First of 5 lucky Canadians wins 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack

McDonald’s® announces first Alltrack winner

This year, McDonald’s® Canada is giving away five* new 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack vehicles in their annual CANADIAN “COAST TO COAST” MONOPOLY® Game. Game players collected stamps on specially-packaged McDonald’s® foods at participating restaurants, to create winning property combinations. Winning players were awarded with various prizes including food, gift cards, travel, a Polaris® snowmobile, one of five 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack vehicles and more.

While all the McDonald’s® CANADIAN “COAST TO COAST” MONOPOLY® winners are still being determined, Doug W. from Kitchener-Waterloo has been selected to soon be sitting behind the wheel of the new Alltrack.

The car, which recently picked up the “2017 Subcompact SUV of the Year” award, features standard 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive with 6-speed automatic DSG® with Tiptronic®, a raised suspension and “Off-Road” driving mode, allowing drivers to explore adventurous roads. And with generous cargo space for loads of gear, App-Connect to keep you connected to what matters, these winners can pack it all in and head for the hills at a moment’s notice.

McDonald’s® Canada is announcing prize winners on its Facebook page as they are confirmed. Check it out to see all the CANADIAN “COAST TO COAST” MONOPOLY® Game winners.

∞See complete planned Game details in the Official Rules at participating McDonald’s® restaurants in Canada or at mcdonalds.ca/monopoly. No purchase required.

*At the outset of the Game. Prizes available diminish as Prizes are claimed.

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The new e-Golf unveiled and coming to Canada

The e-Golf brings electrifying performance to Canada.

Volkswagen fans across Canada have been asking us to bring our popular e-Golf model north. Well, we heard you, and we’re very excited to announce that the e-Golf will soon be a proud part of our line-up. See its Canadian unveiling at the Montreal Auto Show in January, and expect this 100% electric Volkswagen in dealerships midway through 2017.1

Featuring an estimated range of up to 200 km in everyday driving2, adjustable regenerative braking modes, and a refreshed design that’s unmistakably Golf, the new e-Golf gives you all the fun you’re looking for without needing any fuel. So whether you’re heading to a day at the beach or popping out for some groceries, this hatchback has you covered.

We’ve worked hard to ensure our e-Golf is well equipped for the Canadian climate. From wind tunnels to unexpected snow squalls, winter is something every Canadian understands all too well. So we gave every e-Golf energy-saving technology that’ll help keep you warm and worry-free.

To help reduce power consumption, we’ve outfitted every e-Golf with a heat pump. This feature takes ambient heat from the surrounding air and excess heat from the drivetrain, filters it, and then uses it to help heat the cabin. The heat pump alone is responsible for a range boost of up to +30% in cold weather.3

Another way we’re helping you stay warm without using your charge is with our e-manager. Simply set your desired temperature and the time you’re planning to head out and your e-Golf cabin will pre-heat while you’re still connected to the grid. That way you’ll enjoy a warm drive and a full battery the minute you pull out of the garage. If you forget, standard heated seats will keep you nice and toasty while the cabin warms up.

We’ve also given every e-Golf a heated windshield. A humidity sensor detects condensation beginning to build-up and automatically turns small wires embedded in the glass that heat up and defrost your windshield. This reduces the need for the AC defroster and keeps more energy reserved for driving.

Add in standard LED headlights and LED taillights to further reduce energy consumption, and the dark winter months start to look a little brighter.

We’ll be sure to update you on more details about the e-Golf after the Montreal Auto Show which takes place January 20-29, 2017. In the meantime, learn more about e-Golf now.

LEGAL:

1A limited number of e-Golfs will be available for sale Canada.

2Based on preliminary manufacturer’s estimate. Full charge required. Actual driving range will vary based on temperature, driving conditions, vehicle’s condition, weight carried and additional equipment.

3Estimate based on manufacturer’s own internal testing. Effect on range will vary based on temperature, driving conditions, driver habits and the vehicle’s condition, weight carried and additional equipment.

2017 Jetta Wolfsburg Edition now at dealerships!

The 2017 Jetta Wolfsburg Edition

A short while back, we announced the release of the new Wolfsburg Editions, and we’re happy to say the 2017 Jetta Wolfsburg Edition is here.

Bearing the signature Wolfsburg badge, drawing on the proud heritage of the original Volkswagen manufacturing facility in Wolfsburg, Germany, the 2017 Jetta Wolfsburg Edition offers additional driver enhancements and exceptional interior appointments, including:

• 16″ Estrade alloy wheels

• App-Connect smartphone integration

• Keyless entry with push-button start

• Power sunroof

• 6-way power driver’s seat

• Climatronic® dual-zone climate control

• SiriusXM® Satellite Radio

• Rearview camera

Don’t miss your chance to experience the truly exceptional driver refinements and exceptional value offered with the 2017 Jetta Wolfsburg Edition.

Check out the Jetta Wolfsburg Edition now or contact your dealership to book your test drive today.

Wolfsburg releases 2017 Volkswagen Golf series 7 in Europe

Our most-loved model gets a facelift. What Canadian can expect to see in the 2018 Golf

On November 10, Volkswagen Germany unveiled a major update to the 2017 2-door and 4-door European models Golf, GTI, GTE and Golf Variant. While North America will have to wait for the 2018 Golf models to see these changes, we do have details on some of the features that will be a part of the new series-7 Golf release in Canada, which includes Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack.

Premium segment technology

Golf drivers can expect a new range of high-end infotainment systems, available across all models and trim levels, including the Golf, GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack. These include redesigned Composition Colour, Composition Media and Discover Media that will be fitted with larger touchscreens for easier control.

Continued focus on performance

While the Golf hatchback will continue to benefit from a fuel efficient 1.8L TSI, the GTI is moving exclusively to a 220 HP 2.0L TSI with 6-speed manual transmission and optional 6-speed automatic DSG with Tiptronic®.

Bolder, more confident design

New details give the Golf’s iconic design greater clarity. All versions of will come with standard LED taillights that complement a new bumper design intended to further accentuate the Golf’s width.

Bi-Xenon headlights will be replaced with LED lights, standard on GTI Autobahn and Golf R and as an option on Golf, GTI and SportWagen Comfortline and Highline, and Golf Alltrack. All Golf drivers can also expect to see LED daytime running lights become standard across all models and trim levels.

On the inside, the Golf R will be the only model to feature a full digital cockpit with Active Info Display. This customizable, fully-digital instrument cluster allows drivers to set up individual profiles based on the information they want to see, such as “Consumption & Range”, “Performance & Driver Assistance”, or “Navigation”. When drivers select the “Navigation” profile, they can also choose to view the information in 2D or 3D. These interactive functions will appear with extreme clarity thanks on the 12.3-inch colour display with a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels.

Stay tuned for more details on the refreshed series-7 Golf.

Volkswagen Atlas unveiled

The all-new 3-row, 7-seat Volkswagen Atlas debuts in Santa Monica

On October 27th, 2016, at an exclusive media event, we unveiled the all-new 3-row, 7-seat SUV, Volkswagen Atlas.

Atlas-pier

The Atlas held court at the base of Route 66, on the Santa Monica Pier where journalists and car enthusiasts got an up close view of the final production model.

Atlas-interior

It’s been a long time in the making but we’re pleased that the exterior design remains true to the original CrossBlue vision. The Atlas sits low and wide accommodating a larger than life interior that can haul your passengers and your cargo with ease.

In fact, its size has garnered some online commentary from automotive journalists who participated in the event. Driving.ca reports, “expect the Atlas to become a key player in the popular segment”. At the same time, The Globe and Mail, in reference to the vehicle’s available trim levels and multitude of options, claims “The VW Atlas promises to be a versatile and comfortable family hauler.”

Atlas-BackSeat

If you missed the US Facebook Live event, you can get a better look at the Atlas by watching the video on our page now. Or, have a look at the video of the event in Santa Monica featured here:

The Atlas is currently in production and will be available in early 2017. Want to be the first to find out when it lands? Sign up here. 

2017 Golf Alltrack First Review

Double Clutch puts the Golf Alltrack to the test.

Adi Desai from Canadian automotive review website, Double Clutch, was recently invited to test a new addition to the Volkswagen lineup, the 2017 Golf Alltrack. We are so excited about this model and eager to reveal that the same features we love are finding their way into the hearts of Volkswagen fans, too. Desai chronicles his experience after a week with the newest addition to the Golf SportWagen family and we’ve captured some of the highlights for you.

According to the review, what stands out from the start is the Alltrack’s aggressive styling. The higher chassis, front and rear fascia and faux skid plates give it a bolder look. And, when combined with standard 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive, unique Off-Road mode, including Hill Hold Assist, the Golf Alltrack is well equipped to handle your off-pavement adventures.

We love that Desai enjoyed the six-speed dual-clutch Direct Shift Gearbox. He writes, “This dual-clutch is responsive and pulls off snappy, instantaneous shifts that will make even the most proficient manual transmission driver seem incompetent.”

The direct shift gearbox allows for nearly instantaneous gearshifts without a total loss in torque. The transmission operates similar to a manual one but it’s electronically controlled so you can choose to drive in manual or automatic mode without using a clutch pedal.

Desai continues his review in detail with a look at the Golf Alltrack’s interior styling and infotainment features. He concludes, the 2017 Golf Alltrack is an excellent alternative to a crossover for those who prefer the driving experience and fuel economy of a car, but require the cargo space of an SUV.

The 2017 Golf Alltrack will be available in dealerships in October 2016.

In the meantime, learn more about the Alltrack here and be sure to head over to Double Clutch to read Adi Desai’s full review.