Volkswagen’s new Passat has been named Europe’s “Car of the Year 2015” ahead of the Geneva International Motor Show.
The prestigious award is a great honour for Volkswagen - CEO of the Wolfsburg car maker, Martin Winterkorn, was delighted with the prize, “We are extremely proud of this accolade”, he explained.
Adding, “In the new Passat, we have again succeeded in developing a car that sets the standards for its class in terms of technology and quality. This honour is a tremendous confirmation for the work of our engineers, designers and the entire team. The new Passat shows that the Volkswagen brand has the right answers to the challenges of our time.”
Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for the Development Division, Heinz-Jakob Neusser, said, “We are delighted by the honour of “Car of the Year 2015”. This accolade has a very special significance for us because it is awarded by independent international trade journalists. In addition, the honour is known to have a high standing for our customers.”
The “Car of the Year” awards are some of the most established and well-known in Europe - the jury, made up of 58 European motoring journalists from 22 countries, had nominated seven candidates ahead of the final.
Every candidate went through stringent testing and comparisons based on criteria such as economy, comfort, safety, driving characteristics, functionality, design and technical progress.
When the dust had settled, there was one clear winner and that was the new Passat – triumphing over its six rivals in the final with a total score of 340 points.
Two current Volkswagen vehicle have previously picked up the award in the past, the Polo in 2010 and the Golf in 2013.
The new Passat is one of the most successful mid-class cars on the market today and with sales of 1.1 million units (in 2014), one of the highest-volume series in Volkswagen Group worldwide.
Now onto its eight generation, this best-seller is known as one of the most innovative cars in its class - thanks to progressive engineering methods, it was possible to introduce a more striking design including a longer wheelbase and bigger wheels.
State-of-the-art technology has been added to the new Passat including Active Info Display, extendable head-up display, app-based Rear Seat Entertainment for tablets, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring.
Prices for the new Passat start from £22,215.