The Volkswagen Passat celebrated its 40th anniversary this July. Learn how far the model has come.
It may seem hard to believe, but this July, the Volkswagen Passat celebrated its 40th anniversary. During that time, seven generations of the long-running model have come into existence, each one offering something new while maintaining the unique and original feel of its predecessor.
The original Passat debuted for the 1973 model year, although it was originally known as the Dasher in North America. We got the first model known officially as the Passat in 1990, marking the third-generation debut and the introduction of the sedan and wagon variants.
Coincidentally, the Passat received a great gift for its big day. On July 24th, Volkswagen announced that the Passat had been named “most appealing Midsize Car” in the annual J.D. Power 2013 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. In fact, this was the second year in a row that the model received this honor.
Four decades may seem like a long time, but the Passat still finds new ways to surprise each year. The Volkswagen Passat TDI® Clean Diesel was introduced for the 2012 model year and has continually impressed with its efficiency and economy, even setting the Guinness World Record in 2013 for “lowest fuel consumption—48 U.S. states for a non-hybrid car.” It’s clear that that Passat is here to stay. Visit our dealership today to learn more.
The 2013 Volkswagen Passat is the reserved cocktail party guest: smartly-dressed and impeccably well-mannered. But when you start to take an interest, you wonder why you wasted time with anyone else.
Let's start with the outside. At first glance, it's a conventional three-box design, although the short front and long rear overhangs give it the profile of an űber-luxury sedan. The three bar grille and oversized headlamps angling up and back into the fenders hint at restrained aggression, while the crisp fold running along the flanks recalls the razor-sharp creases of a bespoke suit. Sculpted doors and chrome window trim complete the elegant yet restrained look.
It's a similar tale inside. Back seat passengers get limo-like legroom while those up-front enjoy the understated contours and quality materials of a premium instrument panel and center console. And should a long trip be on the agenda, the 15.9 cubic feet trunk will prove most accommodating.
The Passat is available with a choice of three engines: a 2.5 liter five-cylinder, a four-cylinder turbo-diesel (the TDI,) and a 3.6 liter V6. Producing 170 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, the workhorse 2.5 provides reasonable fuel economy, (22 City, 32 Highway with the manual transmission,) and decent acceleration. Those seeking more performance will probably look at the V6. With 280 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque and a fast-shifting six-speed DSG transmission, this propels the Passat to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. EPA mileage numbers are 20 City/28 Highway, though perhaps lower when sprinting to 60 mph.*
The dark horse of the three engines is the TDI. EPA-rated at 31 mpg City and 43 on the Highway, (with a manual transmission,) 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque make this slightly quicker to 60 than the 2.5 liter. Also, opting for a higher trim with the DSG transmission cuts mileage slightly to 30/40.
Speaking of trims, the Passat is available in S, SE, and SEL. Not every engine is available in every trim but each trim can be upgraded with a significant package. For instance, the entry-level S comes only with the 2.5 liter engine and manual transmission, but can be jazzed up with an Appearance package that adds 16 inch alloys and a six-speed automatic.
The SE adds 17 inch alloys, V-Tex leatherette seating, heated front seats with eight-way power adjustment on the driver's, a Premium VIII touchscreen sound system with HD Radio™, and a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel. Upgrading to the Sunroof package brings a six-speed automatic transmission, plus the eponymous power tilt/slide sunroof. Navigation is also available on top. V6-powered SE Passats are distinguished by 18 inch alloys.
SEL trim is the SE with sunroof and navigation, plus a Fender® Premium Audio System, Climatronic® dual-zone electronic climate control, a rearview camera, Autumn Nut Burl interior trim, and a folding rear seat. If that's not enough, SEL Premium adds leather seating surfaces with Dinamica® inserts, keyless access with push-button start, remote start, eight-way power front seats with memory for the driver's seat, foglights with a clever low-speed corner-illuminating feature, and heated exterior mirrors with memory.
Priced from $21,640 (including delivery), rising to $34,000** for the V6 SEL Premium, the Passat is an accomplished four-door sedan that impresses in many ways. It's definitely worth a second look.
*2013 Passat 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel, manual transmission: 31 city/43 highway mpg. Range based on 43 highway mpg EPA estimate and an 18.5-gallon tank. Your mileage will vary.
** All prices are in U.S. dollars. Specifications, equipment, options and prices are subject to change without notice. Some items may be unavailable when vehicle is built. MSRP excludes taxes, destination charges, optional equipment, registration and dealer charges. Emissions charges may vary by jurisdiction. Dealer sets actual price. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid model with a starting MSRP of $24,995 is available via dealer order only in very limited quantities and only at participating Volkswagen dealers.
If you have ever had the misfortune of experiencing a flat tire, or worse still, a blowout, then you can appreciate the importance of carrying a spare tire. When driving on a long journey, carrying a spare tire is absolutely vital, as you may not otherwise be able to get assistance to get you somewhere safe. A spare tire, however, is not a permanent replacement for a damaged tire. So how long can you drive on a spare tire?
It is worth remembering that a spare tire is not the same as a regular one. It's not as durable. Spare tires have fewer layers of steel and polyester beneath the rubber, which means they won't last as long. This is good news generally speaking, because it means that you are carrying less weight since the spare takes up less room in the rear of the car. But it also means that in the event of a crisis, you can only use the spare for a certain amount of time.
A spare tire will have a smaller contact surface with the road, because it is narrower. This increases your stopping distance, and makes an emergency stop much riskier. Other functions of your car, such as anti-lock brakes and traction control are going to be less efficient too. If you use the spare tire for too long, then you run the risk of causing damage to other parts of the car, which are optimized for a regular, full-size tire.
As a general rule, you should drive on a spare tire for the shortest distance possible. Use the spare to get you to the next available place where you will be able to get mechanical assistance where you can purchase a replacement tire. The spare is there to get you out of an emergency situation. It is a lifeline, not even a medium-term substitute for a proper replacement. Fit the spare, and then work out the shortest possible route to safety. Make sure to take into consideration the driving conditions. A slightly longer route on a highway might be better than remote rural roads, for example, in case you need to call for assistance.
That aside, the limit of your spare tire will be documented in your owner's manual and will, technically, differ from one vehicle's make and model to the next. If you run into trouble and you are a long way from assistance, then you may have to look for alternative means of help if the minimum distance is greater than the safe limit stated in the manual. If in doubt, contact your dealer for assistance. A mechanic will always be able to give you the best advice for your car.
Car manufacturers have invested heavily in the use of new and improved materials to help reduce the risk of damage to your car from rust. Where decades ago rust was a very common problem, modern cars are rather more resilient, but if you drive an older car, or if you want to keep your new car in great condition for as long as possible, then you should never ignore the threat of rust. The good news is that there are plenty of things that you can do to prevent rust on your car. Here are five of them.
Protect your undercarriage
Your car's undercarriage is very vulnerable to damage, and there are a number of critical mechanical components to protect. As the undercarriage is not something most drivers ever really look at, it is easy to neglect it. This could be a costly mistake. Invest in an undercarriage sealant to help protect mechanical parts from damage. There are a number of products that you can apply yourself, but working on the undercarriage is potentially dangerous if you are not properly equipped, so you may want to ask our service department for help.
Inspect your paint work regularly
Rust is a problem that gets progressively worse, and the longer you leave a rust problem, the harder and more expensive it will be to fix. Learn about the parts of your car that are the most vulnerable. Paint work is constantly exposed to the elements, and the early signs of rust appear as bumps and lumps under the paint work. Treat these areas promptly. There are a variety of ways to do this. Removing the affected metal is one possibility. Rust convertors halt the rusting process, but may not always be effective. Talk to our service department if you spot the early signs of rust and need further advice.
Use a rust preventative
There are a variety of rust preventative products available to consumers, many of which can easily be applied at home. A rust preventative can, for example, be sprayed onto or into a part of the car that is otherwise very difficult to access. This will help slow down the formation of any rust, and will also halt the spread of existing rust. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions closely when using these products.
Apply wax and sealant to your paint work
Look after your paint work to ensure that it stays in great condition. This is not just about cleaning and polishing the paint work. Over time, your paint work will wear and become more susceptible to rust if you are unable to protect the finish. A wax layer, with sealant, adds an additional physical barrier between the paint work and the elements. This prevents damage to the bodywork, which might otherwise expose the metal underneath the paint and allow rust to form. You can apply wax and sealant at home.
Keep your car clean
The simplest thing you can do to protect your car from rust is keep it clean. Deposits of mud, salt, and other dirt can all corrode your paint work surprisingly quickly. Regular car washing reduces the amount of time it takes to get the vehicle clean on an ongoing basis. Do not forget the undercarriage and other hard-to-reach places too, but do not use a jet spray underneath the car as this could damage vital parts. It may be a good idea to ask our service department to help if you are unsure.
Many families have busy schedules, but does that packed calendar represent a rich extracurricular life, or an overloaded child at the brink of his or her breaking point? Take this quiz to figure out if your schedule is rich or just wretched.
1. Most nights, your family eats dinner:
A. In the car—you can’t beat a drive-thru when it comes to convenience.
B. On the couch or at a desk—we multitask with our meals.
C. Sitting down around the table—it’ the best time to have a conversation with one another.
2. Your child does her homework:
A. On the bus to school in the morning; might as well get as much done in that 15 minutes as possible.
B. Late at night if there’s time after practices and classes.
C. Right after school; homework time is a consistent part of the daily schedule.
3. How many days in a week does your child have completely free from extra-curricular activities?
A. Usually none. A free day is a wasted day!
B. One or two, depending on how many games and recitals are coming up.
C. Always at least two, and sometimes even three or four.
4. How often does your child see his friends outside of school?
A. Almost never, unless we can count the friends who are also in some of his clubs and sports.
B. If we schedule it in advance, we can sometimes make a play date every couple of weeks, but it’s a lot of planning for a short amount of time.
C. His schedule is flexible enough that he can have impromptu gatherings at least once a week in addition to special cases like outings and sleep overs.
5. How many times in a week do your child’s activities overlap or nearly overlap each other?
A. Three or more. It seems like we’re always finagling schedules or hopping from one rehearsal to another.
B. Once or twice. Sometimes it just can’t be helped.
C. It’s rare for things to overlap—it certainly doesn’t happen every week.
Now it’s time to check your results. Compare your answers with the rubric below.
Mostly A’s: Activity overload! Your answers indicate that your child’s schedule is likely much too busy. When extracurriculars start to cut in to time for eating and homework, you know that something is off. Besides, though structured stimulation can be important for kids’ development, so can downtime and unstructured, impromptu activities.
Mostly B’s: Borderline busy. You aren’t overloaded yet, but if you’re not careful you might be soon. You’ve already started to make a few compromises on things like meals, friends, and homework. Any more additions to the schedule could easily push you over the edge and add undue stress for you and your child.
Mostly C’s: Active and balanced. Congratulations, you’ve achieved the elusive line between complete inactivity and total overload. Your child is benefitting from the enrichment of extracurricular activities without sacrificing family bonding time or academic focus.
Everyone wants their child to have valuable experiences, but packing in too many extracurriculars will actually decrease their value. Allowing kids to focus on a few key activities lets them put more energy into those experiences and, in the long run, will make them more rewarding for everyone.
Grab your reusable grocery bags, small wheely cart, and a wad of cash with plenty of small bills. It’s time to go to the farmers’ market! There’s nothing quite like fresh, local produce. Every season has its own flavor. Going to your local farmers’ market is a great way to make the most of seasonal ingredients, buy organic, and help out the little guy in the process.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your marketing.
- Get there early and have a plan, but be open to new ideas.
- Make a loop to get a lay of the land.
- Talk to the farmers. They know their stuff and are usually more than happy to give you tips on how best to prepare the food.
- Availability of some items will vary from region to region. Be aware about what’s available; there are plenty of resources online that can help.
As another summer fades into memory, autumn’s brisk mornings take center stage. The air is as crisp as a ripe Cameo apple. Baseball gives way to football and everything, including food, starts to bundle up for the cooler months ahead. The fall harvest has a little something for everyone.
Apples - Fall means apples. Lots of them. From Red Delicious to Granny Smith, there’s a seemingly endless variety available. Like other produce, there are some wonderful heirloom varieties that vary by region. Try one you’ve never had before. Make turnovers, pies and fritters. Bake them with some cinnamon and brown sugar. Or, just slice and add some zest to your salad.
Broccoli - Although it’s available year round, fall broccoli is typically sweeter and less tart. You can eat it as a side or use it to add color and flavor to your favorite pasta dish.
Brussels spouts - Poor things have a bad rap. But Brussels (don’t forget the “s”) sprouts are a great source of vitamins and nutrients and, if you cook them well, even the biggest skeptic will become a fan. Try roasting them with a little salt, pepper and olive oil until they’re crispy on the outside. That’s no mushy cabbage cousin.
Butternut squash - It’s sweet. It’s savory. It can sing and dance. Butternut squash is just one of the many fall squash you’ll find at the farmers’ market. Look for a heavy butternut with no cracks or blemishes. Try maple-glazed butternut squash with a dash of dark rum. And, remember, one for the squash and one for the cook! Cheers!
Cranberries - There’s more to cranberries than a can-shaped gelatinous glob at Thanksgiving. If you haven’t had fresh cranberries before, you’re missing something. Try baking some cranberry and pecan muffins or go crazy and make a cranberry and fig (also in season) chutney.
Green beans - Green beans are at their best from mid-summer into fall. They’re sweeter than those you find in the off-season. Sauté them with some mushrooms and onions or add a little Asian flavor with some sesame seeds and sesame oil.
Pears - Pears are another mid-summer into fall food. To find a ripe pear gently press the flesh near the stem. If it yields to light pressure, it’s ready to eat. Slice and serve with brie and baked ham or try grilled pears with currants.
Pumpkins - You can carve ’em, you can eat ’em, you can wear them as a helmet. This gourdy-squash is great in soups, breads and pies. But they can make great entrées and sides too. Try some pumpkin ravioli or pumpkin risotto.
Sweet potatoes - Although some people use sweet potato and yam interchangeably, they’re not the same thing. Sweet potatoes look like potatoes, while a true yam looks like a potato that’s lived a really, really hard life. Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile. They can be sweet or savory and are rich in vitamins A and C.
Swiss chard - This great leafy green is at its best when it’s super fresh. Like corn that’s just been picked, it’s sweeter and tastier the fresher it is. Wilt some in a pan with a bit of olive oil, garlic and seasoning.
Meal Suggestion: A cup of warm butternut squash makes a great starter. For the main, try a roast pork tenderloin. Add sides of baked broccoli with garlic, lemon zest and Parmesan cheese and mashed sweet potatoes. Finish it off with a Bosc pear and roasted hazelnut tart.
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