Category: Volkswagen

Introducing the Volkswagen Passat GT Concept Car

November 16, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

Volkswagen has been hard at work trying to expand its lineup, and one of the ways the automaker is doing that is by developing the Passat GT. This high-powered concept vehicle takes the family sedan that everyone knows and loves, and gives it a jolt of power. It’s more exciting, sportier and something that will likely appeal to many drivers that want something more when it comes to a sedan.

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How the GT is Different

Volkswagen made over 20 changes to the stock Passat when developing the GT variation. The majority of the changes made to the vehicle are aesthetic ones, and both the inside and outside of the Passat GT have been made over dramatically.

Exterior Changes

This version of the vehicle is more eye-catching thanks to the black honeycomb grill insert that features red accent lines. The bumper, window surrounds and roof are all given black accents to help create a bit of contrast on the vehicle. There’s also a black spoiler added onto the vehicle that you simply wouldn’t find on a stock Passat. At the front of the vehicle you’ll also notice a pair of LED headlights that give the ve4hicle a modern look, and at the back you’ll see smoked taillights, a sport muffler and a dual trapezoidal exhaust system that really give the vehicle a sporty look. The Tornado wheel covers really help set off the custom look of the Passat GT, and they look particularly nice with the lowered ride height that’s 0.6 inches lower to the ground.

Interior Changes

When you climb inside the Passat GT you’ll find a bunch of changes there as well. They’re designed to give the interior a sporty look, while improving performance a bit as well. There’s a carbon fiber pattern on the door trim as well as the instrument panel. The vehicle comes with a black headliner and piano black trim around the center console that helps keep that black theme consistent. The sport seats are adorned with two-tone black and gray fabric with contrast stitching that really looks nice.

Performance Enhancements

The car comes equipped with a powerful 3.6 liter FSI VR6 engine that provides 280 HP overall. It’s attached to an efficient 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission and there’s a set of paddle shifters to give the driver more control over how the vehicle performs.

The Passat GT concept is a cool little car that’s sporty and fast and a lot of fun. It’s something that Volkswagen will likely produce in the future, and it could be a cool addition to the Passat lineup for buyers more interested in the handling of a vehicle.

Revealing the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

November 7, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

Volkswagen has long been offering smaller vehicles that large families simply can’t make do with. For that reason they’ve been losing a large portion of the American market eveyr year. Now that’s all about to change, with the luxurious Volkswagen Atlas. VW just unveiled the 2018 model in all of its glory, and it’s quite impressive. Not only does it come with plenty of tech baked in, but it’s nice looking and seems like it will handle really well in a range of driving conditions. It’s the type of vehicle that families will jump at the chance to own, and it’s something that they can be proud to drive around as well.

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Car-Net

The Atlas comes with a system known as Car-Net. This connected product allows users to make use of a variety of connected vehicle features. Products like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink are fully supported by this technology.

Audio You Can Feel

This modern SUV comes equipped with the powerful Fender Premium Audio System that comes with 12 individual channels a 480 watt amplifier and 12 individual speakers throughout the vehicle for true surround sound performance and feel.

Power and Competence

This full-sized SUV is built on the highly capable MQB platform that Volkswagen uses for most of its vehicles today. This helps add some reliability into the mix, helping the SUV offer the type of performance that’s expected from Volkswagen.

There are two different engine options with the SUV, a 2.0 liter TSI turbocharged engine with a 238 HP output, or a more beefy 3.6 liter VR6 that puts out 280 HP. Either way, this SUV won’t feel sluggish and will offer decent acceleration without being over the top. The engines make use of a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and there are both two-wheel and four-wheel variants of the vehicle, depending on what the buyer wants.

Selectable Terrain Management

Even a well-designed SUV isn’t made to take on every single type of terrain all the time. Certain driving conditions demand different drive styles and performance levels. That’s why it’s so nice to have the different drive modes to select from while driving the Atlas. The SUV comes with a set of modes depending on road types and conditions. You can switch among the options to make sure you always get the nice reliable performance that you want while driving around.

Meet the Awesome LEGO Golf MK1 GTI

November 4, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

Nearly everything has been built out of Legos to date. If you hop on Youtube and look up some Lego videos you’ll find cities, vehicles, machines, characters and just about anything else that you can think of made out of the little plastic blocks. Up until now there hasn’t been a creation of the Lego Volkswagen Golf Mk1 GTI, but a lifelike design of the vehicle is available today, if Lego decides to support the creation made by one man.

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The Creation

A Total of 1,278 pieces come together to create a very realistic version of the Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI, a vehicle that’s becoming increasingly difficult to find out in the world. The kit looks highly realistic, and even makes use of custom stickers inside to give the interior of the vehicle a realistic steering wheel and center stack. The striped seats used within aren’t a perfect match to the common plaid interiors, but overall the Lego car is a spitting image of the vehicle rolling around outside.

Getting it into Production

If you like the look of this Volkswagen Lego creation, you can help make it into an actual kit that you can purchase. Lego ideas can be put into production as soon as they achieve support from 10,000 people. As of today, the project has a total of 8,536 supporters of the 10,000 that it needs to make it into production. That means that it’s incredibly close to hitting the target, and with more than 700 days left, it’s likely to make it to production as long as people continue supporting it.

Picking up Your Own Kit

Once enough supporters are gathered, the Lego kit will be set up for production and then sold by Lego in select stores around the world. This is a chance for the creator of the Lego idea to get paid for his creation, and a chance for Volkswagen Golf MK1 fans to get a realistic looking kit that they can enjoy.

Volkswagen Moves to Formula E Racing

October 31, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

Most people today realize that electric cars are the vehicles of the future. Innovators like Tesla, Porsche, Mercedez and Volkswagen are starting to push the envelope with what electric cars can do, and that’s something that Audi wants to be a part of as well. That’s exactly why the automaker is moving away from one of the most popular endurance races in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s not that the race isn’t a worthwhile challenge, or that it’s not something that Audi can’t handle, but it’s not the most beneficial venture for an automaker that wants to focus on EV technology. Instead Audi will enter into Formula E.

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What is Formula E?

Formula E is a race circuit that allows only full-electric vehicles, and it’s a worthy challenge for any automaker that’s interested in a future with EVs. Since Audi wants to be at the forefront of EV technology in the future, it only makes sense to participate in this type of race, rather than a long-distance endurance race that simply isn’t going to aid in developing the right kind of technology.

How Races Currently Work

Formula E is a much different world from the World Endurance Championship world that Audi is used to. Races that lasted hours at a time, now go by in just minutes in most instances. That’s because most of these electric races are short and sweet. They take place over short tracks that are just a few miles in length, and most races are over within an hour of actual racing.

Getting Started in 2017

Audi plans on releasing its first full EV in 2018, and its participation in Formula E events in 2017 will help test that technology more thoroughly and give the automaker the knowledge and chance for innovation that it needs to create something exciting. While the company plans on having a factory-backed team in the future, it will first start with Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport to go through the first season of Formula E.

This is an exciting opportunity for Audi to become a leader in electric technology, and to figure out how to make the very best electric vehicles. It’s a good move for the company, because it fits with the future vision that Audi wants to head in.

Volkswagen Unveils its 3-Row SUV Dubbed Atlas

October 26, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , ,

Volkswagen is known for its sedans and coupes, but the automaker has been selling SUVs for years as well. They just haven’t been offering anything as large enough to compete with the massive 3-row family vehicles offered by other automakers, at least not until now. Volkswagen recently unveiled the Atlas SUV, and it’s an impressive machine that will be on the wish list of many full-sized families looking for hauling space.

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A Three Row Monster

Up until now Volkswagen has always sold vehicles that stopped at two rows. That’s all changing now though with the Atlas. This monster of a vehicle will sit up to 7 people comfortably, and Volkswagen is really proud of the easy access to the third row. Occupants have enough space to clamber back to the rear of the vehicle without discomfort.

Whether you need a kid hauler for daily activities throughout the week, or you want a spacious vehicle for camping and other special trips, the Atlas has the space to get it all done. The interior room is massive and there is space to store camping equipment, groceries and a full set of clothing and gear for a week or more away from home. Whatever it is that you want to do, you should be able to do it comfortably with the Atlas thanks to all the interior utility that it offers.

Power Options

The Volkswagen Atlas will come with two different power train options, either a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 238 HP, or a 3.6 liter V6 that offers 280 HP for a bit more kick. Either way it’s not going to be a speed demon, but the SUV should move down the street without feeling sluggish.

Both versions of the SUV come equipped with an eight speed transmission for smooth shifting and effective power management throughout the power range. The Atlas should be good at handling power through the range, though it’s unlikely that it will be very fuel efficient as a 7-seater.

 

Safety Equipment

All the Atlas models are going to come equipped with special safety equipment that should help drivers stay out of trouble. There’s going to be an advanced crash management system that doesn’t prevent crashes, but applies brake pressure when the vehicle first detects an accident, to help mitigate the damage overall. There will be other crash prevention systems in place as well, and the SUV is going to be designed with family safety in mind to keep everyone out of trouble while driving.

It’s hard to guess what price range the Atlas is going to come in at, but you can believe that it will be priced at a higher level than the smaller SUVs offered by Volkswagen currently. It isn’t expected to be released until later next year, but the SUV should be a nice option for larger families when it does finally come out.

 

 

Why Rotating Your Tires is a Critical Maintenance Task

October 18, 2016 lacarguy Uncategorized, Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

During my standard commute to work that I completed every day back in the early 2000’s, the right front tire on my Chevy Monte Carlo began to shred apart and made me very late to work. While it wasn’t surprising that my tire popped, it wasn’t the first tire that I lost! What was surprising was the way that the tire looked when I pulled it off the car. It has most of the tread near the outside of the tire, and then nearly all the tread was warn away on the inside. After doing a bit of investigating, I didn’t know very much about proper maintenance back then, I realized that I should have been rotating my tires during all those years of putting miles on my white Malibu.

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Out of all the different forms of vehicle maintenance, rotating the tires is one of the easiest tasks to complete, and incredibly important for keeping your vehicle in good shape. Without rotating your tires you’ll set your vehicle up for problems later in life, you’ll spend more than you have to, and you’ll make your vehicle unsafe to drive.

The Benefits of Regular Tire Rotation

Taking the time to regularly rotate the tires on your vehicle does a couple of things for you. It helps them to wear evenly, and gives you a more secure driving platform to rely on. By swapping tires around the vehicle regularly, they all wear evenly and last much longer before they need replacing. They also maintain relatively even surface tread, which is safer to drive on than unevenly worn tread that grabs on in one area and not another. Take the time to rotate your tires and you’ll get more life out of them and enjoy safer driving conditions the whole time as well.

Rotate Tires Every Oil Change

It’s a good idea to get into the habit of rotating your tires with each and every oil change of your vehicle. If you change the oil about once very 5,000 or 6,000 miles, you should be rotating your tires just as often. This helps keep tires from wearing in one particular spot for too long, and keeps them all about equal over time.

Include Your Spare in the Rotation

If your vehicle comes with a full-sized spare tire, it’s important to ensure that it’s included in the rotation as well, so that you can purchase a set of five new tires when it comes time to swap to new tires, rather than having a tire that doesn’t match the rest in the set.

Pay Attention for directional Tires

There is a specific rotation pattern that you should follow when rotating the tires on your vehicle, but that pattern is not the same for every set of tires or every vehicle. That’s why it’s important to research how you should be rotating your tires on your Volkswagen vehicle. Some tires are directional tires and must be positioned on either the right or left side of your vehicle. It’s important to watch out for this issue when planning to rotate your tires, so that you don’t put directional tires on backwards, or have a garage do the job improperly.

If you have your tires rotated regularly, or you take the time to do the job yourself, you’ll enjoy more even wear and better performance out of them over time in general. It’s essential for good vehicle maintenance, and something that you should be doing regularly.

The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Should Bring Some Major Changes

October 13, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

There aren’t any figures on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf yet, but the automaker is hoping to come out with a bang. The latest model is set to debut in November, and Volkswagen is pulling out all the stops to make it as efficient as possible. It’s likely that the Golf will achieve mileage figures that helps it compete with Prius vehicles, something that most automakers don’t even try to do today.

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Efficiency Technology

At least one of the variations of the 2018 Golf is expected to come with a 1.0 liter three-cylinder engine. The engine will be enhanced by an electric-powered supercharger as well as an electric generator. The vehicle is shooting for fuel efficiency figures around the 60 MPG mark, and if the automaker manages to achieve such figures, it would certainly stand out as a more environmentally conscious brand than before.

High Tech Gesture Controls

Volkswagen showed off gesture controls with its Golf R Touch concept vehicle back at CES 2015, and now it’s likely that those gesture controls are going to be introduced on the 2018 Golf. With the system in place, it would be possible to open and close the sunroof, adjust the temperature, change radio stations and do a whole lot more without using any buttons at all. Instead simple gestures are used as input and make necessary changes to the system.

New Media Display

Volkswagen is also planning on replacing the standard media setup with a much more robust 12.3-inch LED panel that’s similar to Audi’s virtual cockpit. This setup might not be used on all Golf models, but would certainly offer interested buyers with a more exciting media experience and a more technical vehicle overall.

The Volkswagen Golf is the most popular vehicle offered by the Automaker and it’s sure to come out with a serious bang in November. While nobody has gotten a good look at what Volkswagen is up to, everyone is excited about what the latest compact car is going to bring to the market. Will it be as revolutionary as everyone is saying? You’ll just have to wait and see.

The Alltrack Combines Luxury and Practicality in One Sweet Ride

October 7, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , ,

For the longest time Subaru was the only option if you were interested in an all-wheel station wagon for use outdoors or just as a reliable driver. That’s not the case any longer. Volkswagen took the Golf Sportwagen, and transformed it into the Golf Alltrack, a highly capable station wagon that can tackle a mix of weather conditions and even handle some off-roading thanks to the lifted body and top-notch all-wheel drive. It’s a fun little car to drive around, and perfect for small to mid-sized families looking for comfort, safety and performance when taking trips, camping or doing just about anything else.

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It’s Luxurious

The Alltrack looks like a station wagon fit for a camping trip on the outside, but on the inside, well it’s beautiful. Sure it’s obvious that this isn’t a Mercedez or Lexus, but the interior is quite luxurious. The surfaces and seats are covered with soft touch materials, the cabin is laid out with care and there isn’t any clutter to be seen. It looks like a $40,000 car easily, and it’s amazing that it can be had for less than $30,000.

It’s Roomy

You won’t have to worry about storage space with the Alltrack. It was designed for that sort of thing. Sure it’s sleek and low to the ground, but it’s got a massive hatch space that will hold all your camping gear with ease. If that’s not enough, you can make use of the roof rack up top to lash on some more bags or a cargo carrier to really expand your storage options. The Alltrack is designed for day trips, road trips and camping. It’s a good solid option for families that need storage.

Excellent Stability

One of the main reasons that you’ll probably consider the Volkswagen Alltrack is for the all-wheel drive, and that’s a pretty darned good reason. The Alltrack is equipped with 4Motion all-wheel drive, which can put up to 50% of the total vehicle power to the rear wheels while driving around. That level of power control allows the Alltrack to handle dirt roads, a bit of slush and most driving conditions admirably. You’ll feel in control under most circumstances, and if you do happen to take it off-roading the 6.9 inches of ground clearance should help you avoid getting snagged on anything along the way.

Fun to Drive

The Volkswagen Alltrack doesn’t seem like the type of car that would be fun to drive, but once you’re behind the wheel, you’ll forget all those stereotypes that you slapped the car with, because it’s a blast to drive. This compact station wagon comes with a powerful 170 HP engine, and a massive 190 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s outfitted with either a dual clutch automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission, and it packs a whole lot more power and character than similar vehicles that rely on a CVT to get around.

You’ll look forward to taking cross country trips in this little wagon, because it’s a blast to take around winds and turns. There are few vehicles that drive so out of character compared to their appearance than the Volkswagen Alltrack, and that’s a good thing.

The Volkswagen ID Concept Could be the Start of the Future

September 29, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

Volkswagen as been talking about the 2016 Paris Motor Show for months now, hinting that it would be releasing something memorable at the event. Well the event has come and gone, and I can honestly say that the automaker delivered completely with the futuristic I.D. concept. It looks like a little car straight out of the future, and it’s designed to run purely on electricity. If the details are correct, it should be a car to rival offerings from the likes of Tesla and Porsche, and it’s something to keep your eye on.

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Futuristic Appearance

The under-lighting, futuristic rims, and long and trim silhouette of the Volkswagen I.D. make it look like a Golf from the future. It has a really modern feel to it and stands out as something that isn’t currently on any of the roads. It’s a cool looking car for sure, but we wonder how much of that design is going to make it to the production vehicle when it’s finally released around the predicted date of 2020.

A Massive Predicted Top Range

Now you should take any estimates made by Volkswagen with a grain of salt, since the car isn’t going to come up for a few years yet, but if what Volkswagen estimates is true, the I.D. will offer a top-end range of around 370 miles on a single electric charge. That’s good enough for any commute that you’re likely to encounter, and will make even lengthy trips possible without issue.

Just the Beginning

Volkswagen stated that this first Golf-esque electric concept vehicle is just the start of a full electric lineup. Volkswagen is going all-in with electric vehicles, and plans to release a whole slew of large and small battery-powered cars and SUVs for you to drive around in. After the 2020 release of the I.D. Volkswagen will put out other vehicles as well so that you can ride around using just electricity no matter how you decide to travel.

Automated Driving

Not only did Volkswagen release plenty of details about the new electric vehicle it’s been talking about for months now, but the automaker also let it slip that there is going to be an automated driving feature built into the I.D. as well, known as I.D. Pilot at the moment. That feature won’t be released until 2025 though, so don’t plan on riding around without driving at the release in 2020.

The All-NEW VW EV

September 23, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , ,

Volkswagen has been promising customers that it’s shifting toward electric vehicle technology in a big way, and the Paris Motor Show in early October is going to be the first time that you get a good look at this shift. That’s because Volkswagen is going to be showing off a potent new electric vehicle concept car. Sure the car isn’t going to go from the auto show to the dealership anytime soon, but it’s still exciting to be able to get a look at it.

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Impressive Range

The range on this concept car is supposed to be between 250 and 300 miles on a single charge. Not only is that impressively long, but Volkswagen states that the car should be chargeable in just 15 minutes by the time the vehicle launches to the public. That would be a game changer for car owners looking to travel long distances with an electric vehicle. Imagine travelling across country and stopping once or twice to recharge the battery while grabbing a bite to eat. It wouldn’t be a hassle at all, and the process would likely make the trip more affordable overall as well.

An Affordable Design

Volkswagen hasn’t released any pricing information yet, after all the car is still several years away from mass production, but the company assures customers that it will be quite affordable. That’s because it’s going to be designed from standard materials. Picture a standard Golf vehicle, that’s fitted with a power long-range battery pack and charging setup. This Volkswagen EV is going to make use of very standard parts to make it much more affordable to use. That means that the price likely wouldn’t be very high at all, and something closer to in the range of an entry-level luxury car.

Not for Many Years

The idea of this long-range electric vehicle is exciting, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen in the near future. Instead Volkswagen is expecting to launch the vehicle around 2020. That means you’re in for at least 2 or 3 years of waiting until the tech is available at local dealerships. Still, it’s exciting to see the technology and what is possible for electric vehicles in the future.

We’ll have to wait for the Paris Motor Show to see just what this new electric vehicle looks like, and to get more information about the actual features that it’s going to have available.