I’m Moving Up!

I’ve been with McKenna VW here in Huntington Beach for going on ten years now (wow!) and most of you know that what I’m truly passionate about is people, McKenna, and Volkswagen.  Mr McKenna along with the general managers at the two VW stores have moved me to what is more or less my dream job with VW, Product and Customer Relations Manager!

Now, I’m not a big-time manager, I’m a VW guy, and as a VW guy, my main duty is making sure everyone loves their new VW, has a great experience at both our Huntington Beach and Cerritos locations, as well as some training for the salesmen.  Also, I get to continue with sales on a limited basis to my previous customers and referrals.  As I move into the new position, you can expect some big changes with socalvwguy.com, and the content I produce for McKenna VW.

I’m extremely excited about my new position, grateful to Tam, Steve and Mr Mckenna for the opportunity, and look forward to helping McKenna Volkswagen create millions of happy VW owners in and around Southern California!

Danny

Hybrids coming?

VW Jetta Hybrid

From Das Auto magazine…

“No compromise.” “Best of all worlds.”

Those are mighty big claims—particularly when it comes to cars with the best gas mileage without compromising performance.

But big claims are nothing new for Volkswagen—think about the nimble, fuel-efficient [1] Jetta TDI®Clean Diesel.

And now there’s another Volkswagen that’s just as eco-conscious: the all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid. More than just another “me too” entry in the field, the Jetta Hybrid is something altogether different. Turbocharged. Seven-speed. Dual-clutch automatic transmission. All of which let you zip from zero to 60 in less than nine seconds—while delivering an impressive 45 mpg [1].

Volkswagen engineers found a way to combine the most advanced fuel-saving technology with sporty performance, plenty of rear legroom, sleek styling and amazing value. “It’s the first no-compromise compact hybrid,” says John Ryan, Volkswagen of America product manager for compact vehicles. “It simply offers the best of all worlds.”

The Jetta Hybrid is lightweight, sleek and quiet. Take the turbocharger. In any hybrid, a traditional gas engine pairs with an electric propulsion system. But with the Jetta Hybrid, drivers get a robust 170 hp as well as a DSG® automatic transmission. Translation? In Sport mode, the Jetta Hybrid delivers an extra boost of power with the push of a button.

Even in electric-only mode, the Jetta Hybrid can reach speeds of 44 mph. “This is a real benefit in stop-start city driving,” Ryan says. “Think of the times you’re stuck in traffic, moving 10 feet at a time. Instead of sitting there with a gas engine idling, the Jetta Hybrid will move using only zero-emission electric power.”

Even with all its advances, the Jetta Hybrid, which goes on sale later this year, is still a Volkswagen through and through. “With the Jetta Hybrid, we are staying true to our Volkswagen DNA, offering exceptional fuel economy coupled with great driving dynamics,” Ryan says. “It is truly the turbo for hybrid fans—or the hybrid for turbo fans.”

2011 Sales Qualification Championships

Some of you know I was the 2010 Volkswagen Sales Qualifications national champion last year (I call it “the most awesome VW salesman in the world contest”) and if you know that, you know I was stressing out a bit hoping I at least made it to the finals for this year.  I really wanted to prove that the first year wasn’t an accident, or a mistake on the judges part!  Well semi-finals were in Dallas last week, and I found out this morning that I made it to the finals!

I know the competition was tougher as more than twice as many of VW’s 4500-ish salespeople entered, but I’m grateful I made it through!  Finals are back in Florida this coming January, so wish me luck!  Thank you very much to my customers for all the encouragement and letting me practice my “Volkswagen-ness” on you!

The New 2012 Beetle

Yesterday morning VW unveiled the all-new 2012 Beetle!  Judging from the pictures, this is an amazing car that Volkswagen has doen themselves proud with.  Here’s the complete write-up from VW Vortex…

Well Volkswagen has officially taken the wraps off of their next generation Beetle and we like it. Judging from the comments in our forums we’d say an awful lot of you like it as well. I had the chance to see the new Beetle in person and sit in it today and overall came away impressed with the level of detail and thought that went into not only the exterior and interior details but the trim levels and choices that will be available when it launches in September.

First, the new design manages to update the Beetle in a way that makes it different than the outgoing model yet still identifiable as a Beetle. The exterior gives a nod to the very first aircooled prototypes with a more sloping rear end and upright windshield. But it goes beyond that with thoroughly modern sheetmetal with creases and vertical surfaces that give the car a more purposeful and substantial look. The new car is 3.3 inches wider, 6 inches longer and half an inch lower. The dimensions make the car look lower and wider lending a more sporty appearance, especially with the new 18″ and 19″ wheels.

Inside the interior is completely new with retro cues in a mix of textures that hang together really well and make it feel special. Turbo models get a gauge pod cluster integrated into the dash with a boost gauge, chrono and oil temp. A “Kaeferfach” glovebox in addition to the standard glovebox is a nice nod to VW’s aircooled past as well. Some of the dash pieces are color matched to the exterior colors on the 2.5 and TDI models while the turbo models get a carbon-fiber look that manages to look like real carbon fiber. The 400 watt Fender sound system is worth every penny – it sounds great with beautiful clarity that rivals systems that cost far more. Headunits will range from the basic RCD-310 up through a top of the line RNS-510 with full navigation so everyone should be happy. Interior trim options include cool new cloth options, leatherette with a new weave pattern on the bolsters and full leather available in two-tone color combinations. Headroom, shoulder and hip space have all increased in the back seat making it a more pleasant place to sit than the old car but not somewhere I’d like to be on a long road trip. The new sunroof is quite a bit larger and gives the impression of a larger panoramic glass roof but still opens fully. The interior plastics and textures all match nicely and look very nice. There are some hard plastics, but they don’t have that cheap look like some of the new Jetta surfaces. Overall the interior is great improvement and manages to capture some of that Beetle flavor without trying too hard to be retro (MINI comes to mind)…. [Read the rest here]