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.
It’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.
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.
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.
$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!
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.
A 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.
The 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!
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.