2015 Volkswagen Passan has beaten six other vehicles to emerge as European Car of the Year 2015. This is third time in six years that VW has taken the title with VW Polo win in 2010 and VW Golf in 2013.
Volkswagen Passat amassed 340 points and was judged by a panel of 58 European business and trade journalists. The Passat win was followed by the Citroen C4 Cactus that received 248 points while the Mercedes Benz C Class received 221 points. Ford Mondeo was awarded 203 points and was followed by Nissan Qashqui with 160 points while BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Renault Twingo received 154 and 124 points respectively. These results were announced on the eve of 2015 Geneva Motor Show by Hakan Matson, Head of the Jury.
The eighth generation Volkswagen Passsat is noted for its quality and functionality. Seen with a improved design, stronger chassis, and more spacious interiors, new Passat is more advanced than ever. On offer are a host of fuel efficient petrol and diesel engine options, ranging from 88 kW / 120 PS to 206 kW / 280 PS. A plug-in hybrid variant is also on offer. This comes with a 156 hp 1.4 liter petrol engine and an electric motor, taking overall power output to 218 hp. It has a range of 50 kms in full electric mode, while in hybrid mode, it delivers 1.6 liters/100 km (or 62.5 kmpl) with CO2 emissions of 37 gms per km.
New features on offer include, Active Info Display, head-up display, Rear Seat Entertainment, Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Monitoring. Other safety features also include Emergency Assist, Trailer Assist and Traffic Jam Assist.