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Volkswagen Passat claims European Car of the Year award 2015

CarsBy Robbie Farrell
Volkswagen's Passat has been crowned European Car of the Year 2015
Volkswagen's Passat has been crowned European Car of the Year 2015

The Volkswagen Passat has been awarded the European Car of the Year 2015, on the eve of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The Passat won by a considerable margin ahead of its nearest rival.

"We are extremely proud of this accolade," explained Prof. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, at the prize-giving ceremony in Geneva.

"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."

Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand for the Development Division, received the award for the new Passat: "We are delighted to receive the ‘Car of the Year 2015’ title.

"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.

“We are delighted to see the Passat claim what is the most prestigious international title in the motoring calendar,” said Paul Burke, Operations Director of Volkswagen Ireland.

“We have seen huge demand for the car since it launched in January and this award validates gives further credibility to those who have made the considered choice to drive Passat.”

One of the oldest and most well-known awards in Europe, ‘Car of the Year’ has been honouring the best new releases in the car industry every year since 1964.

The jury, consisting of 58 European motoring journalists from 22 countries, had nominated seven candidates ahead of the final. Michael McAleer from The Irish Times is the Irish juror.

In the preceding months, these candidates had undergone detailed testing, comparisons and evaluations based on criteria such as economy, comfort, safety, driving characteristics, functionality, design and technical progress.

In the 52nd edition of the traditional competition, the new Passat clearly triumphed over its six rivals in the final with a total score of 340 points. Two current Volkswagen models have already received the coveted award in the recent past, namely the Polo in 2010 and the Golf in 2013.

In addition to the ‘Golden Steering Wheel 2014’ and ‘Auto Trophy 2014’, the top position as ‘Car of the Year’ was preceded by several accolades at home and abroad.

The new Passat is available in Ireland from €27,295 or from €329 per month on PCP.

The Passat GTE - the first Passat to feature a plug-in hybrid drive - will arrive at dealerships in late 2015. The 1.4-litre TSI engine develops a power of 156 PS; the electric motor produces 8115 PS, while the maximum torque of the plug-in hybrid drive system is 400 Newton metres.

Its power and torque are utilised in an extremely eco-friendly and efficient way. The car's NEDC fuel consumption (for hybrid vehicles) is less than 2.0 l/100 km and 13.0 kWh/100 km; these values equate to CO2 emissions of less than 45 g/km.

In combination with the TSI, this results in a driving range of over 1,000 kilometres with a full 50-litre tank and fully charged battery.