When Volkswagen introduced its newly-redesigned B3-generation Passat sedan into the US market in , the automaker wasn't the all-encompassing powerhouse it is here today. The brand was still more of a niche choice for those looking for a new car, and in the case of the Passat, it faced stiff competition. Well, it didn't have a grille, for one thing. The styling choice was a callback to older rear-engine cars of the s and s, though this car was, like most modern VWs, front-engined and front-wheel drive. The Passat also had a sport button to adjust the shift points of its automatic transmission, and even had adjustable rear seats.