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.

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.

Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean

Keeping your car clean is a daunting task that often has drivers throwing their hands in the air. Fortunately, there are a few ways to avoid having your car look like a disaster zone, so here are a few helpful tips for keeping your car clean all year round!

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Wash Consistently

Consistently washing your vehicle is the best way to keep it clean all year ‘round. Make sure to use soap specifically designed for cars, though, as things like dishwasher detergent can harm the paint. Microfiber towels go a long way to preserving the paint as well, and a simple wax job to top things off certainly won’t hurt either.

Clean Spills Quickly

If there’s a spill in your vehicle, clean it up as quickly as possible. Like with all stains, letting it set only makes it harder to remove. In some cases, it will be impossible to rid your car of the blemish entirely. If all else fails, the service department here at Gossett VW Germantown will be happy to help!

Don’t Eat Inside

One sure-fire way to make a mess in your Volkswagen is by getting your food to go and eating on the road. Whether its sesame seeds from a burger’s bun or ketchup from the fries, eating in your car is a formula for a mess. By simply waiting until you reach your destination or eating inside the restaurant, you can keep your car clean all year.

Spring cleaning may be a popular practice, but we say that taking these small steps all year is the easiest way to keep you car clean, no matter the season.

Volkswagen Atlas SUV Could Share Platform With Pickup

A Volkswagen pickup? The idea is less farfetched than you’d think. For 2017, Volkswagen recently introduced the all-new Volkswagen Atlas SUV, a sleek and sturdy entry into the SUV segment. However, where there’s an SUV, there’s always potential for a truck – and with the introduction of the Atlas, VW is giving itself the opportunity to take the Atlas platform and transform it into a unibody pickup truck similar to the award-winning Honda Ridgeline.

While currently nothing is set in stone, Volkswagen of North America’s chief engineering office Matthew Erb revealed to the press that the company is exploring the possibility of creating a pickup out of the Atlas. The same way the Honda Ridgeline is based on its SUV cousin the Honda Pilot, the Volkswagen pickup would share VW’s MQB platform and powertrain options with the new Atlas.

As of the moment, according to Volkswagen representatives, the company isn’t committed to producing a pickup truck out of the Volkswagen Atlas SUV and bringing the model to US buyers. However, they aren’t dismissing the possibility, even going so far as to say they’d consider creating a more rugged, body-on-frame truck as well, albeit not a full-size option that would compete with the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, and Ram pickup. In the meantime, enthusiasts are waiting to hear more info on the potential VW truck.

Amazon’s Alexa Virtual Assistant Coming Soon to VW Lineup

If you’ve paid any attention to TV or social media lately, you may have seen a commercial ad or two for Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, a system that allows users to access a variety of services through voice command. After a recent announcement by Ford that its lineup will be integrating Alexa, Volkswagen followed suit, revealing the system will be available in upcoming Volkswagen models, though there’s currently no release date for the service.

Volkswagen already added its Car-Net suite of infotainment services to its vehicle lineup back in 2013, and Amazon’s Alexa will work in tandem with the services already provided by Car-Net. This includes allowing drivers to sync their smartphones with their vehicles, alerting authorities in case of airbag deployment, and locating, unlocking, and monitoring their vehicles from a distance. Additionally, Alexa will allow users to add destinations to the navigation system or even buy products through Amazon.

The Alexa virtual assistant will add another layer of accessibility to vehicles, allowing drivers to utilize voice command to keep their hands free and their eyes on the road. Additionally, the integration of the user’s Amazon account provides services not previously available in any vehicle on the road. Aside from Ford and VW, word says that Hyundai is also planning to integrate the assistant as well.