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?)
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.
Our pets are a part of our families, so of course we want to bring them along with us when we go on vacation. But traveling with pets requires extra precautions that you’ll want to undertake before you hit the road, both for your safety and the safety of your furry friends.
First of all, it’s important to get your pet used to longer car rides before you embark on a journey that’s several hours or even days long. Take them on a few short trips around town to see how they handle it, and extend the ride a little more each time to see what their limits might be.
Pack a bag for your pet the same way you pack your own travel bags. Bring comfort items, food and bottled water, and their favorite toys and blankets to make the trip as comfortable as possible for them.
When it comes to the actual trip, it’s much safer to keep your pet in a carrier or crate. If you let them roam free, this can be a distraction to the driver. If you’re unfortunate enough to get in an accident, it’s more dangerous for you and your pets to have them unsecured.
Finally, it’s vital that you don’t leave your pet alone in the car, especially during the hot summer months. In many states it’s illegal to leave pets alone in the car, as it can get dangerously hot. Instead of stopping at restaurants on your trip, bring food with you that you can eat outside with your pet or go through a drive-through.
These are just some of the measures to consider for your summer road trip if you plan on bringing a pet. Volkswagen offers several pet-friendly accessories that you can equip for your journey, so stop into Gossett VW Porsche and see what we have to offer.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a tried-and-true racehorse. The track-designed model was meant to impress bystanders and set records, and it recently did both of those things at the legendary Nürburgring.
Driver Kevin Estre got behind the wheel of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS and set a new track record, tackling “The Green Hell” in just 6:56.4 minutes, besting the time set by the previous GT3 RS by an unbelievable 24 second margin. That lap time makes the 2019 911 GT3 RS the third Porsche to ever run a lap at Nürburgring in under seven minutes.
“No other Porsche model gets as close to racing as the new GT3 RS. Many innovative ideas from top-level motorsport were transferred, for example, from the 911 GT3 R,” said Frank Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars.
This sub-seven-minute lap time wasn’t just a fluke either. Estre completed four laps in under seven minutes with just tenths of a second between them. That consistency is a testament to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS’s performance and drivability.
The new track-ready model features a 520-horsepower naturally aspirated engine. It races from zero to 60 mph in just three seconds and boasts a top speed of 193 mph. While you likely won’t be able to test the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS on a track as challenging as Nürburgring, you can still make it yours at Gossett VW Porsche.
The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is slated for a fall 2018 release, and it comes packing a bold look that’s sure to make waves. In addition to its vast array of sleek and stylish features, the Arteon will be available R-Line® Appearance package, which adds sporty features that drivers are sure to love.
The R-Line® Appearance package adds 19- or 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Those unique wheels complement a distinctive front bumper with integrated air intakes finished in stylish gloss black, R-Line air inlets and cover panels, and a gloss black rear spoiler. These features speak to athleticism, style, and performance.
Inside, the R-Line® package adds the R-Line logo to the Volkswagen Modular Infotainment Platform startup screen. Contrast stitching on the steering wheel and shift knob add a touch of sportiness, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and stainless-steel sport pedal covers give the Arteon the feeling of being ready for the track.
This is appropriate given the Volkswagen Arteon’s standard 2.0-liter TSI® turbocharged engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, which make the sedan every bit the performer that it is a looker.
The R-Line® Appearance package will be available when the VW Arteon launches this fall. To learn more about how you can make the stylish, exciting 2019 Volkswagen Arteon yours, stop into Gossett VW Porsche.
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.