2016 Volkswagen Jetta MOMO Edition Turns Heads at CAS

2016 VW Jetta MOMO

2016 VW Jetta MOMO at CAS

The 2016 VW Jetta GLI 2.0T is awfully sporty all on its own. This great-looking version of the Jetta was recently enhanced by the Italian garage MOMO and in the process got a whole lot sportier.

What we might call the “Italian treatment” involved a number of exciting additions. The 2016 VW Jetta GLI 2.0T MOMO Edition sits on MOMO-custom 19-inch, aluminum-alloy wheels. Called MOMO Revenge wheels, they feature a unique mesh design.

The Jetta MOMO edition offers superb handling and response. MOMO added sway bars both at the front and rear of the vehicle. They also added coilovers at every wheel. The Milltek Sport exhaust not only gives this superbly-tuned Jetta a great sound but it also improves airflow. With all of the quickness this model offers, you also need excellent stopping power. Brembo brakes do the job just fine with 14.4-inch diameter front rotors and monobloc four-piston calipers.

The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta MOMO Edition was recently on display at the Chicago Auto Show.

Top Five Best Road Trip Apps

road tripThinking about taking a road trip anytime soon? While it’s always nice to leave the technology behind, these great road trip apps can really enhance your experience!

# 1 – Waze

If you don’t have Waze by now, you are really missing out. Crowd-sourcing traffic info is simply brilliant. You won’t find more up-to-date traffic data anywhere. Plus, you can ask other Waze users about attractions as you come into a new area.

# 2 – TollSmart

Planning on traveling to a location where there are tollbooths everywhere? TollSmart helps you find out exactly how much upcoming tolls are.

# 3 – GasBuddy

Ever get off on an exit to get gas and the prices are super high? Sometimes you feel compelled to buy the gas anyway in order not to waste time. You won’t have to go through that again with GasBuddy.

# 4 – Roadside America

Tired of mainstream attractions? The Roadside America app will help you find offbeat, weird, and otherwise strange attractions nearby.

# 5 – Spotify

What’s a road trip without great jams? There are lots of great music streaming apps out there but Spotify is one of the best. Pick a human-curated playlist, lower the windows, and crank up the volume!

‘Maria Sharapova and Friends, Presented by Porsche’ Brings Tennis Back to LA

Porsche 911 Carrera

Current Porsche 911 Carrera

Late in 2015, Porsche partnered with tennis superstar Maria Sharapova to create a unique tennis-themed event.

Maria Sharapova and Friends, presented by Porsche took place from December 12-13 and featured an all-star assembly of tennis greats including Andy Roddick and Kei Nishikori, as well as less well-knowns like American player Madison Keys.

The event featured a two-day tournament between the players and included Andy Roddick and Michael Chang, both of whom came out of retirement briefly to participate. Sharapova wanted to get players ready for the Australian Open in a more serious exhibition match than usual.

Porsche officials expressed excitement at the partnership with Sharapova for the event, saying the “power and elegance” of the sport and of Sharapova herself are “the exact characteristics that are conveyed in our sports cars.”

The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera was present at the tournament, highlighting the connection to sportiness and athleticism the brand aims for. The 2017 Carrera is more powerful than ever, with an even higher horsepower than previous models, bringing it up to 370 hp.

How to Eat Well on a Road Trip

roadtripStaying away from fast food when you’re on a road trip can be seriously difficult, and if you have dietary restrictions like food allergies, it’s even worse. Is it even possible to eat well on a road trip? We have some tips for you to stay healthy.

Tip #1: Bring your own meals, as many as you can. Get a cooler and bring fresh fruit with you, maybe a veggie tray, sandwiches, granola bars, nuts, and other healthy snacks. Eat these instead of stopping at McDonald’s. It’s cheaper, too, and it’s not like you can’t stop at a grocery store instead of a fast food joint.

Tip #2: Eat often and eat small portions. Being super-full on the road is never good, and eating small amounts of healthy food frequently will keep you energized and feeling refreshed.

Tip #3: Get protein. Nuts are a great source of protein, they’re easy to eat, and they keep well!

Tip #4: Drink lots of fluids, preferably water and juice. They keep your hunger down.

Tip #5: If you stay in hotels, eat breakfast. This will keep your energy up throughout the day!

Continuously Variable Transmission Explained: The Key to Efficiency

transmissionIf you’ve been car shopping recently, you’ve probably seen the abbreviation “CVT” on some new models. This stands for a “Continuously Variable Transmission,” an old technology made new. Capable of drastically increasing fuel economy, this new technology is taking over the industry. Let’s explain Continuously Variable Transmission.

According to Autotrader, a CVT works by using a pair of cone shaped pulleys and a high-strength belt in lieu of a gearbox. While in a traditional transmission it has to shift into gear, disengage, and shift to other gears, a CVT is always in the optimum gear ratio (even though it doesn’t actually have the “gears”).

The advantages to this are multifold, including cost and performance. Because transmissions are traditionally considered the most complex aspect of a car (some with over 1,000 individual parts), it’s more affordable and less complex to use a CVT. They also get great fuel economy, one reason green companies started using them.

Why haven’t we seen them before? CVT technology is actually popular in small-engine industries. The only reason it hasn’t been adopted in cars is because you need high-strength materials that can withstand highway speeds. Until recently, these were hard to come by.

Discover more about CVT models by stopping by Gossett VW Porsche.

Porsche Mission E Design: 600 Horsepower of All-Electric Energy

2016 Porsche 911

2016 Porsche 911 – Available at Gossett VW Porsche

Because Porsche is known for its high-performance 911 models, it came as a surprise to many that the brand recently announced it would be creating over 1,000 jobs to build the new Porsche Mission E. This all-electric model is well-known for its quick charge times and advanced technologies.

The Porsche Mission E design is drawing attention as an alternative for gasoline-powered high-performance models. While there are some models out there like it, including the Tesla and BMW i8, the Mission E has a whopping 600 hp and charges to 80% in 15 minutes, according to iDigital Times. You heard right!

“Digitization will be growing up with us,” said Uwe Huck, Deputy Chairman of the Porsche AG Supervisory Board. “And Factory 4.0 will be a major challenge for the workforce, trade union and employer. We will be taking new approaches but not giving up on the social aspects. With this decision, Porsche is driving flat out with no speed restrictions into the automotive and industrial future.”

Though many thought the Mission E might just be a cool concept car, Porsche’s announcement that it would be setting aside resources for 1,000 new jobs to make the car drew astonished reactions. This model could just redefine the way we think about cars.

Fun Things To Do After Thanksgiving Dinner

ThanksgivingEver find yourself looking for fun things to do after Thanksgiving dinner? We’ve thrown together some cool ideas to help you get out and about on one of those most wonderful days of the year.

# 1 – Go to the movies!

Many film studios wait until late in the year to release productions, knowing that this is primarily when people are in the mood for a movie. Not only do we recommend going to see a movie after Thanksgiving dinner, but see a comedy and bring the whole family.

# 2 – Play games!

Board games for the kids, Texas Hold ‘Em for the parents.

# 3 – Take a hike!

If weather is permitting and you can make it outside before sundown, there is nothing like taking a hike with your relatives. Plus, this will give you a chance to walk off the huge meal you just ate.

# 4 – Decorate for Christmas!

If you are the practical type, why not enlist your guests to help you decorate for Christmas? It can be fun to put up Christmas lights and plus, it gets you outside. Or you could just use something like this to get rid of your guests, which is probably more likely.

The All-New 2017 Porsche Macan GTS Is Red, Black, and Cool All Over

Porsche Macan

Current Porsche Macan Available at Gossett VW Porsche

As if the Macan couldn’t get any cooler, Porsche has decided to honor the Macan line with a GTS badge for 2017. Striking aesthetic enhancements and thrilling performance enhancements ensue, all dressed in a compelling red and black.

In the performance department, the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS sees tweaks on all levels. For braking, the Macan GTS will feature large 360 mm rotors up front and in the rear with red calipers adding a dash of color behind the black, alloy wheels. Air suspension is a standard feature on the Macan GTS and ride height is lowered 10-millimeter reduction to improve center of gravity.

Under the hood, the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS uses the same powertrain as the Macan S. It’s a powerful six-cylinder with two turbochargers. With all of the unique enhancements for the GTS, output is measured at 360 horsepower and 369 lb-ft for torque. Add the available Sport Chrono Package and the all-new 2017 Porsche Macan GTS will take you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

How to Increase the Resale Value of Your Vehicle

When it comes time to sell your vehicle, the first thing you should do is put yourself in the place of the buyer. What do you see? You might see a vehicle that appears as if it has not been taken care of.

Now while you know the truth, a buyer doesn’t have that luxury. They have to go on what they see! This is why cleaning up your vehicle can increase its resale value. Here’s how:

headlight# 1 – Your headlight lenses can grow murky and hazy over time, giving your vehicle an overly broken-in appearance. Very lightly sand and then polish this haze away.

# 2 – Detail your interior. If you don’t want to do it, it pays to pay a professional. A potential buyer may find a filthy interior uninviting and generally off-putting. If you choose to do it yourself, break out the toothbrush, Q-tips, and all of your odd-shaped vacuum attachments! Getting the filth and dirt out of those nooks and crannies is what makes the difference.

# 3 – Do the easy fixes, as CNN Money suggests. Things like a burned-out taillight or a damaged muffler are going to affect resale value more than what they cost to repair.

# 4 – Make her shine! Nothing says “This vehicle has been properly taken care of” like a nice, shiny finish. Wash it thoroughly and give it a good wax job. You should even consider using a clay bar to remove surface stains. Buff out superficial scratches.

As you apply these tips on how to increase the resale value of your vehicle, always ask yourself, “What would I pay for this vehicle?” Let that thought guide your work.

Exciting Improvements for the Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4

The 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4 models are set to roll out next year and with them come a lot of exciting performance advancements.

First and foremost, we will see a new engine with these two models. Porsche has designed and perfected a 3.0-liter flat six twin-turbo motor that delivers 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. That’s 20 more horsepower than the previous year. Pick up the “4” versions of these two models and enjoy 50 more horsepower and 37 more lb-ft. of torque.

Not just in the power department, the improvements for the Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4 include enhancements in handling and response as well. The electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive that the 911 has become well-known for has been designed to respond “even more quickly and sensitively.” The Porsche Active Suspension Management is standard to all Carrera models. According to a press release, PASM not only “aids stability during cornering,” it also “lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters compared to the previous model.”

Sounds like the Porsche 911 is headed in the right direction!

2016 Porsche 911

Current Porsche 911 Available at Gossett VW Porsche