50 Years of the Volkswagen Passat at Techno Classica 2023

50 Years of the Volkswagen Passat at Techno Classica 2023

This year shall witness Volkswagen returning to the Techno Classica. Volkswagen Classic is all prepared to celebrate its 50th Anniversary of the Passat at the world’s largest classic car fair. Further, Volkswagen uses the slogan “Immer wieder neu” (“Always reinventing itself”). In the year 1973, the very first Passat was launched. A water-cooled engine that was family equipped. A worldwide success story was created which has been continued in the current era. Moreover, marking this milestone, specially chosen 5 Passat exhibits will be displayed in Essen.

Volkswagen is participating in the Techno Classica after 3 years from 12th April 2023 to 16th April 2023. Wherein, Volkswagen shall be showcasing its historic vehicles as a brand “with a heart”. The participation in Essen is entirely about the Passat. The Volkswagen Passat marks its half-century of glory as an everyday hero and a design classic.

In 1973, marking the dawn of a new era in the automobile industry the Passat was represented as a major Volkswagen product campaign. The design of the Passat was the responsibility of Italian car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. Although the original design that’s referred to as the EA 272 had to be scrapped at the last moment for costing purposes. However, that didn’t stop Giugiaro who later develop an even more rational model based on the Audi 80 B1. That featured a modified front section and shapely hatchback. The original Passat design is still an icon. Giugiaro’s creations comprised the Scirocco I and Golf I, both were launched the following year. Back in 1973, the Volkswagen Passat debuted as a two- and four-door hatchback sedan. In January 1974 came in the estate version.

“Immer wieder neu”: always reinventing itself

Volkswagen Classic has chosen the motto to mark its anniversary. The Passat was, is and will always be a car for a lifetime. Moreover, from the beginning customers have appreciated the versatile qualities of the Passat. Across the 8 generations, the car has continued to improvise and develop. Moreover, repeatedly over the decades, the Passat has presented bold new design ideas. Whilst taking the legacy of its tried and tested strengths generation over generation, and shall continue to do in the future.
The Volkswagen Classic Bay will feature 5 vehicles representing the historic origins of the Passat

Passat B1 LS from 1973

New drive, new design: The new Passat series production got underway on 14th May 1973. The hatchback sedan premiered with a small boot lid that didn’t have a load-through hatch. However, in January 1975, a new version with a larger rear lid that extended up to the roof and encompassed the rear window went into series production.

A very special model in Essen

Volkswagen Classis shall showcase the oldest car in the family. Part of Volkswagen’s AutoMuseum Foundation collection the Passat B1 LS from 1973. Representing it as the oldest Passat globally, Number 2 can be found on the vehicle.

Passat B1 L Estate from 1974 – Spaciousness is its strength

In January 1974, Wolfsburg introduced the Passat Estate to its range. The car roaring success from the beginning was formed practical and perfectly. Moreover, going through various model generations, the Passat Estate family car instantly connected with the hearts of its owners.
The Volkswagen Classic in Atlas White the 1974 Passat B1 L Estate vehicle pool has already been showcased at several driving events. Ensuring enough of vintage driving fun with 40kW (55 PS)!

Passat B2 CL Formula E from 1983 – Modern technologies and efficiency

In October 1980 the Passat B2 was launched. The Passat B2 was the 2nd generation that was markedly bigger than its moderately sized predecessor the B1, making it barely identifiable. Moreover, the Passat II was introduced as a hatchback sedan with a 5 door estate. Powered with the 55 kW (75 PS) 1.6-litre engine, the Passat B2 was initially also introduced as a Formula E version. Volkswagen’s Formula E forecasted innovations like the start/stop system.

The Passat B2 CL Formula E in Metallic Diamond Silver member of the Volkswagen Classic vehicle collection will be a part of the anniversary celebration at Essen. The car completes 40 years today 2023 as it received its type approval on this day in 1983 (5th April 1983).

Passat B3 Estate GT G60 Syncro from 1991 – Dynamics and sportiness

The Passat has a long history of impressing drivers with its sporty capabilities and understated style. The third generation, launched in 1988, brought significant updates in design, technology, and interior features. The GT specification package and the Passat G60 with a 1.8-ltr engine, 118kW (160PS) and Syncro 4-wheel drive were particularly noteworthy for their sporty performance. And from 1989 onwards came the coveted top model.

Among the many models available, the Passat B3 Estate GT G60 Syncro from 1991 is a fan favourite that still excites automotive enthusiasts today. This model, available from the Volkswagen Classic vehicle pool, is known for its impressive speed and handling, and its ability to get pulses racing.

Overall, the Passat has a reputation for combining practicality with sportiness, making it a popular choice for automotive enthusiasts who want a car that’s both fun to drive and practical for everyday use.

Volkswagen AutoMuseum Foundation: Passat B2 Electronic from 1983

The AutoMuseum Foundation will be represented at this year’s show on the Volkswagen stand. And they will be displaying a very special vehicle to celebrate the Passat’s anniversary – the Passat B2 Electronic. This unique concept car was created in 1983 and offered a lifestyle version of the Passat. With 4-wheel drive, a turbocharger, and advanced microelectronics such as a navigation system, infotainment, and numerous electrical controls.

The Passat B2 Electronic was a true visionary car that gave a glimpse into the future of automotive technology. It was a concept car that would have undoubtedly won many fans, thanks to its impressive features and advanced design.
Overall, the Passat B2 Electronic is a testament to Volkswagen’s commitment to innovation and creativity in the automotive industry. Its inclusion in this year’s show is a fitting tribute to the Passat’s history of pushing the boundaries and setting new standards for excellence.

In good company in Hall 3

It’s exciting to hear that Volkswagen Classic will be participating in this year’s Techno Classica after not being represented since 2019. The theme for the Volkswagen Group’s stand is “Leidenschaft verbindet” or “passion connects”, bringing together several brands under one roof, including Volkswagen Classic, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Oldtimers, Audi Tradition, Škoda, the Autostadt, the AutoMuseum Foundation, and Volkswagen Classic Parts.

The Techno Classica, held at the trade fair centre in Essen, Germany from 12th April to 16th April. Moreover, it is a massive event that attracts over 1,250 exhibitors from more than 30 countries. Its spread across ten halls, the Grugahalle, and four open-air areas covering 120,000 square meters. In addition to the exhibitors, over 200 classic car clubs and many parts dealers will also be in attendance. The organizers are expecting to welcome around 200,000 visitors, making it one of the biggest classic car shows in the world.

What’s more, the Techno Classica will also feature around 2,700 historic vehicles for sale. Further, providing a unique opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors to acquire rare and sought-after models. Overall, the Techno Classica promises to be an unforgettable experience for classic car enthusiasts and anyone with a passion for automotive history.

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