Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Halloween CostumesOh no! It’s Halloween night and your child doesn’t have a costume for Trick or Treating! What do you do? Fortunately for you, there are plenty of creative and creepy last minute Halloween costumes.

Ghost

The ghost is always a classic. Not only is it super spooky, but it’s also easy to make. All you need is an old white sheet and a pair of scissors to make sure your little ghoul can see.

A Bag of Jelly Beans

This one is pretty creative. What you do is take a clear garbage bag and cut holes in it so your child can fit inside. Then, fill the bag with balloons of different colors. Their costume will be a treat in itself.

Secret Agent

If your child has a nice suit and a pair of sunglasses, than they have everything they need for the perfect secret agent costume. Not only is it simple, but it’s simply cool!

Volkswagen Named the Most Sustainable Automotive Company in the World

VolkswagenVolkswagen has long been considered one of the most responsible, reliable, and environmentally-friendly automotive companies in the world. New evidence supports that claim.

According to a press release from Volkswagen, Volkswagen was named the most sustainable automotive company in the world.

The title was granted to Volkswagen by RobecoSAM AG and based on evidence from a Dow Jones sustainability index.

Volkswagen was awarded high rankings in economical sustainability, social sustainability, and ecological sustainability. Each of these scores illustrates the company’s commitment to a better world.

“This distinction is a great success for the entire team. It confirms that the Volkswagen Group is well on the way to establishing itself long term as the world’s most sustainable automaker,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in the press release.

Volkswagen is not only the most sustainable car company in the world, it also creates some of the world’s most sustainable cars. Stop by today to discover them for yourself.

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Tips for Sharing the Road with Cyclists

bicycleDriving carefully around cyclists is so important because they lack the protection that a motor vehicle provides. What would be a fender bender with another car could seriously injure or kill a cyclist.

As we approach the end of summer, maybe you’ve already had some close calls with cyclists. To prevent any more from happening, we’ve thrown together some tips for sharing the road with cyclists.

Yield To Life, an organization that promotes safety concerning bicycles, explains how important it is to have patience around cyclists. If there is oncoming traffic or if you are unable to see ahead because of a curve or obstruction, simply wait to pass the cyclist in front of you.

When turning right, check your right side view mirror to see if there is a cyclist on your right that looks to be heading straight through the intersection.

When turning left, make sure that an oncoming cyclist is not riding straight through the intersection. Cyclists can often be hard to pick out in a busy intersection.

No cyclist appreciates getting “doored.” This happens when someone in a parked car opens the door to get out without checking their side view mirror first.

Overall, one of the best tips for sharing the road with cyclists to just to expect them. By expecting them and making an effort to look for them, you’ll never be surprised when they appear.

Awesome New Technology in Volkswagen Lineup

For the 2016 model year, Volkswagen has decided to democratize a lot of cutting-edge infotainment and driver assistance technologies.

Nearly every 2016 model will feature the new MIB II infotainment system with VW Car-Net App-Connect, making Volkswagen “one of the first in the industry to support all three available connected car systems.” Whether you use Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or MirrorLink, VW has your covered.

Tech first seen on the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg will soon be enjoyed throughout the VW lineup. Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Adaptive Cruise Control will help most 2016 model owners to stay safer in their VW. These owners will also see Lane Departure Warning and Parking Steering Assistant in their new vehicles.

2016 VW Touareg
2016 Volkswagen Toareg – Available now at Gossett Volkswagen of Germantown

The new technology in Volkswagen’s lineup will keep owners connected, entertained, and safe. But there is another change that will help them save at the pump. Most new Volkswagens will require regular gasoline as opposed to premium. Every little bit helps and over time; that adds up to big savings!

Volkswagen Electric Scooter Planned for Release Soon

Volkswagen is planning to release its own version of an electric scooter that would ultimately compete with the Segway. Volkswagen’s CEO, Martin Winterkorn, revealed the bold next step for the automaker in a recent interview with the German publication, Bild. For more on the Volkswagen electric scooter, continue reading.

The VW electric scooter actually shares some design elements with the limited-production diesel-powered plug-in hybrid, XL1. The new scooter will weigh about 24 pounds and has an electric range of 12 miles. The scooter folds up for easy stowaway in your trunk or handling if you plan to carry it. It’s also pretty stylish, coming in a white, grey, and yellow eye-catching design.

It hasn’t been confirmed if the new Volkswagen electric scooter will make its way to the US or not, but we certainly hope it does! For pictures and more information about the new scooter from VW, click here.

Volkswagen Renewable Fuel Assessment Officially Completed

2015 VW Jetta
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Volkswagen recently announced the official wrap up of its Renewable Diesel Evaluation Program in which the brand collaborated with Solazyme Inc and Amryis Inc. The Volkswagen renewable fuel assessment started in 2012 and measured the environmental impacts of the pre-commercial renewable diesel formula with TDI Clean Diesel technology in 2012 Passat and Jetta TDI models.

Also during that time, Solazyme tested its Soladiesel RD fuel and Amryis tested a plant-sugar derived renewable diesel formula in the same 2012 Passat and Jetta TDI models. Both Solazyme and Amryis used additives to meet certain specifications.

After two years of research and 134,000 miles logged, it was found that each vehicle in the assessment performed very similarly to existing TDI powertrains. Engineers noted that driving dynamics were not affected negatively and fuel economy was either very similar or improved. The study also found that greenhouse gas emissions on a well-to-wheel basis could actually be reduced by more than 50% when using the renewable fuels compared to today’s crude-based fuels.

Ewald Goessmann, Executive Director of Volkswagen Group of America, said, “The successful completion of this collaboration with two leaders in renewable fuels and products highlights how far advanced fuel technology has come in recent years, proving that sustainable fuels are not only produced in more environmentally friendly ways, but can offer similar performance and lower emissions.”

For more information about the Volkswagen renewable fuel assessment, click here or visit us at Gossett Volkswagen.