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In the fall of 1973, announced an oil embargo, gasoline in the U.S. nearly doubled, outlawed Christmas, and Volkswagen a fuel-stingy mid-size family car to the market. The headline on the launch ad Volkswagen introduces the perfect car for its

Although known in Europe as for reasons unknown the new VW came to as the.


In the fall of 1973, announced an oil embargo, gasoline in the U.S. nearly doubled, outlawed Christmas, and Volkswagen a fuel-stingy mid-size family car to the market. The headline on the launch ad Volkswagen introduces the perfect car for its

Although known in Europe as for reasons unknown the new VW came to as the Dasher. A replacement for the antiquated 3 and Type 4, with their rear engines, the Dasher/Passat was a sedan that shared its sheetmetal and its advanced powertrain with the Audi 80/Fox. Its 75-horsepower 1.5-litre inline was mounted longitudinally and delivered to the front wheels. And while was far from being standard in the U.S. the configuration was probably palatable to most Americans the Type 3 and Type 4 layout, featured the underpowered air-cooled engine in the rear. The market this, and the Dasher outsold the 3 and Type 4 by a considerable amount.

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For 1975, the Dasher engine got a bump in displacement to 1.6 litres but five horsepower thanks to the of emissions equipment. A three-door was added to the line, extending the reach to a different market Soon thereafter, Bosche fuel injection restored the power and a few extra to boot. to 60 for the 78 horsepower machine came in seconds. Slow by U.S. but rather quick in comparison to VW mid-size cars. An even diesel version that rattle its way to 60 in a numbing 19.4 joined the mix in 1979.

The name game was further in 1982 with the arrival of the which replaced the Dasher in the market. Everywhere else, the car was Santana, and it replaced the Passat, a which, of course, would return. With the U.S. now full of front-drive cars were aimed at the same the Quantum faced stiff

A near technical twin to the 4000, the Quantum was equipped a 74-horsepower 1.7-litre four. The was boxier than the Dasher’s, but the sharp corners resulted in interior space, so the redesign a total failure. But the zero to 60 had now worked its way up over the 14-second and that didn’t please buyers. A slightly slower diesel followed soon The pace finally accelerated the introduction of the Quantum GL5 sedan in Equipped with a 2.2-litre, five cylinder, borrowed the Audi 5000, it made a much more solid But Quantum never made its in the U.S. market, and it was discontinued in

While the early version of the platform was a success, development and enthusiasm tailed off far too soon. But were learned, and VW applied well to the U.S.-market Passat, premiered two years after the departure and has proved to be a very automobile.

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