Volkswagen Dasher
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Make: Volkswagen
Model: Dasher
Volkswagen Dasher

The Volkswagen Passat is a family car built by Volkswagen AG and has been produced in various manners since 1973. It was situated between the Volkswagen Golf or Jetta and the Phaeton in the Volkswagen line-up. Currently, it is produced in Volkswagen's facilities in Emden, and Zwickau, Germany. 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 model has also been known as the Passat in the European and the North American markets. On the other hand, it has been badged as a variety of other names including the Dasher, the Santana and the Quantum in some markets over the years. 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.

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