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.
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!
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.*
“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.
As one of the longest-used nameplates in automotive history, the history of the Volkswagen Beetle is long and undeniably interesting. Development of the little “Bug” began in Germany in 1934, with the first cars coming out of production in 1938.
However, after a short production run, it had to stop due to wartime activities. The Beetle went back into production in Europe in 1946 to provide transportation for Allied troops, and after that, production gradually grew and grew until the one-millionth Type 1 model was produced in 1955.
In the early 1950s, the Beetle made its way to the United States and its popularity exploded over the next two decades. In fact, on February 17, 1972, Beetle number 15,007,034 was produced, setting a new record for the most-produced vehicle model. Sales eventually ceased in the U.S. in 1979 and production of the Type 1 ended in 2003.
In 1997, Volkswagen introduced what was called the New Beetle. It had a front engine, but its exterior styling paid homage to the original. The Beetle went through another redesign for the 2011 model year and got a slightly lower profile. This is the current model of the Beetle.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a family-sized SUV designed for American drivers day after day. The three-row model features a powerful engine, spacious interior, and plenty of features designed for family drivers. Consumer Reports took the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV for a test drive and the review speaks volumes, so here’s a quick summary from us here at Gossett VW of Germantown!
The Volkswagen Atlas is designed to compete with heavyweights like the Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot. It not only has everything it needs to compete with them, but it surpasses comparable competitors with relative ease.
Under the hood lies a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers 276 hp. Front-wheel drive comes standard, but drivers can upgrade to all-wheel drive instead.
The Volkswagen Atlas features an interior designed to please. Large seats offer premium comfort, with an excellent driving position to boot. The latest model features seating for up to seven passengers. Drivers can simply fold down the second- and third-row seats to open up a massive 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space.
As for technology, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas passes with flying colors. The 6.5- and 8-inch touchscreen systems offer Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. Drivers can essentially bypass updating a full infotainment system and sync their compatible smartphones instead.
The Volkswagen Polo has been around for quite a while—more than 14 million units have been sold since the Polo first launched in 1975—and it doesn’t look like it will be going away anytime soon. The 2018 Polo will mark the end of the fifth generation which launched in 2009, so now entering its sixth generation, the 2018 Volkswagen Polo is scheduled to officially launch this summer.
Spy shots have captured bits and pieces of the car’s design over the past few years, but now we have an official teaser video to go on. The new model will roll out on the MQB platform, known as one of the most flexible platforms in the industry. The MQB platform unpins everything from the upcoming Polo to the Atlas SUV. The new model likely packs in a number of advanced powertrains that put an emphasis on efficiency.
Rumor has it that electric and hybrid models could be available later on. A Volkswagen Polo GTI, a performance variant, appears to be in production as well. Rumors predict that a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will power the new model.
It doesn’t look like United States drivers will be buying the Volkswagen Polo anytime soon, though. The subcompact car isn’t likely to launch in the United States this coming year.
The other great thing about the VW warranty is that it’s fully transferrable, which most other automakers don’t offer. “Fully transferrable” means that the warranty stays on the vehicle even if it’s sold and bought by another customer, and they’ll still have until the 72,000 miles or 6 years is up. Other companies, like Hyundai, slash the warranty on used cars.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is totally redesigned for the 2018 model year with new looks and better features, and the all-new Atlas is a full-size SUV sure to impress American families. Both these vehicles have even more appeal with the new 6-year warranty, which VW officials say will help cut ownership costs and make buyers more confident in their decision to buy Volkswagen.
For more information about the upcoming Volkswagen Tiguan and Atlas or to learn more about the new warranty, give us a call today at Gossett VW Germantown!
There are hatchbacks, and then there’s the Volkswagen Golf R. This thrilling little five-door brings a unique combination of practicality and performance to the table. It balances a maximum of 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space with 292 horsepower. This zippy little hatchback even reaches 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, which means that the Golf R can meet your passenger and cargo needs while meeting your need for speed.
The Golf R is a seemingly simple vehicle. At first glance it appears to only serve as a cozy family car or a daily commuter. But details like the new 19-inch wheels and the dual exhaust with quad tips indicate this Golf has just as much focus on performance as it does comfort and convenience. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine and featuring an all-wheel drive system, the Golf R offers the type of ride that will make daily errands something to look forward to.
This hatchback is smart, too. It features Volkswagen’s Car-Net system which connects the driver to maps, helpful information like weather and traffic, plus entertainment via smartphone compatibility. Its 5-star NHTSA safety rating makes it a rational choice for all of your driving needs.
Visit us at Gossett VW Germantown to take the Golf R out for a test drive. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to experience the unbeatable performance that this unique hatchback has to offer.
For a display shown at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen reimagined the history of Volkswagen and the evolution of the brand’s design using 20,000 LEGO bricks. The display was 2 feet by 3.5 feet and includes a classic Volkswagen Microbus as well as the brand-new Volkswagen Atlas, coming to the lineup for the 2018 model year.
The Volkswagen LEGO Journey display was set up against a backdrop that gradually transitions from a cityscape to more rural scenery, showing that there’s nowhere you can’t take your Volkswagen. The LEGO Microbus is a perfect representation of the original bus, using blue and white LEGO bricks to replicate the two-tone exterior. It also keeps the Microbus’ rounded headlamps, silver hubcaps and side mirrors, a VW badge, and the distinctive V-shaped front fascia design.
The LEGO brick Atlas is made up of all white LEGOs and shows the utility of the vehicle, highlighting its seating for seven passengers and other utility features, plus the characteristic grille, black rims, Volkswgen badges, and even a trailer hitch.
Keep any eye out for more news about the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, the new full-size SUV that will hit dealerships later this year. At Gossett VW Germantown, we’d love to talk to you about the new Atlas!
When fall comes around, it’s typical for a single carmaker to pull ahead of the pack as the top global car brand—but this year, the race remains close. Volkswagen and Toyota are running neck-and-neck, having produced almost the exact same number of vehicles so far this year, which means the title is still up in the air.
From January 2016 to September 2016, both of these carmakers have produced about 7.609 million vehicles, according to data released by each of the two companies. While Toyota is currently in the lead, Volkswagen trails by only 336 units. This is nothing in the automotive industry, especially since both carmakers tend to make about 10 million vehicles each year.
As to which brand will end up being the top global car brand, it looks like VW might pull ahead at the end of 2016. Currently, the German carmaker has a year-over-year growth of 2.4% from January 2016 to September 2016 compared to Toyota’s 1.2% growth in the same time frame. Add the fact that VW was actually in the lead until Toyota took the lead in August, and it is quite possible that the German brand will come out on top once again.
Since the Volkswagen Jetta first arrived on the market, this model has been making big waves in the compact car segment. With its legendary European performance, spacious interior, and unbeatable safety, the VW Jetta is a great choice for those consumers looking for a fuel-efficient, affordable, and powerful ride.
The Jetta has seen a few changes for the 2017 model year. Now, this sedan offers a rearview camera on all trim levels, while also increasing the availability of driver assistance features like forward collision mitigation. This increase in safety has allowed the Jetta to receive an impressive five-out-of-five stars for overall safety in government crash tests. Despite these changes, the Jetta still comes in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and GLI.
Consumers can choose from one of three engine choices to power the 2017 Jetta. The base S and SE models have a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine which pumps out a peppy 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed. A turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder is also available, as is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which comes only on the GLI.
The Jetta’s interior is where this model truly shines. Despite being a compact car, it still manages to offer the spaciousness and cargo room of a vehicle twice its size. It comes standard with a 5-inch touchscreen interface and Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it easy to stay connected even with a base model. As you move up the trim level range, you will find a number of fine-tuned features that will keep anyone happy, including a premium nine-speaker Fender audio system with subwoofer.
For a fun-to-drive compact car with plenty of features to choose from, look no further than the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. Find out more about this compact car at Gossett VW Germantown.