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.
Summer is a season full of fun—you can go swimming, get a tan, and explore the great outdoors—but you’ll want to make sure that you safely do all these things. Here are some tips from us at Gossett VW Germantown on how to have a healthy summer.
Always remember to take care of your skin! Sunscreen can protect your skin from UV rays and prevents sunburn and more serious problems like skin cancer.
Because of the summer heat, it’s easy to get dehydrated. Make a goal to consume at least eight glasses of water a day. If you find water boring, you can drink flavored water to spice it up a bit.
Again, take care of that skin! Using an exfoliating lotion can remove dead skin and give you a lovely, healthy glow. DIY tip: Use a mix of oatmeal, milk, and yogurt to exfoliate.
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!
Create an exercise routine and stick to it. If it’s too hot outside to jog, you can try yoga in your house or use a workout DVD.
Change your poolside snacks to healthy treats, like vegetable sticks, hummus, and yogurt. Sandwiches and salads are healthy and portable lunch options.
Enjoy summer to the fullest by following these tips for a happy and healthy season!
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.
We here at Gossett VW Germantown hope that the 2018 Volkswagen Polo will make its way here, though!
Gearing up for summer vacations and road trips is one thing, but properly caring for your car all the time is quite another, so here are a few simple summer car care tips from us here at Gossett VW Germantown.
Spring brought heavy rains, so depending on where you live odds are your windshield wipers were put through their paces in April and May. Worn wipers are a cause for concern, especially if you live in a wet climate. Consider buying a replacement set before thunderstorms arrive. A new set of windshield wipers is both cheap and easy to install at home.
Clean Inside and Out
It pays to keep your car clean both inside and out all year ’round. The hot summer weather can cause grime to melt and stick to upholstery, a problem that no driver wants to deal with. So, clear out any leftover fast food wrappers and other debris, then sweep out the interior and take care of the seats as best you can.
Once the interior is taken care of, wash and wax your car thoroughly to properly prepare it for summer.
Keeping your car cool under the summer sun isn’t easy. Fortunately, sunshades are relatively cheap and take just a few seconds to set up prior to leaving the vehicle. A simple sunshade can significantly lower the temperature inside the car!
Volkswagen recently announced that for the 2018 Tiguan and Atlas models, it will include a bumper-to-bumper warranty for 6 years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. The warranty is a big change from the Tiguan’s former 3-year or 36,000-mile warranty and is one of the best bumper-to-bumper warranties in the auto industry.
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’s no shortage of fun local spring events in Memphis, Tennessee. Here’s just a few things the city has to offer as the weather warms up.
Lantern Light Festival
Catch this one before it goes away on May 7th! At Agricenter International, you’ll get the opportunity to experience Chinese culture up close and personal. All ages are welcome, with plenty of kid-friendly activities.
This is one for the young adults or the young-at-heart. Enjoy electronic dance vibes from this award-winning musical duo at the FedEx Forums.
Peabody Rooftop Parties
These parties are occurring every Thursday night from April 13th until August 17th, featuring a live DJ, several bars, and a stunning view of the river for crowds 21 and over.
LEGO is bringing its famous colorful bricks and nature together through the Nature Connects exhibit at the Zoo. This traveling exhibit will be around until July 9th.
Scavenger Hunt Adventure
This is a year-round event that you can access from your smart phone, turning the city of Memphis into a giant game that last about three hours!
All these great local spring events are just one of many reasons why we at Gossett VW Germantown love serving the community around Memphis. Use one of these suggestions, or find something to do on your own—the important thing is to have fun!
Accidents happen, and sometimes even the most careful drivers find themselves involved in a collision. There’s no doubt that car accidents are stressful situations. Knowing what to do after an accident can help you handle the situation should such a misfortune occur.
If a collision happens, before anything else you should take a deep breath. Try to get your bearings. This can be difficult in a scary situation like this, but if you’re not collected you’ll have trouble handling the rest. Next, check to see that everyone is ok. If there’s any chance of injury, no matter how potentially mild, call an ambulance. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
The next call you should make is to the police. You’ll need them there to file a report as well as to help clean up and to direct traffic. Once you’ve sent for their help, secure the area from traffic. If possible, drive damaged vehicles to the side of the road. Turn on your hazards, or set out traffic cones or emergency flares to help warn oncoming drivers. Make sure that you and any others are out of traffic’s way as well.
Lastly, notify your insurance agency. You’ll want give them as many facts about the accident as possible. From there, they can help you figure out the next steps in repairing your vehicle and getting back on the road.
Most of our used vehicles at Gossett Volkswagen Germantown are equipped with their own preventative and reactive security features. To learn more about features like these which may help protect you and your family, stop in and see us today.
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!