In August, Volkswagen Korea sold 854 units of the Passat 2.0 TDI, putting it ahead of second-placed Audi A6 2.0 TDI (795 units).
The Korean-market Passat is a different model from the European-market Passat that we are used to seeing.
The all-new eighth generation European-market Passat is expected to be launched in Malaysia before the year ends (below).
As explained in an earlier post, Korea has signed a Korea-USA Free Trade Agreement, and the Korean government is encouraging manufacturers to import US-made models into Korea to reduce trade imbalance (Korea exports far more cars into the US than the other way around).
The Korean-market Passat is produced in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Korean Passat 2.0 TDI comes is powered by a 140 PS, 320 Nm diesel engine that is paired to a 6-speed DSG transmission. A 1.8-litre TSI petrol paired to a 6-speed torque converter automatic (Tiptronic) transmission is also available.
The best-selling foreign brand in August is Mercedes-Benz (3,662 units), ahead of BMW (3,642 units) and Volkswagen (3,145 units) and Audi (2,796 units).
Cumulative sales of imported cars during the January-August period reached 158,739 units, a 23.2 percent rise from the same period last year.