$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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How and When to Get Into Memphis Attractions for Free

If you have kids who have the summer off of school, you are probably looking for fun activities to do with them. Fortunately, Memphis, Tennessee has plenty of attractions to entertain. Visiting these attractions can be difficult if you are working on a tight budget. However, many of the museums and zoos of Memphis offer free admission to Tennessee residents during certain periods of the week. Here’s how and when to get into Memphis attractions for free!

ElephantThe Memphis Zoo

The Memphis Zoo is home to more than 3,500 species of animals, and you can see them all for free when you visit the Zoo after 2pm on Tuesdays.

National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum documents the events of one of the most important chapters of American history, and you can visit without charge on Mondays after 3 pm.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum

Soul music is the true soul of the city of Memphis. This museum can be experienced for free on Tuesdays between 2pm and 7pm.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Soul music isn’t the only form of art that Memphis is known for. On Wednesdays between 10am and 8pm, guests can enter the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for an optional pay-what-you-can fee.

What to Do If Your Car Gets Towed

parking garageIt’s pretty scary to go outside and find that your car isn’t where you left it, but getting it back can be a simple process. Just follow these steps for what to do when your car gets towed.

Before you do anything, check around the area for “no parking” signs and tow-away zone signs; if you think you may have been wrongly towed, take pictures of the area. If you do see a tow-away zone sign, call the number listed on it, or call the local police department if there isn’t a number. They’ll direct you to the lot where your vehicle’s located.

Next, you need to get to the lot, so call a friend to come pick you up or, worse comes to worse, call a taxi or Uber.

Once you arrive at the impound lot, make sure you read over the documents they give you and understand why you were towed before you pay the fees.

If you think it was wrongful, you can request a hearing. Your car may have been towed for various reasons besides being in a no parking zone, like blocking a fire hydrant or having unpaid parking violations, so keep these in mind.

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.

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.