Auto Today|December 2017
VW has a flagship that incorporates a seriously luxurious cabin in a classy executive sedan shell. Doesn’t sound any different than the rivals? We thought so too but then, we drove it
A decade later, Volkswagen chose the same date and venue to launch the all-new Passat with an all-new confidence of having a new flagship sedan steal some market share. The story however, began in the early Seventies when VW started manufacturing this family sedan. Since then, the model has seen seven generations of upgrades, makeovers and quantifiable success. With the allnew model, the Passat enters its eighth generation but then again, Volkswagen still believes in making a late entry to steal the show. This time, two years late. First unveiled for global markets in 2015, the new-gen Passat played a small cameo at the VW stall during the 2016 Auto Expo held in Noida, U.P albeit in GTE form. But even two years on, as we approached the car for a test run, the design has a timeless appeal to it and looks ever so beautiful.
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