Things You Didn’t Know About the All-New Arteon

By iworks | Posted in New Cars on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 7:42 PM

The camera flashes popped and the crowd “oohed” and “aahed” when Volkswagen unveiled the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon at the Chicago Auto Show. Two fastback sedans, in metallic red and yellow, rotated on the stage, and although the iconic VW logo adorned both trunks and hoods, the cars were unlike any Volkswagen vehicles attendees had ever seen.

That was by design.

With the Arteon, Volkswagen set out to establish a new design direction for the future, providing a glimpse of the next generation of Volkswagen vehicles.

Here’s your crash course on the new Volkswagen flagship sedan.

The Arteon name is taken from the Latin word for art (artem) and alludes to the emphasis VW placed on its design. The VW team set out to “open a new chapter” in the evolution of four-door coupes with features such as chrome strips on the frameless side windows and a wraparound grille.

The nearly 112-inch wheelbase helps provide drivers and passengers with far more space than most fastback-style vehicles. While most fastback cars can feel cramped in the backseat, especially for taller passengers, the Arteon has space for rear-seat passengers to lean back, cross their legs, and relax.

 


 

Three-and-a-half years passed between initial discussions about the Arteon and final production. It is scheduled to arrive in America this spring.

 

 


In creating the low, coupe-like silhouette of the Arteon, the Volkswagen design team drew inspiration from nature. In particular, designers looked to imitate the streamlined and athletic profile of predators, including sharks.

Volkswagen introduced a unique lighting architecture with the Arteon: The grille and headlights weave together into a seamless unit, a feature that wowed the engineering team when designers first presented it.

 


 

The 27-cubic-foot trunk provides cargo space that exceeds that of most sedans, making the Arteon practical in a way that many similar types of vehicles are not. For example, folding down the rear seat provides a total of 55 cubic feet of cargo space.

 


The standard DCC adaptive chassis control feature of the Arteon allows drivers to configure the vehicle’s running gear for “normal,” “comfort,” or “sport” driving. The comfort mode helps even out bumpy rides, while the sport mode helps stiffen damping to create a more direct connection between the driver and the road.

The Arteon offers a host of Driver Assistance features, including standard Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking. Available features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Light Assist, Park Assist, and Park Distance Control.1

 


 

Ready for the all-new four-door coupe? Now you can make it your own with the R-Line® package. It’s new from VW and gives you a sportier interior and some enviable, dynamic exterior treatments. It will be available when the Arteon goes on sale this spring.

How To Speak Smartly About Beautiful Cars, Like The Volkswagen Arteon

By iworks | Posted in New Cars on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 7:40 PM

Even as it hits the United States, the Volkswagen Arteon already has won awards for its unique style. A blend of four-door sedan, hatchback and sport-car cues, the Arteon looks like no other vehicle on the road, and its role as the flagship of Volkswagen in America suggests where the brand’s future designs will evolve.

There may be no more challenging job in the automotive world than designing a vehicle. It’s not just taking a blueprint of a chassis from engineers and making it look pretty. It requires blending art, customer tastes and societal cues – and anticipating how the final result will resonate years into the future. Bold yet timeless design has been one of Volkswagen’s strengths for decades and, as the Arteon shows, will remain one for years to come.

Yet even car experts struggle sometimes to say what exactly it is that makes one car attractive and another … not so much. Here’s a short glossary of automotive design terms that can help you pinpoint what’s turns your head on the road:

A-Line: If you traced a vehicle’s silhouette from front to rear, you’d have the A-line, or main profile. This line often defines the entire character of a car, and a few millimeters here and there can mean the difference between sleek or dull.

Beltline: The horizontal line that divides the sheetmetal from the glass in a vehicle. Just as a higher or lower beltline on a human body drastically alters a person’s look, the height of a vehicle’s beltline can make it look sporty and menacing or welcoming and airy. In the Arteon, the beltline is balanced for a classical feel.

20-inch wheels shown limited and later availability.

Character Line: The creases running horizontally along the side of the vehicle that give it a visual definition. “We have a line,” says Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen Head of Design, “that runs through the entire car and brings the volume of the Arteon even closer to the ground. This line starts in the radiator grille at the front and runs cleanly over the side profile and into the tail lights.” At the rear, it develops into a sharp undercut, which visually reduces the height of the Arteon and carries the strong shoulder section upwards.

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C-Pillar: Car designers have a lettering system for the pillars that contain the passenger compartment when viewed from the side; the A-pillar frames the front, the B-pillar is where the door edges meet, and the C-pillar frames the rear side windows. Over time the C-pillars and the angle formed where the sheetmetal and glass meet have become brand touchstones for several automakers and key models — few more so than the Volkswagen Golf. In the Arteon, the C-pillar follows the long arch of the rear hatch, ending in a discreet angle with a premium touch of glass and chrome.

Down the Road Graphics: If you’ve ever tried to identify a car at night simply from the shape of its headlights, you’ve memorized what designers call “down the road graphics.” With the arrival of LED daytime running lights, there are more ways than ever to distinguish vehicles through light. The Arteon makes the most of this with its dramatic light signature of the daytime running light that angles into the grille, framing the LED headlights.

Fastback: The car body term dates back to before World War II, when automakers first began optimizing aerodynamics. Long roofs that slope down to a car’s trunk provide several aerodynamic benefits, and eventually such profiles were called fastbacks. The fastback shape of the Arteon gives it a dynamic and elegant look among midsize sedans.

Flitzer: The German term for the side badge on Volkswagens where the front door line meets the fender.

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Greenhouse / Day Light Opening (DLO): The shape and total area of the glass around a passenger compartment in a vehicle. Owners generally favor open, airy greenhouses, but too much glass can make for awkward exterior design. Sports cars often have the smallest DLOs that emphasize performance at the expense of visibility. The best designs offer a balance between extremes, while panoramic sunroofs such as the one in the Arteon, add a further dimension.

20-inch wheels shown limited and later availability.

Joint Line: Any place on a vehicle where two body panels meet. Joint lines are rarely the centerpiece of a vehicle’s design, but they can add or detract greatly from the overall impression. The joint line where the hood of the Arteon meets the front wheelarch shows how graceful such seams can be.

Overhang: As seen from the side, the part of the car that extends ahead and behind of the wheelarches. Classic American cars commonly had a foot or two of sheetmetal and frame sticking out in front and back. In the modern era, smaller overhangs have become the more preferred style (and provide more assured handling, as more of the vehicle’s weight lies within the wheelbase.)

Power Dome: A term for a hood bulge that gives the impression of power underneath. Once quite common, the industry has been moving toward flatter hoods (or even slightly hoods for electric vehicles.) In the Arteon, there’s only a hint of a power domeinstead, the “clamshell” hood creates its unusual look by stretching the entire width of the car, folding down at the edges to the wheelarch.

Rake: The angle of the windshield as seen from the side of the car. The Volkswagen Beetle was a good example of a vehicle with almost no windshield rake. Modern vehicles have more rake for lower wind noise and better aerodynamics, although glare can be an issue at too great an angle.

Shoulder: The side curve of a vehicle body, typically above the wheels. Many vehicles lack shoulders entirely, as the roof and sides meet in one continuous line. On the Arteon, its shoulders create one of its most distinctive features around the rear fender and hatch.

Track: The width between the wheels. Narrower cars have better aerodynamics, but wider vehicles look more premium. Much of the design of the Arteon emphasizes its width, from the flowing horizontal brightwork in the grille to the taillights and seamless, one-piece hatch.

Tumblehome: A nautical term that describes the inward angle of the greenhouse. Pickups, vans and many SUVs have zero to little tumblehome to optimize interior space (and because looking “blocky” can be a virtue.) Just the right amount of tumblehome can be the difference between an attractive design and a competent, but boring, one.

Wedge: The horizontal angle at which a car sits when viewed from the side. Minivans have zero wedge; drag racers have extreme wedge. The Arteon adds to its overall sport-inspired design with a slight wedge body that rises along its entire length.

Wheelarch Gap: The space between the wheel and the body. It’s a particular obsession for many auto fans, with a whole enthusiast community devoted to “slammed” cars that have no gap at all. Trucks and off-road SUVs require more gap, but even in those types of vehicles designers work to ensure the body still provides an aesthetically pleasing space. With the R-Line’s optional 20-inch wheels1, the stance of the Arteon carries only a modest gap.

 

Volkswagen Remixes: Seven custom vehicle builds for 2019

By iworks | Posted in New Cars on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 7:37 PM

Just as the summer starts with a dance remix hit or two, Volkswagen annually takes some of its most popular models and builds special remixed versions to inspire enthusiasts across this country. The 2019 edition of the Volkswagen enthusiast fleet ranges from off-road1 haulers to ‘90s-themed throwbacks—all built with the sense of fun that’s an essential part of Volkswagen.

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Created at the Volkswagen Technical Service Center in Auburn Hills, Mich., this Golf Alltrack Combi brings a global look to the Golf Alltrack wagon. Starting with a 2019 Golf Alltrack SEL, the Combi includes the front bumper from the European Golf GTE, a Golf GTD short shifter, and rear spoiler from the Golf GTI Rabbit Edition. The look is completed with a set of H&R® VTF adjustable lowering springs, custom 90’s-themed graphics, tinted windows, Volkswagen Accessories base carrier bars with an integrated LED light bar, and a Thule® Motion XT L cargo box.

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A homage to the iconic Rabbit logo, this 2019 GTI Rabbit Edition is covered in a wrap decorated with Rabbit logos, plus a few hidden surprises, arranged in a confetti-like pattern. This concept is fitted with 19-inch Rotiform RSE wheels, complete with customized Rotiform Aerodisk wheel covers; H&R® VTF adjustable lowering springs; tinted windows, and Volkswagen Accessories base carrier bars with a Thule® Canyon XT Cargo Basket.

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The white-water kayak on the roof advertises the real goal of the Tiguan Adventure Concept. Starting with a 2019 Tiguan SEL Premium 4Motion, this overland concept built in collaboration with H&R® Springs features a topographic-themed wrap, H&R® Adventure Raising Springs, and 18-inch Rotiform WGR wheels fitted with all-terrain tires. The car also features a plethora of adventure-ready Volkswagen Accessories: MuddyBuddy® protection mats, Bumperdillo® protection plate, rear spoiler, aluminum side steps, base carrier bars, and a Thule® Hull-a-Port kayak carrier.

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Volkswagen has collaborated with Fifteen52 in the creation of the Super Touring Concept, using a 2019 Jetta GLI Autobahn for the reveal of brand-new Fifteen52 wheels.  Additional equipment includes K&W Variant 3 DDC coil overs, sport spoiler, brake kit, extended exhaust, and tinted windows.

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The SEMA Concept builds on a collaboration started in 2018 with Vossen Wheels for the SEMA show. With a 2019 Arteon SEL R-Line as a base, the SEMA Concept features Xpel satin finish paint protector for the Pure White exterior, islowered nearly three inches by H&R® Ultra Low coil overs, and rides on a set of 21-inch Vossen Forged M-X4T wheels. For 2019, the concept was updated with a 380mm front big brake kit by Forge Motorsport, as well as a custom valence kit and aluminum floor mats by Luft Technik.

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Many of the 40 colors available in the Golf R Spektrum program this year were bits of visual history from previous Volkswagen models. The Spektrum Concept plays up that history further, building off a 2019 Golf R w/ DCC & Navigation, dressed in Spektrum color Ginster Yellow, a 90s-era color option on GTI. The concept adds H&R® VTF adjustable lowering springs, 20-inch Vossen Hybrid Forged HF-1 wheels, tinted windows, and [black OR yellow] lower rocker panel accents.

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The Basecamp Concept unveiled at the New York International Auto Show was the brainchild of Alex Earle, Exterior Design Manager at the Volkswagen Design Center California and avid off-road cyclist. Built from a Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium, the Basecamp Concept comes painted Platinum Gray and Black Uni with a matte finish and orange accents. Wearing 265/70R17 all-terrain tires on fifteen52 Traverse MX Concept wheels, the Basecamp also includes a custom body kit by Air Design, an H&R® lift kit with coil over springs that raise the ride height approximately 1.5 inches, a Front Runner® Slimline II roof rack system with bike holders and off-road LED light bars on the front and rear.

You’ll be able to see the Volkswagen Enthusiast Fleet at the following events in 2019:

  • SOWO: The European Experience | Savannah, GA | May 18-19• ARX Round #2-3 | Madison, IL | July 13-14
  • Waterfest | Atco, NJ | July 21-22
  • Wolfsgart | Essex Junction, VT | Aug. 4-5
  • VAG Fair | York, PA | Aug. 4-5
  • SoCal Big Euro | San Diego, CA | Sept. 1
  • Pacific Waterland | Woodburn, OR | Sept. 9
  • ARX Round #5 | Austin, TX | Sep. 28

“A Defining Moment” — CEO Scott Keogh Talks About the Future of VW in America

May 17, 2019

*Photo Courtesy of St. Louis Car Museum & Sales

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior Design

By iworks | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 8:09 PM
2019 atlas on a road by a lake

Come view the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas exterior design at Tracy Volkswagen, the dealership serving the Central Valley area

The Volkswagen Atlas lineup has always been a fashionable family of vehicles. If you haven’t seen the 2019 model yet, you are missing out, but we can give you the details here. Keep reading to learn about the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas exterior design.


2019 Volkswagen Atlas panoramic sunroof

Connecting the cabin to the exterior is a large panoramic sunroof. This design feature gives you an outdoorsy atmosphere, with the sky always above your head, whether you are the driver or a rear passenger. Plus, you can open it up to feel the wind in your hair.


2019 Volkswagen Atlas wheel options

The available 20-inch triple 5-spoke alloy wheels finish off the bold design of the Atlas flawlessly. Their large size catches the eye and their unique design will keep you looking. The standard wheel option for the base trim is 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels.


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2019 Volkswagen Atlas R-Line exterior design

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas R-Line is a special trim level that changes many of the design features, including exterior design features. It has its own distinctive look, but still keeps the best characteristics of the Atlas. The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas R-Line comes with 20-inch wheels and exterior badging on the front grille, front and rear bumpers, and side skirts. Ask our sales team about the availability of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas R-Line here at Tracy Volkswagen.


 Stop in for a test drive of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

Our dealership is conveniently located in Tracy, CA. Please stop in to see the exterior design of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas for yourself and take a test drive.


$349*/month for 39 month lease.

$3,499 due at signing. Excludes tax, title, license, options and dealer fees. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
Lease a 2019 Atlas V6 SE with automatic transmission for $349* a month. 39-month lease, $3,499 due at signing. Excludes tax, title, license, options and dealer fees. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
Offer ends July 1st 2019
*Closed end lease financing available through July 1, 2019 for a new, unused 2019 Atlas V6 SE with automatic transmission, on approved credit to highly qualified customers by Volkswagen Credit through participating dealers in CA. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $35,495 and destination charges less a suggested dealer contribution resulting in a capitalized cost of $31,139.50. Excludes tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. Amount due at signing includes first month’s payment, capitalized cost reduction of $2,475, and acquisition fee of $675. Monthly payments total $13,611. Your payment will vary based on final negotiated price. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $395, $0.20/mile over 32,500 miles and excessive wear and use. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. See your Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-Drive-VW.

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Can Volkswagen EV Batteries be Recycled?

By iworks | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 8:05 PM
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Eco-friendly Volkswagen EV Batteries to be recycled

If electric vehicles are supposed to be eco-friendly, then each component of them must be sustainable. Some people have pointed to the batteries of electric vehicles as an issue because they take a lot of energy to produce and cost a lot. However, Volkswagen plans to find a solution to this issue by increasing the number of batteries that are recycled. Keep reading to learn about how Volkswagen is working to create the most efficient system of electric vehicles.


Can Volkswagen EV batteries be recycled?

Yes, Volkswagen EV batteries can be recycled, although not completely. Currently, about half of the battery components are recycled and re-used, but that number should be on the rise. Volkswagen is opening a new plant to focus on the recycling of their EV batteries. With this plant, 72 percent of batteries should be recycled and reused. Eventually, Volkswagen wants to increase that number even further. It may ease your mind a little to know that 99 percent of lead-acid automotive batteries are being recycled, which means that half of nearly every battery on the market today will go back into production. Many of the recycled components become new batteries.


Learn More: Click here to learn about new Volkswagen electric vehicles


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Learn More: 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf driving range


How long will a lithium-ion Volkswagen battery last?

The batteries in an electric vehicle can usually last between 10 and 15 years, which is in line with how long the average person will own their vehicle. At some point, the battery might not be able to power a vehicle itself but might still have a huge energy capacity. To help make use of this capacity and keep batteries on the road longer, Volkswagen is designing a portable charger. This portable charger will be the same concept as a mobile charger for a smartphone, except that it will charge vehicles instead.


2.9% APR* for 60 months.

For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
2019 Golf models are available with financing as low as 2.9% APR* for 60 months. For highly qualified customers who finance through Volkswagen Credit.
Offer ends July 1st 2019
*2.9% APR, no down payment required. Available on new, unused 2019 Golf models financed by Volkswagen Credit through participating dealers only. Example: For 2.9% APR, monthly payment for every $1,000 you finance for 60 months is $17.92. Not all customers will qualify for credit approval or advertised APR. Offer ends July 1, 2019. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. See your local, participating Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-Drive-VW. ©2019 Volkswagen of America, Inc.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Awarded for Its Great Safety Rating

By iworks | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 8:03 PM
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Top Safety Pick Rated vehicles available near Tracy, CA 

Here at Tracy, the Volkswagen dealership serving the Central Valley area, we are happy to announce another award won for a Volkswagen vehicle. This time, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI was awarded for its great safety rating in May 2019. Keep reading below to learn about the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI and its Top Safety Pick Rating.  


The IIHS awards the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI a Top Safety Pick Rating 

The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) awards vehicles with a Top Safety Pick Rating after they have been extensively crash-tested and passed the tests with acceptable ratings. The vehicles must earn a good rating in five crash tests which are the driver-side small overlap front test and the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests. Then, the vehicles must receive either a good or acceptable rating on the passenger-side small overlap front test. Finally, they must get an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and earn good or acceptable for the headlight rating. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI passed all of these tests with flying colors because of its impeccable safety features. 


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What features make the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI a Top Safety Pick? 

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI has LED headlights on several trim levels, which earn an acceptable headlight rating. Other trim levels also have High Beam Control (Light Assist), which can adjust the headlights according to speed and traffic. Another vital feature for the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI to score a Top Safety Pick Rating is its Front Assist, which consists of Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring. Front Assist helped the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI earn a superior rating for the front crash prevention test.  


$319*/month for 39 month lease.

$2,999 due at signing. Excludes tax, title, license, options and dealer fees. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
Lease a 2019 Golf GTI S with automatic transmission for $319* a month. 39-month lease, $2,999 due at signing. Excludes tax, title, license, options and dealer fees. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
Offer ends July 1st 2019
*Closed end lease financing available through July 1, 2019 for a new, unused 2019 Golf GTI S with automatic transmission, on approved credit to highly qualified customers by Volkswagen Credit through participating dealers in AK; AZ; CA; HI; ID; MT; NV; OR; UT and WA. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $28,695 and destination charges less a suggested dealer contribution resulting in a capitalized cost of $26,252.58. Excludes tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. Amount due at signing includes first month’s payment, capitalized cost reduction of $2,005, and acquisition fee of $675. Monthly payments total $12,441. Your payment will vary based on final negotiated price. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $395, $0.20/mile over 32,500 miles and excessive wear and use. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. See your Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-Drive-VW.

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2019 Volkswagen Golf: Good Housekeeping’s Best New Car Award

By iworks | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 7:17 PM
A man and a woman walking near a blue 2019 Volkswagen Golf
The iconic Volkswagen Golf has achieved decades of success — and for the 2019 model-year, it continues to bolster its legacy with its stylish and versatile hatchback design, fun-to-drive nature, user-friendly multimedia technologies, a generous amount of cargo space, and high-level safety. Recently, Good Housekeeping gave the 2019 VW Golf the 2019 Best New Car Award in the Compact category.

2019 VW Golf Wins Best New Car Award

The Good Housekeeping Institute partnered with Car and Driver for the Best New Car Awards, creating a guide to the year’s best cars and rated vehicles on safety, value, handling, design, and technology. The ratings are based upon more than 5,000 miles of driving on city roads, highways, and test tracks. Contributing factors to the Best New Car Award for the 2019 VW Golf include standard driver assistance features, a generous amount of storage space, and roomy back seats.

“Based on our testing, we recommend this sturdy, reliable option for anyone — from a young family in the suburbs to a recent grad in the city.” – Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping Institute Director & Lead Consumer Tester

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Highlights of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf

The 2019 VW Golf, which has a starting price of $21,845 MSRP, is a superb choice for the compact hatchback segment. Its 1.4-liter TSI engine delivers quick acceleration, while its precise steering and responsive handling provide a dynamic driving experience. The ergonomically-designed seats provide a comfortable ride, while the maximum cargo capacity of 52.7 cu-ft enable you to load up many items for your trips. Also, the VW Golf offers many safety-enhancing driving assistance technologies, such as Blind Spot Monitor and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring.


$0 Down / $0 Security Deposit / $0 1st Month Payment / $0 Due at Signing

Example lease: $289/mo. for 39-mos. $0 Due at signing, excludes tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
Lease a 2019 Golf S with automatic transmission for $289* a month. 39-month lease. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
Offer ends May 31st 2019
*Closed end lease financing available through May 31, 2019 for a new, unused 2019 Golf S with automatic transmission, on approved credit to highly qualified customers by Volkswagen Credit through participating dealers in Idaho; Montana; Washington; Utah; Hawaii; California; Arizona; Nevada; Oregon and Alaska. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $23,840 and destination charges less a suggested dealer contribution resulting in a capitalized cost of $22,990.75. Excludes tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. Monthly payments total $11,271.01 and include acquisition fee of $675 and capitalized cost reduction of $0. Your payment will vary based on final negotiated price. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $395, $0.20/mile over 32,500 miles and excessive wear and use. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. See your Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-Drive-VW. ©2019 Volkswagen of America, Inc.

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Volkswagen Golf GTI awarded Hatchback of the Year award

By iworks | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 7:12 PM
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Volkswagen Golf GTI awarded Hatchback of the Year award by Popular Mechanics

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI was awarded the Hatchback of the Year award by Popular Mechanics last month. This award is part of the 2019 Automotive Excellence Awards, and as the name suggests, it chooses vehicles that are the best of their class for a variety of criteria. Keep reading to learn more about these awards and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.


Popular Mechanics 2019 Automotive Excellence Awards

Popular Mechanics is a news source about everything technology has to offer. Every year, they give out the Automotive Excellence awards. This is the second year in a row that the Volkswagen Golf GTI earned itself a spot on the list. There are several categories for vehicles to compete in, organized by body style. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI won the Hatchback of the Year award, meaning it beat out all of the other vehicles in this class.


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Learn More: 2018 VW Golf GTI performance specifications


2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Hatchback of the Year

So, what makes the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI an award-winning vehicle? Everything about it actually. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI has many safety features. These include Front Assist, which can detect vehicles in front of you; Blind Spot Monitor, which warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot when you are trying to switch lanes; and Rear Traffic Alert, which can be ultra-helpful when you are reversing out of a spot. The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI also comes with the People First Warranty*, like most new Volkswagen vehicles. This warranty alone stands out over the competition.

* 6 years/72,000 miles (whichever occurs first) New Vehicle Limited Warranty on MY2018 VW vehicles, excluding e-Golf. See owner’s literature or dealer for warranty exclusions and limitations

$0 Down / $0 Security Deposit / $0 1st Month Payment / $0 Due at Signing

Example lease: $399/mo. for 39-mos. $0 Due at signing, excludes tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
Lease a 2019 Golf GTI S with automatic transmission for $399* a month. 39-month lease. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
Offer ends May 31st 2019
*Closed end lease financing available through May 31, 2019 for a new, unused 2019 Golf GTI S with automatic transmission, on approved credit to highly qualified customers by Volkswagen Credit through participating dealers in Idaho; Montana; Washington; Utah; Hawaii; California; Arizona; Nevada; Oregon and Alaska. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $29,590 and destination charges less a suggested dealer contribution resulting in a capitalized cost of $29,258.85. Excludes tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. Monthly payments total $15,561 and include acquisition fee of $675 and capitalized cost reduction of $0. Your payment will vary based on final negotiated price. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $395, $0.20/mile over 32,500 miles and excessive wear and use. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. See your Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-Drive-VW. ©2019 Volkswagen of America, Inc.

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Can Volkswagen EV Batteries be Recycled?

By iworks | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 at 7:09 PM
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Eco-friendly Volkswagen EV Batteries to be recycled

If electric vehicles are supposed to be eco-friendly, then each component of them must be sustainable. Some people have pointed to the batteries of electric vehicles as an issue because they take a lot of energy to produce and cost a lot. However, Volkswagen plans to find a solution to this issue by increasing the number of batteries that are recycled. Keep reading to learn about how Volkswagen is working to create the most efficient system of electric vehicles.


Can Volkswagen EV batteries be recycled?

Yes, Volkswagen EV batteries can be recycled, although not completely. Currently, about half of the battery components are recycled and re-used, but that number should be on the rise. Volkswagen is opening a new plant to focus on the recycling of their EV batteries. With this plant, 72 percent of batteries should be recycled and reused. Eventually, Volkswagen wants to increase that number even further. It may ease your mind a little to know that 99 percent of lead-acid automotive batteries are being recycled, which means that half of nearly every battery on the market today will go back into production. Many of the recycled components become new batteries.


Learn More: Click here to learn about new Volkswagen electric vehicles


white vehicle being charged


Learn More: 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf driving range


How long will a lithium-ion Volkswagen battery last?

The batteries in an electric vehicle can usually last between 10 and 15 years, which is in line with how long the average person will own their vehicle. At some point, the battery might not be able to power a vehicle itself but might still have a huge energy capacity. To help make use of this capacity and keep batteries on the road longer, Volkswagen is designing a portable charger. This portable charger will be the same concept as a mobile charger for a smartphone, except that it will charge vehicles instead.


$319*/month for 39 month lease.

$2,999 due at signing. Excludes tax, title, license, options and dealer fees. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
Lease a 2019 All-new Jetta GLI 2.0T S with automatic transmission for $319* a month. 39-month lease, $2,999 due at signing. Excludes tax, title, license, options and dealer fees. No security deposit required. For highly qualified customers through Volkswagen Credit.
Offer ends May 31st 2019
*Closed end lease financing available through May 31, 2019 for a new, unused 2019 All-new Jetta GLI 2.0T S with automatic transmission, on approved credit to highly qualified customers by Volkswagen Credit through participating dealers in Idaho; Montana; Washington; Utah; Hawaii; California; Arizona; Nevada; Oregon and Alaska. Monthly lease payment based on MSRP of $27,690 and destination charges less a suggested dealer contribution resulting in a capitalized cost of $24,850.67. Excludes tax, title, license, options, and dealer fees. Amount due at signing includes first month’s payment, capitalized cost reduction of $2,005, and acquisition fee of $675. Monthly payments total $12,441.01. Your payment will vary based on final negotiated price. At lease end, lessee responsible for disposition fee of $395, $0.20/mile over 32,500 miles and excessive wear and use. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. See your Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-Drive-VW.

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Volkswagen TDI Model Fuel Economies

By iworks | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 at 9:02 PM
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How efficient are Volkswagen TDI model fuel economies? 

Volkswagen models with TDI engines are known for being fuel efficient, but just how efficient are they? Today we are going to explore various Volkswagen TDI model fuel economies to show how efficient they are.  


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Volkswagen TDI model fuel economies 

We are comparing three Volkswagen TDI models from the 2014 and 2015 model years to their equivalent 2019 model year counterparts. You can see below that the TDI model vehicles come out ahead by a little every time. New Volkswagen vehicles are of course very efficient, but even they do not beat TDI models.  

  • 31 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway for the 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI (As opposed to the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta which gets 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway) 
  • 31 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway for the 2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen TDI (As opposed to the 2019 Volkswagen Golf which gets 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway) 
  • 28 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway for the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle (as opposed to the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle which gets 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway) 

Learn More: What does TDI mean on a Volkswagen?


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