New Passat - Morris Ox
Just seen high quality pics of the new VW Passat in July's Car magazine.
Looks more muscular and aggressive than its predecessor, mild echoes of Mazda 6 (esp. on estate version) but very tight and taut.
Story says they're ditching longitudinally mounted engines in favour of transverse only, which means yet more internal space within the same 'footprint' but curtains for engines like the V6 petrol and TD motors and the walloping W8.
Molst Passat engines will instead be FSi petrol or PD diesel to stay in step with emission regs.
Bad news is that the planned late 2004 launch has now been put back to early 2005. So current model will stagger on for another year yet.
 

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