Wolfsburg - Prior to its discontinuation in the mid 1980s Volkswagen’s Passat was a popular family car. Then it came back as a more premium sedan in the late nineties and it never really took off in a big way. And now it’s going away once again.
Volkswagen SA has informed us that the facelifted Passat, just revealed in Germany, will not be coming to South Africa as the nameplate is being discontinued locally. This comes as no surprise given its low sales volumes. People just aren’t buying sedans in big volumes anymore, particularly big sedans and particularly those without premium badges on the bonnets. It’s a pity because the Passat was a highly underrated sedan.
So what exactly are we going to miss out on with the new Passat?
Visually there’s not much to tell it apart from the current model, apart from some subtle styling tweaks at the back and front, including new LED Matrix headlights, and some smarter finishes inside, so the big news is the technology that it brings to the brand stable.
To that end, it’s the first VW that’s capable of partially automated driving across practically the whole speed range, as in zero to 210km/h (remember, that’s legal on some German highways).