Safe Driving Tips for Halloween

While most people spend Halloween night either passing out candy or walking through the streets with their trick-or-treaters, some of us may need to do some driving. If you need to get in the car, here are some driving tips for Halloween to help keep everyone safe along the way.

Halloween Driving Tips

  • Put away any potential distractions in your car, like your phone or food. Turn off the radio and roll the windows down if possible so you can better hear those walking around you.
  • Drive slowly and be extra vigilant while driving through residential neighborhoods. Kids can be very excited on Halloween and do not always act predictably.
  • When pulling in or leaving your driveway, drive carefully and look out for any walkers coming your way.
  • Make sure you come to a complete stop at all intersections to give any walkers a chance to cross. Try to make eye contact with them so they know you are letting them cross.
  • If kids dart out into the street, do not honk at them. Let them cross.
  • Turn on your headlights, even if the sun is still up, to give you better visibility and make it easier for any kids to see you.
  • Most communities hold trick-or-treat between 5:30-9:30 p.m., so be extra alert during that time.

Everyone here at Gossett VW Germantown wishes you and yours a safe and happy Halloween!

Volkswagen Passat GT Named One of the Top Cars for Your Commute

If you are like the majority of working Americans, then you have to drive to work every day, which means that you want a car that will make your commute easier and more enjoyable. According to CarGurus, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT fits that bill, earning the title of one of its Top Cars for Your Commute.

2018 Volkswagen Passat

CarGurus included the Passat GT because of its great fuel economy and strong engine. “With 280 horsepower, its powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine has enough power to keep commuters going on their daily drive,” says Matt Smith, Senior Editor at CarGurus.

Performance

The Passat GT is powered by a 3.6-liter VR6® engine rated at 280 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a six-speed DSG® automatic transmission. Together, this combination offers an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. *

Design

Setting the Passat GT apart from the rest of the Passat lineup is its sporty styling cues that include R-line® bumpers, LED headlights and taillights, 19-inch aluminum alloy-wheels with black accents, red brake calipers, and red accents in the honeycomb grille.

Technology

Inside, it comes with lots of technology to keep you entertained on your drive. Features include a 6.3-inch touch screen, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and VW’s Car-Net® smartphone integration.

To see the award-winning Passat GT up close and personal, stop into Gossett VW Germantown.

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

2018 Volkswagen Jetta Named Most Appealing Compact Car

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta may be available at Gossett VW Germantown, but that doesn’t mean the previous-generation Jetta is done racking up acclaim. Recently, the 2018 Jetta earned the title of most appealing compact car in J.D. Power’s 2018 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. This marks five times that the Jetta has earned the honor.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

“This award further validates the Jetta as an exceptionally competitive offering in the compact sedan segment,” said Werner Eichhorn, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, VW North American Region. “The all-new 2019 Jetta recently joined the lineup and we hope it will be as successful as the previous generation.”

 

In addition to the Jetta’s success, the Volkswagen Golf and Tiguan each ranked second in their respective segments, and the all-new Atlas ranked fourth among midsize SUVs. Overall, Volkswagen raised its rank by three spots to outpace industry improvement and beat the industry average score.

 

The APEAL Study is based on the responses of more than 67,000 new vehicle purchasers and lessees, determining the vehicles that are the hottest on the road today. To see what makes the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta so great, and to see why the 2019 Jetta is even better, stop into Gossett VW Germantown.

Fall Vehicle Service Tips

The return of autumn is a refreshing break between the scorching heat of summer and the frigid winds of winter. It’s also a great opportunity to get caught up on necessary vehicle maintenance. If you’re due for a stop at Gossett VW Germantown this fall, make sure you check these necessary boxes on your maintenance to-do list.

Fall Service Tips

Wipers and lights

Leaves and rain can make it tougher to see clearly during the fall, so take the appropriate steps to make sure you can see as clearly as possible. If you haven’t changed your wipers in six months or a year, you’re likely going to want to swap in a new set of blades — especially if you’re noticing missed spots and streaks. You’ll also want to make sure that all the exterior lights on your vehicle work since the days will be growing shorter — check everything from your headlamps and taillamps to your brake lights and emergency lights.

 

Tires

 Having proper traction is important, especially when the road is slick with rain or fallen leaves. To make sure that you maintain composure, take the time to inspect your tires. If you are short of air, fill them up. If you notice cracks, bumps, or a lack of tread, bring your vehicle to Gossett VW Germantown and we will tell you if you’re due for a new set.

 

There are many, many steps that you can take to ensure safer driving this fall. There’s only one right place to have those needs addressed: Gossett VW Germantown.

 

 

Volkswagen Atlas Earns Best Three-Row SUV for Families Award from Edmunds

From the food you eat to the home you make together, you only want the best for your family. A reliable and intelligent family vehicle is a big part of that equation, and with so many on the market to choose from, you may feel at a loss for narrowing down your choices. Fortunately, the experts at Parents and Edmunds have made your work a little easier by naming the new Volkswagen Atlas its Best Three-Row SUV for families in their 10 Best Family Cars for 2018 Awards.

“We are so proud to be named one of the 10 best cars for families by Parents magazine and Edmunds,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The 2018 Atlas was designed and assembled in America specifically with American families in mind. Three rows of highly configurable seating with the latest tech features and Volkswagen’s trademark style and driving dynamics is definitely a winning combination.”

Among the biggest factors considered by Edmunds and Parents in determining the 10 Best Family Cars for 2018 Award-winners is safety. Only vehicles that have earned top scores from both the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are considered in the running. The Atlas got a leg up on the pack with its exceptional third-row legroom, People First Warranty, and steering that Dan Edmunds of Edmunds says helps the Atlas drive like a much smaller vehicle.

If you want nimble handling, superlative safety, and no shortage of style, look no further than the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas — the superior choice for your family, available at Gossett VW Germantown.

Take the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Back to School

Volkswagen is taking its lineup into the future and the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is one of our first glimpses. It is fully redesigned this year, offering more safety and technology while still delivering excellent value that has come to define the Jetta for decades.

It’s also an exceptionally great choice for families getting ready to head back to school for another year.  Here are just four reasons why the Jetta is the perfect back-to-school car.

  1. Warranty. Like all Volkswagens, the 2019 Jetta is standard with the People First Warranty, a 6-year/72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty. This covers nearly every aspect of the car, meaning you won’t have to worry about car repairs for a long time.
  2. Safety. Every Jetta comes standard with a rearview camera. Add in the available Driver Assistance package, which adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking for even more confidence and peace of mind.
  3. Value. With its variety of trim levels, there is a Jetta to please practically everyone and every budget. With a starting price under $20,000, the 2019 Jetta is even a good fit for student drivers working with tight budgets.
  4. Technology. You won’t be left in the dark ages with the 2019 Jetta. It comes standard with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay™, and Android Auto™, a USB port, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen.

Stylish, smart, and safe, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is a smart choice for back-to-school. See it up close and personal at Gossett VW Germantown.

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.

safety tips for traveling with pets

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.

Volkswagen Sees First Quarter Sales Record - Gossett VW Germantown - Memphis, TN

“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.

Atlas Tanoak Concept - Gossett VW Germantown - Memphis, TN

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!