2019 Volkswagen Jetta Named to Wards 10 Best UX List

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta was named to the Wards 10 Best UX list for its superior user experience. In total, WardsAuto editors examined 25 vehicles that had added new or reengineered existing UX features for this year. The 10 winners were announced at the third annual WardsAuto User Experience Conference.

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Specifically, WardsAuto editors liked the Jetta’s Digital Cockpit, central display, high-end features, BeatsAudio® premium sound-system, easy-to-use Bluetooth® phone pairing and text-to-voice messaging, and wide range of driver-assist features.

“Jetta was redesigned with the American consumer in mind,” remarked Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and After Sales for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “It offers a host of available technology and driver assistance features designed to make people’s lives easier. We’re very encouraged to be recognized with the Wards 10 Best UX award—it means we’re getting it right.”

Every Jetta model comes standard with the MIB II infotainment system with a comprehensive collection of connected vehicle services. The Jetta is also a standout in its segment, as it is the only vehicle to offer a standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Other safety features include the standard rearview camera and available features like Blind Spot Monitor, Adaptive Cruise Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Forward Collision Warning.

To see what makes the all-new 2019 VW Jetta such an all-around impressive vehicle, set up your test drive at Gossett VW Germantown.

Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition Models Announced

After nearly seven decades and three generations, Volkswagen will officially be retiring the legendary Beetle. To commemorate this automotive and style icon, VW will release two Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition models in 2019: Final Edition SE and Final Edition SEL.

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These models will be available as coupes or convertibles and in two unique colors — Safari Uni and Stonewashed Blue. The Final Edition models will get a slew of standard features, including Climatronic® automatic climate control, KESSY® keyless access with push-button start, and a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel.

All Final Edition Beetle models will be powered by a 2.0-liter TSI® engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine will produce 174 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque while yielding 26 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined.*

The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition coupe will retail for $23,045 (SE) or $25,995 (SEL). Beetle convertible models will start at $27,295 (SE) and $29,995 (SEL).

“The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” commented Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As we move to being a full-line, family-focused automaker in the U.S. and ramp up our electrification strategy with the MEB platform, there are no immediate plans to replace it. But as we have seen with the I.D. BUZZ — which is the modern and practical interpretation of the legendary Bus — I would also say, ‘Never say never.’”

We’re fans of the Beetle at Gossett VW Germantown, so “never say never” sounds like music to our ears.

*EPA estimated.

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.

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.

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!

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.

History of the Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle

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.

Come check out the modern version of the iconic VW Bug right here at Gossett VW Germantown.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

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.

2018 Volkswagen Polo Teased

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.

We here at Gossett VW Germantown hope that the 2018 Volkswagen Polo will make its way here, though!