The Porsche World Expedition, a journey like no other, is underway. The expedition spans six continents, lasts 80 days, and allows participants to explore the world from the driver’s seat of the new Porsche Cayenne S. The expedition kicked off in Australia on May 11 with a group of 20 participants setting out to explore the Outback. This once-in-a-lifetime journey begins at Australia’s east coast and ventures across the outback to Perth.
The Porsche Cayenne S is prepared to handle such an adventure: it comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers a whopping 440 horsepower. It also comes with the Porsche Traction Management active all-wheel drive system, allowing you to feel confident and in control as you traverse any terrain. This system will be particularly useful while driving in the Australian Outback, as participants traverse desert landscapes and dirt roads, driving through the Simpson Desert, the Red Center, and the Great Central Road to Perth.
The Porsche World Expedition will explore Africa, Europe, South East Asia, Central America, and South America. With the power and capability of the Porsche Cayenne S, participants will experience the world like never before, all while sitting within a luxurious, comfortable, and smart interior.
The Porsche Cayenne S is just one of the many powerful and prestigious Porsches in stock at Gossett VW Porsche. Schedule your test drive and you will understand why Porsche is the first name in high-performance luxury automotive.
Summer is almost here, and for many of us, that means setting out on a road trip with the family. Before you take to the road, you will want to prepare your Porsche to meet the demands of driving for long hours in hot weather. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your luxury vehicle for summer road trips.
- Perform simple maintenance checks on your vehicle: Before packing up your vehicle and setting out, you will want to check your car’s oil and fluid levels, including power steering fluid, windshield wiper fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant. You should also check your tires and make sure they’re appropriately inflated and have adequate tread depth, as good tires help keep you confident, in control, and safe while on the go.
- Check your car’s air conditioning system: Nothing is worse than being stuck in a stuffy, hot vehicle for long hours, so you will want to thoroughly check your car’s air conditioning system before setting out.
- Clean out the interior, pack charging cords, and have music/entertainment options on hand: You will want to clean out your car’s interior and make sure you have all the charging cords to keep everyone’s devices charged up while on the road. You should also think about what entertainment options you will want to be available to you while on the trip, including downloading your favorite music playlists, podcasts, and your family’s favorite movies if you have a rear seat entertainment system.
There are few feelings better than hitting the open road in the summertime, particularly when you do so at the wheel of a Porsche or Volkswagen vehicle. To set yourself up for maximum summer fun, stop into Gossett VW Porsche and set up your test drive.
The beginning of spring means more than just the first signs of blossoms. It also means that your car is ready for some seasonal maintenance. These do-it-yourself vehicle maintenance tips will help you take charge of caring for your car and ensuring that it’s ready to handle the season ahead.
Change Wiper Blades
You should be changing your wiper blades about every six months, and after being battered by the snow and ice of winter, spring poses a great time to make the switch. Consult your owner’s manual to determine the right size blades for your ride and swap out your old wipers for a new pair.
Check the Tires
Winter also delivers a beating to your tires, both in terms of air pressure and on-road hazards. Once the snow and ice have melted, take the opportunity of a warm day to check your tires’ air pressure and inflate them to the manual-recommended PSI. While you’re at it, check for signs of wear including bulges, cracks, or low tread levels.
Check the Lights
It’s important that your vehicles lights are all in good working order, which is why you should do a quick walkaround to make sure that your headlights, taillights, and brake lights are all illuminating properly. If you notice dulling, you can also wash your headlight and taillight housings using glass cleaner or even toothpaste.
While these three maintenance procedures are all fairly easily performed on your own, it’s just as quick and simple to have them performed by the service technicians at Gossett VW Porsche when you stop in for your seasonal tune-up.
Your windshield wiper blades are imperative for complete visibility when the rain starts coming down in springtime. After a long winter of fending off snow and ice, it may very well be time to swap in a new set of blades. If you’ve noticed signs of aging and want to get up-to-date with a new pair of windshield wipers, here’s what you need to do to replace them.
Find the Right Blades
Every vehicle has specifically sized wiper blades, which means that you have to know what your vehicle requires before making a purchase. This information can be found in your vehicle owner’s manual. You can order blades directly from the manufacturer’s online store, or you can bring your vehicle into Gossett VW Porsche and get the proper pair.
Out with the Old
To remove the old wiper blades, you must first pull the wipers up so that they’re perpendicular with the windshield. Push in the tab where the wiper arm meets the blade, then pull the blade down towards the windshield to remove it.
While you are changing the blades, it’s a good idea to place a towel down on the windshield. That way, if one of the wiper arms snaps down, the windshield will be protected from impact damage.
In with the New
Slide the new wiper blade onto the wiper arm just as you slid the old one off, starting at the base and pulling it upward into position until you hear it snap into place. Gently lower the blades onto the windshield and test to see that they are working properly.
Replacing wiper blades is an easy process, and it’s one that we’re happy to perform for you when you bring your vehicle in for service at Gossett VW Porsche. If you’re due for an appointment and feel like you’re due for new windshield wipers, make sure that you make a note of it when scheduling and we’ll give you what you need.
Porsche is a world leader when it comes to performance and technology, and the brand has created some of the most powerful cars and systems in the world. Recently, Porsche created Porsche Traction Management (PTM), a new generation of powertrain technology that will be featured on the 911 Carrera 4, 911 Targa 4, 911 Turbo, Cayenne, Macan, and the Panamera models.
According to Porsche, the PTM system works to improve driving dynamics, as this all-wheel-drive system distributes torque between front and rear more quickly than other AWD systems. There’s also a permanent monitoring system so the PTM system can actively respond to changes, and the PTM technology can adapt to pre-set control for different driving situations.
“The principle philosophy for any Porsche with active PTM is the same: Enhanced driving dynamics, improved driving safety, increased traction for an even sportier driving experience. This is why Porsche developed its own all-wheel-drive system, which has long been the benchmark in terms of speed, compactness and intelligence,” reads the Porsche press release.
PTM technology is paired with an electro-hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch to assist in transferring power. While PTM will improve performance on the track, especially while cornering, the new system optimizes vehicles for off-road use.
To learn about the new and exciting technologies Porsche is offering today and in the future, stop into Gossett VW Porsche.
Bad driving habits—we all have them, and they can do serious damage to your car over time. From speeding to tailgating, bad driving habits are surprisingly common, as many drivers forget what they learned in driving school. However, there are several driving habits that you may want to cut out as soon as possible because they can also be quite bad for your car.
According to Autoblog, one of the most common bad driving habits among sports car owners is resting your hand on the shifter. You should never put weight on the shifter unless you’re actively changing gears, as this can put unnecessary weight on the transmission’s bushings and synchronizers, wearing them down over time. Keep both hands on the steering when possible, and if you prefer to drive one-handed, rest your elbow on the windowsill.
While you might feel that your vehicle has stopped itself just fine when you put it into park, you should always use the parking brake, even on minor inclines. That’s because the entire weight of your car rests on the parking pawl if you don’t use a parking brake. The pawl is a small piece of metal in the transmission, and it’s not really designed to hold heavy loads. Not using the parking brake can lead to serious transmission failure down the road, so put it on anytime you are not on a flat surface—just remember to disengage it before you start driving again.
Avoid revving the engine when it’s cold. While it can be tempting to warm your car faster, the rapid change in temperature caused by revving a cold engine can crack and damage engine components. In short, just let your car idle for a couple minutes before you hit the accelerator.
The bad habits you break today might be the ones that increase the longevity of your vehicle. If you have service and maintenance needs, bring your vehicle into Gossett VW Porsche and our service experts will get you back on the road quickly and efficiently.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas may be new to the scene, but it’s already getting awards. VW recently announced that the 2018 Atlas has been named MotorWeek’s Best Large Utility in the magazine’s 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards. The awards ceremony was held during the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, which is considered the largest consumer-driven auto show in North America.
“Even though Volkswagen is a bit late to the large crossover party, they more than made up for lost time with the Atlas,” said John Davis, MotorWeek creator and host. He went on to compliment the vehicle, saying that “the Atlas is roomier than just about everything else it competes against,” and mentioning its extreme comfort, quiet ride, and laundry list of technology features that are sure to impress.
To choose the winners in each category of the annual Drivers’ Choice Awards, the automotive magazine’s editorial staff evaluates more than 150 vehicles every year. The editors examine driving performance, technology, practicality, fuel efficiency, and value.
The 2018 Atlas is the brand’s first three-row SUV, designed specifically for the American market. This vehicle, which is available now at Gossett VW Porsche, has two engine options and five trim levels. It even offers all-wheel drive on select trim levels, and is assembled in Chattanooga, Tennessee, so come see for yourself what makes the 2018 VW Atlas so award-worthy.
Driving in the spring means that, occasionally, you’ll have to drive in the rain. Wet roads can lead to a number of potential hazards, which is why we here at Gossett VW Porsche want to provide you with some tips on how to drive in the rain safely.
Keep an eye out for hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle gets more traction on the water covering the road than the road itself, which causes your vehicle to begin sliding. If this occurs, remember to slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer in a straight line to help regain control of your car.
Keep cruise control off. Cruise control is a fantastic feature to have when the roads are dry, but it can actually make you at more risk for hydroplaning. Keep cruise control off on wet roads, because when it’s on, if you do hydroplane your car will actually try to go faster.
Increase your following distance. When roads are wet, it can be difficult to stop on a dime, so give yourself plenty of time to react to traffic by adding one or two seconds to your following distance when you’re behind another car.
Turn on your headlights. Many people forget that all states require you to turn on your headlights if your windshield wipers are on – even if it’s a sunny rainstorm. When visibility is low, you want to make sure that you can see everything around you more easily and that others can see you, too, so lights on!
The rains are coming, so make sure to keep these tips in mind in the coming months. Stay safe out there!
Over the past decade or so, in-car technology has taken big steps forward and it shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, in a recent announcement, we learned that Volkswagen’s future lineup will include artificial intelligent technology. To make this possible, VW is teaming up with NVIDIA, a tech leader in artificial intelligence engineering.
“Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the car,” Volkswagen CEO Dr. Herbert Diess said. “Autonomous driving, zero tailpipe emission mobility and digital networking are virtually impossible without advances in AI and deep learning. Combining the imagination of Volkswagen with NVIDIA, the leader in AI technology, enables us to take a big step into the future.”
In the not-too-distant future, VW says we will see vehicles that have AI assistants built in that will help with voice commands and gesture and facial recognition. These vehicles will be both safer and more enjoyable to ride in.
VW will begin gradually introducing autonomous and AI driving capabilities starting in 2020. This will go hand-in-hand with its goal to have a lineup of more than 20 fully-electric vehicles by 2025.
Here at Gossett VW Porsche, we are excited to see where the future of mobility will take Volkswagen and the rest of the automotive industry.
Just because the holidays are over, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything fun to do. In fact, you can have tons of fun in Memphis this winter with of these events below.
- International Blues Challenge. Kick your winter blues by listening to some blues. The 32nd International Blues Challenge will take place January 16-20 at clubs up and down Beale Street. These solo and group acts compete for cash prizes and more.
- Fences. Watch the dramatic on-stage performance of this Tony Award-winning play. It runs at Theatre Memphis through February 4th.
- Basketball. Spend an evening at the FedEx Forum and catch a basketball game.
- Polar Bear Plunge. If the idea of jumping into freezing cold water excites you, sign up for the Polar Bear Plunge. It will take place February 3rd at Mud Island River Park. After everyone takes the plunge, there will be a chili cook-off to warm everybody up.
- Pink Bride Bridal Show. If you know someone who is planning a wedding, be sure to make a stop at this bridal show held at the Memphis Cook Convention Center on February 4th.
Which of these winter events would you like to attend this year? If you are looking for a new car this year, be sure to come visit us here at Gossett VW Porsche.