2018 Volkswagen Jetta Named Most Appealing Compact Car

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta may be available at Gossett VW Germantown, but that doesn’t mean the previous-generation Jetta is done racking up acclaim. Recently, the 2018 Jetta earned the title of most appealing compact car in J.D. Power’s 2018 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. This marks five times that the Jetta has earned the honor.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

“This award further validates the Jetta as an exceptionally competitive offering in the compact sedan segment,” said Werner Eichhorn, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, VW North American Region. “The all-new 2019 Jetta recently joined the lineup and we hope it will be as successful as the previous generation.”

 

In addition to the Jetta’s success, the Volkswagen Golf and Tiguan each ranked second in their respective segments, and the all-new Atlas ranked fourth among midsize SUVs. Overall, Volkswagen raised its rank by three spots to outpace industry improvement and beat the industry average score.

 

The APEAL Study is based on the responses of more than 67,000 new vehicle purchasers and lessees, determining the vehicles that are the hottest on the road today. To see what makes the 2018 Volkswagen Jetta so great, and to see why the 2019 Jetta is even better, stop into Gossett VW Germantown.

Fall Vehicle Service Tips

The return of autumn is a refreshing break between the scorching heat of summer and the frigid winds of winter. It’s also a great opportunity to get caught up on necessary vehicle maintenance. If you’re due for a stop at Gossett VW Germantown this fall, make sure you check these necessary boxes on your maintenance to-do list.

Fall Service Tips

Wipers and lights

Leaves and rain can make it tougher to see clearly during the fall, so take the appropriate steps to make sure you can see as clearly as possible. If you haven’t changed your wipers in six months or a year, you’re likely going to want to swap in a new set of blades — especially if you’re noticing missed spots and streaks. You’ll also want to make sure that all the exterior lights on your vehicle work since the days will be growing shorter — check everything from your headlamps and taillamps to your brake lights and emergency lights.

 

Tires

 Having proper traction is important, especially when the road is slick with rain or fallen leaves. To make sure that you maintain composure, take the time to inspect your tires. If you are short of air, fill them up. If you notice cracks, bumps, or a lack of tread, bring your vehicle to Gossett VW Germantown and we will tell you if you’re due for a new set.

 

There are many, many steps that you can take to ensure safer driving this fall. There’s only one right place to have those needs addressed: Gossett VW Germantown.

 

 

Volkswagen Atlas Earns Best Three-Row SUV for Families Award from Edmunds

From the food you eat to the home you make together, you only want the best for your family. A reliable and intelligent family vehicle is a big part of that equation, and with so many on the market to choose from, you may feel at a loss for narrowing down your choices. Fortunately, the experts at Parents and Edmunds have made your work a little easier by naming the new Volkswagen Atlas its Best Three-Row SUV for families in their 10 Best Family Cars for 2018 Awards.

“We are so proud to be named one of the 10 best cars for families by Parents magazine and Edmunds,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The 2018 Atlas was designed and assembled in America specifically with American families in mind. Three rows of highly configurable seating with the latest tech features and Volkswagen’s trademark style and driving dynamics is definitely a winning combination.”

Among the biggest factors considered by Edmunds and Parents in determining the 10 Best Family Cars for 2018 Award-winners is safety. Only vehicles that have earned top scores from both the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are considered in the running. The Atlas got a leg up on the pack with its exceptional third-row legroom, People First Warranty, and steering that Dan Edmunds of Edmunds says helps the Atlas drive like a much smaller vehicle.

If you want nimble handling, superlative safety, and no shortage of style, look no further than the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas — the superior choice for your family, available at Gossett VW Germantown.

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets this Summer

Taking your dog or cat with you on vacation can add lots of fun to your trip, and it can save you money on a pet-sitter. But traveling with pets presents some challenges and requires extra planning, so keep these tips in mind.

safety tips for traveling with pets

It’s important to make sure you have all the necessary identification for your pet like rabies vaccination papers, which may be required when crossing the border into some states. It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped if you haven’t gotten that done already.

Always secure your pet in a carrier of some kind. Depending on the kind of traveling you’re doing, you might want a softer carrier made of fabric to keep them comfortable in your backseat, or a harder plastic one that’s more suitable for air travel. Don’t let your pet wander the car while you drive—this is much more dangerous for your pet and even more dangerous if you should get into an accident.

Be prepared for if your pet gets sick or injured on the road. Look up nearby vet hospitals on your route and bring along first aid items like gauze and hydrogen peroxide to make them throw up if they eat something they shouldn’t. And, of course, bring plenty of food and water to keep them hydrated.

These are just some of the many things to consider when heading out on the road with your pet onboard. To find out what pet-friendly accessories Volkswagen offers for your vehicle, stop by Gossett VW Germantown.

Parents Magazine and Edmunds Name 2018 VW Atlas Best Three-Row SUV

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has been named the Best Three-Row SUV by Edmunds and Parents magazine on their annual 10 Best Family Cars list. The 10 Best Family Cars list examines several key aspects of cars in each segment to determine which ones are the most functional for families.

2018 VW Atlas Best Three-Row SUV

Parents and Edmunds first narrow down the list by only including vehicles that have been chosen as TOP SAFETY PICKs by the IIHS and have received 5-star safety ratings from the NHTSA. Of all the vehicles released for the 2018 model year, 109 met these standards.

From there, Edmunds and Parents both examined the cars using their own areas of expertise. Edmunds looked at the specs and mechanics of all 109 vehicles and narrowed it down to 20 finalists, while Parents installed car seats in each model to determine how easy and time-consuming it was, as well as finding the most family-friendly features.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was the three-row SUV with the best safety technology, specs, and family-oriented features, and it earned bonus points for its People First Warranty, a bumper-to-bumper New Vehicle Limited Warranty that lasts 6 years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. Pair all that with five versatile trim levels, and the Volkswagen Atlas truly has something for every family.

To experience the award-winning 2018 Volkswagen Atlas firsthand, stop on into Gossett VW Germantown for a test drive.

Safest Volkswagen Models Earn Top Safety Pick Ratings

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With vehicles like the Passat, Volkswagen is setting a high standard for safety.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released its ratings for some 2017 models, including numerous Volkswagens. This year, six VW models earned a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ rating.

The safest Volkswagen models are the Jetta, which earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating, and the Golf 4-door, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI 4-door, Golf SportWagen, and Passat, which all earned a Top Safety Pick rating.

To be named a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle has to achieve a “good” rating in all five crash tests. In addition, it has to offer an automated emergency braking system for front crash prevention that earns at least an advanced rating.

This year, to achieve a Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle has to meet all the Top Safety Pick requirements and offer headlights that have at least an acceptable rating for visibility.

“At Volkswagen, we strongly believe that the latest advanced driver assist technologies can be delivered without being in the premium segment,” said Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy. “The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings awarded to a variety of Volkswagen models compliments our ongoing commitment to offering these features.”

If you’re in the market for a fun-to-drive, reliable, and safe car, then come test drive any of these excellent Volkswagen models today at Gossett VW Germantown.

Have a Safer New Year with These Car Safety Resolutions

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Drive safely in your Volkswagen by following these tips!

The New Year is here, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed out on making a resolution. If you’re looking for some ideas on how to have a better 2017, here are five car safe resolutions to help make you a better driver.

  1. Cut out the distractions. With our world being so connected, it can be hard to turn it off, but turning your car into a distraction-free zone will let you focus completely on driving. In addition to putting away your phone, don’t eat behind the wheel, or do other things that take your attention from the road.
  2. Seatbelts for everyone. Tell everyone who rides in your car, that you have a strict seatbelt policy. Don’t start driving until everyone is buckled up.
  3. No drinking and driving. If your plans include alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver, or call for a taxi. Don’t take the risk of driving while intoxicated.
  4. Slow down. By driving the speed limit, not only will you be a safer driver, but you’ll save some fuel, too. Aggressive driving, which includes speeding is usually the biggest detriment to your efficiency.
  5. Keep up on maintenance. Get your oil changed and other routine maintenance done on time to preserve your car’s performance and help prevent major breakdowns.

We here at Gossett VW want to wish everyone a happy and safe 2017!

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Spotlight

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The Jetta looks better than ever thanks to a few nice upgrades.

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.