Releasing a new volume-selling model and winning European Car of the Year has also become something of a trend for Volkswagen, having won the prize in 2010 with its compact Polo hatch.
This year, the Passat gathered 340 points from the 58-strong panel of judges from 22 European countries, flying well clear of Citroen’s new Cactus in second place with 248 points.
"In the new Passat we have again succeeded in developing a car that sets the standards for its class in terms of technology and quality,” Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn said.
“This honour is a tremendous confirmation for the work of our engineers, designers and the entire team. The new Passat shows that the Volkswagen brand has the right answers to the challenges of our time."
The new Passat is scheduled to make its Australian debut later this year.
For more coverage of the new Passat, including our ‘first drive’ review, see our links below.