Local Holiday Events in Memphis

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, which means Memphis, Tennessee, is preparing for the holiday season by offering plenty of fun things to do. Check out these local holiday events in the city for a day of fun with the family.

 

Starry Nights at Shelby Farm Park

Want to see a dazzling light display? Hailed as the largest light show in the Mid-South, Starry Nights features more than just Christmas lights, with hot chocolate and s’mores, a petting zoo, and more.

 

Sun Trust Zoo Lights

Head to the Memphis Zoo to experience this beautiful event alongside the animals, a ride on the LED ferris wheel, a live reindeer event, and even artificial snow in the Courtyard.

Local Holiday Events

Christmas At Graceland

Graceland goes all out for Christmas, which was the King’s favorite holiday. Stop by for the Holiday Concert Weekend to experience live music as you enjoy the life-size Nativity and beautiful decorations.

 

Peabody Memphis

This local hotel always features fun decorations and great food, from a 30-foot Christmas tree and life-size Gingerbread House to the chef’s delicious desserts.

 

If you’re looking for something to do this Christmas season, local holiday events in Memphis have you covered. Take your family to see any of these awesome events or explore the city for even more.

What to Know When Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

Many people go to their relatives’ homes for the holidays. But if you’re in charge of hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, you might find that you have a little more on your plate than usual. Here’s some advice from Gossett VW Porsche on how to survive the big day.

 

Prepare in Advance

Some dishes will have to wait until the last minute, but if you can make a few dishes in advance, do it in order to save yourself some stress. Meal-prep what you can’t cook so that it’s as simple as possible on the day off, meaning you’ll have more time to catch up.

 

Stick with The Tried-And-True

Thanksgiving is about tradition, so you don’t have to go wild with some experimental meals in order to wow your guests. Stick with what you know people like: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, candied yams, cranberry, stuffing, and, of course, pumpkin pie.

 

Set the Table Beforehand

It may seem silly to set the table the night before, but doing so leaves you with one less task that to do while preparing the next morning. Or, if you have a lot of young ones running around, put them to the task and keep them occupied.

 

Not Everything Has to Be Homemade

Buy pies from a bakery or get premade gravy to help cut down on work. You don’t have to tell anyone that you bought it from a store—they probably won’t notice the difference anyway, and it’s unlikely that they would be hurt even if they did because of how much effort you’re already putting into everything else.

 

Schedule Your Shower

You need to look good for the celebrations, too, so make sure to leave time for you to get ready. Pick out some nice, semi-business casual dress and set the expectation that your table guests should look somewhat nice as well.

 

Ask for Help

Last of all, don’t be afraid to delegate tasks and bring in some assistance. Too many cooks in the kitchen can be a problem, so set your friends and relatives to minor tasks to keep them occupied and keep you less busy.

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner

While hosting Thanksgiving dinner, remember not to get too stressed out. After all, it’s about spending a holiday with the people you love. It may seem like a lot of work in the lead-up, but the end-goal is well worth the struggle.

How to Wax Your Car

Woman waxing her car

Learning how to wax your car the right way is an easy way to keep your car looking great and prolong the life of its paint.

Supplies

  • Electric orbital buffer
  • Buffing pads
  • Buffing compound
  • Car wax
  • Microfiber cloths

Buffing                                               

If your car has any weathered surfaces or scratches, it is a good idea to buff your car before waxing. This removes a fine layer of paint and waxing right afterwards restores the paint’s original shine. However, this should only be done about once a year.

Start buffing by spreading the buffing compound onto the car using a buffing pad without running on the buffer. Work one quarter-panel at a time and avoid chrome, rubber, and glass surfaces. Once the compound is spread, turn on the buffer and work in circular motions, holding the pad flat. Repeat the process across the entire car.

Waxing

Using a clean buffing pad, apply wax using a gentle pulsing of the buffer, one quarter-panel at a time. Once the wax is applied, let it set for the time required (read the label), and then remove any excess with a microfiber cloth using a circular motion. Repeat across all painted surfaces. Waxing is recommended every three months.

If you are ready for a new car to take care of, please come visit us at Gossett VW Porsche and we will help you find your perfect match.

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!

Most Powerful Porsche 911 Turbo S

Porsche 911 Turbo S

The Porsche 911 is already known as a high-powered sports car that’s both stylish and comfortable. Now, though, the brand is going the extra mile to blow enthusiasts away. The new Porsche 911 Turbo S will be the most powerful model to date, but there’s a catch.

The upcoming 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe will feature a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that delivers 607 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The standard seven-speed PDK transmission allows for optimized shifting. That combination brings the car’s 0-to-60-mph time to just 2.8 seconds, giving the upcoming 911 Turbo S a track speed of 205 mph.

However, not everyone will be able to get one.

The 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe will be limited to a production run of just 500 units. Porsche Design will commemorate the car with a Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series titanium-cased watch. The watch is only available to the 500 lucky owners of the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe.

We here at Gossett Volkswagen Porsche are pumped to see Porsche once again pushing the limits of the road!

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.

Porsche Cayenne Tows a Jumbo Jet

2017 Porsche Cayenne

There’s tons of reasons to love Porsche vehicles. Style, luxury, and power. Plenty of power. The Porsche Cayenne proved all of this when it recently scored a Guinness World Record for towing an airplane.

The Cayenne not only towed an airplane—it towed a jumbo jet. While the Cayenne’s max towing capacity is listed as 7,700 pounds, you can bet that a jumbo jet weighs significantly more than that. In fact, at 314 tons, the Airbus A380 that was towed was about 82 times the Cayenne’s max towing amount.

The amazing feat took place at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, where crews hooked up the airplane to the Cayenne just as they would a trailer. The Cayenne’s strength took it from there – pulling the double-decker plane 140 feet across the tarmac. That’s the heaviest aircraft to ever be pulled by a production car!

“Our cars can go a bit beyond what our customers might expect,” said Porsche GB technician Richard Payne. What an understatement!

While you shouldn’t try towing an airplane at home, you’ll be impressed by all the power the Porsche Cayenne can give you. Check it out today at Gossett Porsche VW.

A True Speed Wagon: The Performance Specs of the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

You can say that the upcoming 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is a wagon, and you’d be right—it certainly falls into that category. However, anything that Porsche does has a tendency to defy preconceived notions. The Panamera Sport Turismo is no different.

 

The first remarkable quality that anyone is bound to notice is the classy and sleek exterior of the new model. Most wagons come off at least a little boxy—that is, if they come off looking like a barn on four wheels. Nothing could be further from the truth with the Panamera Sport Turismo. There’s the attractive fastback rear design completed by a cool rear spoiler. It’s about aesthetics, but the sporty profile also has a profound purpose: aerodynamics.

Effectively cutting through the air would be important to a wagon like the Panamera Sport Turismo. The performance specs of the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo speak for themselves. You don’t want anything holding it back when it’s powered by a refined 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, good for getting you from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5 seconds. If that seems like too long, you’ve got options. The top-end 4.0-liter V8 option makes 550 horsepower and ups your 0 to 60 mph time to 3.4 seconds.

 

Of course, we shouldn’t forget that the Panamera Sport Turismo is indeed a wagon. The rear bench comfortably seats three with 18.4 cubic feet of cargo space to spare. Come and see this one-of-a-kind wagon for yourself when it arrives at Gossett VW Porsche!

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!