2017 Volkswagen Jetta Spotlight

2017 Volkswagen Jetta - Memphis, TN
The Jetta looks better than ever thanks to a few nice upgrades.

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.

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!

$11.3 Million Invested in New VW Distribution and Training Centers

Volkswagen may be a German brand, but you can bet that it excels when it comes to operating in America. In fact, Volkswagen recently announced its intention to expand its American operations in a big way.

According to a Volkswagen press release, the automaker will invest $11.3 million in a new distribution center and training center in California.

$6.8 million of that commitment will go toward the completion of a Volkswagen distribution center in Rocklin, California. This facility will construct and distribute vehicles to 94 dealerships across the West Coast.

The remaining $4.5 million will be allocated to the creation of a brand-new service training center, set to be located nearby in Eastvale, California.

“The new parts distribution center and upcoming training center in California is a testament to Volkswagen Group of America’s continued investment and commitment to the U.S market, our customers, and dealers,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “The company remains focused on these types of strategic investments that will enable long-term growth in the United States.”

With the implementation of these two new VW distribution and training centers, Volkswagen has ensured that the very best of its North American specialists and vehicles will be headed to the California area!

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Volkswagen’s Investment in Gett Ride Service Announced

Volkswagen LogoAs the world of driving shifts toward a trend of ride-sharing and increased public transport use, automakers are getting a slice of the pie. Volkswagen has invested in Gett, a popular European startup and a competitor to Uber that could gain popularity in the US.

Volkswagen’s investment in Gett will involve a whopping $300 million, which will help the growing company develop its apps and other technology and help them get the word out about their business. Currently operating in 60 countries in Europe and in New York City, Gett hopes to expand to the rest of Europe

Volkswagen isn’t the first to invest in a ride service like Gett; Uber, Lyft, and Zipcar are all gaining the attention of automakers. According to KBB, auto sales show no sign of waning in response to the increased use of these services, but Volkswagen and other automakers believe it’s a smart move to keep up with these new facets of the automotive industry as self-driving vehicles and other innovations change the landscape of the market.

New Volkswagen Concept SUV Appearing at Beijing Auto Show

2015 VW Touareg LogoA new Volkswagen concept SUV will debut at the Beijing Auto Show taking place in China. This mysterious model, designed to compete with premium SUVs in the segment, is most likely the new version of the Touareg. Not many details have been released yet, but the concept SUV will be a plug-in hybrid with an output of 376 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 139 mph.

The new Touareg will also have an all-electric range of 31 miles, making it a leader in the PHEV segment and qualifying it for China’s New Energy Vehicle incentive program. The interior is said to be spacious and lounge-like, with a digitalized dashboard and the latest technologies that will let it compete in the premium segment.

The Touareg will probably debut sometime in the 2018 model year. Volkswagen also hinted that it will also introduce a mid-size coupe at the Beijing Auto Show.

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!

A Ragtop and 500-Mile Range: The Volkswagen T-Cross Concept Rocks Geneva

The Volkswagen T-Cross concept debuted recently at the Geneva Auto Show. The T-Cross is a truly unique-looking vehicle. After all, it’s a convertible, subcompact crossover. How cool is that?

The efficiency of the T-Cross concept makes it even cooler. Its 1.0-liter gas engine will get you 47 mpg. Considering the size of its 10.6-gallon tank, that means a 500-mile range.

Volkswagen is also doing some interesting things with the interior of the T-Cross. There are very few physical controls. This gives the cockpit an alluringly “un-busy” look. Controls inevitably demand your attention, so by VW digitizing almost everything, it keeps the controls out of sight so you focus on enjoying the drive.

Switzerland may be a historically neutral country but Volkswagen sure made it hard to straddle the fence when it comes to this concept. You can’t help but be on its side. There’s just too much to love! And it looks like this is a concept that may actually go into production.

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 Electric Microbus Concept Revealed at Consumer Electronics Show

VolkswagenThe Consumer Electronics Show took place earlier this month from January 6th  to 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada, during which Volkswagen announced its new all-electric Microbus concept, set to go on sale in 2017.

The VW electric Microbus, called BUDD-e, has a potential range of up to 373 miles on one charge and could charge up to 80% in as little as 15 minutes. This range is the best the auto industry has had to offer in EVs so far, even better than Tesla vehicles.

BUDD-e is built on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Toolkit, which is a method of building electric cars that keeps the motors and battery as close to the very front and back of the car as possible, leaving more space for passengers and cargo inside the car.

The design of the Microbus is just as interesting as the inside parts, with a snappy design reminiscent of the classic Volkswagen bus and a futuristic interior with integrated infotainment systems.