New Passat is Europe’s 2015 car of the year

New Passat is Europe’s 2015 car of the year

The new Volkswagen Passat sedan and station wagon which is due to launch in New Zealand in May, has just won Europe’s “Car of the Year 2015”

The announcement was made on the afternoon before the Geneva International Motor Show.

“The Passat will be the ultimate demonstration of Volkswagens ‘brilliant value’ when it arrives in New Zealand in May,” says Volkswagen New Zealand general manager Tom Ruddenklau.

“I am particularly excited about the 176kW/500Nm 2.0l TDI bi-turbo engine.

“The Passat shows the commitment to brilliance from Volkswagen since we won the same award with the Golf (2013) and the Polo (2010) and once again we will be delivering at a very competitive price”

In Europe “Car of the Year” has been honouring the best new releases in the car industry every year since 1964. The jury, consisting of 58 European motoring journalists from 22 countries, had nominated seven candidates ahead of the final.

In the preceding months, these candidates had undergone detailed testing, comparisons and evaluations based on criteria such as economy, comfort, safety, driving characteristics, functionality, design and technical progress.

In the 52nd running of the competition, the new Passat triumphed over its six rivals in the final with a total score of 340 points.

The Passat is one of the most successful mid-class cars in the world and with 1.1 million units (in 2014) one of the highest-volume series of the Volkswagen Group worldwide.

It is available with direct injection turbocharged petrol and diesel engines which cover a power range from 132 kW to 206 kW.

It arrives in sedan and wagon in late May 2015. Volkswagen Dealers are currently taking expressions of interest. Exact model and specification will be released in April.

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