How does Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) work in Volkswagen vehicles?

By iworks | Posted in Financing, New Cars, used cars, VW World on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 7:07 PM
With their powerful engines and precise steering, Volkswagen vehicles deliver an exhilarating driving experience. The driving dynamics of select VW models are also aided by the Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) system, which provides excellent handling and superb ride comfort. View here to learn how the DCC system works. www.vwtracy.com

Happy Labor Day Weekend from Tracy Volkswagen

By iworks | Posted in Financing, New Cars, used cars, VW World on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 7:05 PM
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Are you looking for something fun and interesting to do for 2019 Labor Day Weekend? Come to www.vwtracy.com to save thousands of dollars on new and used cars.

What is the Volkswagen Treffen Highway 1 Cruise?

By iworks | Posted in VW World on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at 6:59 PM
Volkswagen vehicles driving on the Pacific coast for the 2019 Treffen Highway 1 Cruise
With its decades of rich automotive history and its lineup of iconic cars, Volkswagen attracts many passionate automotive enthusiasts around the world. A good example of this is the annual Treffen Highway 1 Cruise, in which VW owners journey from the Canadian to the Mexican border, enjoy the scenic Pacific coast, and meet with other VW enthusiasts.  www.vwtracy.com

5 Financing Tips for Buying with Bad Credit at Tracy Volkswagen

By iworks | Posted in Financing, New Cars, used cars, VW World on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 at 6:35 PM
No Credit? Written with a hand and sharpie

Bad Credit Financing Tips for Buyers Near Tracy California

Purchasing a vehicle with bad credit can be a trying ordeal. It’s hard to get decent interest rates or a good payment plan going when banks don’t seem willing to work with you, and that’s why we at Volkswagen of Tracy have put together a small list of tips to help! We understand how difficult it is to get a vehicle at the best of times, and so want to make it easier at the worst. Continue reading below to learn more!

1. Check the Current Average Interest Rate

Generally, you should expect to have a higher than the average interest rate when you’re looking for loans with a bad credit score. That’s just how it is, unfortunately. We recommend that you check the average rate for all loans, good or bad, before buying anything. A bit higher than average is expected, but rates that are double or more than the average should be immediately questioned.

2. Make a Larger Down Payment

A larger down payment can solve many of the problems that you might face, as well as cover interest, taxes, fees, and more! You’ll also be able to widen the selection of vehicles you can choose from when you make a large down payment, so doing so is a great idea!

3. Figure out What you can Afford

You can’t overestimate what you can afford, even to get a better car. You need to consider how much money you’ll have left over after paying your bills and even then, leave a bit left over. The common consensus is that your car payments should never break 20 percent of your take-home income, and less is always better. You never know when an emergency might come up!

Credit report and loan application that reads rejected

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4. Skip the Extra Details

Don’t take any of the premium features you might have otherwise wanted. You’ll save money if you skip on getting leather seats, a sunroof, premium sound systems, and more. You need a vehicle to get from point A to point B and do it reliably and without going over what you can afford.

5. Read all the Paperwork

Another recommendation we have is that you read all the paperwork you’re offered. While you can trust the agents at Volkswagen of Tracy to always act in your best interest, there are some unsavory characters out there. Always make sure to read all documents carefully, no matter their sources, and to sign the papers only once you see that the terms are exactly what the dealership agreed to. Never drive away without signing either, always make sure you see the papers, read them, and then sign them.

These are just five of many tips that you can employ to make sure you get the best deal possible when purchasing a vehicle with bad credit! To learn more about what you can do, or to talk to our finance department, contact us today!

What Trim Levels are Available on the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas?

By iworks | Posted in New Cars, VW World on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 at 6:30 PM
2019 Volkswagen Atlas exterior rear shot at sunrise parked at a beach cliff as a family heads towards the water

Trim Comparisons of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

The new 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a vehicle that offers a size that fits all, giving big families all the space and power that they’ll need while on and off the road! It offers amazing features across its many great trims, giving you a ton of options for you to enjoy! Continue reading to learn more about this excellent model and its trims and just what it can offer!

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Trim Levels and Features

Trims: S Trim V6 S Trim SE Trim SE w/Technology R-Line Trim SEL Trim SEL R-Line Trim SEL Premium w/4MOTION® Trim
Starting MSRP: $30,895 $34,095 $35,495 $39,425 $41,395 $43,345 $48,395
Engine: 2.0-liter Engine 3.6-liter V6 Engine 3.6-liter V6 Engine 3.6-liter V6 Engine 3.6-liter V6 Engine 3.6-liter V6 Engine 3.6-liter V6 Engine
Horsepower: 235 Horsepower 276 Horsepower 276 Horsepower 276 Horsepower 276 Horsepower 276 Horsepower 276 Horsepower
Additional Features: Blind Spot Monitor & Front Assist All features of the S trim as well as 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive and more. All features of V6 S trim as well as Climatronic® 3-Zone Climate control and more. All features of the SE trim as well as Remote Start, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and more. All features of the previous trims as well as a Panoramic Sunroof, Park Distance Control, and more. All features of previous trims as well as Leatherette Seating Surfaces, Heated Front Seats, and more. All features of previous trims as well as an Overhead View Camera (Area View), VW Digital Cockpit, and more!

2019 Volkswagen Atlas dash and wheel

2019 Volkswagen Atlas seats side view

Test Drive the Volkswagen Atlas in Tracy Volkswagen

The new 2019 Volkswagen Atlas has a ton of excellent trims and features as you can see from the table above. Each of its available trims offers great performance, excellent technology features, and a ton of comfort and security! Prices range, as seen, but you’re guaranteed to get a ton for your buck!

To learn more about the new 2019 Volkswagen Atlas and what it offers, or to take it for a test drive, contact our dealership today!

Trim Levels of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf

By iworks | Posted in New Cars on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 at 6:28 PM
2019 Volkswagen Golf parked outside

2019 Volkswagen Golf Trim Comparison

If you’re looking for a vehicle that offers a ton of amazing features and technologies, taking your drive to the next level and beyond, look no further than the 2019 Volkswagen Golf! This excellent vehicle offers a ton of amazing systems across its two trims! What are these trims and what do they offer you? That’s what we’ll be showcasing today!

Continue reading to learn more about what these two trims offer you in terms of their many excellent technologies and features!

Trims: Golf S Golf SE
Standard Wheel Types: 15-inch Alloy Wheels 16-inch Split-V Alloy Wheels
Standard Seating Materials Cloth Seating Surfaces V-Tex Leatherette Seating Surfaces
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) $21,845 $24,145
Interior Touchscreen Composition Color Touchscreen Sound System with 6.5” Color Display and AM/FM Radio Composition Media Touchscreen Sound System with 8-inch Display, AM/FM/HD Radio, MP3/WMA-Compatible CD Player

Test Drive the Volkswagen Golf in Kingston NY

As you can see from the table above, the new 2019 Volkswagen Golf has two excellent trims for you to pick from. The two offer excellent seating materials, a rather low starting MSRP, and a great touchscreen system with a ton of benefits for you to enjoy. There are differences between them, as to be expected. The Volkswagen Golf SE offers upgrades over the Golf S trim in just about every way. It offers a slightly larger wheel type as well as an upgraded and improved seating material and touchscreen compared to the Golf S trim.

2019 Volkswagen Golf seat view

2019 Volkswagen Golf sunroof

The Volkswagen Golf overall has many excellent features that appear on both its trims. One of which is the excellent available SiriusXM® All Access system, a system that offers music, sports, talk shows, and other excellent entertainment. This system comes in a variety of forms across the trims of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf, but you’re guaranteed to enjoy it any way you get it.

To learn more about the amazing Volkswagen Golf and what it offers you, or to take it for a test drive yourself, contact our dealership today!

Volkswagen Hires a Marketing Chief to Watch

By iworks | Posted in New Cars on Friday, August 23rd, 2019 at 9:52 PM

One hopes, anyway. While marketing won’t save you from a roadside breakdown (it might, in a roundabout way, get you into that situation), it nonetheless exists on the periphery of the automotive realm, subtly impacting sales. If a campaign is successful, the impact might be more than subtle. If it’s bad, the automaker is suddenly open to jokes and criticism.

Then the PR types in the comms department go to work.

One company that’s seen plenty of action in both departments in the recent past is Volkswagen. If you’re unfamiliar with this obscure German brand, you may remember it as the company selling “clean diesel” cars with fantastic fuel economy a number of years back. With that scandal now fading in the rear-view, the effort to rebrand the company as a receptive steward of the earth is well underway. And the man who’ll lead that charge in America is Saad Chehab, former communications dude for Kia Motors America.

Chehab, 52, who left Kia in June, has appeared at VW of America as the brand’s senior vice-president of marketing. Before his stint at Kia, Chebab held the position of president and CEO of the Chrysler brand.

It was during his time at Chrysler that Chehad, prodded by former Fiat Chrysler boss Sergio Marchionne, came up with the idea to tie rapper Eminem (then a recording artist and not a virtual recluse) with the sort-of new Chrysler 200, all set against a prideful Detroit backdrop. You recall the “Imported from Detroit” Super Bowl commercial, right?

Saad’s your guy.

Now, the exec will attempt to distance VW from its recent role as massive lawbreaker and polluter extraordinaire while affixing a green halo over the brand. Or will he? While it would make sense to craft a whole new image for the automaker (something which will likely occur) given that there’s a crop of electric vehicles inbound, a recent commercial from the brand laid bare the company’s wrongdoings. So unexpected was the ad, we wrote about it here. It was brave and manipulative at the same time.

With Chehab hanging his name outside the office door on August 19th, we await to see what marketing coup the new arrival crafts for the brand. As for VW itself, the automaker fueled its U.S. comeback with a brace of crossovers (one new, the other larger and improved) and a beefier yet still cheap Jetta.

As other automakers shed sales in the big volume chill, VW is reclaiming lost ground. Through the end of July, the brand recorded a 6.1 percent sales gain in the United States, with the Jetta posting a 43 percent YTD gain. The midsize Atlas posted a 31 percent hike, with the Tiguan not far behind it at 25 percent.

 

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Waterfest 25th Anniversary Show Recap by Unitronic

By iworks | Posted in VW World on Friday, August 23rd, 2019 at 9:50 PM

Waterfest 25, July 20-21, 2019. ATCO, New Jersey. Waterfest has never been ”just a car show”. This year’s edition was no different. We’ve been served some of the hottest temperatures in the history of the show for three consecutive days! Despite the conditions, people showed up to enjoy the multiple scheduled events and incredible builds.

Proud sponsor of the Drag Racing Events, Unitronic employees and partners participated to test some of our upcoming Performance Software. It was hard to perform considering the extreme heat and humidity but everybody had fun and we managed several passes under 10 seconds using different upcoming Performance Software and Hardware for the 2.5TFSI® (EVO) platform.

You might have seen them in the past weeks but there was still A LOT of interest around our new Performance Hardwaresuch as the upcoming Carbon Fiber Intake and Downpipe for B9 A4®/A5®/Allroad®/S4®/S5®, as well as Unitronic’s full suite of performance parts for the 2.5TFSI® engines found in the Audi 8S TT RS® and 8V RS 3®.

Waterfest‘s father, Dan Bohrmann, organized an epic car giveaway with more than a dozen companies involved! We were happy to participate by supplying the giveaway car, a 2009 MK5 GTI, a Unitronic Downpipe for 2.0 TSI GEN1 and a DV Relocation Kit for 2.0 TSI GEN1. That is one lucky winner!

Another highlight of the event was the showcase of the Unitronic No. 17 Audi RS 3 LMS TCR and the visit of one of the professional race car drivers of the No. 17, Mikey Taylor who made sure to answer all questions about the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and also, what it’s like with a career in professional motorsports. There was lots to be said when you are coming back from one of the most epic wins in the history of the series!

Special shoutout to our friends at Motorized Coffee for helping us make it through the weekend alive with their fresh cold brew iced coffee and also to our partners from Island Sport Works for helping answers the tons of questions about our Performance Upgrades.

Finally, we want to thank everyone who attended the event and stopped by the booth to upgrade their cars or simply to say hi! We welcome all our new clients in the #TeamUnitronic family. See you all next year!

A Stake in Tesla? Forget It, Says Volkswagen Boss

By iworks | Posted in New Cars, VW World on Friday, August 23rd, 2019 at 9:48 PM

Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess shot down rumors of a potential investment in electric car maker Tesla on Thursday, shortly after a German magazine claimed the VW boss was hot for the idea.

Manager Magazin, whose English translation is unknown, reported that the American automaker’s battery and software prowess had Diess thinking of a share buy, with an unnamed VW manager claiming the CEO “would go in right away if he could.”

Fake news, says Diess.

In a message sent to Reuters, Diess stated, “The speculation about buying a stake in Tesla made by Manager Magazine is without merit.”

The earlier report stated that VW was eager to forge an alliance with Tesla, adding that a number of obstacles stood in the way of such a pact, including the expected hesitancy of the automaker’s controlling Piech and Porsche families to fund such a venture. Stating that Diess saw a stock buy as a quick way to access Tesla’s tech braintrust, the report claimed the CEO viewed the idea of purchasing the entire American company — for the sum of $30 billion — as a nonstarter.

VW’s first purpose-built electric vehicle, the ID3, rolls out of Germany later this year, followed soon after by a bevy of electric models. In June, the automaker poured cold water on rumors that VW’s battery suppliers planned to sever ties with the company after VW invested $1 billion in a Swedish-owned battery plant in Germany.  VW’s battery partners for the rollout of ID-badged vehicles include LG Chem, Samsung, and SK Innovation for the European market and Contemporary Amperex Technology for Chinese products.

As reported by Automotive News Europe at the time, Thomas Ulbrich, VW brand management board member in charge of electric mobility, said the automaker had secured the necessary contracts for its battery supply until 2023.

“They probably hoped to maintain an oligopoly for a very long time,” Ulbirch said of the suppliers, not denying the initial report. “We have the contracts so no one is going to stand there and tell us ‘we are not going to supply you any more, help yourselves if you want to build them anyway,’ — that’s not possible.”

Future supply carries a question mark, however. Ulbrich added that “You will likely see us permanently in negotiations for cells for the next three to five years.”

In April, reports emerged that Panasonic had frozen plans for further investment in Tesla’s battery-producing Gigafactory in Nevada. The anticipated cash from Tesla’s exclusive supplier would have allowed the factory to boost production by 50 percent.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Entertainment technology

By iworks | Posted in New Cars on Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 at 9:13 PM
white 2019 Volkswagen Jetta by brick wall

2019 Volkswagen Jetta entertainment technology and audio features

Road trips have come to a new era. No longer are you confined to hours of the alphabet game or the silence game; now, modern vehicles offer more entertainment options than ever before. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a wonderful example. Below, you can read about the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta entertainment technology and audio features such as the color touchscreen display systems.


Does the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta have Apple CarPlay?

Yes, the 2019 Volkswagen does have Apple Carplay, and for Android users out there, it also has Android Auto ™. By using App-Connect, all you have to do is plug in your compatible device and use the touchscreen display to select your music. In this way, you can easily access Apple Music or other music apps on your phone and play them through your vehicle’s speakers. Furthermore, App-Connect allows you to make phone calls through your vehicle and makes it simple to pull up maps and directions.


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2019 Volkswagen Jetta display screens

A modern car isn’t complete without a color display. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has a Composition Media touchscreen sound system with an eight-inch color display, proximity sensor, MP3/WMA-compatible CD player, AM/FM/HD radio, and voice control. As if that wasn’t quite impressive enough, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta also has a Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with an eight-inch color display, proximity sensor, AM/FM/HD radio, and voice control.


front console of vw jetta at night


How many USB ports does the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta have?

USB ports are an important part of any vehicle entertainment system. They allow you to get connected, and they keep your devices fully charged. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta does not disappoint here either. It has two total, one front USB data port, and one front USB charging port.