Category: Pacific Volkswagen
Pacific Volkswagen was pleased to hear that it would be receiving the Wolfsburg Crest Club Award for 2015, one of the biggest honors a Volkswagen dealership can receive. The award is a pretty big deal, because it’s given out in small numbers to only the most deserving. It marks Pacific Volkswagen as one of the highest quality dealerships in the country, and a top spot to go to pick up a vehicle.
What the Award Means
The Wolfsburg Crest Club Award is named after Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg Germany. It’s a special award given out to just a few select dealerships that excel in a range of different areas, customer satisfaction and quality service just to name a few. It was given to the company for the 2015 year, which means that Pacific Volkswagen stood out as one of the best over the last year.
What it Takes to Get the Award
In order for a dealership to earn this prestigious award it must meet a bunch of separate quality requirements. Things like customer satisfaction, parts purchases, employee certification and the company’s financial statements all play a part in whether or not it gets the award, and Pacific Volkswagen managed to excel in each of these different areas marking it as one of the best Volkswagen dealerships in the country.
The award is an honor for the dealership to receive, but it doesn’t mean that the staff at the company is going to take it easy and stop working just as hard as it always has. The company will fight to stay at the forefront of the industry and to provide customers with the same level of care and service that they’re used to.
Pacific Volkswagen is a well-known dealership in the Torrance, California area, and handles thousands of vehicle transactions every single month. It’s a major company that strives to offer the top in customer service and satisfaction, and that’s what enabled the company to get the Wolfsburg Crest Club Award.
Anyone hoping that Volkswagen would release additional hybrid vehicles will be excited to hear about the Tiguan GTE Active Concept. It’s a rugged hybrid SUV that comes packed with two electric motors to give it all-wheel drive and enable it to handle some pretty rough driving environments. Of course the vehicle comes packed with some additional off-roading goodies and it’s really well-optimized for a range of driving conditions. Hopefully the concept vehicle will make it past the initial planning stages and actually go to production because it does a lot of things right.
Six Drive Modes
The Tiguan GTE comes with six different selectable drive modes helping you manage the electric features and take on different road conditions. The car comes with Charge and Hold for controlling battery life. Charge mode utilizes the gasoline engine to charge up the battery and hold maintains the battery at its current level.
The vehicle also comes with On-Road, Off-Road, Sport and Snow modes. These adjust how traction control operates and how the vehicle handles different driving conditions.
Running on Electric
This Tiguan can drive for up to 20 miles on a single charge. Every trip begins on battery power with the rear wheels activated, but all-wheel drive can be initiated whenever you like, or it will come on automatically as needed.
Designed for Rugged Power
The Tiguan isn’t a racing SUV by any means, but it packs enough power to get around capably. For plain fuel power it has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out a total of 148 HP and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. That alone wouldn’t be much power in the Tiguan, but when you add in the electric motors that deliver additional power to the front and back of the vehicle you get a total of 222 HP and that’s a bit better. The added power comes from two electric motors and it’s all channeled through a six speed clutch. The vehicle’s designed to get moving efficiently and to offer excellent handling.
Enhanced Off Roading
The Tiguan isn’t built to go up mountains or anything crazy, but it was given a set of modifications to handle off-roading a bit more capably. Ground clearance is improved to 8.9 inches. It also comes with a set of off-roading tires and has skid plates front and back that you can replace if they ever become too damaged. Overall it’s a pretty capable package that you can take off standard roads without fear.
Of course the hybrid SUV comes packed with a modern infotainment system that has gesture controls and other cool goodies. If you value technology you’ll love the new media system that comes within the SUV. It has improved app connectivity and is designed for simple use.
Overall it’s a pretty awesome SUV that would likely be pretty popular if released by Volkswagen. Only time will tell if the automaker decides to go any further with the technology though.
It never ceases to amaze us how far some of these little diesel vehicles can travel. Volkswagen just set a new record with the Golf TDI by travelling a whopping 8,233.5 miles on less than 300 dollars in diesel fuel. If that’s not an impressive return on investment I don’t know what is. During the course of the trip the vehicle managed to travel through each of the 48 lower states and traveled for a total of 16 days.
Setting the Record
Volkswagen managed to beat its own record while trying to do the same thing the company already did. Over this trip they managed to get 81.7 MPG, beating the old record of 77.99 MPG. It’s important to note that this trip beats the hybrid vehicle record by more than 6 MPG, which is pretty impressive since hybrids are supposed to be highly efficient drivers.
Driving Skills Preparation in California
You can’t just start driving and expect to meet the level of fuel efficiency that Bob Winger and Wayne Gerdes managed during their world-record trip. In order to hit the records that they did, the team had to spend hundreds of hours training in different driving conditions. They weren’t verifying the chosen route using these test trips, but rather honing efficient driving skills that would provide the fuel figures the team was striving for.
In a recount of the prep leading up the big trip Gerdes is on record saying that he relied on the Tejon Pass, the Cajon Pass, the San Gorgoino Pass and the Laguna mountains to figure out how to drive efficiently through steep elevation climbs and descents. It took countless trial runs through these mountain passes to hone steep incline driving skills enough to keep efficiency levels up where they needed them to be.
In order to learn how to deal with the highly congested sections of I-95 the trio would encounter through the northeastern portions of the trip, they headed over to 405 and 5 between LAX and San Diego. These notoriously congested sections served as a training ground to master efficient driving even when roads are packed and driving conditions are more restricted and start and stop traffic is common.
California is a state filled with unique features and even though the state was only a small portion of the overall record-setting trip, it served as the key training ground that made it possible for the trip to be successful in the first place.
The trip started at the American Headquarters in Herndon Virginia on Monday the 22nd of June. After 16 days of straight driving the vehicle ended up in the same exact spot on July 7th. The main driver doing the run was Wayne Gerdes, but he had help from Bob Winger the co-driver along on the trip.
About the Vehicle
In order to accomplish this very impressive feat the 2015 Golf TDI relies on a turbo-charged engine that uses direct-injection technology and runs on diesel fuel. It has a 6-speed manual transmission that’s quite efficient. This particular vehicle was fitted with Linear Logic ScanGuage II to take a precise measure of the fuel economy throughout the trip. It also relied on an LG G4 smartphone and a Garmin Nuvi LM GPS navigator to get the vehicle where it needed to go all along.
This record shows you how far you can push a couple tanks of diesel if you know what you’re doing and if you have the proper equipment. The Golf TDI is meant to drive far without burning through much fuel, but I doubt anyone expected it to travel quite as far as it did in real-world driving conditions, or as efficiently.
Diesel vehicles are well-known for being fuel efficient and that’s why truck drivers rely on them to get freight around the country. It’s a benefit that recent vehicle buyers are beginning to notice, and could cause more shoppers to start choosing diesel when making their purchases.
With Thanksgiving over, the holiday season is officially upon us. In preparation for Christmas, Santa will be stopping by the LAcarGUY stores to spread the joy of the holidays.
Do you have a gift you’d like to ask Santa for? Are you unsure if you’re on the naughty or nice list? Or do you just want to take a picture with the big guy himself?
Child or adult, LAcarGUY encourages you to stop by its stores to meet Santa and enjoy breakfast on us. Full details are below. Be sure to find the store nearest you, or the store with the vehicle you’ll be asking Santa to bring you for Christmas, to see if Santa will be stopping by from 9 a.m. to noon on December 7th or 14th!
Dec 7th from 9am – 12pm:
Audi Pacific: 20460 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503
Pacific Volkswagen: 14900 Hindry Ave Hawthorne, CA 90250
Pacific Subaru: 20550 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance, CA 90503
Dec 14th from 9am – 12pm:
Toyota of Santa Monica: 801 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401
Lexus of Santa Monica: 1501 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90404
Volkswagen of Santa Monica: 2440 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90404
Toyota of Hollywood: 6000 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028
Pacific VW (Pet Day): 14900 Hindry Ave Hawthorne, CA 90250
Volkswagen continues to prove its commitment to green technology with the unveiling of the e-Golf at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. With a full array of diesel vehicles and the recent introduction of the gas-electric Jetta Hybrid, the e-Golf moves Volkswagen into the realm of all-electric vehicles.
Boasting a range of between 70 and 90 miles, the e-Golf is able to manipulate its electric motor’s power delivery to give drivers the option of more horsepower or greater range.
Three different driving modes are available: Normal, Eco, and Eco+. In Normal mode the e-Golf makes a full 115-horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque, or enough power to take the e-Golf from 0-60 mph in a reasonable 10.4 seconds.
Stepping up to Eco mode improves the vehicles range, but also pulls back some of the e-Golf’s modest power. With 94-horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque available in Eco mode, the e-Golf scoots from 0-60 in 13.1 seconds.
For owners who really want to get the most range from their e-Golf, there’s Eco+ mode. With power pared down to 74-horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque, and the A/C shut off, Eco+ mode is ideal for city use.
In the event a Volkswagen e-Golf owner does find his or her car out of electricity, Volkswagen is offering an exclusive roadside assistance plan that will take an owner and his or her e-Golf to a charging station at no cost, provided that the owner is within 100 miles of his or her home.
Furthermore, if an owner does not want to wait with his or her e-Golf as it charges, Volkswagen will cover the cost of a cab ride home; though, such an event will likely be rare as the e-Golf’s battery can be recharged to 80-percent of its capacity in approximately 30 minutes when using a DC Fast Charging system.
Volkswagen designed the e-Golf to help owners cope with potential range anxiety. A range monitor provides the driver with general information, such as the impact auxiliary systems like the A/C will have on the e-Golf’s range. And regenerative braking will be offered in three different levels in order to allow e-Golf driver’s to recapture the most kinetic energy back if they so desire.
Unlike many modern electric vehicles, the e-Golf is unique in that its architecture was designed from the start to use electric propulsion. As such, the battery and electric motor don’t intrude into the passenger compartment.
Sporting the familiar styling of the all-new Golf, the e-Golf wears a unique fascia with “C-shaped” LED daytime running lamps that will become a signature cue of all electric Volkswagen’s. Volkswagen also added LED headlamps that use less energy than halogen or xenon units.
The e-Golf marks the beginning of a new electric age at Volkswagen and we at LAcarGUY News look forward to seeing the next steps the company takes on the road to electrification. LAcarGUY News will be at the Los Angeles Auto Show posting the latest news and images from the show on our Facebook pages. Be sure to “Like” Pacific Volkswagen and Volkswagen Santa Monica on Facebook to get the latest information from the show floor.
America is a melting pot, people come to this country from all over the world for kinds of different reasons, and here at LAcarGUY, we are a microcosm of that. We have a great diversity of people that we are proud to call employees here at LAcarGUY.
As part of a new feature we want to highlight some of the great people who work here, and help you, be it as a sales person, a service technician or someone in the back office. The first person we are going to feature is Gorkem Gercek, one of the Product Specialist at Pacific Volkswagen.
Gorkem was born in and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, on the European side. Istanbul is a unique city in a number of different ways, one of them is it is a city that is on two continents, both European continent and the Asian continent separated by the Bosphorus Straights, one of the busies sea lanes in the world.
Gorkem was born into a Volkswagen family, it’s all his family has every owned! So, it should come as no surprise that his first car was a Beetle, and then after that, he owned five Polo’s before coming to America for college in 2007.
When you are born into a Volkswagen family, and are a Volkswagen enthusiast, and you have to write your thesis for your M.B.A., what’s your subject? “How Volkswagen Can Better Cater To The U.S. Market”!
It’s interesting that many of the points in Gorkem’s thesis, more affordable, better distribution, focus on value, are many of the items VW, has move towards in the last few years. While he was at National University here getting his M.B.A. what car did he buy? Why a Volkswagen of course! It’s a 1998 Wolfsburg Edition Jetta, and it’s daily driver still.
We asked Gorkem what makes you stand out at Pacific Volkswagen. He said that everyone comes to him with questions about Volkswagen’s because he knows the products and the brands worldwide. A great example was recently one of his colleagues at Pacific Volkswagen came to him and asked if VW make pickup’s because he saw a a pickup with VW badging over the weekend. Gorkem was able to show him pictures of the Amarok, which is sold in Mexico and throughout Asia.
We asked Gorkem is there was a car in Volkswagen’s world lineup that he’d like to see sold in America that is not, and he said without a doubt it’s the Polo. He feel’s it’s a great car for what young people are asking for. A small, really affordable car ($15,000-$16,000) that also is safe and gets great fuel economy. He points out that the BlueMotion TDI Clean Diesel gets over 70MPG!
We are proud to have Gorkem on our team at Pacific Volkswagen, and if you have any questions about VW’s world wide, he’s your man. The next time you stop in, make sure you say hello.
LAcarGUY’s group of South Bay dealerships have partnered with Grades of Green to kick off the 2013 Trash Free Lunch Challenge. Grades of Green is challenging schools to reduced lunchtime waste by encouraging students to pack trash-free lunches and to sort waste into recycle, compost and landfill bins. The 4R System that Grades of Green introduced helped divert over 10,000 bags of trash and saved participating schools thousands of dollars in 2011-2012.
The project teaches students the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost)
- By bringing TRASH FREE each day, the students will make a difference at school by REDUCING lunch time landfill waste. They will know the number of landfill bags produced at lunch before the Challenge and by being TRASH FREE during the Challenge, they will see that number decrease.
- By bringing REUSABLE lunch boxes, water bottles, sandwich and snack containers each day they will reduce lunch time waste.
- The school will implement a sorting system during lunch which will include bins for: RECYCLING, ROT (compost), liquids and stacked trays. Educational games will teach students about WHAT items go into each bin and WHY.
- Each bin in the sorting system will be clearly labeled to support students in the proper sorting process. These signs will educate and reinforce the concepts of REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE and ROT.
The Grades of Green team has been visiting participating schools and holding assemblies to educate students and get them excited about the project. Applications to participate in the project are due March 15th and finalist chosen among those schools with the least amount of trash will be announced March 22nd. Judges will visit the finalists on April 16th and the winning school will be announced on April 22nd at the awards ceremony.
Participating schools include:
- Vista Mar High School
- Washington Elementary
- Riviera Elementary
- Lunada Bay Elementary
And supporting LAcarGUY dealerships are Pacific VW, Audi Pacific, Subaru Pacific and Pacific Porsche.
To show our support for breast cancer awareness and research, we custom wrapped a brand new 2012 Beetle in pink! When this pink beauty is sold, we will donate $500 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer began in 1993 and has raised over $450 million to help fight against breast cancer. For the last two years, LAcarGUY has been a close partner with Making Strides and we look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.
The pink custom wrap was completed by Premier Wraps. They used the highest quality 3m vinyl that does not damage the vehicles original paint and every wrap comes with a life-time installation warranty. For more details, please give us a call!
Tis the Season of Giving so Drop By the Dealership to Donate!
Monday, December 5th
11 am – 4 pm on the Showroom Floor
All donors will receive a Pacific Movie Ticket!
call 310.531.9400 or email Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment!
Please remember to EAT WELL and INCREASE your FLUID INTAKE the day of your donation
We Require Identification
For more information, please visit the website: www.gotblood.ucla.edu
LAcarGUY’s two Volkswagen stores, Pacific Volkswagen and Volkswagen Santa Monica, handed over the keys of the newly redesigned 2012 Beetle to three local Oprah Winfrey fans, as part of the show’s “Ultimate Favorite Things” giveaway!
These three lucky fans were given the surprise of their lives during a November 2010, Oprah “Ultimate Favorite Things” episode, when audience members, all specially selected community heroes, found out that they would be receiving a brand new 2012 Beetle.
Excited to participate in such a deserving promotion, LAcarGUY’s Volkswagen Santa Monica was proud to give Gina Elise, the “calendar angel,” her new, Silver 2012 Beetle. Gina is the founder of PinUpForVets.com, a project that supports hospitalized Veterans and deployed troops.
The other local recipients were a couple, Evelyn and Rob Calip, who picked up their Red and Blue 2012 Beetles at Pacific Volkswagen earlier today. Evelyn is a breast cancer survivor who started a non-profit, Evelyn’s Breast Friends Forever! to provide support to other women going through the same journey.
Redesigned for only the second time in history, the sportier 2.5L 2012 Beetle is a modern interpretation of the iconic Beetle design. Balancing classic beauty with a contemporary edge and enhanced performance, the 2012 Beetle provides an exhilarating driving experience.
“LAcarGUY is thrilled to offer Los Angeles the 2012 Beetle, reborn and reengineered for the 21st century,” said Mike Sullivan, Owner of LAcarGUY. “I’m especially pleased that we are giving these Beetles away to such a deserving group of local heroes.”