New 2.0-litre entry-level petrol engine is launched, with 130 PS.
May 2003 New 163 PS version of V6 TDI is launched, with Euro 4 emissions compliance.
March 2005 The sixth generation of the Passat is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
June 2005 The sixth generation of the Passat is launched in the UK.

Passat history

August 1973 Presentation of the first Passat as a hatchback, saloon and estate. Entry-level engine is a 1.3-litre with 60 PS.
December 1976 1,000,000 Passats produced.
March 1978 First Passat diesel introduced, with a 1.5-litre 50 PS power plant.
October 1978 Passat GLI, with 110 PS 1.6-litre petrol engine.
April 1980 2,000,000 Passats produced.
November 1980 Second Passat generation unveiled as hatchback, saloon and estate.
August 1982 Passat’s first turbodiesel is launched, a 1.6-litre with 70 PS.
July 1984 First Passat syncro (4x4) introduced in the estate GT, with 115 PS 2.0-litre five-cylinder engine.
January 1985 Model upgrade: new front, new rear end; the Santana is the new name for the Passat  saloon.
April 1988 Third Passat generation debuts, initially just as a saloon.
June 1988 Presentation of new Passat estate.
November 1988 Two new engines: 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 136 PS and uprated turbodiesel with 80 PS.
June 1990 5,000,000 Passats produced.
June 1991 2.8-litre VR6 engine with 174 PS is added to the range.
August 1993 Twenty years of Passat, with 6.2 million units produced.
Press presentation of the fourth generation Passat.
October 1994 A new flagship is introduced: Passat estate 2.9-litre VR6 syncro, with 184 PS.
August 1996 Press presentation of the fifth generation Passat saloon in Dresden. The petrol engine range extends from a 100 PS 1.6-litre to 190 PS 2.8-litre, and two diesel engines with 90 PS and 110 PS.
March 1997 Premiere of the fifth generation Passat estate at the Geneva motor show.
September 1997 150 PS V5 is added to the range of engines.
October 1998 115 PS TDI unit injector (Pumpe Düse) diesel is added to the range.
January 1999 V6 TDI with 150 PS expands the Passat’s diesel line-up.
January 2001 UK launch of facelifted Passat; changes include new front and rear styling, plus introduction of 100 PS and 130 PS 1.9 TDI engine.
September 2001 W8 4MOTION model is launched, featuring a unique 275 PS 4.0-litre engine.
December 2001 New 2.0-litre entry-level petrol engine is launched, with 130 PS.
May 2003 New 163 PS version of V6 TDI is launched, with Euro 4 emissions compliance.
March 2005 The sixth generation of the Passat is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
June 2005 The sixth generation of the Passat is launched in the UK.

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