Volkswagen Passat Auto Transport
The Volkswagen Passat is a sedan, built by Volkswagen AG, that has been produced in various forms since 1973. It is situated between the Volkswagen Jetta and the Phaeton in the Volkswagen line-up. Currently it is produced in Volkswagen's plants in Emden, and Zwickau, Germany. The model is normally known as the Passat in the European and the North American markets, but it has been badged as a variety of other names including the Dasher, the Santana and the Quantum in various regions. In North America, the car was badged the Dasher, and the three-door hatchback model was released in North America for the 1974 model year. The Passat moniker is short for passatwind, which is the German word for "trade wind". Frankly, that is a very strange name for an automobile, but luckily, that has not hindered its success. Anyhow, while the first generation Passat was a compact car, the second generation did grow in size as many cars have done, and even the later Passats are mid-size cars. The Passat has consistently been one of Volkswagen's most important models, as it falls in the middle of the sedan market segment. It was vital to Volkswagen, as the sales of the aging Beetle were declining, and the larger air-cooled rear-engined models like the Volkswagen Type 3 and 411 and 412 which were based on older technology were also lacking in market presence. Following the Volkswagen Group's acquisition of Audi in 1964, Volkswagen was now able to utilize the engineering expertise of the new member of their family. Indeed, the first Passat was created directly from the Audi Fox and the two still today share the same platform. The new Passat has allowed Volkswagen the ability to compete more equally with its European rivals. The Passat seems to be holding its own quite well in the competitive market.