Take a Peek at the All-new Volkswagen Atlas SUV

volkswagen logoIt’s official: the upcoming new SUV model from Volkswagen will be named the Atlas. VW officially unveiled the all-new Volkswagen Atlas SUV at the Santa Monica Pier in California at the end of October. This new SUV will be built right here in Tennessee and is designed specifically for the American market.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will have three rows of seating for up to seven passengers and will come with a full suite of available driver assist features. Buyers will be able to choose between two engine options: a turbocharged four-cylinder and a more powerful V6.

“This is the biggest and boldest Volkswagen we have ever built in the United States, delivering the distinctive design and craftsmanship we’re known for, now with room for seven,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North America Region for Volkswagen. “The Atlas marks a brand new journey for Volkswagen to enter into the heart of the American market.”

Inside, passengers will find a spacious, comfortable, high-tech environment. With both the second and third tow seats folded, the Atlas offers up to 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The seats—even the third row–are supportive and comfortable for those young and old. And, with a customizable Volkswagen Digital Cockpit and nine available driver assist features, it is a modern SUV for the modern American family.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will be coming to Gossett VW Germantown in the spring of 2017.

VW Golf Drag Car Boasts 600 HP

2016 VW Golf
2016 VW Golf

Most drivers tend to love the incredibly expensive, insanely powerful, sleekly designed supercars, but what if we told you that a VW Golf could outrun them? If you’ve already laughed at the mere thought of that happening, we have a video that you need to watch. YouTuber Gumbal took a standard Golf and switched out the engine to create the ultimate VW Golf drag car.

The VW Golf drag car had its standard four-cylinder engine switched out for a 2.9-liter turbocharged VR6 that pumps out a whopping 600 hp. All that power is sent directly through the front wheels.

In the video, the VW Golf takes on a Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG. In the first quarter-mile drag race, the Golf posts a time of 12.3 seconds compared to theML63 AMG’s 13.63 seconds.

Throughout the four minute video, the Golf outruns all of its competitors, including an Audi R8 with a massive V10 engine under its hood.

Toward the end of the video, the VW Golf drag car takes on a Dodge Challenger SRT, a more affordable model for most drivers. The old Golf easily outpaces the muscle car without breaking a sweat.

Here at Gossett VW Germantown, we’d be pumped to drive such an incredible VW Golf!

What Do Your Vehicle Warnings Indicators Mean?

check engineWe’ve all been there. You’re driving along, ABBA’s greatest hits blaring from your stereo, without a care in the world, and then all the sudden, one of the Vehicle Warning Indicators lights up on your dash.

Now you have a couple of options. You could place a small square electrical tape over the icon. Out of sight, out of mind. But then you’d be ignoring a really great preventative maintenance tool from workings its magic. Instead, why not learn what all they mean?

  • Service Engine – This light indicates that a routine maintenance task is due. It could also indicate an urgent issue with your engine.
  • Tire Pressure – One or more of your tires are low. Find a safe place to pull over and check the tires.
  • Battery – This light means that your battery may be dead or your alternator might be faulty. Take your vehicle to a car parts store. Most will check your battery for free.
  • Coolant Temperature Warning – If your coolant temperature is rising, it might mean a faulty thermostat. It likely means a coolant leak, like from a ruptured hose.
  • Oil Pressure Warning – Your engine has low oil pressure. This is likely due to the fact that you’ve burnt off a significant amount of oil or there is a leak. Check the oil level immediately.

Volkswagen Golf R Named a “2016 All-Star”

Golf RThe Volkswagen Golf R has always been a standout in versatility and style. But the 2016 Golf R has finally been recognized for its excellence. Automobile has named the Golf R to its 2016 list of All-Stars.

Automobile—a leading automotive lifestyle magazine—awards vehicles to this list every year based on style, class, importance, and desirability. This list is quite prestigious, and Golf R scored the honor being on it for the first time.

“Volkswagen Golf R wowed us with its potent performance on both road and track,” said Mike Floyd, Editor-in-Chief, Automobile. “But more than that, it’s also an incredibly practical package that can haul the mail as well.”

The latest Golf R is making strides from its previous models. It’s the most powerful version of the Golf yet, redefining the hatchback category. There’s space for five adults and significantly more trunk space than most sedans have. It boasts an amazing 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque without compromising its fuel economy with an estimated 31 highway mpg.

If you want to see for yourself just why it’s an “All-Star,” check the Golf R out at Gossett VW Germantown!

Passat Earns Top Safety Pick Plus

2016 VW Passat
2016 VW Passat

Volkswagens should never be underestimated, especially concerning their safety. And the brand proved this when the 2016 Passat was named IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus.

On the 2016 Passat, there’s new front and rear styling that has given it that top safety score. The mid-sized sedan received the top score of “good” across all areas of testing. These wins include the small front overlap crash, the most difficult testing area, as well as an advanced rating for front crash prevention.

The Passat earned the important “plus” by receiving good ratings in all crash tests as well as superior rating for front crash prevention. The new Passat’s front crash prevention system is to thank for these wins. Front Assist, a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking, is standard on SE models and above.

The Passat isn’t the only Volkswagon on the list of vehicle to the Top Safety Pick Plus List. It joins the 2016 Golf, Golf SportWagon, Golf GTI and Jetta. Clearly, Volkswagons are proving that they are made to be safe and reliable.

Volkswagen Safety Technologies: Keeping You Safe Behind the Wheel

2016 VW Safety TechnologiesVolkswagen has invested in some innovative safety technologies to make sure you’re always safe and sound behind the wheel. Most new models feature active and passive systems, and you have the option to upgrade to the latest high-tech components on the market when you buy Volkswagen.

According to Volkswagen, some of the most recent and advanced Volkswagen safety technologies are Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Area View, Blind Spot Sensor, and City Emergency Braking among others.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control automatically adjusts your speed to the vehicle in front of you and keeps the distance you set.
  • Area View uses monitors to monitor spaces around you, a technology that is especially handy in tight areas.
  • Blind Spot Sensor uses sensors to make backing out of parking spots and changing lanes safer by monitoring areas you can’t see as well.
  • Finally, City Emergency Braking automatically applies the brakes as you approach obstacles, reducing damage or avoiding accidents in general.

Other innovative safety systems include the Driver Alert System, Emergency Assist, Front Assist, Lane Assist, Park Assist, Park Pilot, Light Assist System, Multi Collision Brake, and Road Works Assistant to name a few.

Volkswagen Technology Stays Ahead of the Curve

In several areas, but particularly in technology, Volkswagen proves to be unmatched. Its vehicles are outfitted with cutting-edge technology, technology that is intelligently designed to make for a more efficient, more comfortable and more convenient driving experience.

Safety Technology

The Blind Spot Sensor finally lets you in on those mysterious areas that escape our sideview mirror. In vehicles featuring this technology, radar sensors are installed that can detect movement in the rear and side of the vehicle.

Multi-Collision Brake is designed to help you avoid secondary collisions in an accident. The system allows you to regain control at any time, but in the case you are unable to apply the brakes after an initial collision, Multi-Collision Brake can do so automatically.

Performance

With TSI engine technology, the bottom line is that you get more torque at lower revs. This is permitted through the innovative use of low capacity cylinders, turbochargers, and direct injection. You also enjoy better efficiency and less noise.

VW TSI Engine
Volkswagen TSI Engine

On electric and hybrid VW vehicles, brake energy recuperation allows energy released during braking to be stored in the vehicle’s battery.

Volkswagen always manages to not only ride the wave of current technology, but stay ahead of the curve. This means that when you buy a vehicle outfitted with Volkswagen technology, you are a buying a vehicle of the future.

Awesome New Technology in Volkswagen Lineup

For the 2016 model year, Volkswagen has decided to democratize a lot of cutting-edge infotainment and driver assistance technologies.

Nearly every 2016 model will feature the new MIB II infotainment system with VW Car-Net App-Connect, making Volkswagen “one of the first in the industry to support all three available connected car systems.” Whether you use Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or MirrorLink, VW has your covered.

Tech first seen on the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg will soon be enjoyed throughout the VW lineup. Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Adaptive Cruise Control will help most 2016 model owners to stay safer in their VW. These owners will also see Lane Departure Warning and Parking Steering Assistant in their new vehicles.

2016 VW Touareg
2016 Volkswagen Toareg – Available now at Gossett Volkswagen of Germantown

The new technology in Volkswagen’s lineup will keep owners connected, entertained, and safe. But there is another change that will help them save at the pump. Most new Volkswagens will require regular gasoline as opposed to premium. Every little bit helps and over time; that adds up to big savings!

Volkswagen Electric Scooter Planned for Release Soon

Volkswagen is planning to release its own version of an electric scooter that would ultimately compete with the Segway. Volkswagen’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, revealed the bold next step for the automaker in a recent interview with the German publication, Bild. For more on the Volkswagen electric scooter, continue reading.

The VW electric scooter actually shares some design elements with the limited-production diesel-powered plug-in hybrid, XL1. The new scooter will weigh about 24 pounds and has an electric range of 12 miles. The scooter folds up for easy stowaway in your trunk or handling if you plan to carry it. It’s also pretty stylish, coming in a white, grey, and yellow eye-catching design.

It hasn’t been confirmed if the new Volkswagen electric scooter will make its way to the US or not, but we certainly hope it does! For pictures and more information about the new scooter from VW, click here.