Thursday, October 22, 2015

Volkswagen Passat Now Officially in the Philippines


After 42 years and 8 generations in production, and with more than 22 million vehicles in its series sold worldwide, the Passat is finally available in the Philippine market (this is after a preview done a month ago).

The Passat comes into the Philippine market in two variants: Highline and Business Edition. Both variants are powered by the powerful yet fuel-efficient 4-cylinder, In-line Turbo Fuel-injected 2.0 TSI DSG gasoline engine that generates a maximum output of 220 horsepower at 4,500-6,200 rpm, and a maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1,500-4,400 rpm. The Passat accelerates from 0-100 kph in 6.2 seconds, and has a top speed of 246 kph.

The Passat’s power is managed by a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission for fast, smooth gearshifts and uninterrupted driving. The gear lever’s tiptonic function also lets the driver change to sportier manual mode. More confident handling is provided by the electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering, struts and 3-point wishbone with stabilizer for the front suspension, 4-link with stabilizer for the rear suspension, and 17-inch front and rear disc brakes.

The Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) with Driver Profile Selection makes it possible to adjust the running gear to a normal, sporty or comfortable tuning, while the Driver Profile Selection allows the driver to choose different driving modes: Sport, Comfort and Normal.

Adding to an ultra-comfortable ride are ErgoComfort leather seats with 12-way electric driver seat with memory. This feature, available in the Business Edition line, allows the occupants to take advantage of the spinal-optimal seating postures, especially during long trips.


The Passat features technological, infotainment and safety innovations such as the Active Info Display (exclusive for the Business Edition line), 3-zone Climatronic Air Conditioning (allows three different temperature zones), Park Distance Control, XDS Differential Lock, “Keyless-Go” Entry (KESSY), 8-speaker Audio System, and iPod, USB, Bluetooth Connectivity.

Furthermore, the Discover Pro with Navigation System, the Passat Business Edition’s  premium navigation and entertainment system, provides the driver and passengers a single device to control and deliver everything--from navigation, to driver aids such as proximity sensors, MP3, WMA and AAC music playback to film playback, eco-trainer and intuitive control and operation, designed along the lines of current Smartphone logic. The Business Edition’s Panoramic Sun Roof also allows the driver and passengers to enjoy a nearly 360-degree view.

The Passat’s top-of-the-line safety systems include: front, side, and curtain airbags to protect the driver and all passengers; a rear view camera offering a clear reversing image with easy-to-follow graphic lines on the radio/navigation display; LED headlights with projection technology, which include dual “U-shaped” LED daytime running lights, Dynamic Headlight Range Adjustment and Dynamic Cornering Lights, and; a Driver Alert System that gives an early warning when the system detects the driver needs to take a break on long and tiring trips.

With the Passat’s engineering, design and technological features, Volkswagen Philippines is confident its midsize luxury sedan will go straight to the top of its category.

The available exterior/interior color combinations of the Passat are Crimson Red/St. Tropez, Oryx White or Iridium Grey Metallic/Titanium Black, and Deep Black Pearl or Black Oak Brown/Natural Brown.

The Passat Highline 2.0 TSI DSG is priced at P2,253,000 while  the 2.0 TSI DSG Business Edition sells at P2,759.000.

12 comments:

  1. Good that it's not equipped with their diesel engines that cheat emission tests. Gasoline for the win.

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    1. Still the same company though.

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  2. VW diesel emission is quite an immense scandal.. not all euro brand are environmentally friendly anyway,,,they cheated and busted1111!!!! VW phils time to dump all your diesel units back to china,,,,,

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    1. The vw diesels sold here are cleaner than philippine variant isuzu or mitsubishi. For example, the smoky 4ja1 engine... Not even a software can let them pass U.S. emission standards

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    2. Not a single VW sold here is made in China though. they're either sourced from Europe or Mexico.

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    3. @Anonymous who commented on the 4ja1 engine.... the difference is they did not make false claims like VW did.

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    4. @Anonymous who commented that it came from Europe or Mexico... it is where the cheat originated....

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  3. It's more expensive than the competitors.. It's competitors are priced at 1.5-2. million php.. Volkswagen was supposed to be a car brand for the masses, but their prices are premium, that makes people break the deal and choose other brands. Just like their Polo, which packs less features than it's competitors yet priced as the most expensive subcompact in the affordable car class... Same with Peugeot.. I don't know if this is because of tariffs or taxes, but it would be hard to buy European cars even if we want to. They should do something to price their cars the same or near the price of their competitors as well as match the level of equipment.

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    1. The Polo sold here is made in India, while the Peugeot 301 is made in Spain, both are not part of the "ASEAN Free Trade Area". The Ford Fiesta for example is also a Euro developed car, but the model sold here is made in a regional plant in Thailand, so it's priced similar to Japanese branded cars made in Thailand.

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    2. I guess the Euro-brands (Peugeot and VW) want to be a class above mainstream brands like Toyota, Ford, etc. but not quite on the same level as BMW, Audi & Lexus here in the Philippines.

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    3. It's what these euro companies want Filipinos to think, because in Europe, VW and Peugeot compete directly with Ford, Toyota, Honda etc The main difference is these euro brands have not invested in an ASEAN regional plant (hub) with full manufacturing capabilities which forces them to import models from outside the region which end up costing more even if they delete features.

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  4. Is anyone know when volkswagen will launch their Touran 2016 in the philippines?

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