November 9, 2007 saw the 15 millionth Passat roll off the assembly line at Volkswagen's Emden plant.
"Fifteen million Passats in 34 years is a fantastic achievement that everybody at the Emden plant can take pride in, along with all the other members of the Passat family at plants around the world," Prof Dr Jochem Heizmann said.
Plant manager Pavel Vacek added: "This figure has a special significance for our plant. Of the 15 million Passats produced, 5.9 million were made in Emden. This indicates the tremendous importance of the model as a symbol for our plant and our region."
Works Council Chairman Peter Jacobs commented: "13 plants around the globe have been involved in the Passat's success story since 1973 and the model has provided work, security and income for people throughout the world. The Passat has become a flagship for the Volkswagen brand and at Emden we are proud of the Passat and to share this success with our colleagues around the world.
The popularity of the Passat is underlined by the accolades received from journalists and customers over the past few months. In particular, the Passat BlueMotion was awarded the coveted "Auto Environment Certificate" by the KO-TREND institute; the Passat is therefore one of the most environmentally compatible automobiles of 2007.
The 15 millionth Passat was donated to the DKMS (German Bone Marrow Donor Center) by Prof Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of VW Aktiengesellschaft, Pavel Vacek, plant manager at Emden and Peter Jacobs, Chairman of the Works Council of Emden plant. It was accepted by Sybille Beckenbauer from the DKMS.
The anniversary vehicle is a Passat Variant BlueMotion 1.9 TDI in Arctic blue silver metallic with 105hp. "By providing the DKMS with even more mobility, flexibility and safety, it will help us deal with the large number of tissue-typing campaigns organized by the Center for leukemia sufferers throughout Germany. Potential stem cell donors are included in the world's largest donor database," explained the DKMS representative.