B1 was produced between 1973 and 1981 as two and four-door fastback sedans styled by an Italian designer. Estate is introduced in 1974 as a five-door. It was one of the most stylish cars for its time, being announced as a Car of the Year in 1974 and was named B1. It was with four-cylinder OHC at first with 1.3l 54hp and 1.5 liters petrol engines with either 74 or 84hp. As an option was with either four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission with front suspension and a coil spring. In 1978 was launched Passat Diesel with 1.5l Diesel. In 1977 all were created with a facelift, revised styling, and central mounted heating. In North America, it was famous as the Volkswagen Dasher. It was with carburetted 1.5lites inline-four with 75hp, later on, upgraded to 1.6l with 78 hp, fuel injected.
In Brazil, it has been produced longer until 1988 with 1.5 liters gasoline engine. About 680 000 are created only in Brazil. In 1976 the engine arose to 1.6liters. It was available as two and four-door sedan, and a thee doors hatchback introduced later. Five-speed gearbox and 1.8-liter engine are then developed. Around 170 000 Passat LSE between 1983 and 1988 for Iraq was made. It was built with the weaker MD270 1.6 liter engine and four-speed manual transmission. It was a big success and was viewed as more modern than the others in the lineup.
In South Africa, it was sold with two doors saloon bodywork as LS Coupe with 1.3 and 1.6-liter engine. It was also available with four-door saloon bodywork. In 1977 Passat LX was launched as a five-door hatchback with an improved ventilation system and new hubcaps. In 1978 was placed a version with a facelift, upgraded suspension, and reduced noise.
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