New Volkswagen Passat 1.8 will Begin local(Malaysia) Assembly In November 2011

New Volkswagen Passat 1.8

The Volkswagen and DRB-Hicom joint venture, estimated to be worth RM 1 billion, will begin the local assembly of the Passat sedan 1.8-litre variant at DRB-Hicom’s Pekan plant in November 2011, according to Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, the International Trade and Industry Minister, who spoke to the press at the DRB-Hicom Automotive Complex in Pekan, Pahang, on wednesday.

“This is the result of a collaboration between DRB-Hicom and Volkswagen sealed in December last year”, Mustapa said. “There are now 20 personnel from Volkswagen’s headquarters here to discuss and finalise the production operations expected to take place this November”.

The confirmation of the date and sedan variant follows the collaboration and license agreement signed by the two parties in December 2010 and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in August before that. The engine in question should be the 160-hp 1.8-litre TSI engine, one of ten engines that the all-new Passat will be using worldwide.