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.
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.
Volkswagen has invested in some innovative safety technologies to make sure you’re always safe and sound behind the wheel. Most new models feature active and passive systems, and you have the option to upgrade to the latest high-tech components on the market when you buy Volkswagen.
According to Volkswagen, some of the most recent and advanced Volkswagen safety technologies are Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Area View, Blind Spot Sensor, and City Emergency Braking among others.
Adaptive Cruise Control automatically adjusts your speed to the vehicle in front of you and keeps the distance you set.
Area View uses monitors to monitor spaces around you, a technology that is especially handy in tight areas.
Blind Spot Sensor uses sensors to make backing out of parking spots and changing lanes safer by monitoring areas you can’t see as well.
Finally, City Emergency Braking automatically applies the brakes as you approach obstacles, reducing damage or avoiding accidents in general.
Other innovative safety systems include the Driver Alert System, Emergency Assist, Front Assist, Lane Assist, Park Assist, Park Pilot, Light Assist System, Multi Collision Brake, and Road Works Assistant to name a few.
Despite the violent weather affecting the track and the drivers, Speed’s third place win earned enough points to secure the Volkswagen Andretti team’s first championship win at the GRC after only two years participating in the race.
Scott Speed had a rocky season, dropping to ninth in the rankings at one point before climbing back up to win the championship. Speed made at least third place in nearly every race of 2015, save for a seventh-place finish in Washington.
In 2014, Speed was the only driver to make all ten main events, so it’s no surprise he performed exceptionally in the 2015 season. Speed came into the championship race with a 36-point lead over the other competitors, and though he careened into a tire barrier at one point and dropped to fourth place, he managed to come back and secure the win.
In several areas, but particularly in technology, Volkswagen proves to be unmatched. Its vehicles are outfitted with cutting-edge technology, technology that is intelligently designed to make for a more efficient, more comfortable and more convenient driving experience.
The Blind Spot Sensor finally lets you in on those mysterious areas that escape our sideview mirror. In vehicles featuring this technology, radar sensors are installed that can detect movement in the rear and side of the vehicle.
Multi-Collision Brake is designed to help you avoid secondary collisions in an accident. The system allows you to regain control at any time, but in the case you are unable to apply the brakes after an initial collision, Multi-Collision Brake can do so automatically.
With TSI engine technology, the bottom line is that you get more torque at lower revs. This is permitted through the innovative use of low capacity cylinders, turbochargers, and direct injection. You also enjoy better efficiency and less noise.
On electric and hybrid VW vehicles, brake energy recuperation allows energy released during braking to be stored in the vehicle’s battery.
Volkswagen always manages to not only ride the wave of current technology, but stay ahead of the curve. This means that when you buy a vehicle outfitted with Volkswagen technology, you are a buying a vehicle of the future.
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.
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.
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 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 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.