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.

Volkswagen Atlas Named MotorWeek’s Best Large Utility

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.

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“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.

Volkswagen’s Future Lineup Will Include AI Technology

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.

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“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.

Take a Peek at the All-New VW Atlas

New VW Atlas

For the 2018 model year, Volkswagen is introducing a new SUV model called the Atlas. The all-new VW Atlas is large and in charge in an All-American way, as families will love its roomy interior, comfortable ride, strong engine, and great interior features.

At least at first, all Atlas models will be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 276 horsepower, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will come standard, but 4Motion® all-wheel-drive will be available on all trims. Later in the model year, VW will add an available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

The Atlas has a host of available advanced safety features, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. These features come standard on the SE (with the Tech package), SEL, and SEL Premium models. With these features and more, it earned a 2017 Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is already available right here at Gossett VW Porsche. Stop by today and take it out for a test drive.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen is turning its eye towards the American automotive market, where larger SUVs are selling like hotcakes. The European brand has long chosen to develop premium mid-size vehicles, but it’s changing course with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas—a full-size three-row SUV designed for American families.

“After spending a few weeks with our own 2018 Atlas, it’s clear VW built an ultra-functional, family-friendly three-row SUV,” Consumer Reports said in their review.

Unlike many full-size SUVs, the Volkswagen Atlas offers a comfortable, firm ride on paved roadways. The standard all-wheel drive configuration offers responsive handling.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas features a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. That smooth-shifting powertrain delivers a hearty 276 hp. Later this year, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will offer 235 hp and improved efficiency.

The Volkswagen Atlas features sharp exterior styling that sets it apart from its closest competitors. The spacious interior offers three-row seating that’s perfect for larger families.

Premium materials and ergonomic controls make long road trips not only manageable, but enjoyable. The 6.5-inch and 8-inch touchscreen systems offer Apple CarPlay and Android Autocompatibility.

We here at Gossett Volkswagen Porsche are happy to see the 2018 Atlas getting the praise it deserves!

2018 VW Polo

Volkswagen Polo

The sixth-generation Polo is better than ever. Of course, a lot is still under wraps – including the car itself. There’s a lot to learn about the 2018 VW Polo but it’s sure to impress.

The Polo is literally “under wraps” in order to camouflage it from the public. Disguised prototypes have been hitting the roads of Europe and South Africa, and so far we know it’ll be a hit.

The new Polo is slightly larger than its predecessors, which will be an improvement in legroom for all passengers. Along with its increase in size, it also gets an increase in efficiency. It will have the most advanced powertrain yet and there’s the possibility for hybrid and all-electric options.

If you’re a sport lover, don’t worry! The 2018 Polo GTI is on its way, too. This car will have all the power you could ever want thanks to advanced turbocharged engines that deliver plenty of horsepower.

If you’re intrigued by the 2018 VW Polo, you’ll have to wait. There’s no word yet on a U.S. release but it will make its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2017. So until then, you’ll have to imagine everything that the next Polo will offer.

New Volkswagen Warranty Sweetens the Deal on Upcoming SUVs

As if the upcoming release of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2018 Volkswagen Atlas—an all-new model—wasn’t enough cause for excitement, VW just announced that these SUVs will come with a new Volkswagen warranty. It’s an exciting prospect to say the least, as this new warranty is better than most competitor’s offers.

 

Pick up the latest Tiguan or all-new Atlas and enjoy a 6-year, 72,000-mile warranty. This is “bumper to bumper” coverage, meaning it covers engine and transmission repairs as well as issues arising with the all-wheel drive system.

New Volkswagen Warranty
2018 Volkswagen Atlas

To make the deal a whole lot sweeter, the new Volkswagen warranty is also transferable. With that, VW has increased the resale value for both of these SUVs.

 

Warranties may not be flashy, but they matter. Over time, they amount to a lowered cost of ownership. Calculate that into the asking price and you’ll know that you are paying less than you are actually paying.

 

While for now, the new Volkswagen warranty is only being offered for the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, word is that it may spread across the lineup if it fares well.

 

Stop in at Gossett VW Porsche today to discuss these upcoming SUVs and this exciting new Volkswagen warranty with us!

Volkswagen LEGO Journey Display Shown at Chicago Auto Show

2017 Atlas at the Chicago Auto Show

As part of its display at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show in February, Volkswagen assembled a 20,000-piece LEGO journey display that demonstrated the evolution of Volkswagen design throughout the years in honor of the 2018 VW Atlas, the brand’s all-new full-size SUV.

The display featured both the new Atlas and the classic VW Microbus, showing the similarities and differences in design over the multi-decade gap. The display was set against a backdrop of a city setting, which transitioned to the great outdoors to show the versatility and “go-anywhere spirit” of the Volkswagen brand.

The LEGO Atlas model was made of white LEGO bricks and features front and rear Volkswagen badging as well as black rims, roof rails, a trailer hitch, and a distinctive grille. What’s more, the model also highlights the utility of the Atlas’ seven-passenger seating.

The Microbus was lovingly crafted from blue and white LEGOs to accurately reflect the real thing, including its two-tone exterior, the V-shaped front fascia design, rounded headlamps, a curved bumper, and VW badging.

If you’re interested in the new Atlas SUV, it hits dealerships later this year, so keep an eye out or give us a call at Grosett VW Porsche and ask us to keep you updated!

Meet Atlas: New Midsize Crossover Volkswagen Revealed

While many automakers in the US market have been taking advantage of the trend toward SUVs and crossovers, Volkswagen’s SUV lineup has been surprisingly lacking. The one nameplate currently under the brand’s belt is the Tiguan. However, we saw hints of a new midsize crossover from VW at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and now the vehicle is finally seeing the light of day under the name “Atlas.”

The Volkswagen Atlas has been hinted at for awhile, with VW CEO Hinrich Woebecken revealing earlier in 2016 that the crossover would have a simple, more easy-to-pronounce name for the American market. With its sharp, two-syllable name, “Atlas” appears to have fulfilled that promise.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan
2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Available now at Gossett VW Porsche

Information on pricing has not yet been unveiled, but production will begin sometime late this year, following by its sales launch in early 2017.

This new midsize crossover Volkswagen is clearly designed to appeal to American consumers, and the strategic release of the Atlas comes at a time when VW sales are lower than usual. If priced competitively, the Volkswagen Atlas could help the brand pull ahead in the market once again and invite a whole new demographic of young families looking for stylish but practical vehicles.

2017 VW Golf Alltrack Preview

2017 VW Golf
Current Volkswagen Golf at Gossett VW Porsche

The VW Golf Alltrack has never been sold in the United States before, but after Volkswagen’s most recent press release, that’s about to change! The VW Golf Alltrack is based on the popular Golf SportWagen and has been a top choice for drivers who desire a ride with crisp handling. The Golf Alltrack has been available in Europe for years, but this fall, the newest model will hit United States shores!

The 2017 VW Golf Alltrack will feature 4MOTION all-wheel drive and offers all the capability of an all-terrain vehicle without the rough exterior. Off-Road Mode goes hand-in-hand with the new all-wheel drive system and makes this model more capable than ever before.

A 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque powers the off-road-capable model. Drivers wanting to control gear shifting should wait until the six-speed manual transmission releases following the launch of the Golf Alltrack.

While the exterior looks entirely different from the Golf SportWagen, the interior is a different story. The layout is similar but the Golf Alltrack sees premium materials, like leatherette seating surfaces, and aluminum pedal covers plus Alltrack branding.

We at Gossett VW Porsche can’t wait for the arrival of the 2017 VW Golf Alltrack!