Jitterbug Love

Friday June 17th kicked off the 30th annual Jitterbug Festival in Niagara Falls.

Friday June 17th kicked off the 30th annual Jitterbug Festival in Niagara Falls. The largest VW event in Ontario drew more than 350 VW owners and enthusiasts to the Niagara region for a fun-filled weekend. Attendees were treated to a drive-in movie night, live music, an afternoon cruise, and BBQ⎯all before Sunday’s car show and swap meet.

The weekend wrapped up with the much-anticipated Clutch Eater contest whereby drivers attempt to balance their cars on a large teeter-totter-type platform. We got a peek at all the excitement. Check out the video below.

We’ve posted all our #junejitterbug photos on Facebook. Check them out and if you were there, or know someone who was, let us know by tagging them.

 

Introducing the hottest hashtag on four wheels.

The #PinkBeetle: the Volkswagen named by fans like you.

As a result of your tweets, posts, shares, likes and Beetle modifications, something new and exciting is coming to Canada. The Beetle that started as an idea and became a social media sensation is on its way. Get ready to meet The #PinkBeetle: the Volkswagen named by fans like you.

After its debut as a concept car at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the limited-edition Pink Color Beetle has since taken the world by storm. Available in the fall of 2016 as a coupe or convertible, so sign up early to get behind the wheel of this limited-edition head-turner.

Like the “Dune” and “Denim” editions from this year’s available lineup, #PinkBeetle boasts a bold and modern twist with: Bi-Xenon headlights, LED Daytime Running Lights and the latest infotainment system with App-Connect. We’ve also added bold accents like R-Line bumpers, gloss-black mirror caps and black running boards.

It’s also as striking on the inside, as it is on the outside – with perfectly-matched Pink Metallic accents on everything from the plaid seats and trim, to the dashboard and the floormats. But the fun doesn’t stop with colour. Under the hood lies a 1.8 L turbocharged TSI engine hooked to a six-speed automatic transmission that gives you 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

Want in? You’ll need to get in line, because #PinkBeetle is already a hot and trending topic.

Sign up now and stay on top of the latest #PinkBeetle news.

EVS29 Montreal | Post-Show

We were in Montreal at EVS29. Read about our plans for e-mobility in Canada.

As part of our commitment to the future of e-mobility, we attended the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS29) from June 19th – 22nd. On display at the show we brought an e-Golf and a German model Golf GTE.

The e-Golf is our 100% electric Golf offering. Featuring the same Golf design you know and love, it’s all Golf, and all electric. Attendees to the show were impressed by how the e-Golf doesn’t sacrifice interior space for batteries, and were equally interested in the sleek front light design.

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The Golf GTE is outfitted with our powerful 1.4L TSI® engine and an electric motor that, when combined, deliver almost GTI-like performance. It’s a milestone in drive technology that’s urban-ready and exhilarating to drive.

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We’re working to bring the e-Golf to Canada in the future, so make sure you check out vwmodels.ca/egolf and sign up for updates!

Overall, the show was a huge success. It was great seeing so many Volkswagen fans interested in electric vehicles. Thanks everyone for coming out!

*e-Golf and Golf GTE are not currently available in Canada.

Memory lane

Launched in 1951 and well loved today, this is the history of the Samba.

The years after the launch of the Volkswagen Microbus Deluxe (or Samba) have been kind to this legendary vehicle. Now one of the most sought-after Transporters on the collectors’ market, it’s a cultural icon beloved far and wide.

Park yourself

Check out our top road trip spots for getting back to nature this summer.

We’re lucky to live in a country where every province and territory has its own beautifully maintained parks where you can enjoy Canada’s natural beauty. Find out what our top picks are for getting back to nature and plan a road trip this summer.

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Owners’ Stories

Read about Beth and Ivan Hodge’s road trip across Europe and the world.

Beth and Ivan Hodge bought their Volkswagen Beetle in 1960. It was a good colour, spacious, and the kind of car everyone loves. Soon after, they took it on a trip across the continent and then the world.

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Innovation is our craft

Volkswagen has been shaping the automotive industry for nine decades.

Volkswagen has been shaping the automotive industry for nine decades. From designing the first life saving crumple zones, to using crash test dummies to study the effects of accidents on the human body, we’ve had a lot of firsts. Read more about some of our innovations that we think are especially noteworthy.

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Hot songs for summer

We asked Canadian celebrities to tell us their favourite summer songs.

It’s summertime, which means rolling down the windows and turning up the music. We asked Canadian celebrities what songs they love to listen to, so you can put together an all-star playlist for your summer drives.

 

Hot concepts

Three innovative outside-the-box designs to fuel your imagination.

Concept vehicles are always some of the biggest draws at Autoshows worldwide, and they’re a great way for Volkswagen to show off innovative thinking and outside-the-box design. Check out three concepts that are sure to get you excited for the future.

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EVS29 Montreal

Join VW at the EVS29 to get a look at the e-Golf and Golf GTE!

Because we’re committed to the future of e-mobility, we’re working to bring exciting new electric vehicles to Canada. Once you’ve seen the e-Golf at EVS29, you’ll know the future of e-mobility and Volkswagen is bright indeed.

Described in a topgear.com review as “one of the best [electric cars] out there“ and by the Los Angeles Times as “…a spirited runabout that deserves its place in the popular Golf family” the e-Golf, with its 100% electric engine, will be on display and available for test drive at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS29).  We’ll also have the high performance German model Golf GTE that combines GTI dynamics with e-Golf sustainability and economy.

Come see these electric vehicles first hand at EVS29 from June 19-22 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. On June 19th the show will be open to the public for only $10. Admission includes access to the event’s Ride, Drive & Charge and the EVS29 Exhibition floor.

Come visit us at booth 1409!

Public Day

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

9 h to 17 h

Location: 

Palais des congrès de Montréal

1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal

*e-Golf and Golf GTE are not currently available in Canada.

Sporting Life

On May 8th, we were at the Sporting Life 10K in support of Camp Ooch.

On May 8th, 2016 we supported the annual Sporting Life 10k and helped to raise over 2.1 million dollars for Camp Oochigeas. As a proud partner to Camp Ooch, we’re excited to have had so much support for such a great cause. We are thrilled to announce that with the total raised, over 600 kids affected by cancer will be able experience a life-changing two weeks of fun, laughter and friendship at Camp Ooch.

Among the racers were a team of over 35 Volkswagen employees who braved the unpredictable Spring weather to raise funds and earn their “We Run for Ooch” race medals. Great job team!

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Our Beetle Denim Convertible pace car lead the way to the finish line, where we gave the racers a chance to take a picture and dedicate their race to the inspiring loved-ones they were running for.

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After such a successful day we’d like to thank the the race organizers, volunteers and runners who made it possible and everyone who donated or came out to support Camp Ooch. Thanks to you, over 600 children affected by cancer will get the chance to just be kids again.

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