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Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat (Germany, 1996-2005)

Volkswagen > Passat > Gen.5 [B5/ B5.5/ Lingyu]
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Model history

In 1996, Volkswagen presents the fifth generation Passat, which introduces a new era in the model series. The newly designed body is fully galvanised and exhibits high torsional rigidity. Two of many technical highlights: the chassis with new four-link front suspension as well as standard side airbags. Starting in September 1999, ESP becomes the production standard on all Passat models in Germany.


 



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Facelift 2000

In 2000, Volkswagen presents an extensively redesigned fifth generation. The second series of the fifth generation has a newly styled front end with chrome radiator grille and new rear section with distinctive rear lights. Along with the standard front and side airbags, side curtain airbags are now optionally available.

The 202 kW / 275 PS all-wheel drive W8 models enjoy an exclusive position. In the area of high-volume engines, a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder with 96 kW / 130 PS follows in December 2001. Debuting in March 2003 is a new V6 TDI with 132 kW / 180 PS coupled with a standard 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. And just two months later, the TDI programme is extended by another V6 TDI for front-wheel drive versions. It outputs 120 kW / 163 PS, and like the 180-PS V6 with manual gearbox it satisfies the EU-4 emissions standard.

Meanwhile, the twelve millionth Passat is produced at the Emden Volkswagen plant on 13 May 2003. In Autumn 2003, the Passat 2.0 TDI (100 kW / 136 PS) with soot particulate filter is introduced. In 2004, Volkswagen celebrates production of the 13 millionth Passat. At the end of the year, the final units of this generation roll off the assembly lines.



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