2017 VW Model Updates Announced!

2017 VW Model Updates Announced!

  • Golf Alltrack adds  all-wheel-drive ability and rugged off-road looks to the fun-to-drive and practical Golf SportWagen
  • Golf SportWagen receives 4Motion® all-wheel-drive option
  • Beetle range complemented by Dune Convertible, revised Classic models, and limited edition #PinkBeetle
  • Driver assistance features added to lower priced trimlines in many model lineups
  • Tiguan lineup simplified to value-laden Wolfsburg trim, Sport, S, and SEL
  • Golf GTI adds the performance-oriented Sport trim to slot between S and SE models

Herndon, VA  — The Golf Alltrack is undoubtedly the highlight of the changes made for the 2017 model year at Volkswagen. This eagerly awaited derivative of the Golf SportWagen marries that vehicle’s practicality and fun-to-drive nature with the virtually go-anywhere capabilities of 4Motion® all-wheel drive and rugged exterior styling. The Alltrack will offer an affordable, yet upscale, alternative to existing all-wheel-drive wagons that are on the market.

The Alltrack uses Volkswagen’s powerful yet fuel-efficient 1.8-liter TSI® turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine. This makes 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque and will initially be offered with a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission: a six-speed manual transmission will be available later in the model year. The 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, featuring a fast-acting Haldex® 5 center differential, will also be offered in the Golf SportWagen for 2017.

The Beetle range is heavily revised for 2017, reviving the Classic and adding the #PinkBeetle coupe and Convertible and Dune Convertible models. The Classic model is back by popular demand, featuring a cool retro look inside and out, as well as desirable connectivity features, such as VW Car-Net® App-Connect, which allows for seamless integration with most current smartphone platforms, using Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink® technology.

As the name suggests, the #PinkBeetle reflects the wishes of many customers to see a trendier color palette for the Beetle. The Fresh Fuchsia Metallic color is a vibrant and modern take on the color pink and is used both for the exterior paint and also for interior accents.

The Beetle Dune Convertible will also go on sale as a 2017 model, joining the Dune coupe that went on sale earlier this year as a 2016 model. Like the coupe, the Convertible features more rugged exterior styling than the regular models, some interior enhancements, and a ride height that is raised by 0.4 inches. All Dune models are equipped with the 1.8-liter TSI engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Among the other car lines, Volkswagen is adding a Sport model to the GTI lineup. Based on the 4-door GTI, this model adds the Performance Package—10 additional horsepower, bigger brakes, and a torque-sensing limited-slip differential—as well as new 18-inch aluminum-alloy Nogaro wheels.

CARS

Beetle

  • New limited-edition #PinkBeetle
  • Retro-look Classic model returns, offering connectivity features at a value price
  • Dune coupe, with raised ride height and off-road design elements, continues in MY17
  • Beetle coupe models receive more aggressive front and rear bumper styling for 2017, mirroring the look on sportiest R-Line® 2.0T

The 2017 #PinkBeetle will be offered in limited quantities across the United States. With a 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, #PinkBeetle produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, and is poised to become an immediate automotive trending topic.

Offered in its own unique shade of Fresh Fuchsia Metallic paint, the limited-edition Beetle model’s eye-catching paint is contrasted by gloss-black mirror caps and black running boards. #PinkBeetle coupes are fitted with 17-inch multi-spoke Linas aluminum-alloy wheels, as well as Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights, LED taillamps and LED rear license plate lighting as standard.

Interior design features of the #PinkBeetle include a black dashpad with surrounding pink accent and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters. The Pink club cloth seats are reminiscent of the signature plaid inserts of the GTI, replacing the classic design’s red striping with a perfectly-matched pink hue.  Standard equipment includes Volkswagen’s MIB II infotainment system, which serves as the foundation for the VW Car-Net App-Connect suite of features. USB and Bluetooth® connectivity for compatible devices is standard, along with a rearview camera and a 3-month trial of SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. Other standard equipment includes heatable front seats and KESSY® keyless access with push-button start.

The Classic model enhances the value story for the Beetle, adding a host of new features in addition to the Beetle’s already extensive list of standard equipment. The Classic trim features: 17-inch “Circle” aluminum-alloy wheels; a rear spoiler; a leather-wrapped shift knob and handbrake lever; SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial; the Discover Media infotainment system that incorporates a navigation system, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and VW Car-Net App-Connect technology for compatible devices; a multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters; V-Tex leatherette and checked cloth seating surfaces; comfort front seats with driver’s side lumbar support; and a six-speed automatic transmission. The car is available in six colors—Pure White, Dark Bronze, Deep Black Pearl, Platinum Gray, Bottle Green, and Silk Blue—and has an understated retro look inside and out.

All 1.8T Beetle coupe models receive new, more aggressive front and rear bumpers that mirror the look of the sporty 2.0T R-Line trims. Also, this is the first full year for the Dune trim, which offers a rugged addition to the rest of the Beetle lineup, and draws its inspiration from classic Baja Bugs.

 

Beetle Convertible

  • New limited-edition #PinkBeetle Convertible
  • Dune Convertible joins the lineup, featuring rugged exterior styling and a raised ride height
  • Retro-look Beetle Classic Convertible returns as a value model
  • All Beetle Convertibles get revised front and rear bumper styling, mirroring the R-Line

Like the Beetle coupe, the 2017 Beetle Convertible 1.8T gets a revised exterior, featuring more aggressive front and rear bumper designs. Three new models join the lineup: #PinkBeetle Convertible, Classic Convertible, and Dune Convertible.

The #PinkBeetle Convertible will be a limited-edition model, using the 170-hp 1.8-liter TSI engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Convertible mirrors the specifications of the coupe, except that it is fitted with 18-inch five-spoke Twister design aluminum-alloy wheels.  The Beetle Classic Convertible also features the same, stylish design as the coupe, and its extensive list of standard equipment.

The Dune Convertible is new for Model Year 2017 as well. Overall, the Beetle Dune has a bolder appearance in the Beetle range, thanks to the fitment of new front and rear fascias and pronounced black wheelarch extensions that flow into the bumpers. Additionally, the Dune’s raised ride height of 0.4 inches and a 0.6-inch wider body give it a more rugged stance.

Highlighting the front end’s new look, the bumper features a large central air intake that widens towards its bottom edge, and the black honeycomb screen has an aluminum-look surround that morphs into the front skid plate. On either side of the intake, two black honeycomb vents contain the foglights. A Lighting Package will be available, adding Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and LED rear license plate lighting.

The side of the vehicle is characterized by the contrast between the polished aluminum sills and black trim strips that are reminiscent of the original Beetle running boards. Distinctive 18-inch Canyon aluminum-alloy wheels are fitted with 235/45 all-season tires. The side mirrors have contrasting black lower portions and Reflex Silver uppers, and Dune graphics are displayed on both doors. At the back, the Dune features a large rear spoiler, standard LED taillights, and a new bumper design that integrates matte black and aluminum elements, as at the front of the car.

Inside, the 2017 Beetle Dune Convertible features sport seats with contrasting orange stitching and a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. The Dune is fitted with the Composition Media infotainment system with standard VW Car-Net App-Connect, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices, along with a rearview camera and the Park Distance Control (Park Pilot) system. A Technology Package will also be available, which adds Climatronic® dual-zone automatic climate control, the award-winning Fender® Premium Audio System, and KESSY keyless access with push-button start. The 2017 Beetle Dune Convertible will be available in three exterior colors: Sandstorm Yellow, Pure White, and Deep Black Pearl.

 

CC

  • Trend, R-Line 2.0T and V6 Executive trims deleted from lineup
  • 2.0T Sport model largely unchanged
  • 2.0T R-Line Executive adds Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

 

e-Golf

The e-Golf is carried over largely unchanged from the 2016 model.

 

Golf

  • Wolfsburg Edition trim offers added value to Golf lineup
  • For MY17, four-door SE and SEL trims are sold order only

The Golf adds a high-value Wolfsburg Edition trim to the lineup, slotting above the S model. This adds the following equipment to the S trim: sunroof; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; KESSY keyless access with push-button start; heatable front seats; automatic headlights; rain-sensing windshield wipers; 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; Wolfsburg Edition badging and floormats; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert.

 

Golf Alltrack

  • Adds 4Motion all-wheel drive to the Golf SportWagen’s on-road acumen
  • Body cladding and additional ground clearance give Alltrack a rugged off-road look
  • “Off-Road Mode” adds hill descent control and helps optimize traction control
  • Golf Alltrack offers cargo volume on par with compact SUVs for size and versatility
  • Available driver assistance features include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist).

The Golf Alltrack is an all-new model for 2017 and shares its underpinnings with its Golf family siblings, from its MQB architecture to the turbocharged and direct-injected powertrain. The fun-to-drive EA888 1.8-liter, four-cylinder TSI gasoline unit puts out 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. At launch it will be mated to a six-speed dual-clutch DSG® automatic transmission; a six-speed manual transmission will be available at a later date.

While this compact wagon boasts excellent on-road manners the Alltrack’s defining characteristic is its 4Motion all-wheel-drive system that uses the latest generation Haldex-5 coupling, activated via an electro-hydraulic oil pump. In normal driving, the Alltrack acts like a front-wheel-drive car for better fuel economy, but as soon as the system detects wheel slip, up to 50 percent of the drive torque can be shipped to the rear wheels. The Golf Alltrack also features nearly an inch higher ground clearance over the SportWagen.

From the outside, the Golf Alltrack’s rugged appearance is easy to differentiate from the SportWagen. Cladding for key body pieces, including the unique bumpers, wheel wells and side sills, gives off-road protection and the front fascia incorporates foglights and a unique honeycomb grille. The S and SE trimlines have 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while the topline SEL trim has 18-inch wheels.

Inside, Alltrack mimics SportWagen in layout, but gets a more upscale feel. Leatherette seating surfaces are standard and Alltrack receives a unique brown leatherette option in addition to aluminum pedal covers, door sills with Alltrack branding, unique dashpad trim, and ambient lighting. Standard infotainment features include: a 6.5-inch capacitive color touchscreen with proximity sensor, rearview camera, and VW Car-Net App-Connect connectivity.

A Drive Mode selector includes “Off-Road Mode,” which adds hill descent control and optimizes traction control for off-road terrain. The available Off-Road HMI that is part of the navigation system, displays compass, steering angle, and altitude when driving off-road. The Alltrack has a spacious trunk—with the rear seats up, it boasts 30.4 cu ft of space and when the 60:40 split rear seat is fully folded, that figure rises to 66.5 cu ft of storage. The split folding rear seats are accessed by release levers in the cargo area, maximizing convenience.

Like the rest of the Golf line, the Alltrack provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It has been engineered to meet or exceed all current crash regulations and features no fewer than six airbags as standard along with a number of electronic safety systems. Alltrack models are equipped with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and an Intelligent Crash Response System.

Driver assistance systems available on the Alltrack include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), and front and rear Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).

 

Golf GTI

  • New high-value Sport trim introduced with standard Performance Package
  • Revamped Driver Assistance Packages widen availability of features across the GTI lineup
  • Performance Package standard on Autobahn and SE trims
  • Light Assist feature added to available Driver Assistance Package on Autobahn trim
  • S trim is the only 2-door GTI to be offered

The Golf GTI range has simplified options and a new Sport trim for 2017. The GTI Sport is a 4-door model with standard Performance Package—brakes from the Golf R; electronically controlled, torque sensing, limited-slip differential; and a 10-horsepower increase to 220 hp (achieved with premium fuel)—as well as 18-inch Nogaro aluminum-alloy wheels and Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights. The Sport also features unique floormats, KESSY keyless access with push-button start and black mirror caps.

The Performance Package is no longer available on the 2- and 4-door S trim, but is now standard on the SE and Autobahn trims. A Lighting Package that features Bi-Xenon headlights and the Adaptive Front lighting System is available on the SE. The Driver Assistance Package is available on S and SE models and includes: Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

Compared with 2016 models, the 2017 Autobahn trim adds Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRLs. An available Driver Assistance Package adds the Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), and Light Assist high-beam control. This latter feature automatically raises the headlamp high beams above 40 mph, if there is no oncoming traffic detected.

 

Golf SportWagen

  • 4Motion all-wheel-drive system now available on S trim with manual or automatic transmissions
  • SEL model adds new driver assistance features
  • Realigned Driver Assistance Packages for all trims

The most important change to the Golf SportWagen for 2017 is the availability of the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system on the S trimline, with both manual and automatic transmissions, using the latest generation Haldex-5 coupling, activated via an electro-hydraulic oil pump.

Compared with 2016 models, the 2017 SEL trim adds Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). An available Driver Assistance Package adds the Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRLs, and Light Assist high-beam control. The S (sold order only) and SE trims offer an available Driver Assistance Package that includes Bi-Xenon headlamps with LED DRLs; Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking; and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

 

Golf R

  • New driver assistance features added to topline Golf R w/ DCC and Nav
  • Driver Assistance Package for top trim adds Light Assist high-beam control

The Golf R w/ DCC and Nav gets a number of new features for 2017: Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and 19-inch Pretoria aluminum-alloy wheels. Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Light Assist high-beam control and Park Distance Control (Park Pilot) are part of the available Driver Assistance Package.

 

Jetta

  • Trim lineup simplified to just four models: S, SE, SEL, and SEL premium (sold order)
  • Jetta GLI now offered only in high-value SE trim
  • Jetta Hybrid no longer available
  • Rearview camera now standard on base S trim
  • New driver assistance features added to lower trim lines

The Jetta lineup is simplified for MY 2017. The base S trim adds 16-inch steel wheels as standard, along with a rearview camera, LED DRLs, two-tone cloth seats, with the option of 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a cold weather package (heatable washer nozzles and front seats).

For 2017, the midline SE adds VW Car-Net connectivity, a sunroof, LED DRLs, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces with rear pass-through functionality. The SEL trim gains: a power driver’s seat; LED DRLs; exterior chrome accents; Climatronic automatic dual-zone climate control; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The top SEL Premium, available as a sold order only, gains: Bi-xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front lighting System; LED DRLs; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

The Jetta GLI is now available in only one trim, with standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, LED DRLs, a navigation system, power driver’s seat, Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), the Fender Premium Audio System, and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert.

 

Passat

  • Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) becomes standard across all trims
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert becomes standard on R-Line and SE trims
  • New V6 SE with Technology model joins lineup (sold order only)
  • Dramatic improvement in standard equipment on R-Line and SE with Technology trims

The Passat, redesigned for 2016 with fresh sheetmetal, a revised interior, and new connectivity and driver assistance systems, has relatively minor changes for 2017. However, the R-Line model takes a step up with new features that include: the Composition Media touchscreen radio that has USB connectivity, voice control, SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial, and VW Car-Net App-Connect technology; Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; a power driver seat; V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces; and heatable front seats. An available Lighting Package adds LED headlamps with LED DRLs and LED tailights.

The SE adds KESSY keyless access with push-button start and has an available Lighting Package that adds foglights to the R-Line’s setup. The SE with Technology model, available with both the 1.8T engine and the VR6, adds remote start, Park Distance Control (Park Pilot), 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and LED headlamps and taillights.

 

SUVs

Tiguan

  • Two new models join the lineup: Wolfsburg and Sport
  • R-Line and SE trims are deleted from the Tiguan lineup
  • Additional standard features further enhance the Tiguan value story
  • Newly available leather package ups the luxury factor on S, Sport, and Wolfsburg trims

For 2017, the Tiguan adds new trim lines and features that further enhance the model’s value story. The base S trim is now fitted with Volkswagen’s Composition Media infotainment system that has a 6.3-inch screen and USB, Bluetooth and VW Car-Net App-Connect technology. The Composition Media system also includes HD radio, two SD slot cards, the ability to sync two phones simultaneously, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial.

The Wolfsburg trim replaces the R-Line in the lineup and features unique Wolfsburg Edition badging and floormats as well as a standard panoramic sunroof.   The Sport replaces the SE trim, adding 18-inch gray Mallory aluminum-alloy wheels, body color side sills and rear bumper, black side-mirror door caps, a sport suspension, and Climatronic automatic dual-zone climate control. A leather package is available for the Sport trim, including Vienna leather seating surfaces, power driver and passenger seats with driver’s side memory, and power folding door mirrors.

 

Touareg

  • Lux model is replaced by new Wolfsburg Edition
  • Driver Assistance Package and Park Distance Control (Park Pilot) now standard on all trims

For 2017, the Touareg receives some equipment changes and the Lux trim is replaced by a new, value-oriented Wolfsburg trim. On the Sport with Technology trim, the following are added as standard features: Auto Hold; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Lane Change Assist (Side Assist); Park Distance Control (Park Pilot); and a heatable steering wheel. The Executive model now has standard 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and Auto Hold is now standard on all trims.

The Wolfsburg Edition benefits from a number of design enhancements, including: brushed aluminum décor, stainless steel door sills and pedals, black headliner, two-tone Vienna leather seating surfaces, heatable front seats, that can be ventilated, gray door inserts, a Wolfsburg badge, and contrast stitching on the floormats, steering wheel and shifter. The vehicle is also available with an all-black interior. Externally, the vehicle rides on 20-inch Tarragona wheels that have a diamond-turned finish, with the option of blacked-out 20-inch Mallory wheels.

The AWD Golf Sportwagen is coming!!!

The AWD Golf Sportwagen is coming!!!

Volkswagen has unveiled the actual, real, amazingly true-and-actually-finally-coming-to-the-USofA 2017 Golf Sportwagen Alltrack!

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m incredibly excited as I’m a huge Sportwagen fan and an avid outdoors-y person.  The AWD Sportwagen is long overdue.  Hopefully the TDI issue is straightened out and we can get the TDI version also, and then look out Subaru!

The Golf Sportwagen Alltrack is due to reach dealers this fall!  See the full press release below.

VOLKSWAGEN DEBUTS U.S. PRODUCTION VERSION OF THE 2017 GOLF ALLTRACK

Mar 21, 2016

  • Adds 4MOTION® all-wheel drive to Golf SportWagen’s on-road acumen
  • Body cladding and additional ground clearance give Alltrack a rugged off-road look
  • “Off-Road Mode” adds hill descent control and optimizes traction control
  • Golf Alltrack offers cargo volume on par with compact SUVs for size and versatility
  • Available driver assistance features include: Adaptive Cruise Control, and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist).

Herndon, VA  — New York, NY  — Volkswagen of America, Inc., debuted today the U.S. production version of the all-wheel-drive Golf Alltrack, which goes on sale in the Fall as a 2017 model. The Golf Alltrack is based on the successful Golf SportWagen—Volkswagen SportWagen models have long been a top choice for customers who want a versatile and dependable vehicle that provides a sportier driving experience than compact SUVs.

“We heard from dealers and customers that they wanted to see a Golf SportWagen with the all-terrain capability that comes from an all-wheel drive system,” said Joerg Sommer, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy of Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We are excited to introduce the Golf Alltrack to meet the active lifestyle needs of our customers.”

The Golf Alltrack shares its underpinnings with its Golf family siblings, from its MQB architecture to the turbocharged and direct-injection powertrain. The fun-to-drive EA888 1.8-liter, four-cylinder TSI® gasoline unit puts out 170 horsepower and 199 lb-ft of torque. At launch it will be mated to a six-speed dual-clutch DSG® automatic transmission: a six-speed manual transmission will be available at a later date.

While it boasts the on-road manners and fuel economy of a compact wagon, the Alltrack’s defining characteristic is its 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system uses the latest generation Haldex-5 coupling, activated via an electro-hydraulic oil pump. In normal driving, the Alltrack acts like a front-wheel-drive car for better fuel economy, but as soon as the system detects wheel slip, up to 50 percent of the drive torque can be shipped to the rear wheels. In addition to the Haldex coupling that acts longitudinally, electronic differential locks (EDL) at the front and rear axles act laterally in concert with the electronic stability control system. The system briefly brakes a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side. The Golf Alltrack also features nearly an inch higher ground clearance over the SportWagen.

From the outside, the Golf Alltrack’s rugged appearance is easy to differentiate from the SportWagen. Cladding for key body pieces, including the unique bumpers, wheel wells and side sills, gives off-road protection and the front fascia incorporates foglights and a unique honeycomb grille. The S and SE trimlines have 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, while the topline SEL trim has 18-inch wheels. Silver detailing, including roof rails, matte mirror caps and diffusor, adds a premium touch.

Inside, Alltrack mimics SportWagen in layout, but gets a more upscale feel. Leatherette seating surfaces are standard and Alltrack receives a unique brown leatherette option in addition to aluminum pedal covers, door sills with Alltrack branding and ambient lighting. Standard infotainment features include: a 6.5-inch capacitive color touchscreen with proximity sensor, rearview camera, and VW Car-Net® App-Connect connectivity.

A Drive Mode selector includes “Off-Road Mode,” which adds hill descent control and optimizes traction control for off-road terrain. The Off-Road HMI displays compass, steering angle, and altitude when driving off-road. The Alltrack has a spacious trunk that’s in line with those of compact SUVs. With the rear seats up, it boasts 30.4 cu ft of space: when the 60:40 split rear seat is fully folded, that figure rises to 66.5 cu ft of storage. The split folding rear seats are accessed by release levers in the cargo area, maximizing convenience.

Like the rest of the Golf line, the Alltrack provides a combination of both passive and active safety systems. It has been engineered to meet or exceed all current crash regulations and features no fewer than six airbags as standard along with a number of electronic safety systems. Alltrack models are equipped with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System and an Intelligent Crash Response System. Available driver assistance systems include: Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Lane Assist, and front and rear Park Distance Control with Park Assist.

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New 2017 Tiguan GTE Active Concept

New 2017 Tiguan GTE Active Concept

Extreme off-road version of second-generation Tiguan features plug-in hybrid drivetrain and gesture control-enabled infotainment system

  • Based on the second-generation Tiguan
  • Volkswagen’s first SUV to use the new Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB)
  • Plug-in hybrid system has 148-horsepower gasoline engine and two electric motors
  • Vehicle can travel up to 20 miles in zero-emissions electric mode
  • Enhanced off-road performance and new 4MOTION Active Control drive programs
  • New infotainment system has 9.2-inch display and can be operated by intuitive gesture control

Wolfsburg / Detroit, January 2016 — The Volkswagen Tiguan GTE Active Concept makes its world debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), in the country that popularized the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). The vehicle’s most striking innovation is its efficient plug-in hybrid system that uses two electric motors and a gasoline engine, which can supply all four wheels with power, either automatically or at the push of a button. This concept proves how much potential plug-in hybrid systems have. The all-wheel-drive system’s technology ensures that this SUV can offer supreme off-road performance, even in all-electric mode.

The five-seat concept is based on the completely redeveloped second-generation Tiguan. The GTE Active Concept reflects the great technical versatility of the new SUV, which will arrive to the U.S. market in 2017 with a longer wheelbase and available seven-seat functionality. For Volkswagen, the new Tiguan marks the kickoff of an SUV product offensive that will significantly expand the range of vehicles offered, especially in North America.

The concept car starts every journey in all-electric E-mode as a zero emissions vehicle. Normally, the rear wheels are driven, but if there is loss of traction, the front wheels are engaged within fractions of a second. Four-wheel-drive is also activated when the driver selects 4MOTION® Active Control or when GTE-mode is selected, for instance. The vehicle can cover up to 20 miles in all-electric mode. The driving range, based on a battery capacity of 12.4 kWh and a 16.9-gallon fuel tank, is 580 miles.

Volkswagen has configured the design, packaging and technical features of the SUV to be as innovative as its plug-in hybrid drive system. The Tiguan is the first SUV to be based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB), and demonstrates intelligent space utilization. The GTE Active Concept projects an authentic off-road look and makes a powerful impression with its stylish, taut proportions.

Moreover, the Tiguan GTE Active Concept is also equipped with safety systems such as Front Assist with Autonomous Emergency Braking and pedestrian monitoring, an active hood for pedestrian protection, Lane Assist and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. Another highlight of the concept car is its infotainment system: the Tiguan GTE Active Concept features the top level of the latest generation infotainment systems and is equipped with a 9.2-inch touchscreen, gesture control (implemented for the first time in this class), an Active Info Display (fully digital instruments) and a head-up display.

Read all the details at Media.VW.com

New Microbus Concept from VW

New Microbus Concept from VW

CES 2016: ELECTRIC VOLKSWAGEN BUDD-e CONCEPT BRINGS THE MICROBUS INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

Jan 5, 2016

New Concept showcases new MEB electric platform and offers a glimpse of next-generation connectivity and infotainment concepts

  • First VW based on the new Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB)
  • Features 101 kWh battery that enables up to 373** miles of pure electric range
  • New interfaces signal next-generation display and ergonomic concepts
  • BUDD-e becomes integral part in the Internet of Things and links Smart Home and Smart Car technology
  • Gesture control 2.0 enables intuitive operation of interior and exterior features
  • Bold design captures brand’s heritage while providing a hint at future design direction

VW Budd-e EV Concept from Volkswagen

Las Vegas, January 2016 —Building on the momentum from the brand’s first appearance in 2015, Volkswagen is opening a new gateway to the future at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The time machine in this case is a zero-emissions, avant-garde van dubbed BUDD-e. This is the first vehicle based on the all-new Modular Electric Platform (MEB) that is designed specifically for plug-in vehicles. With a range of up to 373 miles** (estimate based on the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), 233 miles estimate when based on EPA drive cycle) coupled with a charismatic, iconic design, this vehicle successfully incorporates Volkswagen’s heritage while providing a glimpse into the brand’s future.

Completely and thoroughly networked, BUDD-e is a mobile interface which connects the vehicle with the world around it. With the BUDD-e Volkswagen has developed a vehicle that is more thoroughly connected with its surroundings than any car before it. An integral automotive component in the Internet of Things (IoT), BUDD-e is capable of seamlessly communicating with your Smart Home or office. Featuring next-generation infotainment technologies and offering an advanced new method of operation and information processing, BUDD-e turns travel into a fully interactive, intuitive experience. Utilizing the latest in user interface innovation, touch and gesture control merge seamlessly and result in the removal of switches and buttons inside the cabin, individual displays that blend into large infotainment panels, and digital screens instead of analog mirrors. The convergence of these new, interactive infotainment and operating systems provides a view of potential applications in Volkswagen products in the next decade.

MEB: The new architecture for Volkswagen’s electric vehicles

With BUDD-e, Volkswagen demonstrates what electric mobility could be like by the year 2019. Volkswagen’s new MEB platform will enable a series production car to have pure electric range that is on par with today’s gasoline-powered cars by the end of the decade. The time required to charge the batteries to 80 percent of capacity is anticipated to be reduced to about 15 minutes by then, marking an operational breakthrough for EVs.

BUDD-e is the first concept car developed by the Volkswagen Group that is underpinned by the new Modular Electric Toolkit (MEB). This architecture heralds a fundamental change in electric cars and ushers in a revolution in automotive technology, leaving today’s fossil-fuel powered internal combustion engines and drivetrains in the past. This significant innovation will lead to huge changes in the development of electric-powered Volkswagens in the years to come, from body and interior design, to packaging and drive characteristics.

The new platform is designed to have the space for electric drive components and large batteries while maintaining interior space and driving dynamics. MEB will allow for spacious interiors with the smallest possible footprint to enable easy and nimble transportation. In addition to their space, MEB vehicles will offer high levels of functionality and networking thanks to the new vehicle architecture, instrumentation, and operating systems. New and enhanced assistance systems will provide passengers with safer transport.

Dynamic performance is, and will remain, a key part of Volkswagen’s DNA, and MEB vehicles will be no exception. With a focus on optimal balance, future VW vehicles based off the platform will offer the kind of agility, strong acceleration and handling that VW customers have come to expect. New battery and electric drive componentry will enable inexpensive access to e-mobility: a much longer purely electric range will allow these vehicles to become the primary transportation in many consumers’ households.

The new MEB delivers a drivetrain architecture that is specifically tailored for the integration of compact electric motors and high-performance, highly-efficient batteries. The 101 kWh battery is flat, to save space, and integrated into almost the entire vehicle floor. It powers two electric motors, one to drive each axle.

The front and rear motors power all four wheels and enable a top speed of 93 mph. The total range of up to 373 miles** (estimate based on the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), 233 miles estimate when based on EPA drive cycle) is achieved on a full charge, putting the BUDD-e on a level playing field with today’s gasoline-powered cars. Like today’s electric vehicles, the BUDDE-e offers several levels of plugged-in charging with the added benefit of cordless inductive charging.

Another benefit of the new MEB is entirely new packaging opportunities, highlighted throughout the BUDD-e concept. One significant enhancement is illustrated by the arrangement of the heating and air conditioning unit. For instance, the innovative new heating and air conditioning unit has been completely integrated in the front end of the car which allows for significantly more available space, improves air quality (thanks to larger and more robust filters), and results in a reduction of fan noise inside the cabin for excellent acoustics.

The concept van is 181 inches long, 76.3 inches wide and 72.2 inches high, placing it between two very successful Volkswagen models sold in Europe, the Touran and the Multivan T6. Due to its generous width, relatively long wheelbase (124.1 inches), and very short overhangs (27 inches at the front and 28.9 inches and the rear), the BUDD-e’s proportions are very appealing.

VW Budd-e EV Concept from Volkswagen

Exterior design
Inspired by the iconic charm of classic Volkswagen vans, the BUDD-e’s design focuses on the aesthetics of functionality. Practical, clean, innovative, powerful and appealing, the concept has a two-tone color scheme, with its body painted in “Nevada White” below the window edge, and the roof in “Phoenix Copper.”

The front end design of the BUDD-e is unmistakably Volkswagen. The area around the VW logo can be backlit by integrated LED modules in a number of different ways, creating an external ambient light that tapers towards the sides, and a narrow stripe that continues all the way around the van. The main headlights, which also use LED technology, are placed high up, while transparent surfaces to the left and right of the headlights house integrated LED indicators that carry into the vehicle’s silhouette. Viewed from the front, the V-shaped design of these styling cues resemble elements from the original Volkswagen Microbus and Beetle, with a futuristic flare that provides an entirely new interpretation of the brand’s design DNA.

The van’s silhouette is characterized by a flat and elongated roof line, long windows with glazed A-pillars, 21-inch aluminium-alloy wheels, and light modules that start at the front and reach around the vehicle’s flanks. A narrow LED stripe, which runs all the way round the car, acts as a character line and delivers exterior ambient lighting. The silhouette comes across as especially clean, thanks to an absence of door handles and wing mirrors, as these components have been completely redesigned and replaced by electronic solutions. Flared D-pillars, which also contain the LED strip for the rear lights, accentuate the design further.

At the rear, the BUDD-e’s aerodynamic design promotes airflow through the gloss black D-pillars, reducing aerodynamic drag and simultaneously optimizing rear downforce. Its clean and iconic design continues all the way to the rear, with a large tailgate, reminiscent of the original Volkswagen bus. LED taillight strips reach up into the D-pillars, and the circumferential ambient light give BUDD-e a unique design unlike anything on the road. Last but not least, a C-shaped LED signature surrounds the extractable Drop Box.

Next generation human-machine interface
The interior style of the BUDD-e is characterized by a completely new and innovative human-machine interface—the instrumentation and operating concept of the future. The design is extremely clean and intuitive to use. The technical architecture of the infotainment and control systems, as well as their design, make a quantum leap akin to the jump from flip phones to smartphones or from analog timepieces to smart watches.

With BUDD-e’s interface design, Volkswagen eliminates the traditional distinction between the electronic instrument cluster in front of the driver and the center console infotainment system. In a move towards comprehensive digitalization and the individualization of the driver’s workplace, these two areas have been merged to form a single information hub.

The idea behind the navigation panel is rooted in the car’s original function: driving. Behind the panel resides a sliding 3D navigation map with graphics, which becomes the matrix of an interactive human-machine interface (HMI). This is accomplished via two physically separate displays that blend into one, both optically and functionally.

The first component, Active Info Display, is a freely programmable instrument cluster located in front of the driver; the second is a head unit which was once a separate screen for the infotainment system. Active Info Display captures the conceptual focus on drive information, while the head unit caters to the infotainment needs of all passengers on board. Both of these areas form a united visual and textual environment, as the navigation graphics and the arrangement of media content such as the display of Points of Interest (POI), playlists, apps (App-Connect) and online services (Car-Net) are freely configurable. In addition, the main points and content can also be swapped between the Active Info Display and the head unit.

All of BUDD-e’s systems are operated intuitively by gesture control, touchscreen (displays and touch slider) or voice control. The driver can choose between various intuitive control modes (multi-modal interaction). For example, a simple “Hello BUDD-e” activates the vehicle’s voice control. The system also offers completely natural speech interaction. For example, if the driver asks “turn the heat up a bit, please”, the car will respond immediately and appropriately. The system is also able to locate the passenger giving the commands, and react accordingly. If, for instance, someone sitting in the left rear seat says “It’s too hot here”, BUDD-e can immediately lower the temperature in that passenger’s zone.

The BUDD-e’s freely programmable instrument cluster is an evolution of the Active Info Display first introduced by Volkswagen in 2015. A 12.3-inch curved display with a surface consisting of three individually configurable sections is centrally positioned, right in front of the driver.

VW Budd-e EV Concept from Volkswagen

Drive, control, consume. In Section I, “Drive”, the center of the Active Info Display, the current travel route is highlighted through a 3D map including buildings and points of interest (POI) as well as navigation instructions. The edges of the navigation image are simultaneously the background of the entire display. In Section II, “Control”, vehicle status and assistance system information is displayed, as well as the current trip data from the on-board computer, left of the Active Info Display.

In Section III, “Consume”, infotainment content such as “Audio”, “Messages”, “Calendar” and “Weather” are displayed on the right. This layout, designed to concentrate on the route and primarily for driver use, is “Driving mode”. Alternatively, as previously outlined, there is a “Travel mode”, in which the details of the route are displayed on the head unit instead, allowing route guidance and planning by the passengers. The fuel consumption data (left), speed indicator (middle) and information on the energy reserves and range (right) are always displayed in a constant position at the bottom section of the display.

The head unit, the part of the new HMI easily seen and used by front-and rear-seat passengers, is located in the middle of the dashboard. Its 13.3-inch display is linked to the Active Info Display, both graphically and via software. The head unit displays the extended 3D navigation map (including buildings) as a default setting. The top level of its surface consists of freely assignable tiles that are available in two different sizes. Up to eight tiles in total can be arranged next to each other. Through this, passengers can display “Trip data“, “Audio” (playlist/song/cover) or “Messages” in “Driving mode.” “Travel mode” puts the emphasis on graphical representations of travel content. A Home button in the middle of the head unit takes the user straight out of each menu, back to the top level menu.

Similar to smartphones, a menu tab is integrated at the top of the screen. Opening this menu permits quick and easy access to key functions and menu items. These include vehicle functions such as opening and closing the hatch or sliding door, and menu items like “Music”, “Places”, “Images”, “Phone”, “Connected Home”, and “Videos.” Information on basic functions such as climate control and seat heating is also shown at the bottom of the display, where the all-important button for switching between different modes also resides. An “inbox“ sited to the right of the display can be used to send passenger content to the head unit. The head unit is fitted with proximity sensors that detect an approaching hand and smoothly switch its screen from display to operating mode, allowing users to scroll through audio playlists and other functionality.

Drivers can also toggle from “Driving mode” to “Travel mode” at any given moment. The Active Info Display will continue to focus on specific navigation information, while the representation of the current route is moved to the right onto the head unit, allowing it to correspond to points of interest, which are now shown in greater detail. This functionality makes it easier and more straightforward for anyone on board to locate POIs. Meanwhile, the default displays on the Active Info Display continue to provide the driver with the most important information for the journey. Switching between modes can be done by gesture control, using the Home button, or through the redesigned multifunction steering wheel.

e-Mirror. This feature integrates the displays of the digital wing mirrors (e-Mirror). Images come from two external cameras, which feed into multifunction displays. When stationary, the driver and front-seat passenger can also use these panels to open and close the electric doors. The display on the driver’s side is 7.9 inches in size and the front-seat passenger has a 5.9-inch screen.

Multifunction steering wheel 3.0. Volkswagen’s new multifunction steering wheel is completely switchless, operating via haptic feedback on its smooth surfaces. Individual functions are activated by pressure, or through a swipe gesture. Touching the surface gives the driver palpable haptic “pre-sensing” feedback, allowing them to localize the function. Upon activation of a function, there is another, stronger haptic reaction, making operation more intuitive than present day solutions.

VW Budd-e EV Concept from Volkswagen

Operation is also no longer limited to the shift paddle, but extends over the entire surface of the operating stack. Raised patterns on the buttons make it easy to find one’s way around the wheel. The driver is also given visual feedback on the selected functions by the Active Info Display. For example, the cover of the song that is currently being played is displayed in the appropriate window. At the same time, icons appear at the edges of the square window—in all four corners. These four icons (scroll up or down, sound and menu) directly match the corresponding directions of the switches on the steering wheel’s operating area, making even the most complex operating sequences simple and intuitive.

Functions such as volume control or zooming into the navigation display can alternatively be controlled through a new touch slider. This is a further enhancement of the system presented at CES in 2015 in the Golf R Touch concept. This new stage of development is characterized by higher sensor resolution, clearly noticeable for driver and front-seat passenger alike, due to the system’s optimized precision and performance. This enables the touch slider to recognize not only the number of fingers on the slider, but their motion as well.

Gesture control 2.0. Volkswagen has significantly enhanced the gesture control system presented in the Golf R Touch at CES in 2015. In the BUDD-e, experts from the Body Electronics division have incorporated sensor technology already capable of recognizing people as they are approaching the vehicle. For the exterior, this is accomplished through the use of infra-red sensors. An intuitive hand gesture opens the BUDD-e’s sliding door. A simple foot movement of the “Virtual Pedal 3.0” opens the electrically operated tailgate, marking a further development of the “Easy Open” function. The gesture control system inside the BUDD-e’s interior is more intuitive than ever before, with the maximum operating distance having been significantly increased. Cameras are used to register if a passenger in the rear compartment wants to open the sliding door, for instance. Interactive displays and projections also assist the driver and passengers during operation. Gestures are recognized without the gesture control system needing to be explicitly activated—as was the case in the Golf R Touch—making it an integral part of operating procedures.

Personalized light. Volkswagen has demonstrated how the dominant color of the display illumination and matching ambient lighting can be individually adapted using the touch slider in the Golf R Touch concept. Now, this functionality also includes opening/start-up and parking/closing of the new BUDD-e. When the car is opened, cockpit and ambient lighting bring the interior to life: when parked, standby mode is initiated. The ambient lighting system implemented in the BUDD-e is a further development of this system. While the previous application was primarily influenced by the driver and the front-seat passenger, controls now extend to the entire interior of the car. It is the first car in which ambient lighting interacts with the gesture control system, and can also be adjusted to suit the surrounding environment.

A car for the Internet of Things

Not only does the BUDD-e’s completely new infotainment concept make travelling more interactive and media more tangible, it also creates a link between the car and the outside world. With BUDD-e, passengers will be able to access their homes and workplaces to perform tasks such as controlling the air conditioning, turning lights on or off, or simply looking to see if their kids are home yet.

BUDD-e will not only provide a connection to an interconnected world, but create an interactive interface to its surroundings. It is conceivable that in the near future, consumables—such as windshield wiper blades—or other kinds of personal items could not only be ordered from the car, but also delivered to it using a “Drop Box”  that is accessible from the outside. The vehicle “reads” an access code to open the Drop Box for authorized parcel delivery services, using a digital key, essentially making the vehicle a mobile mailbox.

VW Budd-e EV Concept from Volkswagen

At home on the road. Most modern day smart home functions are controlled using smartphone apps, produced by various manufacturers. Volkswagen has found a solution that allows users to access smart home functions while remaining focused on the road ahead. With App-Connect—Volkswagen’s advanced smartphone integration platform—the BUDD-e makes it possible to control certain “Connected Home” functions from the car, while driving. In cooperation with Korean electronics firm LG, Volkswagen will show how it is possible to obtain information about a smart fridge from the BUDD-e. It’s also possible to put the whole house into an energy-saving sleep mode while still in the vehicle. In the future, the BUDD-e will also automatically turn on lights in and around the house as soon as it approaches through home net automation.

At CES, Volkswagen will demonstrate, together with the German manufacturer Doorbird, how MirrorLink™ can be used in connection with the newly developed Home-Net Viewer. The interface can display images from cameras mounted in and around the house on one of the car’s multiple screens (a function equally conceivable with future Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ applications). If a visitor rings the doorbell at home, a picture of them, taken by the home camera, is sent to the screen of the infotainment system. The functionality even makes it possible to speak to the visitor using the car’s hands-free kit and, if desired, open the door for them.

Don’t forget anything. BUDD-e can remind its occupants if they have forgotten anything in the car, via their smart watch and/or smartphone. You can also find things in the car using “Home-Net don’t forget”. Through an inventory list, the driver or passengers can see everything that has been put in the car, and if they are still there. The intelligent “Reminder” also informs when particular items should be remembered. For example, if rain is forecast, BUDD-e will notify the driver if there is an umbrella in the car. Relevant items are fitted with a transmitter (a small sticker) in advance, making it possible for the car to locate them. The “Home-Net don’t forget” app uses an encrypted wireless interface, meaning that it is impossible for the items to be located from outside the car, or by unauthorized users.

Smart Gesture. Volkswagen plans to become one of the first manufacturers to integrate gesture control into affordable, mass production cars. BUDD-e demonstrates a broad range of what is possible in the future. Functionality will include in-car control functions which operate certain things at home. A good example of this is the familiar “Easy Open” function, where the BUDD-e can use a laser to project a virtual footprint in front of its hatch. If an authorized user kicks this position, the hatch opens automatically. Opening the door at home will work in the same manner: BUDD-e will project a footprint in front of the door and if the person who lives there puts their foot on it, the door opens—which is very handy if you have your arms full with groceries or children.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, CC, Eos, e-Golf, Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

 

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**373 miles estimate based on the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC), 233 miles estimate when based on EPA drive cycle

The VW TDI Issue, Everything you Need to Know

The VW TDI Issue, Everything you Need to Know

If you’re interested enough in VW to be here, then you’re most likely aware of the issue surrounding Volkswagen diesel engines and the emissions recall.  Its been a little while since I’ve posted, so I thought I would give you a quick rundown on what happened and whats going on…

The most important thing, is that there is NOTHING wrong with your car.  It is 100% safe and in no way if you’re a TDI owner should you worry.  This issue is solely related to emissions, nothing else regarding safety or performance.

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VW cheated, they’ve admitted it and are actively working on figuring out who was involved and how high up in the company the issue went.  There was software installed that could detect the driving situation when the cars are being tested for emissions.  When the car was in testing the software changed the way it ran to get better results, passing the test.  When in real-world driving the computer allowed to car to run at normal levels, which were about the allowed amounts of emissions.  Reports say 40-60x the allowed amounts, when in reality, it is at such low levels its still tiny.

VW is working as quickly as possible to resolve the issue, with progress already being made for European models.  We’re hoping a US fix that doesn’t affect the performance will be out in the near future, though there’s no word from VW on when it will happen.

VW is doing everything possible to make amends.  They are helping dealers get through this time, and most importantly, they’re offering all affected TDI owners a goodwill package of $1000.  If you’re a TDI owner, you can register here.

On a somewhat personal note, its been super-encouraging to see all the TDI owners I’ve worked with over the last month.  Its amazing that almost every single person I talk to has nothing but good things to say about their car.  The only issue thats consistent is the “Hope the EPA doesnt force VW to mess up their car.”  VW love!

Please contact me with any questions or concerns!

VW is #1 in the World!

VW is #1 in the World!

Full article in USA Today

After reporting was completed, VW passed Toyota in the first half of 2015!  VW beat Toyota by about 200,000 sales globally which is awesome!  We’re not number one in the US of course, but with the new Golf family of cars, and updated Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and CC coming soon, along with an all-new VW SUV, look at VW to be picking up steam in the US of A!

I’ve always loved this brand and I’m stoked to see the growth and progression ahead.