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Volkswagen has introduced the seventh generation of the Passat, which will be available in initial European markets starting as soon as mid-November. The ten engines (77 kW / 105 PS through 220 kW / 300 PS) of the new lineup are up to 18% more fuel efficient than their predecessors.

The 1.6 TDI diesel with 105 PS and 250 N·m (184 lb-ft) consumes 4.2 L/100 km (56 mpg US), equivalent to 109 g/km CO2. Downsizing and technologies such as the Stop/Start system contribute to improved fuel efficiency in the gasoline-powered versions. The 1.4 TSI (90 kW / 122 PS) in the BlueMotion Technology version consumes 5.8 L/100 km (41 mpg US); the equivalent CO2 value is 138 g/km.

Standard equipment on all turbodiesel models of the base Trendline version now includes the Stop/Start system and battery regeneration. All other gasoline and natural gas engines have a battery regeneration system as well. For the smallest gasoline engine, battery regeneration and the Stop/Start system are available as options.

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