Category: Volkswagen

Why You Should Have Your Vehicle Regularly Serviced

January 11, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

Many new car owners are tempted to skip over service dates or to try and do work themselves rather than bringing the vehicle into the dealership for servicing. While taking this approach will save you money over the short term, it’s very likely that it will cost you more over time. That’s because you’ll leave your vehicle open to some serious problems, and you’ll likely void your warranty as well.

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Maintain Warranty

With new or slightly used vehicles your warranty is your best friend. That’s because if something goes wrong, getting the problem fixed is as simple as calling in the warranty and having the necessary repairs made for free. Unfortunately, doing the work yourself, or missing important service dates can void your warranty, leaving you without the protection that you need. By bringing your vehicle in for servicing each and every time it’s necessary, you can maintain that warranty so you have it available when you need it most.

Extend Life of Vehicle

Taking the time to visit the dealership on a regular basis serves to enhance the lifespan of your vehicle nicely. That’s because all the necessary maintenance is being taken care of and excess wear is being prevented. Not only that, but common problems are being spotted before they can become real issues. So if something is wearing out in your vehicle, the service department will let you know and they will take care of the repair task for you in most instances.

Reduce Repairs

Repairs are expensive, and if they aren’t taken care of as soon as possible the damage to your vehicle can lead to more serious problems as well. By taking care of the regular maintenance of your vehicle and heading in to the dealership regularly, you’ll cut down on the repairs that are needed for your vehicle. You’ll have less problems to deal with, and ultimately will have a more reliable product that you can count on.

Increase Resale Value

One of the biggest benefits of bringing your vehicle in for regular servicing at a reliable dealership is an increased resale value if you ever decide to sell off your vehicle in the future. Buyers love to see that vehicles have been well taken care of, and one of the best ways to show that is with a set of service records. Keep receipts from every one of your service visits and you’ll have documented proof that you take good care of your vehicle.

It might cost you a bit more money to bring your vehicle in for servicing at the dealership every time it needs it, but that money will be well spent when you extend the lifespan of your vehicle, increase your resale value and keep your warranty alive. It’s worth the cost for all the benefits that you’ll enjoy.

 

Volkswagen Unveils a Larger Tiguan

January 9, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

At the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen made it very clear that it plans on releasing a bigger and badder version of its Tiguan SUV. The SUV will be about 11 inches longer overall and offer a total of 57% more interior space than the current Tiguan does. That’s a pretty major increase in size, and the best part is that it ups the maximum seating capacity to 7 people.

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Three Rows

The next Tiguan is going to come with the option for three rows, rather than the two rows that it’s known for. It will up-size the overall amount of spaced offered dramatically, giving buyers around 50% more interior space to work with. Other than offering more seating space, this also makes the SUV more useful for hauling things or for taking trips. Camping will be easier with this beast, and so will family trips.

Standard on Front Wheel

If you decide that you want the front-wheel drive version of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, it will come standard with three rows and seating for seven. That means you won’t have to pay extra for the added size, and just buying the base version of the Tiguan will get you that added seating capacity.

Optional Safety Features

In order to keep up with the times, Volkswagen will add a slew of optional safety features to the Tiguan, making it possible for you to outfit the vehicle to be safer than ever. It will come with the option for blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision system, monitoring for pedestrians and a system that watches for lane departure.

Not Standard on All-Wheel Drive

If you opt for an all-wheel drive of the 2018 Tiguan it won’t come fitted with the three-row configuration as standard. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get it though. You’ll simply have to add the third row as an option to the vehicle. That means if you do only want two rows, you’ll have to buy the all-wheel drive version of the Tiguan, because all front-wheel drive versions come with the third-row as a standard feature that you can’t opt out of.

The bigger Tiguan is supposed to be one additional way that Volkswagen can appeal to American autobuyers. It’s just one more step toward improved performance in the American market overall.

Volkswagen Shows off the R-Line Atlas

January 3, 2017 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , ,

Volkswagen unveiled its Atlas SUV last year, showing off its larger size and advanced tech features to help the automaker appeal to US buyers. Now VW is showing off a performance version of the SUV as well, and it’s nearly as exciting as the original release of the vehicle. This version of the Atlas boasts added power as well as some nice finish enhancements to the vehicle. It’s dubbed the Atlas R-Line and it’s a pretty cool ride.

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Enhanced Power

The Atlast R-Line SUV comes with two different power options, depending on how much performance you want. The base version of the R-Line puts out 235-HP from its four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The more powerful version offers a total of 280 HP from the 3.6 liter turbocharged six cylinder engine. Either way you get a whole lot of power from the SUV and it should feel quite a bit faster. Both versions of the SUV are equipped with an eight-speed auto transmission that should be nice and smooth no matter how hard you stomp on the gas pedal.

New Looks

The SUV comes with all the badging that you would expect, denoting that it’s an upgraded R-Line vehicle all over the place. It also comes fitted with larger 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels that really look nice on the Atlas. The SUV comes with a custom R-Line dashboard on the multimedia system, that will likely function much the same.

Same Great Features

While the Atlas R-Line is going to come with added power and some custom appearance modifications, it’s going to come with all the same features that makes the Atlas such an appealing ride. It should be fitted with an advanced multimedia system, should come in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and should be designed with a drive-select mode, allowing the driver to switch between different driving dynamics depending on needs.

If you were thinking of the Atlas, but didn’t’ want something lacking in power, the R-Line could be a good option for you. It will of course come with a higher price tag than the standard Atlas does, but anyone that’s dead set on getting the more powerful variation of the SUV likely won’t mind the higher price to have it.

If you’re interested in the R-Line SUV, it’s expected to be available around the same time as the standard Atlas, sometime this year when Volkswagen is ready to roll out the vehicle. It’s a major move for Volkswagen and marks its entry into the full-sized SUV market.

 

Volkswagen Hires 1,000 IT Experts to Develop Self Driving Cars

December 29, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

Automakers are beginning to push artificial intelligence technology and other autonomous systems into their vehicles. A few automakers have something for self-parking, a couple luxury vehicles come equipped with the technology to navigate through traffic at slow speeds without help from the driver and there are adaptive cruise control features on a range of models today. While each of those features is pretty darned impressive, they all pale in comparison to what the automakers, including Volkswagen, are planning for the future. They want to create ultra-intelligent vehicles that can handle a wide range of decision-making tasks on their own, which is exactly why Volkswagen is recruiting IT specialists so heavily at the moment.

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Hiring 1,000 New IT Experts

In order to keep up with all the new tech demands that come with remaining at the leading edge of innovation in the automotive industry, Volkswagen is hired a total of 1,000 new IT specialists, and they’re going to work hard to develop autonomous driving systems for VW over the next three years. It’s a tall order to get them to develop such advanced systems in that period of time, but with such a strong workforce Volkswagen should have a solid set of features by the end of the period.

Are Self driving Cars Possible for VW?

Self-driving cars are possible for every automaker, and Volkswagen clearly believes that it can develop vehicles that will drive themselves capably, which is why it’s making such a big investment into the technology now. There’s no guarantee that Volkswagen will be able to develop self-driving vehicles within the next 3 or even 5 years, but with prototypes out that are already handling some aspects of autonomous driving, it’s not hard to believe that it will happen.

EVs and Autonomous Vehicles the Future of VW?

Volkswagen is betting big on electric vehicles and autonomous driving, especially in countries lik the United States where the technology is gaining rapid interest. Volkswagen already has a full-electric out, the e-Golf, but it has big plans for more capable EVs in the future, and it wouldn’t be surprising if they eventually drive on their own as well.

The technology possibilities for Volkswagen are exciting, and they’ll likely remain at the forefront of the industry over the next decade thanks to the strong emphasis they’re putting into development and technological improvements, but only time will tell for sure. In the meantime, if you would like to make use of a pretty capable little EV, the e-Golf travels close to 100 miles on a charge and it’s a solid car sold at many Volkswagen dealerships around the country.

The Golf GTI Could be a Surprisingly Good Track Car

December 27, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

The Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S special edition car was used to set the front-wheel drive lap record at Nurburgring back in May with a pretty impressive time of just 7 minutes and 49 seconds. That same car has since been used to achieve an even more impressive time of 7 minutes and 47 seconds, putting it more than 3 seconds ahead of the next fastest front-wheel drive vehicle tested there, the Honda Civic Type R. While this special edition of the VW Golf isn’t available stateside, there are plenty of Golf GTI models that are, and they offer similar performance specifications as well.

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Why the Golf ClubSport S Can Set Records

There are a few different things that allow the Clubsport S to beat out other cars like the Honda Civic Type R. One of the main things that it has going for it is a lightweight body. Careful considerations make the Clubsport S one of the lightest cars to go around the ring.

Volkswagen opted for a six-speed manual clutch instead of the heavier dual clutch setup. The automaker also went with aluminum parts whenever possible and removed the rear seat, as well as floor mats and sound proofing material to shed a bit more weight. Overall it went down to an impressively low weight figure that made the most of the 310 HP offered by the 2.0 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine.

Excellent Handling and Lightweight Body

There are two things that make the Golf Clubsport S an excellent track car that it shares with the Golf GTI, a lightweight body and excellent handling mechanics. No matter which version of the vehicle you go with, you get excellent handling and a car that can take on the sharp corners without issue. If you opt for the Golf GTI you’ll enjoy a total of 210 HP and 258 lb.-ft. of torque to play with. Not only will you have all that power, but you’ll also have a lightweight vehicle that makes excellent use of it. The Golf is a small car that doesn’t weigh much at all, so when you consider that before thinking about the level of power it has, it’s easy to see why the Golf GTI is a good solid track car.

While the standard Golf GTI isn’t going to achieve lap speeds like the Clubsport S, it would probably hold its own nicely and command a decent time. Even if it isn’t a race car, the 2017 Golf GTI looks to be a very fun vehicle and a decent option for drivers that want something little and exciting to tool around in.

Volkswagen Prepares the Bigger and Better 2018 Tiguan

December 16, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , ,

While 2017 is nearly upon us, Volkswagen is hard at work on its 2018 model-year Tiguan. The latest crossover gets some exciting changes that are worth talking about, and we aren’t just talking about tech improvements that most models get between releases.

 

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

Made for Fuel Efficiency

Most crossovers today don’t care about fuel efficiency very much and they focus on power instead. This is a real mistake that Volkswagen isn’t making. Their 2018 Tiguan is focused specifically on fuel-efficiency, and it will show. There aren’t any figures out about the specific efficiency of this model, but buyers should expect great things from it anyway. The engine doesn’t put out flashy power figures, but it is completely designed for maximum efficiency figures, meaning that you should be able to drive surprisingly far on a single tank of fuel.

In order to make this crossover as efficient as possible, VW did have to make some changes to it. The automaker dropped down to a four-cylinder turbo-charged engine and they added on an eight-speed transmission. Doing this reduced the overall HP level slightly, but the automaker claims that it will boost efficiency figures nicely, while also enhancing acceleration at low speeds where it’s most needed.

Choose a Mid-Sized SUV

The current Volkswagen Tiguan is a decent-sized SUV, but it might not be quite large enough for some auto buyers with bigger families. That means they either have to jump up to the massive Touareg, or go to a different automaker in order to get the size that’s best for their actual needs. Well that is until now!

Volkswagen will be announcing another Tiguan option at the North American International Auto Show in 2017 in Detroit. This option will be longer and potentially have more seating space than the standard Tiguan does. Volkswagen is making two distinct changes on the model, giving it a longer wheelbase by 7.4″ and increasing its overall length by 10.7″. This creates enough space to add in a third row of seats and provide a total of two seating spots offering space for up to 7, or it adds a bunch more cargo room, the choice is yours.

Sitting on the MQB Platform

Volkswagen’s universal platform is the MQB and it’s known for offering good stability and excellent performance. If you are looking for a good solid VW vehicle, you won’t be disappointed with nearly anything that’s fitted on this highly tested platform. That’s why it’s good to hear that the Tiguan is going to be based on it as well.

There’s still a lot that we don’t yet know about the 2018 Tiguan, but it should bring some exciting changes for crossover owners looking to pick up a new vehicle. Whether they are interested in more interior space than the outgoing model, better fuel efficiency figures or exciting tech upgrades, all three will be available when the latest model finally hits the market, likely near the end of 2017.

 

Volkswagen Working to Find the Best Battery Tech for its EVs

December 8, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , ,

Volkswagen is all about electric vehicles lately, but all the automakers major plans for the future hinge on top-level battery technology. Without a high quality battery the EVs simply won’t drive far enough or fast enough to be worthwhile. That’s why Volkswagen is putting in the time and effort to locate the very best battery tech available, and to making sure that it’s leveraging this technology as much as possible. The automaker is hard at work with many battery developers looking for the latest advancements and the technology that is going to make its electric vehicles stand out.

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Creating the Perfect Battery Module

Volkswagen has quite the problem on its hands, but once it’s solved, the automaker will be able to produce small and large EVs using the same exact battery technology. Essentially Volkswagen is looking for a way to create lightweight batteries that produce ample power and run efficiently in any configuration they’re needed in. In other words, whether the space available is cylindrical, square or any other odd shape, Volkswagen will be able to fill it up with efficient batteries to do the job properly. This is the goal of all Volkswagen’s careful engineering meetings, and it’s something that the automaker is working hard at to achieve, but something that hasn’t been accomplished yet.

Developing More Potent Battery Cells

Volkswagen isn’t just working on coming up with the perfect packaging or setup for its battery cells, it’s also working hard on coming up with new more potent cells to use in its vehicles. The automaker is partnered with a bunch of different electronics companies that are all hard at work developing the latest battery technologies. By working with so many different companies, Volkswagen is hopeful that some major breakthroughs will come along in the next year or two to create much more capable batteries for its vehicles. There is a 60 amp-hour cell that’s currently being tested, which would offer dramatic improvements over the 37 amp-hour version that Volkswagen is currently waiting to go into production. Even the 37 amp-hour cells offer enough power to allow the Budd-E concept to travel more than 200 miles on a single charge. It will be very exciting to see what the 60 amp-hour cells are able to achieve.

Working with All Cell Shapes

In order to achieve the best level of performance out of its batteries, Volkswagen is working with pouch shaped, prismatic shaped and cylindrical shaped batteries in order to find what works the absolute best. Many automakers are simply choosing one technology and sticking with it. That’s the strategy of massive EV maker Tesla, but it might not be the right way to go, at least not in this crucial period of development. By not committing to any one cell toplogy, Volkswagen might be able to get better performance improvements out of the one that it finally decides to go with, or the automaker could take advantage of advancements that haven’t come along just yet.

 

 

 

 

VW Cuts Production to Current Model and Plans Future Improvements

November 27, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , ,

While many people are still picking up the new Volkswagen CC, the automaker stated that there simply aren’t enough sales for the current generation of the vehicle to justify its continued production. For that reason the automaker has decided to discontinue it for the short term. It’s an interesting decision, and something that many VW fans wasn’t expecting, but it’s not all bad news. The next model is expected to bring some exciting changes.

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Current CC is No Longer in Production

Experts are saying that Volkswagen is reportedly cutting off production of the current model year CC, but they are working on the next version already. The car isn’t selling in high enough volumes, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t obtain a current model year CC, because many dealerships still have quite a few in stock. The vehicle is known for sporty performance and exciting handling characteristics.

New and Improved CC

The next VW CC is expected to be noticeably improved over the current model year version. The car will be based on the MQB platform that many VW vehicles are being offered with and should have many similarities to the Passat. The car will come in both four and five seat varieties, depending on the options that you choose to get. The car should also be equipped with the very latest tech features available in consumer cars, making it a strong competitor to other sporty coupes out on the road.

Rugged Good Looks

The next version of the CC is expected to borrow heavily from the Sport Coupe Concept that VW recently showed off. That means it will likely have a sleek shape and a stout and masculine front end, giving the vehicle an overall edgy and tough appearance. It’s an exciting design direction for the CC to head in and could be just the thing needed to bring more interest to the coupe overall.

If you’re interested in the current Volkswagen CC it’s still available at most auto dealerships. If you are interested in the next version of the car, it should be released sometime next year, and bring with it a whole host of new and exciting changes.

Volkswagen is Determined to Use a Heads up Display

November 17, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , ,

Volkswagen is committed to the idea of offering a heads up display on its ID electric vehicle. This vehicle won’t be available to purchase until 2020, but the heads up display is likely to still be a very exciting piece of technology. The way that Volkswagen describes the system, its will be a holographic overlay on the windshield of the vehicle to help you see better and drive more safely. While it’s impossible to say what features this system is going to have exactly, it’s something that Volkswagen is highly committed to.

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Making Room for the System

Volkswagen really wants to put a heads up display in its electric vehicle. In fact, the automaker is so invested in the idea, that it actually moved the electric motor to the back, just so that there would be enough space to move the dashboard forward to make room for the HUD. It’s something that Volkswagen ID owners are almost certain to enjoy in the future.

Features of the System

While the HUD system is still a long ways away, Volkswagen goes into detail about the different features that should be included with it when it does get released. While running a navigation program, the system will highlight turns right on the road itself. The display will help you spot road turns faster and more effectively than traditional navigation systems are able to, making it particularly useful while driving at night.

The system will highlight potential road hazards so they are easier to spot as you drive around. A pedestrian crossing the street, or an animal out in the road would be lit up by the display so that you have no choice but to spot them while you drive.

Not only is the system likely to warn you about things on the road itself, but it will show off warning messages such as low traction, or snowy driving conditions up ahead. The system should be able to react to a variety of images that it picks up out on the road, which will make it particularly effective.

This sounds like a pretty exciting set of features that will make the Volkswagen ID a cool car to own, but 2020 is still quite a ways away, and the feature list, as well as the concept itself could change entirely before the vehicle is ever released. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on the different features and make sure the car is offering exactly what you want before you purchase it.

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.