Category: Volkswagen

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.

The Two Door Volkswagen is New Of limited Supply

September 16, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , ,

If you prefer two-door Volkswagen vehicles to other models, you now have a limited supply of vehicles to shop from. That’s because Volkswagen is officially killing off the two-door form factor in America entirely. There will be no more two-door vehicles sold, which means you’ll have to purchase them used from a dealership instead.

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Why the Reduction

It’s likely that Volkswagen is heading in this direction because two door models just aren’t that popular any longer. When you consider what you lose out on when you go with a two-door vehicle, it makes a lot of sense that these vehicles aren’t popular. When you opt for a vehicle with two doors instead of four, you’re getting less interior space and less room for shuttling people around. Sure two-door vehicles look nice, and they are practically synonymous with sports cars, but that doesn’t matter when sales are declining.

Minimal Price Difference

One good reason to pick up a two-door Volkswagen used to be because it was more affordable. After all, if you only have two people to drive around, why not save a bit of cash on your vehicle purchase? The problem with that line of thinking today is, that switching to a two-door option only saves a very little amount of cash. In fact, the price difference is around $600 between a two door and four door Golf. For most people that price difference isn’t enough to pay attention to and certainly not enough of a reason to allow it to determine the form-factor of your vehicle.

Get a New Two Door GTI

At the moment it’s still possible to build a brand-new two door Golf GTI, but that isn’t going to be an option for very much longer. It’s a 2016 model-year vehicle, and that window for buying is closing fast. IF you have your heart set on getting one of these vehicles new, you’ll have to head to your dealer and act really fast. Otherwise you’ll be shopping around through all the available used models to find the one that’s right for you.

Volkswagen is known for doing away with vehicles that aren’t popular, but that’s pretty common among any successful auto companies. If you’re not happy with the loss, you’ll have to get a two-door while you still can. It’s not likely that Volkswagen is going to bring the two-door form-factor back in America anytime soon.

Is the 3 Row VW SUV Coming Soon

September 9, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , ,

Recently a Volkswagen prototype SUV has been spotted out on the roads in China. It’s a large three-row SUV and is likely the model that Volkswagen plans on releasing in the United States and around the rest of the world within the next year. It’s exactly what Volkswagen needs to help it compete against other automakers offering vehicles to larger families.

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The Look

If the photos out of China are actually of the new three-row VW SUV that’s coming to the US, it’s not a bad looking vehicle at all. It’s similar to a Durango in shape, with a lengthy flat top, a large muscular front end and a curvy rear and it has plenty of rugged creases that give it a pretty desirable look. Sure it’s a bit bland overall, but it looks better than many of the other large SUVs that you already see out on the market, so it should be a decent entry for the automaker.

The Big Release

There isn’t any information about when this full-sized SUV is going to be released in the United States, but it’s expected to be produced right in Tennessee and then sold throughout America. The vehicle will likely come with a turbocharged gasoline engine, and will likely have a few different engine options as well.

The large SUV being spotted in testing is an encouraging sign that Volkswagen is getting close to releasing it to the public, but only time will tell if the SUV is actually the model that’s going to be launched, or if Volkswagen is just testing out a new project that they have planned for another country.

Volkswagen Takes the Top APEAL Spot in 2016

August 27, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , ,

For years now the J.D. Power APEAL study has been considered as a benchmark for car owner satisfaction. If a particular model, or brand of vehicle gets high scores on the study, it means that owners with these vehicles are generally happier with their purchases. That’s something to be excited about, and something that you should take not of as well, and it’s something that Volkswagen buyers will be very interested in. After all, Volkswagen did take the top spot for non-luxury vehicles.

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Volkswagen the Non Luxury APEAL Leader

Volkswagen managed to get a score of 809 points between all its different vehicles. This score was quite a bit higher than the overall average of 801 points, and it put Volkswagen in the 12th spot overall, when including all the luxury brands. When you take the luxury brands out of the equation that score puts Volkswagen squarely at the top of the study. It did better than all the other brands out there, which means you should really be interested in Volkswagen vehicles and how enjoyable they are to drive around.

How the Study Works

A total of 33 different nameplates were considered for the study. This includes all the biggest automakers from around the world, and it considers all the major vehicle manufacturers that sell vehicles in the United States. More than 80,000 car owners were talked to about their vehicles and which ones they prefer to come up with the end results for this study. That’s a lot of opinions and that’s why the findings from this study are so significant. Even if the results don’t reflect the opinions of everyone accurately, they reflect the opinions of a large portion of the auto buyers in the United States.

The next time that you go to shop for a vehicle, just remember that if you aren’t getting a luxury car the best that you can do is a Volkswagen if you want to be satisfied with your purchase. This is based on significant statistical results, and it shows that Volkswagen really focuses on the features that are going to make auto buyers happiest with their purchases.

Volkswagen Cleans up the Golf Lineup

August 22, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , ,

Volkswagen is beginning to understand that consumers aren’t interested in complicated. They like simple options that they can pick from, with results that are easy to predict. That’s exactly why the automaker is beginning to limit the options available to Golf buyers, there were simply too many of them in the past. Not only that, but Volkswagen is also making the vehicle more affordable to purchase, at least by a small amount.

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Simpler Golf Choices

Choosing a Golf used to mean choosing from a bunch of different variations, but Volkswagen is downsizing and streamlining a bit to make that whole process simpler. If you decide that you want the standard Golf, you can pick from the hatchback four door version, or the Wolfsburg four door version of the car if you aren’t willing to pre-order and wait for the model to be finished. If you are willing to pre-order, you can also get the SE and SEL models of the Golf.

Need the GTI SE or Autobahn for Performance

If you’re interested in getting the high performance variation of the Golf GTI, you actually have to purchase the SE or Autobahn editions of that vehicle now. The Performance Package isn’t available to owners of the GTI S at all, but that package comes as a standard feature set on either of the other two models mentioned up above.

More Affordable Golf Models

Both the Golf S and the GTI SE models are more affordable than they once were when purchased from Volkswagen. The Golf S is $280 lower than last year’s listing, and the GTI SE will cost consumers around $225 less than it did for 2016. Those aren’t huge drops, but when the cost of so many other vehicles is climbing upward, it’s nice to see at least one that’s headed in the other direction.

Why Volkswagen is Simplifying its Offerings

Volkswagen started to realize that it was offering just a few too many options to Golf buyers, and the automaker is hoping that by simplifying options, and adding more features as standard in the higher level vehicles, it can close more sales. Buyers won’t have to do as much research or worry that they are purchasing the wrong variation, and that simpler process will hopefully cause more people to actually make the purchase.

The Stretched Tiguan Makes an Appearance

August 15, 2016 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , ,

It’s been ages since Volkswagen announced the new Tiguan and actually showed it off, almost a year now, but still nothing is available in the United States yet. That’s due to having to rely on the Puebla Mexico factory that still isn’t retrofitted for producing the vehicle properly yet. Anyway, people have been eagerly awaiting news of the latest Tiguan because it’s supposed to have three rows in the stretched version, and there’s finally some images to look at for the latest model. That’s truly exciting for someone waiting to pick this model up when it’s available!

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The Stretched Model

When you take a look at an image of the stretched model of the Tiguan it’s obvious that the rear doors have been stretched out. This added length gives Volkswagen the room it needs for another set of seats to help the vehicle appeal to larger families. The latest model looks a bit more like a station wagon than the shorter version does, but it keeps the same general styling overall. A strong front, sloped rear and relatively flat top give it a raked over look that’s not too bad at all. If you’re looking for a large SUV that looks somewhat like a high quality station wagon, you should wait for the Tiguan to be released by Volkswagen.

Powertrain Options

There’s no guarantee about what powertrain Volkswagen is going to release, but you better believe there is going to be a turbocharged four-cylinder that’s going to be offered. There is also likely a standard six-cylinder offering, and other than that it’s tough to say what options will be available. It’s possible there will be a hybrid variation that could make it more efficient or even more powerful. Either way, the Tiguan is going to be a pretty capable vehicle and a decent option for families when it’s finally released.

With the stretched version of the Tiguan showing up out in the open, it’s likely that an official reveal is going to happen pretty soon. That’s something to get excited about, and it could mean that Volkswagen is getting closer to launch the latest Tiguan in the United States as well.