Updated Passat adapts to a shrinking segment

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The D-segment saloon market as we’ve come to know it is in decline, with demand dropping consistently in the last number of years. Is the evergreen VW Passat still relevant?

At the launch of its revamped Passat saloon, Volkswagen referred to the market shift by saying that “customer distribution has changed”. Crossovers and SUVs, in other words, are hammering this segment. But Volkswagen isn’t ready to give up on its flagship Passat saloon just yet.

It’s been a part of the company’s line-up since 1973, and since then the company has shifted more than 30 million of them. During our first drive in this...

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