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Seventh generation Passat unveiled at the Paris Motor Show

(Oct 7, 2010) - Following over 15 million sales in 37 years across 100 countries around the world Volkswagen was unveiled the seventh generation of the Passat at the recent Paris Motor Show.

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(Oct 7, 2010)

Following over 15 million sales in 37 years across 100 countries around the world Volkswagen was unveiled the seventh generation of the Passat at the recent Paris Motor Show.

A completely new look styled by Klaus Bischoff (head of design, Volkswagen) and Walter de Silva (head of design, Volkswagen Group) establishes a fresh direction for the Passat sedan and wagon with clean surfaces and an elegant yet imposing stance.

The front of the car, dominated by a new grille element with prominent horizontal chrome fins, features striking heavily contoured headlight units, set into which are LED running lights. At the rear a set of distinctive taillights is joined by subtle chrome highlights that extend down the side of the car. Every body panel apart from the roof is new.

The new Passat is marginally longer than the car it replaces (+4 mm) and at 1,820 mm wide and 1,474 mm tall (Estate 1,519 mm) it retains the same proportions.

The fresh look continues inside the seventh generation Passat with new seats that can be specified to both heat and cool their occupants and even feature a massage function for the driver and front seat passenger.

A revised dashboard with new dials, trim finishes and an analogue clock are joined by subtle chrome inserts and the option of ambience lighting similar to that found in the Phaeton.

The centre console has also been uprated with revisions to the minor controls as well as new door trims.

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