On a Successful Course: Passat is the Leading Model in its Class Share Comments The Volkswagen Passat is not only the leading model in economic efficiency, technology and spaciousness, but has also recently become the leading model in its class. The Passat is the best-selling vehicle in the mid-class segment according to the registrations for July at the Federal Motor Vehicle Office. With 10349 vehicles sold, it left its competitiors standing. The statistics for January to July 2003 show the Passat moved up to second place with a market share of 16.0 percent. In the list of the highest-selling cars in Germany, the Passat is way ahead in comparison to the previous month with an eight percent growth of sales and has only the Golf left to displace. With six petrol engines and four turbo-diesel direct injection engines, the Passat offers both a broad and attractive range of engines with perfomance ranges between 74 kW (100 bhp) and 202 kW (275 bhp) on the four-wheel drive Passat W8. The Passat V6 TDI 4MOTION with 132 kW (180 bhp) was a new addition in March 2003. Premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show IAA 2003: the Passat 2.0 TDI 100 kW (136 bhp) with six-speed manual gearbox and diesel particulate filter as standard. The running costs for the Passat are very low thanks to low levels of consumption and low insurance ratings. The flexible and long service intervals have helped to ensure that the Passat, with its top class characteristics, is a very economic car. The registration statistics from the Federal Motor Vehicle Office prove that this was acknowledged by many customers. For more discussion on this story, click on the link to our discussion forums at the left.