Historically, the Volkswagen Passat is one of the world's best-selling family sedans. It has been around since the 1970s and continues to impress drivers today with features, style, and impressive fuel economy. Here's a brief history of the Volkswagen Passat:

Volkswagen Passat B1

The first generation of the Passat debuted in 1973 as the Passat B1, named after Germany's term for "trade wind." It shared the same platform and some engines with the Audi 80 and immediately won over drivers globally. Here in the US, the first Passat was called the Dasher.

Volkswagen Passat B2

The Passat B1 lasted through the 70s, but in 1981, Volkswagen introduced the B2 Passat - a bigger and faster variant, though it still retained some key design features. The most powerful gas engine on this version of the Passat was the 2.2-liter, which generated 136 horsepower and was introduced in 1985.

Volkswagen Passat B3

In 1988, Volkswagen unleashed the third-generation Passat, which was rounder than its boxy predecessors and was built on a new platform, helping to further distinguish it from the Audi 80.


Volkswagen Passat B4

In 1993, Volkswagen redesigned the Passat and offered it as a four-door sedan or Variant model only. New safety equipment included seatbelt pre-tensioners and dual front airbags.

Volkswagen Passat B5 (and B5.5)

From 1997 to 2005, the Passat, in its fifth generation, truly became the popular choice for European drivers in the mid-size car market. It boasted a more upscale interior than competitors and better safety features. The 4.0-liter W8 engine generated up to 271 horsepower.

Volkswagen Passat B6

In 2005, Volkswagen introduced the latest iteration of the Passat, which saw the introduction of the CC model, launched in 2008.

Volkswagen Passat B7

A facelift for the B6, the Passat B7 added a new grille, a new roof, and new headlights. The Alltrack version debuted in the B7 iteration.

Volkswagen Passat B8

Today's Passat is in the B8 family and is built on a new platform. You can test drive the current Passat here at Sierra Volkswagen.

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