Spring Car Maintenance Tips

oil changeNow that spring is here, it’s time to help your car shake off the effects of winter. Follow these spring car maintenance tips to keep it in tip top shape.

Get oil changes and tire rotations when the manual says to! The end of winter is a great time to clean your car up, remove any built-up salt and slush from the undercarriage, check your fluids, inflate your tires, and get new windshield wipers if it’s been more than six months. Winter is harsh, so give your car some TLC.

When it comes to car maintenance, you want to make sure you’re following the guidelines in your owner’s manual for oil changes, tire rotations, and so on. If you notice your car acting strangely, like having trouble starting, take it to a technician quickly so you can take care of it before the weather gets hotter. Heat can be just as rough on your car as cold!

Have your car inspected and check to make sure the battery is working and your belts are in good shape. Now is the time to get these things fixed, before the problems get worse!

If you need a spring inspection done to prepare your car for spring, bring it to Gossett VW of Germantown’s renowned service department.

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.

April Events in Memphis

Let’s be honest: there’s never a lack of things to do in Memphis. But if you want to explore it outside the usual hotspots, here are some great events coming up in April that you can check out.

Overton Square Crawfish Festival – April 9th

This festival takes over the square with great music, large arts and crafts markets, and tons of crawfish.

30th Annual Africa in April – April 12th–17th

Africa in April transports you to Tanzania through food, fashions, music, arts & crafts, and more! It takes place on Beale Street over four days.

Bacon & Bourbon – April 16th

This event brings you two of Memphis’s greatest things: BBQ and bourbon. Hosted at Central Station, you’ll find every brand of bourbon imaginable and tons of bacon and BBQ. All proceeds go to the Memphis Farmers Market.

7th Annual Memphis Brewfest – April 16th

You can get brews on this day too, with American and international brews served at AutoZone Park. All proceeds benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.

Beale Street Music Festival – April 29th–May 1st

This annual multi-day music festival hosts tons of headliners including Meghan Trainor, Train, Jason DeRulo, and the Barenaked Ladies.

We at Gossett VW of Germantown hope to see you at one of these great April events in Memphis!

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!

4 Weird Tennessee Travel Destinations

roadThe point of taking a road trip is to make memories, and what better way to do that than to visit these weird Tennessee travel destinations?

# 1 – International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum – Chattanooga

Chattanooga has come to be known over the years for being the one place a person can go and celebrate the tow truck. Not only is the largest tow truck factory in the world located here, but they’ve built a museum too!

# 2 – Giant Skinny Indian – Kingsport

It is really is just that: a giant, skinny Indian. He stands 30 feet tall in front of Pratt’s Restaurant and has done so for that last 40 years.

# 3 – Burgers Cooked in the World’s Oldest Grease – Memphis

Dyer’s Burgers has been using the same grease to fry its burgers for over a hundred years. They have to add new grease from time to time but it’s the same batch they’ve been using since 1912!

# 4 – World’s Shortest Highway Tunnel – Shady Valley

When a lumber company wanted a shorter route to town, they did what anyone would do: they blew a hole in a giant rock. That hole is now the World’s Shortest Highway Tunnel. To find it, take Highway 133 through Shady Valley. Pay attention though; it’s only a few feet wide.

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.

The Best Attractions on Beale Street

Whether you’re visiting Memphis or living nearby it, you know that it’s famous for a handful of things: Elvis, the blues, and barbeque. You’ll experience all of those things when you visit Beale Street, so let’s go over the best attractions on Beale Street.

  1. New Daisy Theatre

There’s not just food and drinks on Beale Street; there’s entertainment, too! The New Daisy Theatre is an all-ages concert venue where doors for most shows open at 7pm. But make sure you hit the ATM, because it’s cash-only!

 

  1. BB King’s Blues Club & Grill

BB King’s has it all: lunch, dinner, shopping, and late-night partying. They need to see I.D.’s starting at 10pm, but there’s also family friendly music on Sundays.

 

  1. The Orpheum Theatre

Another entertainment venue, The Orpheum has plenty of plays and musicals ranging from children’s shows to classics to Broadway shows.

 

  1. Tater Red’s Lucky Mojo’s

Tater Red’s has more unique memorabilia than you can imagine. Open at noon daily, this unforgettable spot has fun collectible items for your tourist visit or Mardi Gras celebration.

 

  1. King’s Palace Café

This Cajun/Creole restaurant has a homey feel and unique dishes. The gator nuggets are better than you ever thought an alligator could taste.

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.

Things to Keep in Mind When Test Driving a Car

test driveThe test drive can make or break your decision to buy a car, especially if it’s used. Strange noises, rough handling—if you notice anything that feels off, it’s probably best to keep looking. Here are some things to keep an eye out for when test driving a car.

First, have the salesman demonstrate the vehicle’s features for you, partly to see what the car can do and partly to make sure everything is working right (again, this is especially important with used cars). Make sure you’re test driving the car you want with the engine and transmission you want!

Check under the hood and look at the spare tire, making sure everything is easily accessible; then make sure the car is a good fit for you. Sit in it, get in and out of it to make sure it’s comfortable, and check the cargo space so you know there’s enough room for things you regularly transport back and forth.

Don’t listen to the radio when you’re test driving to ensure you can hear any noises, and really test the car. Take it over bumps so you can make sure the shocks work, for instance.

Good luck!

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.