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1978 Volkswagen Dasher

1978 Volkswagen Dasher
The Dasher marked a number of firsts for Volkswagen in America: first water-cooled VW, first front-wheel-drive model, and first vehicle designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, who also styled the Golf at his ItalDesign company in Turin, Italy. The Dasher went on sale with one engine choice, a 74-horsepower 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder. In 1976, the engine was replaced by a Bosch fuel-injected 1.6-liter four making 78 hp. In 1979, a 48-horsepower 1.5-liter diesel engine became available. Two major differences separated the early Dasher from Passat models sold in other markets: round, rather than square, headlights, and big, federally-mandated bumpers.In 1978 the Dasher received quad round headlamps in place fo the former single round units. The trim was upgraded, the front grille revised, and large amber safety lights were placed at the front fender tips. The 97 CID engine developed nearly 80 horsepower at 5500 RPM and 84 lbs-ft of torque. Transmission options included either a four-speed manual or three-speed automatic. Pricing in the Ú.S. began at nearly $6,000.

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Volkswagen Monthly Sales Volume

December 2019
27,877
November 2019
29,218
October 2019
28,072
September 2019
26,947
August 2019
35,412
July 2019
31,188
June 2019
31,725
May 2019
35,702
April 2019
31,309
March 2019
37,092
February 2019
25,706
January 2019
23,074
Additional Sales Volume Data


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Price Comparison

1978 Dasher
$6,375-$109,800
1978 Volkswagen Dasher Price Range: $5,975 - $6,375

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Volkswagen
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)77,009
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)974,140
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)981,471
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)1,064,534
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)129,779
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)1,177,106
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)1,123,575
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)1,061,940
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)268,751
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)955,355
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)1,128,784

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