How to Transport a Christmas Tree like an Expert

If you’re like a lot drivers, you love the idea of having a real tree at home for the holidays but aren’t quite sure how to transport a Christmas tree with your vehicle. Don’t worry; we have you covered with these simple tips for getting that tree home without the hassle.

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 Measure

 One of the most important steps when transporting a Christmas tree is measuring beforehand. It’s crucial that you measure the space in which you intend to put the tree at home as well as the tree itself. There’s nothing worse than getting a tree all the way home only to find it won’t fit!

 Wrap

 Many tree nurseries will wrap your tree for you, but if the service is unavailable, it’s a good idea to wrap your chosen tree yourself before taking it home. This helps keep it in good shape during the ride and prevents you from having to deal with pine needles seemingly everywhere.

 Arrange

 You should always arrange the tree stump-forward on the top of your vehicle. This will prevent the wind from damaging the tree while you drive, ensuring that you have a whole tree when you get home.

Tie

 After the tree is chosen, wrapped, and arranged, it’s time to secure it to the roof of your car or SUV. You can tie it down with bungee cord, rope, or ratchet straps. No matter which you use, we recommend using at least three tie-downs to secure the top, bottom, and middle of the tree.

If you need any more tips for tree transport — or a new vehicle with which to get that tree home — stop into Gossett VW Porsche.

Porsche 911 Speedster Is Officially Going into Production

To celebrate its 70th birthday, Porsche produced a concept study of a 911 Speedster. Now, we have learned that this beautiful concept is going into limited production. Porsche will produce exactly 1,948 units of the open-top model.

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This number celebrates the Porsche 356 “Number 1” that got its operating license on June 8, 1948. Porsche will begin production of the celebratory model in 2019 and it will be the first model to offer the new Heritage Design Packages. These packages give buyers even more options for customization.

The 911 Speedsters will all come with Guards Red exterior paint, which looks back to the 1988 911 Speedster. In addition, they will feature 21-inch cross-spoke wheels and a perforated black leather interior with red accents.

To make this limited-edition model a true performance machine, its body is based on the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. Many body parts are made using lightweight carbon fiber composite and its exhaust system is completed with titanium tailpipes.

Powering the Speedster will be a naturally-aspirated flat-six that will produce more than 500 horsepower and will be capable of producing engine speeds up to 9,000 rpm. The engine will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission.

To learn more about the limited-edition Porsche 911 Speedster, stop into Gossett VW Porsche.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Earns Place on Wards 10 Best UX List

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta was named to Wards 10 Best UX list. This award is given to vehicles that demonstrate superior user-friendly features and enjoyable technology experiences. The Jetta stood out for its simple displays, easy phone pairing, and a long list of standard and available technology and driver-assist features.

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WardsAutos editors noted that even with its affordable price, “the new Jetta employs upscale materials and leaves no indication that shoppers on a budget need to settle for less. The Digital Cockpit reconfigurable instrument cluster appears for the first time in a Jetta, delivering breathtaking graphics, mapping and functionality and typically found until now in much more expensive Audi and Porsche luxury cars.”

All VW Jetta models come well-equipped with advanced technology features that start with the MIB II infotainment system. This is the foundation for the next-generation of Car-Net® services. The Jetta comes with user-friendly features like Bluetooth® technology, an SD card slot, and multiple USB interfaces.

Drivers can also get a boost of confidence from the Jetta because it comes standard with the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This system automatically applies the brakes after an accident to help avoid additional collisions.

To experience the award-winning 2019 Volkswagen Jetta for yourself, take a spin in one at Gossett VW Porsche.

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for Drivers

If you have kids, you know how much they look forward to Halloween each year. What can be more fun than dressing up in a costume and walking through the neighborhood getting candy? If you will be doing any driving on Halloween night, we have a few trick-or-treating safety tips to keep in mind.

Trick or Treating Saftey

  • When driving through neighborhoods, drive slowly and cautiously. Children are excited and can act unpredictably.
  • Take extra time at intersections looking for kids trying to cross the street.
  • Put away anything that might distract you. You should even consider turning off your radio and rolling down your windows so you can hear any children who are near you.
  • When exiting or entering your driveway, drive slowly to look out for any kids that may be trying to walk.
  • Turn your headlights on, even if the sun is still up, to make you more visible and help you see children from further away.
  • Trick-or-treating hours generally fall between 5:30-9:30 p.m., so be extra vigilant during those hours.
  • If any kids do walk out into the road in front of you, stop and give them the right of way. Do not honk at them.

If you are out walking with your trick-or-treaters, be sure that they are wearing something bright and reflective and that their costume does not hinder their ability to see clearly. From all of us here at Gossett VW Porsche, happy Halloween and stay safe out there!

Volkswagen Donates a 2019 Arteon to Charity

Volkswagen took part in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Charity Drawing during Monterey Car Week in August, donating a 2019 Volkswagen Arteon SEL Premium R-Line® for a lucky grand-prize winner. Proceeds from all tickets sold at the event benefitted the Natividad Foundation, based out of Salinas, California.

Volkswagen Donates a 2019 Arteon to Charity

“We are thrilled that the Arteon has helped raise money for high-quality health care and trauma services through this charity drawing,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, President and CEO, Volkswagen North American Region. “Volkswagen is proud to have worked with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Natividad Foundation, in their commitment to raising the bar for local health care.”

The Natividad Foundation works with the mission of improving healthcare services at Salinas’ Natividad hospital, which has served Monterey County for more than 132 years.

The Charity Drawing was hosted by Jay Leno, who handed over the keys to the winning ticket-holder. Volkswagen’s new flagship sedan, the Arteon boasts a 268-horsepower 2.0-liter TSI® engine, DCC® chassis control, and a sweeping and stylish profile.

The new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon will be arriving soon at Gossett VW Porsche. Stay tuned to learn when and how you can be among the first to take one for a test drive.

New Porsche Macan Design Makes Big Splash in Shanghai

Earlier this summer, Porsche showed off a new design for the stunning Porsche Macan in Shanghai. Not only does the sporty crossover look even better, but it promises to deliver superior comfort, connectivity, and driving dynamics.

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One of the first things to notice about the Porsche Macan’s new design is its LED headlights and taillights. These newly-designed lights will come standard, giving the Macan an even sportier and more modern look. The lighting design pays homage to the iconic 911 and 918 Spyder models, giving it an edge of aggressiveness and an air distinction.

Inside, buyers will get to choose from a number of new options. The new GT Sport steering wheels, similar to what is found in the 911, comes with a mode switch and a Sport Response Button. Additional features include a heated windshield and an air ionizer to improve the air quality.

There will be numerous new exterior color options this year including Dolomite Silver Metallic, Miami Blue, Mamba Green Metallic, and Crayon. These colors, combined with new interior packages, ensure buyers can customize their Macan even further than before.

To help give drivers a break, there is a new available Traffic Jam Assist feature. It comes with adaptive cruise control that operates at speeds up to 37 mph. The system has partial automated braking and acceleration and helps with steering in a slow-moving traffic.

To learn more about the new Porsche Macan, stop into Gossett VW Porsche.

Fall Service Tips

Can you feel that slight chill in the air when you are leaving for work in the morning? Perhaps you have noticed a subtle orange hue in the tops of some of the trees. These are the first signs that fall is on the horizon. With every change of season, you should make sure your car is ready. Here are some fall service tips to get you started.

Fall Service Tips

Read Your Owner’s Manual.

If you haven’t already, become familiar with your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule. This is listed inside your owner’s manual. It will tell you how often you should get your oil changed and take other maintenance steps.

Get Caught Up.

There is likely at least one maintenance items you have fallen behind on. Get your car caught up and back on schedule to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Inspect Your Tires.

Once a month, you should do a thorough inspection of your tires. This should include checking the tread depth, looking for uneven wear, and checking the tire pressure.

Windshield Wipers.

As the mornings start getting frosty, you don’t want to have an old pair of wipers that aren’t any good. You should get a fresh pair every 6-12 months.

There are many more steps you can take to ensure better performance and reliability all autumn long. To have your needs addressed quickly and efficiently, stop into Gossett VW Porsche.

Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Sets New Nürburgring Record

The Nürburgring Nordschleife is one of the largest and most well-known race circuits in the world, and it’s the place where any performance vehicle worth its salt goes to prove its mettle. It was at this celebrated track where the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo made itself a legend, smashing a Nürburgring record that had been uncontested for 35 years.

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Driver Timo Bernhard piloted the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds, obliterating the previous record of 6:11.13 minutes. Bernhard is no stranger to the track, having won the Nürburgring 24-hours five times, but he said after his record-setting performance that the new 919 Hybrid Evo let him experience the track in a way he never had before.

 

“This is a great moment for me and for the entire team — the 919 program’s icing on the cake,” Bernhard said. “The Evo was perfectly prepared, and I have done my best on this lap. Thanks to the aerodynamic downforce, at sections I never imagined you can stay on full throttle.”

 

The 919 Hybrid Evo is the latest on-track testament to Porsche’s unchallenged expertise of all things performance. To experience Porsche at a street-legal (but no less impressive) level, stop into Gossett VW Porsche.

Head Back to School Looking Cool in the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

The close of summer and start of autumn gets folks talking about the vehicles that are best for back-to-school needs. Whether you’re a parent looking for a reliable family hauler or in search of a trustworthy vehicle for your teen driver, look no further than the back-to-school-ready 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Value

With a starting price well below $20,000, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is an incredibly affordable choice. It also comes packed with standard features like LED headlights, a turbocharged engine, and VW Car-Net ® App Connect, all of which deliver quite a bit of bang for the buck. Each subsequent trim level provides even more features and options, increasing the sense of value you across the lineup.

Safety

Safety is the first and foremost aim of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. The Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) activates in the event of a collision, automatically turning off the fuel pump, unlocking the doors, and turning on hazard lights. Driver-assist and alert systems are also offered to improve your peace of mind, including an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist, and Rear Traffic Alert.

Warranty

The People First Warranty for the 2019 VW Jetta covers you bumper-to-bumper for six years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. It’s also transferrable, so if you decide to sell your Jetta down the line, it’s easy to hand the remainder of the warranty over to the new owner.

With exceptional value, a great warranty, and cutting-edge safety technology on its side, it’s no wonder we consider the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta one of the best back-to-school cars on the market. To experience up close and see what it has to offer you, stop by Gossett VW Porsche.

Volkswagen Golf Named to KBB.com’s 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 of 2018

The new Volkswagen Golf has been named to KBB.com’s 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 of 2018 list, firmly establishing it as one of the most rad rides on the road today. (Side note: do the kids today still say rad?)

10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000

KBB.com looks at a range of subjective factors to determine the models that offer the most driving fun and “cool factor.” According to KBB.com, the vehicles on the 10 Coolest Cars list offer great tech and versatility at an affordable price, plus a stylish exterior and fun driving dynamics that will put a smile on your face. In KBB’s esteem, the VW Golf does that very thing, and all for less than $20,000.

“A direct descendant of the original hot hatch, which defined a fun-to-drive segment, Volkswagen tuned the Golf for sporty driving dynamics,” said Michael Harley, executive editor for Kelley Blue Book. “A standard turbocharged engine—unexpected zip for a vehicle in this category—a roomy passenger cabin, and timeless hatchback styling add to its appeal.”

The 2018 Golf adds standard LED DRLs, LED taillamps, and exterior chrome accents, building on a formula of coolness that has been satisfying drivers for more than four decades. If you want to feel cool and don’t want to pay a lot, look no further than the new VW Golf—available at Gossett VW Porsche.