Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets this Summer

Taking your dog or cat with you on vacation can add lots of fun to your trip, and it can save you money on a pet-sitter. But traveling with pets presents some challenges and requires extra planning, so keep these tips in mind.

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It’s important to make sure you have all the necessary identification for your pet like rabies vaccination papers, which may be required when crossing the border into some states. It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped if you haven’t gotten that done already.

Always secure your pet in a carrier of some kind. Depending on the kind of traveling you’re doing, you might want a softer carrier made of fabric to keep them comfortable in your backseat, or a harder plastic one that’s more suitable for air travel. Don’t let your pet wander the car while you drive—this is much more dangerous for your pet and even more dangerous if you should get into an accident.

Be prepared for if your pet gets sick or injured on the road. Look up nearby vet hospitals on your route and bring along first aid items like gauze and hydrogen peroxide to make them throw up if they eat something they shouldn’t. And, of course, bring plenty of food and water to keep them hydrated.

These are just some of the many things to consider when heading out on the road with your pet onboard. To find out what pet-friendly accessories Volkswagen offers for your vehicle, stop by Gossett VW Germantown.

Parents Magazine and Edmunds Name 2018 VW Atlas Best Three-Row SUV

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has been named the Best Three-Row SUV by Edmunds and Parents magazine on their annual 10 Best Family Cars list. The 10 Best Family Cars list examines several key aspects of cars in each segment to determine which ones are the most functional for families.

2018 VW Atlas Best Three-Row SUV

Parents and Edmunds first narrow down the list by only including vehicles that have been chosen as TOP SAFETY PICKs by the IIHS and have received 5-star safety ratings from the NHTSA. Of all the vehicles released for the 2018 model year, 109 met these standards.

From there, Edmunds and Parents both examined the cars using their own areas of expertise. Edmunds looked at the specs and mechanics of all 109 vehicles and narrowed it down to 20 finalists, while Parents installed car seats in each model to determine how easy and time-consuming it was, as well as finding the most family-friendly features.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was the three-row SUV with the best safety technology, specs, and family-oriented features, and it earned bonus points for its People First Warranty, a bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty that lasts 6 years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. Pair all that with five versatile trim levels, and the Volkswagen Atlas truly has something for every family.

To experience the award-winning 2018 Volkswagen Atlas firsthand, stop on into Gossett VW Germantown for a test drive.

Volkswagen Sees First Quarter Sales Record

Volkswagen has been around for a long time, but it still has the capacity to impress. In March, VW delivered a whopping 1.04 million vehicles around the globe, setting a new record for the month and driving a new all-time best for first-quarter sales.

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“The first-quarter results confirm the attractiveness of our products,” said Fred Kappler, Head of Group Sales at Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. “However, this good performance does not mean we can let up in our efforts; instead we must continue to strengthen customers’ trust in our brands and products in the second quarter as well.”

In all, Volkswagen delivered 1,043,400 vehicles in March, including sales of 57,800 vehicles in the United States. This gave VW a Q1 total of 2,679,800 global sales, up 7.4 percent from 2017. Through the first quarter, VW put up 10 percent growth in the United States at a total 148,900 vehicles delivered across all brands.

VW’s roll has only continued in the second quarter. Sales in the United States remain strong, thanks in no small part to the launch of the new and improved 2019 VW Jetta. The Jetta is available to test drive at Gossett VW Germantown, as are other exciting Volkswagens like the Atlas, Golf, and Beetle.

Volkswagen Teases Return of Pickups with Atlas Tanoak Concept

Pickup trucks are all the rage these days, but it’s been quite some time since Volkswagen has offered on in the United States. The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Concept suggests that this may one day no longer be the case, teasing a dual-cab, short-bed pickup truck that is exceptionally stylish and keeping with VW’s unique flair for the dramatic.

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The Atlas Tanoak Concept, which debuted earlier this year in New York, is powered by a burly 276-horsepower FSI® gasoline engine and rides on 4MOTION® all-wheel drive. It’s underpinned by VW’s versatile MQB architecture, showing off what the platform that supports the Atlas can do when put to the test.

With nearly 2 inches of additional ground clearance, a 214.1-inch length, and 128.3-inch wheelbase, the Atlas Tanoak is quite different in proportion from the Atlas SUV. It’s also utterly unlike any other truck on the market in terms of its look—specifically, it’s notable for its LED headlights and integrated LED-lit grille, as well as its tailgate-encompassing LED taillamps. Finishing off the Atlas Tanoak Concept’s handsome presentation is a smart Red Earth exterior hue.

Volkswagen is staying mum as to whether the Atlas Tanoak Concept will inspire a production version down the line. If we had our way, that bad boy would be at Gossett VW Germantown tomorrow, so here’s hoping VW makes it happen!

VW Atlas Cross Sport Concept Teases Eventual Production Crossover

Volkswagen is looking to meet the demands of drivers needing a capable, stylish, and smart five-row crossover with plans in the works to launch a smaller version of the popular Atlas SUV. Earlier this year at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, VW previewed what this vehicle might look like with the Atlas Cross Sport concept, a near-production version of the vehicle that will be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2019.

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The Atlas Cross Sport Concept holds modern design and innovation at its heart. This suave, sporty new vehicle is a plug-in hybrid, boasting a 3.6-liter V6 FSI® engine that delivers 276 horsepower and electric motors mounted on the front and rear axle. This powertrain is expected to deliver 335 horsepower and achieve 0-60 mph in a mere 5.4 seconds, as well as an all-electric driving range of up to 26 miles.

Boasting a coupe-like profile with short overhangs and a low stance, the Atlas Cross Sport concept is sleek and stylish. It boasts LED headlights that connect across the grille’s crossbars, which illuminate to act as LED Daytime Running Lights. On the inside, the Atlas Cross Sport concept sports a 12.3-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and a high-mounted 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen with configurable layout.

If the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept is accurate to the final product, we’ll all be in for a treat when the production version arrives sometime within the next two years. To see the best of what Volkswagen has to offer in the meantime, stop into Gossett VW Germantown for a test drive.

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets to Consider This Spring

One of the best parts of springtime is the freedom to take road trips with your family. One member of your family you might wish to bring along is your pet—but you’re not exactly how to do so safely. That’s okay; there are a number of safety tips for traveling with pets that should help you get where you want to go with your furry friend in tow.

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  • If you’ve never traveled with a pet before, take them on a short trip around the block or to the store to test their resolve. Car rides can be big sources of stress for pets, so it’s best to figure out their temperament before you take them with you on a cross-country tip
  • You should always make sure that your pet is restrained, contained, or crated during a road trip. The American Human Society recommends “purchasing a specially designed pet seatbelt, carrier or barrier to avoid irreversible consequences due to distractions or other mishaps.”
  • You love it when your buddy cuddles in your lap at home, but you should not let them sit in your lap on a trip. In fact, your pet should not ever be in the front seats for any reason—keep them in the second and third rows where it’s safe
  • We all love seeing a dog’s floppy jowls getting pushed back by the wind rushing past, but you should never allow your pet to stick their head out a window. Not only is this a way for them to be hit and injured by debris, but high winds can also irritate mucus membranes and cause medical issues

While Volkswagen makes vehicles perfectly catered to bringing along your furry friends, it’s important that you know how to take them with you safely and soundly. For more pet-friendly travel tips, and to see which new VW vehicles best fit your road-tripping needs, stop into Gossett VW Germantown.

How to Check Your Car’s Air Conditioner

This summer, many of us will set out on cross-country road trips, while others will simply explore the great outdoors throughout Tennessee. You will no doubt want to make sure you stay comfortably cool while driving around, so it’s essential to check your car’s air conditioner if it seems to be acting funny or if it’s been a while since your last check-up. Here’s a brief how-to guide on how to check your car’s air conditioner.

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  • Check fans and air filter: Start your vehicle and turn on the air conditioner on high. Is the air cool? Warm? Make sure the fans are running. If they are, you will want to check your cabin air filter and make sure it isn’t clogged and reducing air flow.
  • Check A/C compressor (and electric wiring, if necessary): If the fans are running and the air filter is clear, you will want to check the A/C compressor, which is located in the engine bay. Check to see if the middle of the compressor’s pulley is rotating with the rest of the pulley system. If it’s not, it may be broken. You can also try adding refrigerant and see if this alleviates the problem.
  • Check for cracks and leaks in the air conditioning system: Sometimes you can see cracks in the system, but other times they are too difficult to see with the naked eye. You can use a leak detection kit to evaluate the system, which uses dye to show where any leaks are. If you detect a leak, you should take your vehicle in to get repaired.

If you want to make sure there’s nothing wrong with your A/C before embarking on your journey this summer, bring your vehicle into Gossett VW Germantown for a professional inspection.

We Absolutely Need the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Pickup

If you’re old enough to remember the day when Volkswagen made pickup trucks for America, you might have been wondering why VW hasn’t dipped its toes back in with the segment booming over the past several years. Wonder no more, because the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak posits a world where America once again has a VW pickup.

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And it was well worth the wait. The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept truck, revealed last month at the New York Auto Show, is an incredibly handsome and future-thinking pickup that would almost certainly attract scores of drivers if it were brought to market.

Of its Atlas Tanoak concept, Volkswagen writes: “Designed as a dual-cab, short-bed truck, the Atlas Tanoak would check in as a mid-size pickup. It’s not just a chopped and stretched Atlas either, but a custom take on the MQB platform. Compared to the 2018 Atlas, at 128.3 inches, its wheelbase is 11 inches longer, with an overall length at 214.1 inches that’s 15.8 inches longer. To improve off-roading, the Atlas Tanoak sits nearly 2 inches higher, with 9.8 inches of ground clearance, riding on 20-inch wheels.”

Yes. Please.

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the VW Atlas Tanoak concept’s design is its use of LEDs. From the grille-integrated daytime running lamps and illuminated grille and Volkswagen badge to the red LED taillights that run the length of the tailgate, this truck looks utterly unlike anything on the market today. And with a 3.6-liter VR6 that cranks out 276 horsepower and 4Motion all-wheel drive, it would likely perform like a beast all its own.

Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed whether the Atlas Tanoak concept will lead to a production model, but if Gossett VW Germantown gets any kind of say, let it be known that we cast a resounding aye vote.

Spring Car Service Tips for the Season Ahead

Warm spring weather is quickly rolling in, which means now is the perfect time to take care of some seasonal car maintenance. Whether you’re a DIY type of owner or someone who prefers to let the professionals handle maintenance, spring car service is a must. Here are a few items to attend to that will help you enjoy all that the season has to offer without having to fret about car trouble.

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Change the Oil

Engine oil performs multiple roles within the engine block, all of which are a necessity to keep your car moving. Since oil is responsible for lubricating, cooling, and protecting vital components, it’s extremely important to get an oil change for the spring season. After all, who wants to break down and wait for roadside assistance when there’s spring weather to enjoy?

Check the Tires

Winter weather can do a number on your tires. That’s why it’s so important to perform an inspection every week during the spring. Checking your vehicle’s tires doesn’t take long, especially if you have a keen eye. Simply walk around the vehicle and keep an eye out for bulges, cracks, and other abnormalities. You can also perform the penny test to ensure that you have an acceptable level of tread depth. It wouldn’t hurt to check the tire pressure and inflate or deflate the tires accordingly, either.

Inspect the Lights

A properly functioning lighting system is a necessity all year round, so it makes sense to inspect your headlights and taillights in every season. As the warmer weather rolls around, begin inspecting your vehicle’s lighting system by performing a quick walk around before you leave. Take note of any dim or dead bulbs and replace them as necessary.

These are just a few of the steps that you can take to ensure that your vehicle is up for springtime use. To have your spring maintenance needs fulfilled, stop by the service center at Gossett Volkswagen Germantown.

Innovation Fuels Uptick in 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Fuel Economy

As if there wasn’t already reason enough to be excited about the arrival of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta later this summer, it’s been revealed that innovations and improvements to aerodynamics and powertrain will enable the new Jetta to deliver a phenomenal EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.*

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“Fuel efficiency has long been a key concern of compact sedan buyers, and we knew in designing the new Jetta we would need to push the state of the art,” said Dr. Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer, North American Region, Volkswagen. “But we also knew these buyers demand good value, and our innovations will prove their value in everyday use.”

Leading the fuel economy improvements for the new Jetta is the optimization of the 1.4-liter TSI® engine, which deliver phenomenal drivability and balance while getting even more bang for your buck at the pump. Changes made to the Jetta’s engine include a clutch-driven air conditioner, higher-quality oil, and standard auto stop/star system, the latter of which cuts down on fuel losses when sitting in stop-and-go traffic by as much as 6 percent.

Volkswagen also made significant improvements to the Jetta’s aerodynamics, cutting its drag co-efficient to a class-leading 0.27. New active grille shutters in the front grille and an “air curtain” front bumper design decreases turbulence and improves both performance and efficiency.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is going to be more efficient, but it’s also going to be a heck of a lot more fun to drive. To see for yourself, be sure to stop into Gossett VW Germantown this summer to see what VW has cooked up.

*Where stated, fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.