Safest Volkswagen Models Earn Top Safety Pick Ratings

2017 Volkswagen Passat - Memphis, TN
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.

Volkswagen Renewable Fuel Assessment Officially Completed

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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.