Luxury Awaits.

A whole new premium sedan is coming to Canada.

Say hello to the Volkswagen Arteon.

The much-anticipated Volkswagen Arteon goes on sale this year in Canada (as a 2019 model). Based of f the award-winning MQB platform, the newest Volkswagen flagship offers a sleek fastback design, an upscale interior, innovative technology and 4MOTION All-Wheel Drive. The Arteon presents a more cab-backward design, giving it a completely different look than the outgoing CC. A true fastback, it harkens more to luxury models with its wide, planted stance and sloping rear roofline. The exterior design immediately sets Arteon apart from its competitors.

Tobias Sühlmann, the designer responsible for the model’s exterior (though he’s been snatched up by Volkswagen Group sibling Bugatti to be the new Head of Exterior Design Creative Development) explains: “The athletic lines of the Arteon embody a highly functional overall concept. Form and function find common ground here in a progressive way. Thanks to its long wheelbase, stretched roofline, coupe-style fastback design and large rear hatch, the Arteon provides more space and flexibility than conventional sedans.”

That long wheelbase certainly ensures there’s plenty of interior space, as well as a sizeable trunk accessed by a wide hatch. The interior offers plenty of style and substance, including a digital instrument cluster with touchscreen navigation and an entertainment system that offers all the latest connectivity.

The Arteon will be powered by a 268 hp 2.0-litre TSI engine paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. Options include a Driver Assistance Package with Lane Assist, Park Assist and Area View. Also available is the R-Line appearance package, which includes 20-inch Rosario wheels, as well as premium features such as Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, ambient lighting, panoramic sunroof, massaging driver’s seat and Dynaudio premium audio.

Extra Special: The 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT is in a class by itself.

Volkswagen Canada recently debuted a new 2018 Passat GT that joins the lineup as a limited-run special model that will be available in four exterior colours—Pure White, Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey and Deep Black.

Starting at the front, the Passat GT differentiates itself from other models with standard LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). It borrows the R-Line bumper and adds a honeycomb grille, GT badge and a red accent line reminiscent of the high-performance Golf GTI. A sport suspension gives it a more planted stance and cements its aggressive look.

Moving around to the side, the GT receives sporty touches from top to bottom. A black roof is complemented by black mirror caps and black window and door trim. Two-tone 19-inch Tornado wheels are accentuated with red-painted brake calipers—another nod to the Volkswagen performance heritage.

The rear fascia includes black bumper trim and a dual exhaust with an acoustic package.

Inside, it features piano black center console and vent trim, carbon fibre optic décor, black headliner and aluminium GT-badged sills. Seating surfaces are black leatherette with Moonrock Grey inserts and contrast stitching. Standard interior comfort features include: a leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone Climatronic automatic climate control and heated side mirrors.

To keep passengers connected, the Passat GT features a Composition Media infotainment unit with 6.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display and standard Bluetooth for compatible devices, Voice Control and App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with the three major platforms—Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. GT models feature two USB ports—one in the center console and one in the rear seat console. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard and includes a three-month trial.

The new Passat GT will be powered by Volkswagen’s 3.6-litre VR6 engine, making it a true sport sedan, producing an impressive 280 hp at 6,200 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm with regular fuel. Shifting is handled by a standard six-speed DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic, which features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The 2018 Passat GT is expected to arrive at Volkswagen dealers in the second quarter of 2018, priced starting at $33,795.

The Future is Electric.

What begins with the I.D. continues with the I.D. CROZZ, the I.D. BUZZ SUV and the autonomous I.D. VIZZION.

It’s probably not all that surprising that the Volkswagen booth at the Frankfurt

Motorshow last fall was such a hot spot. With space for 36 vehicles, it was lit by 1,069 lamps—a glowing preview of an electric future.

E-mobility was key at Frankfurt, with Volkswagen sending a clear message that all systems were go for its avant-garde, all-electric I.D. family. By 2025, the brand

plans to introduce more than 20 electric vehicle models. The first, the compact and visionary I.D., will be in the showrooms in 2020. The second member of the I.D.

family, meanwhile, the new I.D. CROZZ—an all-wheel drive, zero-emission SUV—will arrive in market later that same year. Next will come the I.D. BUZZ, a reinterpretation of the legendary Bulli microbus. It will go on sale starting in 2022. (Interesting fact: the electric Bulli made its debut as a concept back in 2011.)

All I.D. concept vehicles share the unique design DNA for electric mobility. Other shared characteristics include zero-emission driving ranges of up to approximately 600 kilometres and a lounge-like spatial concept.

But, the I.D. family isn’t done growing—not by any stretch.

The I.D. VIZZION is the most recent addition to the line-up. It made its world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show this year, setting an entirely new standard for electric mobility.

The I.D. VIZZION raises the bar for how elegant and emotional the design of a vehicle of the future can be. Inside the I.D. VIZZION, a completely new feeling of driving and living is created, without a steering wheel or visible controls.

This latest model demonstrates Volkswagen entering its next stage—a concept of an autonomously driving automobile. It’s really about advancing the development of modern vehicles in all areas. The goal: to apply innovative technology to make the automobile cleaner, safer and much more convenient and comfortable. With these new qualities, the car will be able to further extend its significance and value for future mobility.

The new I.D. VIZZION shows the direction Volkswagen is taking in the technology and design of its future electric models. Inside, engineers have systematically exploited the potentials of autonomous driving. The ‘digital chauffeur,’ with its many assistance systems, assumes control of the vehicle. For the ‘driver’ and passengers, this signifies a new dimension of safety and comfort. The concept car drives, steers and navigates autonomously in traffic, enabling passengers to freely structure their time during the drive. A virtual host, with which passengers communicate via voice and gesture control, knows the personal preferences of the vehicle guests—thanks to complete embedding into the digital eco-system—and it adapts to each of them individually.

The system power of the 5.11 metre long I.D. VIZZION is 225 kW. Its top speed is 180 km/h. The 111 kWh lithium-ion batteries enable a driving range of up to 665 kilometres when braking regeneration is factored in. Based on its intelligent management, the two electric motors cooperate with maximum efficiency and drive all four wheels of the MPV.

The I.D. VIZZION clearly demonstrates the great potential of the all-electric architecture from Volkswagen. It’s the technological backbone of future Volkswagen electric vehicles, and it enables long driving ranges and maximum space utilisation at optimal costs.

Memory Lane

In retrospect This summer, Volkswagen challenges The Peak

From the past into the future Volkswagen returns to The Peak.

WHEN VOLKSWAGEN DRIVER Klaus-Joachim “Jochi” Kleint climbed out of his dust-encrusted race car on July 11, 1987 after almost 20 km and 4,000 metres elevation, he could almost have bitten his steering wheel in frustration.

Only 400 metres and the last three of 156 bends separated Kleint and his Golf I I—which had been converted by Volkswagen into a high-performance hill climber—from his dream of victory in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

This crazy motorsports event in Colorado has become the most prestigious hill climb in the world since it was first run in 1916. Each year, more than a hundred vehicles now enter the event in 22 classes—from racing cars and production vehicles to motorcycles and race trucks—to try to become “King of the Mountain.”

1980S: VOLKSWAGEN REACHES FOR THE STARS THREE TIMES

After taking part in the two previous years, Kleint made his third attempt in the summer of 1987. He was leading on the basis of an intermediate time and victory was in sight, when a faulty ball joint started to slow him down. What did he do? Well, the German driver was a fighter, and retiring wasn’t an option. He stepped on the gas, engaged the clutch, changed gear and drove on. He fought doggedly, as if it were a matter of life and death.

Which it was, to a certain extent. The ideal line on Pikes Peak, which starts at an elevation of 2,800 metres on the Pikes Peak Highway (a public road for the rest of the year), is only centimetres away from an unprotected precipice. With a chassis which was in anything but ideal condition, it was a daring enterprise.

As the deep gorges of the Rocky Mountains came closer and closer, it simply became too dangerous. He had to abandon his record attempt only three bends before the finish line, accepting defeat at the hands of Walter Röhrl and his power-packed Audi Sport quattro S1. “It was an unforgettable experience and a unique car,” Kleint proudly remembers to this day.

The thin air in the Rocky Mountains is a tremendous task for technicians. Of course, it’s not a challenge faced by electric vehicles, which now have two classes of their own, as their power plants do not need an air supply or turbocharging. But, back then, the Volkswagen team did face the issue. Following third place in 1985 and fourth place overall in 1986, the engineers had to dig deep into their technical box of tricks for the third attempt.

“Volkswagen had developed a special Twin Golf with two engines—one turbocharged engine at the front and one at the rear—especially for my three Pikes Peak entries,” the tragic hero of 1987 remembers.

“The idea was to provide double power for the climb. It was an incredible car, from 0 to 100 in 3.4 seconds.”

To achieve this goal, Volkswagen broke new ground. The prototype boasted two GTI 16-V engines. With a capacity of 1.8 litres, KKK turbochargers and 326 PS each, these engines were to join forces for the record attempt.

Despite all the efforts made by the technical team, Kleint’s third place in the overall classification of 1985 remains the best result achieved by Volkswagen.

A NEW ATTEMPT ON JUNE 24, 2018

On June 24, Volkswagen will be making a new attempt to reach the pinnacle. After all, this is unfinished business.

Conditions are different to those faced by Kleint and Co. Since the end of 2011, the entire gravel course leading up to the 4,301-metre summit has been paved. But The Peak remains a daunting challenge.

“In sporting terms, you have one attempt to post a new best time,” says Sven Smeets, Director of Motorsport at Volkswagen. “Of course, you can practice and prepare yourself in the best possible way. But on the Sunday of the race, the driver is alone on the course with his car.”

The electric car developed for the event—the I.D. R Pikes Peak—represents uncharted territory for Volkswagen.

“Especially with an electric vehicle, we need to find the optimum compromise between performance, energy capacity and weight,” Smeets observes. “Everyone needs to reach perfection.” But, experience gained in the past with time trials on mountainous courses and on classical racing circuits gives him reason to be confident.

For the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Smeets believes that the classical qualities of a racing car, such as chassis, aerodynamics, weight distribution and brakes, all count: “Shaping a potentially winning package from these elements together with the new electric powertrain is a fantastic challenge for a team.”

But, if it all comes together, the mission started decades ago by Jochi Kleint will finally reach its successful conclusion.

THE PEAK: REACHING OVER 4,000 METRES, THERE’S A 1,400-METRE ELEVATION CLIMB AND A SEVEN PERCENT GRADIENT OVER THE COURSE.

Owners’ Stories

Tales from the road Looking back on three years with the Golf R

Customizable, capable and stylish.

The first day I drove my Golf R, there were a number of things that surprised me right away. One was how easy it was to drive in a normal city setting (my Golf R is a manual). There was no heavy clutch or uncomfortable ride. Switching through the different driving modes, I was able to hear and feel the difference. Obviously, the power and handling were immediately explored and they impressed.

Over the past couple of years, my Golf R has been a reliable companion who has only needed schedule maintenance (which is infrequent with the mileage I drive every year). The Golf R really is the perfect do-everything vehicle for a car enthusiast like myself. I’m able to drive it year-round, switching to winter tires and rims to become fully Rally-ready for the weather we experience here in New Brunswick. I never have any issues during winter driving, as my little AWD hatch claws its way up hills and around corners.

Having different driving modes allows my Golf R to switch between a comfortable cruising vehicle or, with a push of a button, a track star. You can customize your vehicle through this feature as well, dialling-in your preferred suspension, engine sound and steering feel, among other things.

One of the things that drew me to the Golf R is the understated exterior styling that fits my personality. I don’t crave extra attention and only getting a thumbs up from those in the know is perfect to me. The interior is classically designed and will age exceptionally well in appearance and quality. (No visible wear after over 2.5 years of driving.)

Having a performance vehicle that has achieved a lifetime fuel economy average of 9.1L/100 km (I drive in the city 75% of the time), and highway observed fuel economy in the low 7L/100 km is a bonus.

Also having insurance premiums that are lower than any of the competitors helps. But even a great vehicle can quickly be spoiled by a poor dealership experience, but that’s not been the case when dealing with Fredericton Volkswagen. Everyone I have been in contact with at the dealer has been knowledgeable and helpful. — John MacDonald, Owner

Can’t stop the winning!

There are just so many benefits of being a part of the Volkswagen Canada family! For example: all the chances you have to win great prizes!

THE MONOPOLY COAST TO COAST GAME

Last fall, Volkswagen Canada partnered with McDonalds to be the official automotive sponsor of the 2017 Monopoly Coast to Coast game. By the time the last piece was collected, there were three winners of cool 2018 Atlas vehicles! (And they were some special models, too—the 2018 Atlas Execline with the R-Line Package.) Winners like Winnipeg’s Shelley Stapleton, who collected her Atlas from St. James Volkswagen at the end of February.

“I fell in love with the vehicle while driving home,” she recalls. “The features the Atlas has are incredible! Where to start? From the backseat window shades, to automatic windshield wipers and automatic high beam feature. The panorama roof is amazing—love it. Having the option to set the driver seat features is wonderful. I no longer have to readjust my driving preference and features anymore! The tow package, the subwoofer in the back storage area and the space the Atlas has is incredible. I can go on a road trip and not worry about where to sleep.”

JUST ASK A GOLF DRIVER CONTEST

No matter what kind of driver you are, there’s a Golf for you. And we’re not the only ones saying that. Our loveable Golf family has brought home a whole bunch of prizes recently, including the Golf SportWagen (Family Car of the Year), Golf Alltrack (Canadian Car of the Year) and Golf R (Best New Sports/Performance Car).

But we don’t want to do the talking. We want to hear from drivers. That’s why we launched the Volkswagen Just Ask a Golf Driver contest late last fall, in which drivers could ask and answer Golf-related questions on a dedicated website and share the results on social media. There were 10 second-prizes of $500 gift cards for a major Canadian gas retailer, and a grand prize of a 2018 Volkswagen Golf of the winner’s choice! In the end, the grand-prize winning answer came from Janet Han!

FROM WINTER TO WOLFSBURG

Finally, there was also a chance at three trips to Germany to tour the home of Volkswagen in the From Winter to Wolfsburg Contest—not to mention 20 secondary prizes of $1,000 Volkswagen Dealer Gift Card prizes. The contest ran until the last day of 2017.

Around the World

Volkswagen is always looking forward and outward

VOLKSWAGEN SACHSEN REDUCES ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT WITH HYDRO POWER

The Volkswagen brand is stepping up its use of renewable energy in production. Starting this year, the three production plants of Volkswagen Sachsen have been supplied with Volkswagen Naturstrom electric power from 100% renewable sources. Volkswagen Naturstrom is TÜV-certified eco-power generated by hydro power plants. This measure is playing its part to help meet the target of the company’s Think Blue. Factory environmental program, to produce each vehicle and component in a way which is 45 percent more eco friendly in 2025 than in the base year of 2010.

FIFTY e-GOLF VEHICLES FOR HAMBURG

In Hamburg, 50 members of the public, entrepreneurs and employees of government authorities will now benefit from e-mobility. The Volkswagen Group recently handed over keys to 50 e-Golf vehicles. Over the next three years, they are expected to drive around 1.5 million kilometres through Hamburg—environmentally, silently and with zero emissions. The initiative is part of a partnership between the Volkswagen Group and the City of Hamburg.

VOLKSWAGEN OPENS FUTURE CENTER ASIA IN BEIJING

Volkswagen has officially opened Future Center Asia, one of three such centres worldwide that will take a whole new approach to envisioning people’s mobility needs of the future, with an eye towards creating visionary solutions. “With these centres, we are breaking down the traditional barriers by bringing together exterior and interior designers, user experience experts and specialists for Artificial intelligence, Smart City, Start-up scouting and Engineering,” said Jochem Heizmann, member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG / President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China.

VOLKSWAGEN FOUNDS COMPANY FOR MOBILITY SOLUTIONS IN RWANDA

The company is taking the next step in the African sub-continent with the founding of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda. The objective is to provide modern, integrated mobility services in Africa in the future. Going forward, the brand will be focusing in particular on new app-based mobility services such as car sharing and ride hailing in Rwanda. This year sees the launch of a car sharing service in the capital city of Kigali with around 150 Volkswagen vehicles. Overall, Volkswagen and its partner companies will create up to 1,000 jobs locally.

YOUNGEST TOURING CAR CHAMPION EVER!

At 17 years old, Luca Engstler is now the youngest-ever TCR series’ champion. Engstler recently won the 2018 TCR Middle East championship in Bahrain in his Golf GTI. Team Engstler also won the team championship, which means titles number 11 and 12 for the production-based racing Golf from Wolfsburg since the car first made its debut on racetracks around the world in 2016.

Volkswagen isn’t just a car company. It’s a community.

Heroes Needed.

ACCORDING TO THE recent Justice League movie: “You can’t save the world alone.” And, really, why would you want to? It’s always more fun to do things with a big bunch of friends. You really don’t even have to be superheroes.

At least, that’s the way we look at it. Last fall, Volkswagen Canada did a special pre-screening of the Justice League movie for Volkswagen Plus members as part of our continuing cinema series. Film fans across Canada got a chance to see the action before anyone else—and that’s especially cool when the film stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot and so many other big names.

Stay tuned for an invitation to our next Drive-In adventure happening across Canada this August!

If you didn’t get a chance to attend our last event, or aren’t yet a Volkswagen Plus member, sign up at volkswagenplus.ca. Volkswagen is an exceptional family, and we like to do fun things together. Check in regularly to see what our next great adventure will be.

A new record!

LAST YEAR was a record-breaker for Volkswagen and we have drivers like you to thank!

In 2017, we produced more than six million vehicles throughout the world. With more than 60 models in the international product portfolio, favourites like Jetta, Golf, Santana, Passat and Polo led the way. The Volkswagen brand produces vehicles at more than 50 plants in 14 countries, and we’re always looking to grow and expand our offerings to better serve our drivers. Since series production started with the original Beetle 72 years ago, more than 150 million Volkswagen vehicles have rolled off the production lines.

It was an exceptional year for an exceptional family of drivers, dealers and staff. Thanks again for all your support. We couldn’t have done it without you

Show and Tell.

THE 2018 AUTO SHOWS unveiled an All-New 2019 Jetta, a special Passat GT, the new Arteon and so much more!

Yes, it’s that exciting time of year again—kind of like your birthday, graduation, anniversary and everything else rolled into one… But (probably) with less cake and more rubber.

Yes, we’ve wrapped auto show season in Canada! And this year was definitely full of highlights.

The festivities kicked off at the Salon de l’Auto de Montreal, with a Volkswagen line-up that included the 2018 Atlas, Tiguan and e-Golf, alongside long-time favourites like the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf R, Golf GTI, Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen.

But, what made this auto show one especially worth checking out was the debut of All-New 2019 Jetta. Fans of the popular sedan can look forward to a sleeker, more streamlined body. The all-new interior, meanwhile, feature highlights like our digital cockpit and Beats Premium Audio System—not to mention the Rail 2 Rail sunroof and LED headlights and tail lights. (Way more on that later this issue…)

Also making its appearance in Montreal was the new (and very special) Passat GT. This unique model gets a full makeover—from outside looks to internal performance. It’s lower, more aggressive and offers a tons more energy, thanks to a 3.6-litre turbocharged VR6 engine producing 280 hp mated to a six-speed double-clutch transmission. (Check out page 16 for more.)

Things took a decidedly classy turn as the party moved to Toronto. The International AutoShow saw the premiere our new Arteon—a sleek, full-sized sedan that is as capable and functional as it is sporty and technologically advanced. That’s definitely something to look forward to when it debuts later this year. We highlight the Arteon this issue as well.

It’s definitely going to be a busy and exciting year, so be sure to visit us here, on social and at vw.ca to make sure you’re not missing a thing!

Fastest Growing SUV Brand in Canada in 2017

VW was the Fastest Growing SUV Brand in Canada* in 2017.

Volkswagen has a long-standing history of building great small cars that offer exceptional value and quality. North Americans quickly fell in love with the Beetle when it made its way across the pond and that love has only grown to include models like the Jetta and the Golf.

These models have long been the darlings of the Volkswagen lineup thanks to German engineering that has prioritized performance and handling, putting the driver at the centre of the experience.

Over the years, Canadian families have grown and evolved. And it was time that we did too. In 2015, Volkswagen AG committed to expanding its North American lineup to include SUVs and crossovers that better meet the needs of our unique market.

Last year, we launched the next-generation, All-New 2018 Tiguan, equipped with a longer wheelbase that allows for an optional 3rd row of seating and the All-New 7 seat 2018 Atlas, a midsize SUV that feels full-size. And Canadians have been quick to embrace both models. So much so that Volkswagen was the “Fastest Growing SUV Brand in Canada* in 2017.”

We’re working hard to give Canadians more of what they want: capacity, comfort,  all-wheel drive performance, enhanced safety features and the technologies they’ve come to expect. Of course, that’s all within Volkswagen’s trademark quality.

This is just the beginning. Last year, Volkswagen brand chief, Herbert Diess, announced that the company expects SUVs  to account for 40% of sales globally. . While there’s no news yet on when the new model will go into production, or what kind of SUV it will be, it’s pretty safe to say, there’s a lot more to come when it comes to SUVs.

Stay tuned.

**Fastest growing SUV brand claim is based on internal VW analysis of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants data and is not an accolade awarded by a third party

Behind the scenes with The All-New Jetta and the Elwins

Canadian Indie Pop Band brings the beat to All-New Jetta TV spot

Technology has come a long way. And along with it, the sound systems in our cars. No more cassettes or compact discs. You can play your favourite music right from smartphone or directly from your Spotify account using the app on your Volkswagen’s infotainment system. And just when you thought your road trips couldn’t get any better, they have. Thanks to BeatsAudio®, available on the All-New, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Highline. BeatsAudio®, formerly known as BeatsByDre, considers your car your studio and immerses you in the music the way artists intended. The technology is inspired by the unique blend of art and science brought about by a partnership between artist Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine. If you’ve never experienced the superior sound quality of a Beats sound system, you may just want to book a test drive when the All-New Jetta hits dealerships.

In celebration of Jetta’s exciting new partnership with BeatsAudio®, we enlisted Canadian indie pop band, The Elwins to record the soundtrack for our newest 2019 Jetta commercial. If you haven’t seen the spot, check it out below.

For the commercial, The Elwins performed a cover of Eddie Murphy’s 1980’s hit, Party All the Time. It’s the perfect fit for a group of mischievous senior gentlemen out for a late-night joyride. If you’re not familiar with The Elwins, this Keswick Ontario band has been touring since 2012 and have garnered much buzz from publications like Rolling Stone, Exclaim! and the CBC. We’ve got some behind-the-scenes footage of the band talking about their involvement in the All-New 2019 Jetta TV spot. Just press play on the video below to watch.

Like what you see so far?  There’s a whole lot more to uncover in the 2019 Jetta. This newly-redesigned sedan not only looks different, it is different. Jetta fans will love the value that comes with more features than ever before. Soak up the sunshine through the available panoramic Rail 2 Rail sunroof, listen to your favourite tunes via the BeatsAudio® system and when the ride heats up, available vented cooling seats keep things chill. And that’s just the beginning. See more great features and sign up to receive the latest updates about the 2019 Jetta.

Volkswagen 4MOTION AWD tackles snow and ice

Drivers put all-wheel drive to the test on the frozen waters of Lac Sacacomie.

Standing on 80 centimeters of hard packed ice, Canadian automotive journalists prepared to put our 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive system to the test.

On a beautiful day in February, we invited a crew of driving enthusiasts to Lac Sacacomie in Quebec. The reason: A day of carving on Quebec’s snow covered roads as well as on a closed slalom course right on the lake’s icy surface.

On hand for testing was our family of 4MOTION® All-Wheel vehicles, including the Atlas, Tiguan, Golf Alltrack, Golf SportWagen and the Golf R.  Each model, apart from Golf R and Alltrack where 4MOTION® comes standard, gives drivers the option to upgrade to 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive on base models. That means that Canadians looking for an affordable all-wheel drive option, don’t have to shell out as much cash to feel more confident behind the wheel.

If you’re not completely up to speed on 4MOTION®, this on-demand all-wheel drive system is powered by a Haldex multi-plate clutch designed to shift power from the wheels that slip to those that grip. That could mean shifting torque to the rear wheels or even side to side. Contrary to always-on all-wheel drive systems, 4MOTION® acts only when you need it, helping to reduce overall fuel consumption. All it takes is a fraction of a second for 4MOTION® to kick in. And the best part is, the switch is seamless, you don’t even feel it.

With a closed course before them, our testers could safely put 4MOTION® and its various drive modes through their paces. And that they did. You can read all about the experience at the sites listed below. And be sure to watch the video.

4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive reviews:

Laughing at Winter in 4MOTION

Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive an ideal driving partner

Winter driving according to Volkswagen

VW Atlas takes 2018 SUV of the Year award

Atlas, SportWagen/Alltrack and Golf R get recognized.

The popular car review website Auto123.com named its top vehicles of the year– and the 2018 Atlas was among the winners.

According to an article published on the website, a special ceremony took place in Toronto at the end of the November to honour each of the winners – and the runners up across 17 categories.

The winners were chosen by 6 of the website’s veteran writers and testers, including the its chief writer. Among those in the running for 2018 Midsize SUV/Minivan of the Year, were Atlas, Honda Odyssey and Chevrolet Traverse.

In an earlier review of the Atlas, titled 10 Ways the Volkswagen Atlas Will Please your Family, the tester was impressed with features relating to performance and comfort. German-engineered for optimal handling and agility is at the top of the list of reasons you might want to consider the 2018 Atlas. The review also praises Atlas’ ability to tow recreational vehicles up to 5,000 lbs, and the available 4MOTION® All-Wheel drive, which provides added confidence in all weather conditions.

Comfort and convenience features like the optional second-row captain chairs, the Digital Cockpit, App-Connect, and ample cup holders also receive praise.

If you’re in the market for a mid-size SUV or Minivan, the 2018 Atlas just might fit the bill. This hard-working SUV provides the space, convenience and performance required by active Canadian families.

Golf SportWagen/Alltrack and Golf R named “Best Buys”

In other awards news, The Car Guide recently released its 2018 Best Buy awards.The 2017 Golf Alltrack was named Canadian Car of the Year, so it’s no surprise the 2018 model is also garnering praise. The 2018 Golf SportWagen, along with its more rugged sibling, Golf Alltrack, picked up top honours in the Wagon under $50,000 category.

Similarly, Golf R received Best Sports Car under $50,000. Custom made in Wolfsburg, Germany, Golf R features a finely tuned suspension system, standard 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive and a powerful 292 horsepower turbocharged engine. Powerful, agile and responsive, Golf R is everything you want in a sports car without the hefty price tag. If you’re in the market for a car you’ll love driving, be sure to check it out.

Golf R vs. Golf R

Yuri and Jakub compare manual and DSG models

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Yuri and Jakub, from The Straight Pipes, go for a drive. But it’s not just any old drive. This dynamic duo gives audiences straight up, no holds barred reviews of new and used cars. Recently, they pitted the 2018 Golf R manual against the 2018 Golf R DSG, which is our automatic transmission, against each other. The goal was to determine which is the better choice.

We realize that for many diehard sports car fans, manual is the only way to go. But recognizing that more and more families are opting for automatic transmissions, it didn’t seem fair that they miss out on all the fun. And so, 2018’s AJAC Award winner for best sports performance car, does come in your choice of manual or an automatic DSG transmission. And while you might think you know which is the right one for you, Yuri and Jakub’s review is worth a watch.

Why? Because it’s an honest, straightforward and candid review of everything Golf R offers, not just the transmissions. Get an up-close look at the digital cockpit, the infotainment system that connects you to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, Golf R’s five available drive modes and hear about how the standard 4MOTION® All-Wheel drive performs. According to Yuri, “It’s fantastic, I fully know what it’s going to do all the time, It’s very controllable. I love this”.

Jakub, who favours the DSG equipped Golf R, loves the launch control – which when activated, gets to 100 kilometers per hour in just 4.6 seconds from a standstill.

The two even measure the Golf R against competitors, the Ford Focus RS, the Hyundai Veloster N, and the Honda Civic Type R and the Subaru WRX STI.

If you’re considering a new 2018 Golf R or are just looking for a sport performance car, this review is one not to be missed.

The conclusion? Well, as Yuri states, “I fully get it.” I get Volkswagen Golfs and I get Volkswagen. I have zero complaints. I love this car.”

It’s true. You have to drive it to get it.

Golf Family brings music to classrooms

Volkswagen partners with MusiCounts in support of music education.

There are few opportunities in school that bring all kids together. Music class is one of those opportunities. Yet, despite studies showing that kids who participate in music programs do better overall, support for music education in our schools is disappearing.

In March 2018, Volkswagen Canada partnered with MusiCounts, a charity whose mission is to ensure that all children and young people across Canada have access to music education. And while we’re not in the music business, we do know that having a quality sound system in our cars is an essential feature for our drivers. Why? Because music touches all of us. It has the power to positively impact our health and wellbeing. And we want to make sure that music continues to fill the cabins of our cars for generations to come. We need to support tomorrow’s musicians today.

The Golf Family of cars was on hand to facilitate the task of bringing $25,000 worth of musical instruments to five schools in need across Ontario. Five golf models, the Golf, Golf R, GTI, Golf SportWagen and Golf Alltrack, were paired with five exceptional music teachers who are everyday heroes in their communities. Watch the video to see the results of our contribution.

But the fun didn’t stop there. Each teacher was given access to their Golf for the day to experience the thrill of the drive. The results? Pure joy and lots of fun.

Toby Ley, Program Leader, Arts Program & Experiential Learning at DSBN Academy was given a Volkswagen Golf GTI. His favourite feature? “The speakers blew my mind.”

The Golf R made Sydney Singh, Instrumental Music Teacher at St. Aiden Catholic School, enjoy her drive to work a lot more that day.

Shannon Stevens, Primary Planning Time Teacher at WR Best Memorial Public School drove the VW Golf. Her favourite features were the sportiness, ease of parking and the large infotainment screen.

The Golf Alltrack took a ride on a dirty road thanks to Mike Fanning, Music Teacher at Michael Power St. Joseph High while Diane Winmill, Music Teacher at North Hastings High School enjoyed the Golf SportWagen’s ample cargo space, perfect for hauling instruments to and from school.

Through music education, children get access to creativity in a unique and sometimes, life changing way. We’re proud to have had the opportunity to support MusiCounts and this exceptional program.

* The score/music was performed/recorded by the children in the classrooms

* MusiCounts charity mission statement: To ensure all children and youth in Canada have access to music education

I.D. Vizzion: The AUTOmobile of the future

New autonomous driving concept car unveiled in Geneva

Just one year following the unveiling of the I.D. Buzz at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen AG is introducing the newest member of the I.D. family: I.D. Vizzion.

A number of teaser videos and reports have been uploaded to YouTube in anticipation of the debut, happening later this week. While much is being kept under wraps about the new I.D. Vizzion, here’s what we know so far.

I.D. Vizzion is a fully-electric, fully-autonomous operational concept car. Designed to be cleaner, safer and more comfortable, the car’s innovative technology is making mobility more accessible to those who are, at present, unable to drive.

According to a press release from Volkswagen AG, this premium class sedan features a digital chauffeur comprising assistance systems that control the car, rendering the steering and controls unnecessary. Instead, the vehicle is designed to navigate traffic while freeing up the driver to make better use of his or her time. Voice and gesture controls allow passengers to communicate with a virtual host who knows the personal preferences of each “guest” in the vehicle and can accommodate thanks to seamless integration with their entire digital ecosystem. What does that mean? Essentially, the I.D. Vizzion’s digital systems can access information from individual smartphones to leverage data such as music, contacts, messaging and even controls from smart home technologies, delivering the ultimate personal ride experience.

Currently, the I.D. Vizzion’s top speed is clocked at 180 km/h and features a range of 665 kilometers when regenerative braking is applied.

While this exciting new sedan remains a concept to date, we won’t be surprised if it comes to life in the next few years. As part of Volkswagen’s commitment to electrification, some 20 fully-electric models are scheduled to be introduced by the year 2025, globally. The first one is set to be released in 2020, and will be a fully-electric compact car.

The 88th Annual Geneva International Motor Show runs from March 8-18, 2018.

The 2018 Autoshow season is here

All-New 2019 Jetta debuts in Montreal

It’s that time of year again when automotive manufacturers and enthusiasts come together to celebrate automotive excellence at Autoshows around the country.

This is such an exciting time of year for us at Volkswagen Canada. Some of our newer models will be on display, like the 2018 Atlas, Tiguan, the Passat GT and the e-Golf, alongside long-time favourites, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf R, Golf GTI, Golf Alltrack and Golf SportWagen.

But what makes this Autoshow one worth checking out is the All-New 2019 Jetta. Fans of this popular sedan can look forward to a sleeker, more streamlined exterior body. The all new interior features driver-centric features like our digital cockpit and assistive technologies.

In fact, our team recently invited a group of Canadian automotive journalists to the Volkswagen Proving Grounds in Arizona to test drive the newly redesigned sedan. Find out what they had to say about the 2019 Jetta.  If you like what they had to say, be sure to sign up to receive updates and information about the 2019 Jetta, as it becomes available.

If you’re considering making the trip to one of the upcoming Autoshows, be sure to drop by the Volkswagen booth to get an up-close and personal look at the All-New Jetta. And, while you’re there, you can sneak a peek at our other models, especially if you’re in the market for something a little larger. The 2018 Atlas, with its third-row seating, 4MOTION All-Wheel Drive and massive interior is a definite must-see. Not sure you need something that big? No worries. The 2018 Tiguan has got you covered. It’s bigger and bolder than its predecessor and it comes with optional third row seating so there’s no need to sacrifice passengers space for cargo space. So, be sure to drop by an Autoshow near you to check them out.

We hope to see you there!

Montreal

  • Jan 19-28, 2018
  • Palais des congress de Montreal
  • 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle

 

Toronto

  • February 16-25, 2018
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • 222 Bremner Blvd

 

Quebec City

  • March 6-11, 2018
  • Centre de Foires de Quebec
  • 250, boulevard Wilfred-Hamel

 

Calgary

  • March 14-18, 2018
  • BMO Centre 20 Roundup Way, S-W

 

Ottawa

  • March 22-25, 2018
  • Shaw Centre (Ottawa Convention Centre)
  • 55 Colonel By Drive

 

Vancouver

  • March 28-April 1, 20-18
  • Vancouver Convention Centre 1055 Canada Place

 

Edmonton

  • April 12-15, 2018
  • Edmonton Expo Centre
  • 7515 118 Ave, N-W

2019 Jetta proves itself in Arizona

Auto journalists push the new Jetta to the limit

In December 2017, for the first time ever, we invited automotive journalists to the Volkswagen Proving Grounds in Maricopa, Arizona. In the 25 years since the Grounds opened, no journalist has ever been permitted beyond the gates. And with good reason.

The Arizona Proving Grounds are where every vehicle across the entire Volkswagen family of brands undergoes warm weather testing. At the 1,600-acre facility, engineers from around the world test every material, inside and out, to ensure it can withstand the heat. Additionally, vehicles are put through their paces on a series of test tracks to ensure optimal performance.

First Drive: 2019 Jetta

So, what could possibly convince us to break with tradition and invite select media beyond the gates before our Canadian reveal? Two words: 2019 Jetta. We were simply unable to contain our excitement for this completely redesigned model.

The reviews are in

The 2019 Jetta is the final model to be migrated to our MQB Platform. As a result, the 7th generation Jetta will have more standard and optional features than before, including infotainment system with touchscreen, driver assistance features and stop/start technology. One journalist also caught a glimpse of the new Beats Audio premium sound system beneath the interior camouflage.

So, what’s the verdict? While the car’s interior and exterior remained in full camouflage, each journalist had the opportunity to get the behind the wheel of the prototype car and find out personally just what the Jetta can do.

At first glance, Doug Firby at The Globe and Mail noticed Jetta’s “stoutier, sportier” design. The popular compact sedan is now longer, wider and stands slightly higher than previous models. David Miller of The Car Guide also noticed Jetta’s sleeker silhouette.

But where Jetta really shines is on the tracks. The 2019 Jetta retains its economical 1.4 L turbocharged engine available with 6-speed manual transmission or a new 8-speed automatic transmission. The addition of 2 new gears will provide greater fuel economy, quicker engagement and smoother shifting between gears.

After pushing the Jetta to 204.4 kms/hour, Brian Harper from Driving.ca declared the sedan “[…]rock steady, the ride no more dramatic than a typical toot along the 401.” Similarly, Miller achieved speeds close to 210 kms/hour and concluded “[…]the Jetta stayed balanced and relaxed throughout, as if it was a routine Sunday drive.”

As each journalist took his turn negotiating the track’s sharp turns on reverse cambers, the Jetta’s overall performance and handling did not disappoint. In fact, Firby declared the 2019 Jetta with “…[i]ts stiff chassis, beefy brakes and tight steering, [able] to maneuver like a champ.”

Find out more about what our test drivers had to say about the 2019 Jetta at Driving.ca, The Car Guide and The Globe and Mail. And be sure to sign up to be among the first to get updates about the newly redesigned 2019 Jetta, as they become available.

 

Wheels.ca gives Jetta GLI a rave review

The sophisticated sedan “offers a lot of car for the money.”

When wheels.ca writer Mike Johnston took the 2017 Jetta GLI for a spin, he wasn’t the only person impressed with it. He received his first “nice car” remark in recent memory.

“It had been a long time since a car I had out for a test drive received a verbal compliment,” he writes.

But the 2017 Jetta GLI doesn’t just look great. Johnston gives bumper-to-bumper raves for the vehicle’s features, citing every detail from the design of the instrument clusters to the interior ambient light.

Up front, the Bi-Xenon headlights have the Adaptive Front-light System, which moves 13 degrees from side to side in tandem with the steering wheel. Particularly handy on a dark highway, Johnston reports.

He’s equally impressed with the Park Distance Control, which helped Johnston avoid an obstacle just six inches tall. Those concrete parking lot barriers are no match for the Jetta GLI.

And how does that powerful 2.0-litre 210 hp TSI engine feel?

“Every bit of [the 207 lb/ft] torque is needed when you put your foot to the floor on this Jetta and have it throw you back into your seat as it blasts off. It’s even more thrilling when you throw it into sport mode,” he writes.

Add to that the DSG paddle shifters (with automatic transmission) and Fender® Premium Audio System, and there’s no question the 2017 Jetta GLI is a winner inside and out. “Nice car” indeed.

Read the entire wheels.ca Jetta GLI review now.

2018 Golf R: From Germany to Your Driveway

Your 2018 Golf R begins its journey in Wolfsburg, Germany.

If you’ve ever placed an order for the 2018 Golf R, you know you aren’t just getting a powerful 292 hp engine, 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive, and a finely tuned suspension system. You’re getting a custom-made performance vehicle with real European pedigree.

That’s because, all Golf R models are manufactured at our flagship facility in Wolfsburg, Germany alongside our other European models.

Thanks to our revolutionary Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, up to 3,820 vehicles leave the facility each day, most of them destined for European markets. Right now, parts from all over the world are coming together to just in time to create the Golf R, in addition to our other European models.

The Press Shop: Where it all starts

It starts with 2,600 tonnes of sheet steel processed in the press shop where 420,000 vehicle body parts are formed. Shells for side panels, doors, lids and hoods that already suggest the car’s final shape are produced by cold forming. Steel from a coil is cut into blanks. In the next step, these are given their three-dimensional shape. A large-capacity vacuum press with a maximum force of 7,700 metric tons (77,000 kN) shapes the blank through a deep-drawing process by driving the ram down with full force.

Body parts that are hot formed in the press shop give the Golf R its structure and ensure optimum crash performance. Steel alloy sheets are heated to 950 degrees. A robot removes the red-hot metal and inserts it stroke by stroke into the pressing tool, where the body parts are shaped and quickly cooled to 180 degrees. As a result, they are much stronger than cold-formed parts.

The Paint Shop: 40 custom colours

The uniform body shell is then bathed in cleaner to remove lubricants, oils and greases. The metal must be entirely free from impurities for the filler and top coats to adhere permanently.

The Golf R then undergoes a 5-coat paint process that begins with primer, followed by a dip coating, a filler coat, the top coat, one of 40 custom colours ordered by the customer, and finally a protective clear coat.

The Assembly: Putting it all together

The painted Golf R body is then transformed into a complete car according to your specifications, thanks to 160 robots and 43 employees. All 230 steps and operations are executed in detail. The chassis and powertrain are married to the body and remaining parts are installed in sequence. Once the Golf R stands on its own four wheels, the lid, hood and doors are adjusted precisely and finally the radiator grille and VW logo are mounted.

Quality Control: Tested again and again The key is placed in the ignition, the engine turned on and each Volkswagen Golf R is put through its paces. Toe, camber and headlights are adjusted. The steering wheel is turned to the central position and the electronic assistance systems tested. Now the Golf R is given its first road test: 625 meters on the vibration track. It is then subjected to a monsoon test to ensure there are no leaks.

In the light tunnel, employees check that doors, lids and hoods close perfectly. They sit on each seat and inspect the workmanship of the interior trims. The aim is to ensure quality down to the last detail.

Each new Volkswagen vehicle has to prove itself for 45 minutes. Only when value has been demonstrated is it sent off to its lucky owner in Canada.

So, when you order a Golf-R, it truly is custom made just for you. It has your name on it from the moment it hits the assembly line, to the second you slide into the driver’s seat.

The Golf R is made for drivers who love to drive. This powerhouse shines on the race track, going from 0-100 km/h in under five seconds. And the luxury sports seats and Carbon Touch trim make it a joy to spend time in.

If you haven’t checked out the the Golf R, find out what it’s all about. You may just decide to have one of your own added to the Wolfsburg assembly line.

In Review: 2017 Passat V6

Passat gets a pass from AutoTrader’s Jil McIntosh

Passat gets a pass from AutoTrader’s Jil McIntosh. The all-new 2018 Atlas and 2018 Tiguan models have been generating a lot of buzz lately. But it seems, the 2017 Passat, our mid-size sedan refuses to be eclipsed. And rightfully so. Equipped with an available 3.6L VR6 engine, the Passat stands out as a solid family option. In fact, in her review, Jil states that “it does just about everything right, which is just what a family sedan should do.”

We couldn’t agree more. Jil’s tester was the 3.6L v6 engine which puts out 280 hp and 258 lbs-ft of torque. That’s enough to power your family and all your stuff both around town and beyond. And in true sedan fashion, the 2017 Passat does it with sophistication and unsurpassed comfort.

The quiet, spacious cabin is complemented by timeless design elements, heated front and available heated rear seats and an available Driver Assistance Package. At the same time, the 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox, also known as DSG, on the VR6 model delivers what McIntosh refers to as “blink-of-an-eye switchovers”. It all adds up to a seamless and smooth driving experience that drivers and passengers can enjoy equally.

If you’re in the market for a sedan, check out the entire review at AutoTrader.

Atlas makes a bold design statement

Designers take more rugged approach to newest SUV.

Volkswagens have always been known for their curves. From the inception of the much-loved Beetle, to today’s Golf models, every single one of our vehicles sports softer, rounded lines. And over the years, we haven’t strayed much from this style.The changes from one model year to the next have focused more often than not on how our VWs perform, while design has remained more or less consistent. The nice thing about maintaining this consistency, is that no matter your model year, your Volkswagen never looks out of date. These ads for the 1961 and 1962 Beetles are perfect examples.

The changes from one model year to the next have focused more often than not on how our VWs perform, while design has remained more or less consistent. The nice thing about maintaining this consistency, is that no matter your model year, your Volkswagen never looks out of date. These ads for the 1961 and 1962 Beetles are perfect examples.


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On more than one occasion our Golf model has been referred to as a “hot hatch”. Part of its popularity, apart from exceptional performance and handling, is the convenience provided by the hatch. The rounded shape of the door allows for more space in the cargo area than a sedan. And, like all our models, the Golf’s styling stays true to its roots.

So, how does all this talk about Beetle and Golf models relate to the All-New 2018 Atlas? Well, it’s a roundabout way of introducing you to a new look. It’s more than a design evolution. It’s a radical statement.

No one will argue the Atlas has a powerful presence. Based on sheer size alone, it commands attention. But this new Volkswagen is a clear departure from what is typically, a softer design direction. It’s bolder and definitely more angular. And with good reason. This is an SUV built for North America. Working alongside North American designers, our team researched how North Americans live with their vehicles. And the result is a wider, more substantial SUV that looks powerful, thanks to a prominent front grille, distinct headlights and available 20” wheels under higher wheel wells.

Inside, the Atlas is all about functionality. Every square inch has been considered, making it one of the most comfortable drives you’ll ever take. There’s plenty of elbow room, the contoured seats provide improved support and the third row was designed with adults in mind. There really is enough legroom for everyone. Second and third rows even come with their own vents for improved airflow throughout the cabin.

But the tilt and slide second row is where designers outdid themselves. This simple, but clever function allows you to access the third-row seating with tremendous ease. You don’t even have to remove a child safety seat.

Unfortunately, we can only tell you so much about Atlas. You have to drive it, to get it. Book a test drive today. We bet you’ll love it.

Check out the video below to find out more about the design vision behind the All-New 2018 Atlas.

Wedding bells ring for two Volkswagen lovers

Robbie popped the question with a fleet of vintage VWs

Robbie and Genevieve aren’t just any happy newlyweds. Unbeknownst to us, Volkswagen played a big role in the couple’s courtship and engagement. When we heard their story, we naturally wanted to do something special for them on their wedding day.

Genevieve’s uncle, Kevin, first tipped us off to this romantic tale in an email:

“Robbie is an avid Volkswagen fanatic. He owns, repairs, customizes and competes in shows with his various Volkswagen autos…. He incorporated his love of Volkswagen products in his marriage proposal to her.”

To pop the question, Robbie lined up his and his friends’ vintage VWs, decorated with signs reading “will you marry me?”

Who wouldn’t say “yes” to that?

 

Even the timing of the engagement was chosen based on Robbie’s Volkswagen passion. He promised himself he wouldn’t propose until he completed the full restoration of his blue 1984 Rabbit GTI. (After all, every wedding needs “something old” and “something blue” for good luck, right?)

The restoration took four years, and “pretty much everything that I could replace or repair I did,” Robbie says.

He made the Rabbit look like an earlier model by putting in round headlights, small taillights, and Euro small bumpers. He also put in an engine from a 1997 Jetta TDI using custom transmission mounts.

The work certainly paid off, and the car co-starred in the couple’s stunning engagement photos.

Eva Derrick Photography, www.evaderrick.ca

Robbie and Genevieve walked down the aisle earlier in June. We surprised their guests with a Volkswagen photo booth at the reception, and followed that up with a suitcase full of VW swag for the couple.

It was a big hit, especially with Robbie’s fellow VW-loving friends. Every story told at the reception touched on his Volkswagen love, with even Robbie joking that he has two true loves now.

Robbie plans to restore more vintage Volkswagen models in the years ahead, starting with a 1975 Scirocco. But he’s not the only VW fan in the marriage. Genevieve can be spotted driving around town in her new diesel Jetta.

All our best to Robbie and Genevieve, and all the other VW lovers getting hitched this summer!

Photography courtesy of Eva Derrick Photography, www.evaderrick.ca

Get summer road trip ready

Is your car ready to hit the road? Here’s what you should know.

Summer is here, and that means day trips and visits, and long, winding drives to nowhere in particular. Just because you can. Just because the sun is out and you want to soak up everything that summer has to offer. It’s a great time to be a driver. Even greater if you can turn the top down on your Beetle Convertible. But, just like winter driving, summer driving comes with its own set of challenges. For one, summer roads are just busier—with cars, people and other kinds of vehicles that weren’t there a few months ago.

Make room for everyone. Share the road.

With the warmer weather comes ‘Summer Construction Season’ in addition to cyclists, motorcyclists and plenty more pedestrians. And while they might share your space, they don’t share the protection of a curtain of airbags and crumple zones. If possible, leave three or four seconds’ distance between you and a lighter vehicle and use your signals to give everyone around you plenty of warning. (Even if they don’t return the favour.) Technology has given us many gifts over the years, but lately it’s also given us an epidemic of distracted walking. Don’t assume that pedestrians can see you or that they will act predictably. With eyes fixed on their phones, there’s a chance they might wander into places they probably shouldn’t be. So, if you haven’t begun already, hone your ninja-like reflexes for the summer roads.

Regular summer maintenance just makes sense

Well, not just the body, but the engine and tires, too. Kick off the summer season with a proper service. If you’re going to spend more time on the road, you want to catch things before they have a chance to become a problem. Plus, regular preventative maintenance is just a good idea and the changing seasons are a good reminder. When you book a maintenance appointment, your Volkswagen Certified Technician will help make sure your summer is uneventful from a repair standpoint. To help, we’ve put together a handy Summer Safety Checklist you can consult to help make the task easier. Really, just a few minutes at the start of the season can make a huge difference in the long run.

Pack right for summer road travel

As you head out to the beach or cottage, to that friend’s place or on a summer adventure, it’s understandable that you might want to take a few things with you

Summer travellers tend to pack heavy. But, be sure you can see out of your windows, and that your mirrors have a clear view of the world around you. Many drivers are tempted to sacrifice their field of view just to squeeze in those few extra camping supplies. But don’t stuff your vehicle to the point where it becomes dangerous to you or to the people around you. And, if you can’t fit it all in safely, consider roof storage or a small trailer.

Don’t run into a hitch while towing

If fishing is in your future—or you just really want to carry a lot of stuff to the cottage—check that your vehicle can handle the boat or the trailer you want to hook up. Your owner’s manual will give you safe towing capacities and plenty of good advice, but make sure your mirrors have full view of what’s going on behind you. A heavy trailer means you accelerate and break more slowly, and you’ll need more time to pass. So, give yourself more room around other vehicles, and keep in mind that rain and other weather conditions might make safe stopping even slower. And, remember, national highways, or any highway for that matter, are a terrible place for a yard sale. It’s never a bad idea to cover your cargo to keep it in place.

Beat the heat by keeping cool

Summer driving often means long-distance driving—and that can mean long periods spent in the driver’s seat, staring at rippling heat mirages. Be sure to give yourself plenty of breaks. Don’t let yourself get too tired or too fatigued.

Take advantage of rest stops to get out and stretch, even if you don’t need to re-caffeinate. It’s a good excuse to check in on your phone so that you’re not tempted to do it on the road.

One critical thing to keep in mind when traveling in the summer is the potential for heat stroke—especially when it comes to kids. A child’s body temperature can heat up three- to five-times faster than an adult’s. If you’re feeling it then the kids are, too. When the outside temperature climbs to 25°C, temperatures in an uncooled car can become extremely dangerous in as little as 10 minutes. Be sure to bring kids and pets with you when you step out.

Looking for a little road trip inspiration? Check out some of our favourite Canadian drives.

This article originally appeared in print in Volkswagen Magazine and has been edited and formatted for the web.

Summer Safety Checklist

Get your VW safety ready in just 15 minutes

A quick check of your Volkswagen before you head out on the road can keep you motoring safely all season long.

Lights

Check headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers, interior lights and even trailer lights. See and be seen.

Engine Cooling System

When the car is still cool, check the radiator for water and antifreeze. Check the colour of the coolant, too. If it has stuff floating in it, it should be changed. (The more gunk, the more critical it is.)

Fluid Levels

Check your oil, brake, transmission, power steering and windshield washer fluids—and make a note to check them again every once in a while throughout the summer. Also, while you’re under the hood, check to see if you can spot any leaking fluids.

Belts and Hoses

With the engine off and cool, get under the hood and inspect all belts and hoses to make sure there are no signs of bulges, cracks or cuts in the rubber. The summer heat can be hard on rubber parts, so check them early in the season to see if you can spot early signs of wear. This is also a good time to make sure they’re all securely connected.

Wiper Blades

Winter is tough on wiper blades. Just like the rubber on belts and hoses, the rubber strip on blades can be easily worn or torn. Check your wiper blades and if you have any doubt about their condition, replace them. It’s an inexpensive fix, and it helpsyou see the road much more clearly.

Air Conditioning

On a hot summer day, air conditioning is your best friend. It’s also an important safety feature (see above), so be sure to check it’s functioning properly before you reach for the dial on that first hot day.

Floor Mats & Interior

Clean your mats and the inside of the car if salt has built up inside over the winter. Make sure the mats haven’t crept forward under the pedals and secure them properly.

Tires

The most important check comes last. Check your tires for proper air pressure, tread wear and any signs of damage. (You get the most accurate reading if you check pressure on cold tires, by the way.) Look to your owner’s manual for proper pressures,or look in the door pillar on the driver’s side for the info. Many tires will have built-in tread wear indicators that let you know when it’s time for new rubber—don’t push it beyond that point. Your tires are critical to your vehicles’ performance and safety. And of course, remember to check your spare, too.

If you’re planning to drive a lot more this summer, check out our helpful tips on staying safe all season.

This article originally appeared in print in Volkswagen Magazine and has been edited and formatted for the web.

 

 

e-Golf recognized for Best-in-Class* Efficiency by Natural Resources Canada

Top efficiency in the Compact car category

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has recognized the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf as best in class* for efficiency in the  Compact car category.

Each year, the federal government department aids Canadian consumers in making more fuel-efficient vehicle purchase decisions by highlighting the best-in-class models based on the lowest combined fuel consumption rating of new light-duty vehicles. Ratings are based on 55% city and 45% highway driving. The 2017 e-Golf came in at a combined 17.4 kWh/100 km, or 2.0 Le/100 km.**

Compare that to the second-place Ford Focus Electric, which consumes 19.6 kWh/100 km, or 2.2 Le/100 km. To put that in real-life terms, someone who typically drives 20,000 km per year could save enough energy to drive an additional 2500 km by driving the e-Golf compared to the Ford Focus. That’s like driving from Winnipeg to Quebec City!

And the e-Golf has certainly proved competitive. It’s everything Canadians know and love about the acclaimed Volkswagen Golf, with the efficiency that electric car drivers crave thanks to its 100 kW, 143 HP electric motor and 1-speed automatic transmission. The e-Golf is a thrill to drive, too, going from 0-110 km/h in just 9.6 seconds.

With both stellar performance and efficiency, it’s no wonder the e-Golf drives circles around the competition.

Learn more about the 2017 e-Golf, and sign up for email updates.

Legal:

*In the Compact Advanced Technology Vehicle class

**Please refer to Natural Resources Canada’s 2017 Fuel Consumption Guide for more information. Full charge required. Actual driving range will vary based on driving and charging habits, weather and temperature, battery age and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner’s manual for details.  Le is gasoline litre equivalent.

 

We checked out FRESH, a Vagkraft event

Car show season kicks off in Guelph, Ontario

Car show season has officially begun. And to kick it off, we dropped in on FRESH, a Vagkraft Event. Approximately 300 Volkswagen vehicles were on display at the Boyd Conservation Area in Vaughan, Ontario. And, there was certainly an abundance of VW love going around.

Volkswagen owners and enthusiasts gathered at the inaugural event to check out a variety of new and old Volkswagen models. First generation Beetles complete with rear engines, mingled with popular tuner models like Jetta, Rabbit and Golf. The All-New Volkswagen Atlas even made an appearance, decked out in graffiti-inspired decals, thanks to folks at Maple Volkswagen Dealership.

FRESH, replaces the annual Spring Fling event that was retired last year. The team at Vagkraft also moved the venue to the Conservation Area to provide the event with a more open air, laid-back, family-friendly environment.

Activities throughout the day kept everyone busy. In addition to the car exhibition and show, owners vying to be crowned cream of the crop could enter a contest to win. There was also a limbo competition, Poke n’ Go Swap Meet, Scavenger Hunt and Dyno Pull.

If you didn’t get a chance to get out to the show, we captured some photos for you. Be sure to visit the Vagkraft website to find out more about upcoming events throughout the summer.

2018 Atlas makes room for you

The extra-large SUV that makes no sacrifices

There are a whole lot of things we depend on our cars for. To get us around town, and sometimes out of town. We haul friends, family and quite often, lots and lots of stuff. Maybe you’re a frequent road tripper. Or perhaps an avid home renovator. It’s the multitude of ways in which we use our cars and all the things we need to put in them that can at times, make them feel like they’re not quite big enough.

Enter the All-New 2018 Atlas. If you’re looking for an SUV that makes no compromises, this is the one. Need to chauffeur five kids to soccer practice? No problem. There’s room for up to 7 people. Just bought a new mattress? Save yourself the delivery fee. The 2nd and 3rd rows easily fold down flat so you can go ahead and slide them right in.

Let’s say you need to take the dog to the vet but you can’t find a babysitter. The Atlas has you covered. Thanks to the slide and tilt 2nd row seat, you don’t have to remove your child safety seat to get the dog into the back. Everyone gets in and out quickly and easily.

And when we say everyone, we mean everyone. If you’ve got a large passenger manifest, the Atlas ensures there’s room for plenty. Partly due to its large size, partly to its super clever design and use of space, the 3rd row seating carries 3 adult passengers comfortably. What’s more, you can swap the second-row bench for optional captain’s chairs, for added comfort.

The Atlas also handles everyday chores with exceptional ease, even when you can’t. For instance, if you’re the type of person who packs in more groceries than you can carry to the house in one trip, then the easy open liftgate is a lifesaver. Once you’ve loaded your arms full of bags, a simple wave of your foot under the back bumper will release and lower the liftgate. You don’t have to put anything down, and you’re less likely to drop something.

The Atlas has the versatility to handle any project you throw its way. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a DIY enthusiast, you have a busy family or are a snowbird heading south for winter, there’s room for you and all your stuff.

Want to learn more? Get all the details on the All-New 2018 Atlas now.

Electric Vehicle Charging 101

Everything you need to know about charging your e-Golf

Electric vehicle (EV) technology remains relatively new. Unless you have an EV, you may not know all the details surrounding how it works. And that can be a little intimidating.

For instance, how do you charge an e-Golf? Can you plug it in like you do your lawn mower or hedge trimmer? Do you have to buy a charging station? How long does it take to charge an e-Golf?

Fret not, here’s everything you need to know about charging your e-Golf.

About the e-Golf battery

Let’s begin with the e-Golf’s lithium-ion battery capacity. A full charge will use approximately 31.5 kWh of electricity. Keep in mind, the battery will never fully deplete, so you’ll never actually have to use that much electricity to get a full charge.

In terms of consumption, the battery uses approximately 17.4 kWh for every 100 kilometers driven. This is the gasoline equivalent of only 2.0 L/100 km! So if you drive 100 km per day, on average, you’ll have to charge the battery approximately every 1.8 days.

Charging your e-Golf

So, can you plug your e-Golf into a regular residential outlet just like you do everything else? Yes. Yes, you can. Better yet, every e-Golf comes with a home charger for a regular outlet.

But here’s the catch: outlets come in varying voltages. The outlets in typical residential homes are either 110 or 120 volts. Think of voltage like water pressure. At this voltage, you’re not getting a lot of water coming out the spout. It would take between 26 and 29 hours to fully charge the e-Golf on Level 1.

At Level 2, voltage moves up to between 208 and 240 volts. You can install a Level 2 charger at home on a dryer or oven-style outlet. Because there is more voltage—and typically more amperes—charging an electric vehicle on Level 2 would reduce to 4-5 hours. You can also find these at many convenient destinations—grocery stores, schools, offices—for a quick top-up.

A Level 3 charger is a fast-charging station. Unlike Level 1 and 2, Level 3 operates at over 400 volts and the high-voltage battery’s native Direct Current (DC). More and more are being installed throughout your community and along key transportation routes, especially in Ontario, Québec, and British Columbia. Charging time to 80% is only 30-45 minutes, the perfect amount of time for a road trip pit stop. The last 20% of any EV’s battery takes longer to charge—roughly the equivalent of Level 2—due to the lithium-ion battery’s inherent nature.

Locating a charging station is super easy. Check out our interactive map to locate an e-Golf compatible charging station near you.

In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be addressing all your e-Golf and EV questions here. Check back soon for more information.

In the meantime, find out more about e-Golf or reserve one now.

Raffle winner takes home 2017 Beetle Convertible

Volkswagen Canada raffle supports Camp Ooch at Toronto Sporting Life 10K

Toronto’s Sporting Life 10k, in support of Camp Ooch, is one of the largest runs in the city. Funds raised from the event go towards sending kids with cancer to Camp Ooch.

And with such a worthy cause, it’s no wonder this sold-out event draws 22,000 participants each year. Hailed as the easiest and fastest 10K run in the country, the route takes runners down Toronto’s famed Yonge Street and finishes at Fort York Blvd. A post-run party also took place at Coronation Park. And that’s where we raffled off a new 2017 Beetle Classic Convertible with all proceeds going to give kids with cancer what they need – the chance to be kids at Camp Ooch.

The Beetle Classic Convertible, which features App-Connect with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, and 17” Heritage Alloy wheels was taken home by a lucky winner.

Since 1983, Camp Ooch has served as a haven where kids can explore, experience, and share in the magic of Camp. The camp is privately funded, staffed by volunteers and exclusively serves children with and affected by childhood cancer. And the best part, Camp Ooch is 100% free for campers. This is Volkswagen Canada’s third year as a Camp Ooch partner and we couldn’t be more excited to continue our support. In addition to the many Volkswagen and Audi employees who run the Sporting Life 10K, each year, the Volkswagen Canada team participates in a Camp cleanup event to get the grounds ready for the summer season. In 2015, we donated six Passat sedans to assist Camp Ooch with their in city programs. And last year, under the theme of Better Together, we surprised campers with a new canoe. Watch the video below to see how campers, volunteers and Volkswagen employees made it a unique piece of art.

Visit the Camp Ooch website to learn more about this worthy cause or to find out how you can get involved.

The Anticipation is Building for the 2018 Atlas

First impressions of this family-friendly SUV are in.

Adi Desai, of Doubleclutch.ca recently ventured to San Antonio, Texas to check out the all-new 2018 7-passenger Atlas.

If you’ve been waiting to find out what reviewers are saying about the Atlas’ performance, technology and safety features, now’s your chance to read all about it.

Power at play

The trim on review is the Highline boasting a 276 horsepower 3.6L VR6 engine with standard 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive. According to Desai, despite Atlas’ large size, “when cruising at highway speeds, the big Volkswagen seems to shrink in size”.

Make a connection

When referring to the interior, Desai comments that the design will certainly be familiar to Volkswagen owners. Comfort and convenience take centre stage with an 8” Discover Media touchscreen with navigation and App-Connect, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The digital cockpit is designed with drivers in mind, turning the instrument gauge cluster into a digital screen that delivers more information the moment you need it.

Versatile like never before

One of the best things about Atlas is that it was built with North American families in mind. That means you can choose to haul people or cargo. No need to compromise. The standard 3rd row seating folds flat to make room for all your cargo. Desai notes the 3rd row is the roomiest in its class. So, if space and versatility you’re after, Atlas is one impressive people hauler and towing machine.

By the end of his review, Desai concludes that Atlas has greater utility than Mazda CX-9 and offers a better ride than the Nissan Pathfinder. In terms of value, it’s right up there with the Honda Pilot. But don’t take our word for it, you can read the full DoubleClutch.ca review here. And, if you’d like to know more, check out all the Atlas features now.

The 2017 Golf GTI gets an epic review

They don’t call it a hot hatch for nothing.

William Clavey of Clavey’s Corner recently wrote about his experiences driving Golf-R and GTI. If you’re looking for a performance hatchback and are wondering which is the right one for you, Clavey’s got you covered.

While the two models share similar features, the Golf-R possesses a slightly more aggressive ride. Given that, you might expect Clavey to choose it as one he would own. Surprisingly, the GTI is the Volkswagen Golf that wins his heart. According to Clavey,

“[…] whatever roads you’ll devour with your little hatch, you’ll have a big fat grin plastered all over your face, because this thing is absolutely epic.”

It’s true. GTI is one powerful hatch that has truly been designed with drivers in mind. It produces a breathtaking 210 horsepower with 258 lb torque. Add to that a solid sport suspension that delivers precise handling and produces less body roll, and you get one hot hatch that really sticks to the road. The result is an exhilarating driving experience.

Clavey’s review is both succinct and comprehensive, covering performance and design in equal measure. He enjoys the comfort and support of the seating while admiring the simple, yet elegant dashboard design. Small touches like red stitching and ambient lighting provide a luxurious feel that complements this little hatch’s performance features.

Be sure to check out the full review at Clavey’s Corner.

Revealed: 2018 Golf Facelift

New front and back ends and standard infotainment features mark biggest changes.

Last fall, we brought you news of the 2018 Golf facelift which was released in Europe last year as the 2017 Series-7 Golf.

While we have yet to reveal the Canadian model, the European version was recently on display at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. Zack Spencer, from Driving Television took it for spin to Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a Unesco Heritage site on the south-facing northern shores of Lake Geneva.

Referring to the Golf as “Audi Light”, Zack goes through some of the existing features that have made the Volkswagen Golf popular with Canadian Drivers alongside new ones like the redesigned front and back ends including new bumpers, air intakes, head lamps and LED taillights.

Watch the video to find out which European model features will be available on the redesigned 2018 Golf, Golf-R and e-Golf.

Newest VW models at 2017 Geneva Autoshow

2018 Tiguan, redesigned Golf and Arteon make a stop in Geneva

The annual Geneva Motor Show has a reputation as one of the most interesting in the world. It is the show where supercars and concept cars share the stage with more commonly sought-after models. For Volkswagen, it’s a chance to preview new models that will be coming to market in the next 6-12 months, some of which will be coming to Canada.

In keeping with tradition, the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz concept was on display alongside the All-New 2018 Tiguan with optional 3rd row seating. Also on display was the 2018 Golf, refreshed and ready for action, as well as the All-New 2018 Arteon.

front of the vw i.d. buzz concept
Photo credit: © gims.swiss

If you haven’t yet heard about I.D. Buzz, it’s an all-electric self-driving concept that runs on our new MEB platform. The micro-bus style concept draws inspiration from the popular Volkswagen Campervan and has an estimated range of up to 600 kilometres.

While I.D. Buzz may be a few years way, coming soon to Canada is the much-talked about All-New 2018 Tiguan. The newly redesigned SUV is longer and is available with an optional 3rd row seat that provides additional versatility for hauling cargo or passengers.

Also, making an appearance, was the newly refreshed 2018 Golf. Its new look includes a redesigned front and back end, a bigger Infotainment system display, and standard App-Connect. Check out the full MotorMouth video review of the 2018 Golf here.

Perhaps the most talked-about Volkswagen model at the Geneva auto show was the All-New 2018 Arteon. Currently, only to be available in Europe, it’s a 5-passenger, 5-door, high-style lift back GT model sedan. There’s no word yet on whether or not it’s coming to Canada, but if and when it does, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Volkswagen Manager of PR, Thomas Tetzlaff was recently in Geneva to give us a closer look at all four Volkswagen models. Watch now.

 

2017 e-Golf: Maximizing electric car range in winter

Since we first announced the arrival of e-Golf in Canada, we’ve been busy putting the final touches in place to welcome this exciting new model to our popular VW Golf family.

The best electric car for Golf fans

If you love Golf, you’ll love the e-Golf, too. It looks like a Golf and drives like a Golf. All you need to do is plug it in and charge it up. And, if you’re thinking the e-Golf won’t get you very far in winter, we’ve got good news for you.

Electric car batteries in winter

There is no doubt that Canadian winters can be harsh and unpredictable. And since cold weather is a major factor when it comes to EV range, it’s no wonder some Canadians are downright nervous about how far an e-Golf might take them.

In winter, tasks such as heating the cabin can put additional demand on your battery.  Internal combustion engines generate heat as a byproduct of normal operation.  Because battery electric vehicles are so efficient, they don’t generate enough thermal energy to adequately heat the interior alone. Heat has to be generated from the high voltage battery, with the result being a reduction in range. Knowing this, we’ve worked hard to make sure the e-Golf is ready and able to tackle Canadian winters with energy-saving technology that’ll keep you warm while getting you to where to need to go.

Energy-efficient heating

The 2017 e-Golf is equipped with a “heat pump” as standard equipment.  The heat pump is similar to what is used to control the climate in many buildings and residences.  It takes what heat is available from the drivetrain and combines it with a refrigerant circuit to heat the cabin.  The result is about a 30% savings in range compared to an e-Golf without a heat pump.

Every e-Golf is also equipped with an automatic, humidity-controlled heated windshield that can defog and thaw without the aid of the AC compressor and fan, giving you a clear view that uses less battery power.

In addition, standard heated seats allow you to heat your core quickly and directly, making it possible to minimize cabin heat as much as individual comfort allows.

Regenerative braking

In conventional braking systems, the kinetic energy that propels the car forward is transformed to heat as the friction of the brake pad contacts the brake disc to bring the car to a stop.  The e-Golf uses a regenerative braking system that captures this energy—that would otherwise dissipate into the atmosphere—and uses it to charge the battery.  It’s simple enough to use: just press the brake pedal as you normally would, and the car does all the rest.

For those wanting to eke out maximum efficiency—and fun—drivers can cycle through four stages of energy recuperation with the simple flick of the shifter.  Each stage increases the rate of deceleration, putting more back into the battery.  This simulates “engine braking” in a conventional car.  So your driving style can effectively “add fuel” to your e-Golf. Want to see how it works? Check out this great YouTube video by Danny Maynor, Product Specialist at McKenna Volkswagen in Huntington Beach California. He shows us how using the stages to decelerate in lieu of braking sends a charge to the battery.

Heat your e-Golf while it charges

The best way to maximize winter range in the e-Golf is to pre-heat the cabin while you’re still connected to the grid.  This lets you use a full charge to get you where you need to go without also having to bring the cabin up to a comfortable temperature.  It takes much less energy to maintain a +20°C temperature than to ask the car to go from -20° to +20°C, and then maintain it.

Simply set your desired cabin temperature and your regular planned departure time, and the e-Manager will heat the cabin while the car is charging. When you’re ready to leave, your e-Golf is fully-charged and toasty warm.

Dual-Zone Climate Control with Driver-Only Eco Mode

The e-Golf is equipped with Climatronic® dual-zone electronic climate control including driver-only eco mode. That means that not only can you control the temperature on both sides of the cabin but, when the passenger unbuckles the seat belt, their temperature zone is automatically disabled. Just like that. Not only do you enjoy a cabin temperature that’s just right, but energy isn’t being wasted on the now empty passenger side.

Find an EV charging station

Looking to take your e-Golf on a road trip? Find out where you can charge the battery along the way with our interactive map.

Reserve your e-Golf now

If you’re ready to make the move to an electric car, you can reserve your e-Golf now. Put down a fully-refundable $1,000 deposit and we’ll secure your spot in line so you can among the first to own one.

2017 Golf Alltrack named Canadian Car of the Year

Alltrack awarded top prize at Toronto Autoshow

Last week, AJAC, the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada, bestowed top honours on the All-New 2017 Golf Alltrack, naming it Canadian Car of the Year.

Maria Stenstršm in front of the 2017 golf alltrack with ajac award
(Photo By: Michelle Siu/AJAC)

 

The award, which was announced at the Canadian International Autoshow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, comes on the heels of Alltrack winning AJAC BEST NEW LARGE CAR. President and CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada Inc., Maria Stenström, was on hand to accept the award.

“It is such a great honour to have AJAC name the new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack as their car of the year. […] Thank you so much to all the members of AJAC for this recognition.”

Alltrack beat out BMW M2 and Hyundai Elantra with a total score of 680 points, receiving top marks for exterior styling, throttle and engine, and transmission performance, in addition to cargo and safety features, to name a few.

The AJAC Awards were created by journalist members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) to provide consumers with sound, comparative information on vehicles that are new to the market. Each year, the top automotive journalists from across Canada gather to evaluate new or significantly improved vehicles making their debut on the market. The evaluation is based on real-world back-to-back testing to ensure the most relevant results possible. At the end, the best new vehicles in various categories are selected as well as an overall Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

If you haven’t yet had the chance to check out the 2017 Golf Alltrack, there’s a great video review by our friends at drivingtelevision.com, featuring our own Thomas Tetzlaff and Driving Television’s Zack Spencer. Watch the 2017 Alltrack review now.

Cam McCaul takes the Alltrack to BC

Ready to ride, Cam and his crew hit the trails in Squamish

You may remember a few months ago, we asked Canadian Pro Surfer, Tofino-born Noah Cohen to describe the perfect #VWadventure. As it turned out, for Noah it was a roadtrip right in his Vancouver Island backyard. Now, in our next edition of #VWadventure, we recently asked the same question to professional mountain biker Cam McCaul, his answer was Squamish, British Columbia.

Cam’s Story

Now a father of two, safety is one of his top priorities when it comes to the car he drives. Naturally, having enough space and versatility to fit all his gear is also a necessity. Keeping this in mind, we gave Cam the opportunity to take his perfect road trip in the All-New 2017 Golf Alltrack.

In this recent installment of the #VWAdventure series, Cam meets up with friends at Vancouver International Airport and together, the Alltrack packed with gear, they head out to Squamish to hit the trails. He puts the Alltrack’s rugged performance features to the test. The standard 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive, the 6-speed automatic DSG with Tiptronic®, Drive Selector and raised suspension are all put to the test on the area’s remote dirt roads.

The video features BC’s beautiful landscape, combined with rugged trails and some pretty epic riding scenes. Watch the latest #VWAdventure now.

If you missed our previous write-up about Noah Cohen and his #VWadventure, you can read more about his surfing excursion with the Tiguan.

All-New 2018 Tiguan Debut

Redesigned and redefined. A bold new look takes the stage in Detroit.

The All-New 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan made its North American debut this week at the Detroit Autoshow. If you haven’t yet heard all about it, we’ve got your first look. Our compact SUV is getting a completely new design that will see it upsized in more ways than one.

Versatility for life

One of the most anticipated features of the 2018 Tiguan is the new, longer wheelbase designed to increase both space and comfort, making it a practical choice for busy families and weekend warriors alike. Additionally, those looking for greater versatility will enjoy the optional 3rd row seating, which provides the freedom to make room for passengers or cargo as the need arises.

Style and substance

Features like App-Connect, Fender® Premium Audio and Active Info Display keep you connected and in the know, no matter where you go. And the standard USB port means you don’t need an additional charger for your devices. So you can kick back, enjoy the tunes and soak up a little Vitamin D from the sun streaming through the available panoramic sunroof. Drivers will especially like the 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive and Advanced Driver Assist package that provides the traction and control required for superior performance and handling.

Safety first. Always.

More than just a pretty face and sweet ride, the All-New 2018 Tiguan includes optional state-of-the-art safety features that push the boundaries of innovation. Area View consists of cameras with wide-angle lenses mounted to the front, rear and exterior side mirrors that work together to simulate a real-time, top-down aerial view of your vehicle, plus a variety of perspectives resulting in greater visibility overall. City dwellers will especially like the Front Assist with City Emergency Brake when they find themselves in stop and go traffic. It monitors cars ahead and senses upcoming emergencies. The system then applies the brakes or increases brake force to avoid a collision. The Tiguan also features optional Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist and Park Distance Control to keep your drive stress-free and ding-free.

If you want to see it for yourself, the All-New 2018 Tiguan will be making its Canadian debut at the Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto happening from February 17-26, 2017. If you want to stay up to date on everything 2018 Tiguan, sign up to receive updates now.

 

*Do not drive distracted.

**Features are for driver assistance.  Drivers must continue to perform manual checks and pay full attention to safe driving.

Volkswagen unveils Alexa-enabled technology at CES

The connected car gets even more connected

Each year, thousands of technology enthusiasts gather at the North America Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. This year, marked Volkswagen’s third annual appearance and the North American debut of the I.D. concept, a fully-autonomous electric car. Scheduled to arrive in 2020, the intention is for self-driving hardware to come standard.

front of the vw i.d. concept car

Per Christian Senger, VW Head of e-Mobility, the cost to offer a fully-autonomous option could be as much as an entire Golf. Therefore, the goal for I.D. in 2020, is to equip the car with semi-autonomous features. You can read more about the I.D. Concept here. It is expected that the production iteration of the I.D. will retain approximately 80 percent of the concepts design features.

rear of the vw i.d. concept car

Alongside the I.D. concept, the Volkswagen e-mobility team also announced the integration of Amazon’s assistant Alexa to VW vehicles. Using simple tap-to-talk functionality drivers can execute tasks such as controlling smart home features, playing music, getting directions, handling notifications, providing location-based reminders, even ordering replacement parts for their car.

However, the team in Germany has gone a step further by including car-centric features, making the experience more robust. Alexa can let you know the status of your car when you’re not in it. Find out if the doors are locked, how much fuel is remaining in the tank, and if the car is charging and what the range is (for EV models). Alexa can also unlock the doors and even beep the horn in the event you can’t locate your car.

virtual reality car test drive

The system can also assist with navigation by providing directions and telling you how long it will take to get to your destination. Alexa can send the direction to your car’s navigation system so it’s loaded and ready go when you are.

For a more in-depth look at what we revealed at CES, read the full media release.

Legal: US media release. Some of the information may not be applicable to the Canadian market.

All-New models debut at Canadian Autoshows

Atlas, Tiguan and e-Golf launch at Autoshows

It’s Autoshow season and we’re excited to be unveiling some of our new models in various cities around the country.

As you may know, the All-New 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, our 7-seat SUV, complete with 3 adult-size rows, was recently unveiled in Santa Monica. We’re proud to say that Atlas will be making its Canadian debut at the Montreal Autoshow on January 20. If you’re planning to head to the show, you won’t want to miss it. Not close by? That’s OK. Atlas will also be at the Autoshows in Toronto, Quebec City, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton.

Alongside Atlas, the All-New 2018 Tiguan, will also be making an appearance. The newly-redesigned SUV recently made its American debut at the Detroit Autoshow. Canadians who want to get an up-close look at the extended wheelbase with optional 3rd row seating, won’t want to miss the shows in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton.

If you’re an electric car fan, and you’ve been waiting to find out more about the All-New 2017 Volkswagen
e-Gol
f, this is your chance. Climb in and get comfortable behind the wheel before e-Golf hits the streets later this year. The 100% electric version of Canada’s favourite hatchback will be debuting in Montreal and making appearances in Toronto, Quebec City and Vancouver and Edmonton.

Canadian Auto Show season begins in Montreal on January 20, 2017 and ends with the Edmonton Motorshow on April 23, 2017. See all the Autoshow details below to find one near you.

Montreal

  • Jan 20-29, 2017
  • Palais des congress de Montreal
  • 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle

 

Toronto

  • Feb 17-26, 2017
  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • 222 Bremner Blvd

 

Quebec City

  • Mar 7-12, 2017
  • Centre des foires
  • 250 Blvd Wilfred-Hamel

 

Calgary

  • Mar 15-19, 2017
  • BMO Centre
  • 20 Roundup Way SW

 

Ottawa

  • Mar 16-19, 2017
  • Shaw Centre
  • Colonel By Drive

 

Vancouver

  • Mar 28-Apr 2, 2017
  • Vancouver Convention Centre
  • 1055 Canada Place

 

Edmonton Motorshow

  • Apr 20-23, 2017
  • Edmonton Expo Centre
  • 7515 118 Ave NW

 

We hope to see you there!

Volkswagen wins fourth consecutive WRC

Sebastien Ogier leads VW to victory

The 2016 World Rally Championship (WRC) recently wrapped up in Australia. After a year of racing through some of the toughest conditions on the planet, Volkswagen has laid claim to several victories.

Car Number 9, driven by Andreas Mikkelsen and Anders Jaegar won the Australian leg of the race while Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia received the overall championship titles for driver and co-driver. And to top it off, Volkswagen took home the championship title for best overall manufacturer.

The WRC comprises thirteen 3-day events that take drivers over surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Each rally is split into stages where drivers compete against the clock on closed roads. Points awarded at the thirteen rallies are accumulated over the course of the series to determine the overall championship winners in the categories of driver, co-driver and auto manufacturer.

Volkswagen has been participating in the WRC since 2013 with driver Sebastien Ogier at the wheel of our Volkswagen Polo R. We’re proud to say that for four consecutive years, Sebastien and Volkswagen have won best overall driver and best overall manufacturer, respectively.

This year, we’ve made the difficult decision to make this our last WRC. And what better way to go out? With four consecutive championships! We couldn’t be more proud of Sebastien and of our engineers, whose commitment to continual improvement is nothing short of exceptional.

Want to see more from the rally? Watch the video.

2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack picks up two awards

Auto123.com and AJAC both select Alltrack as a top pick

The 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack has made its mark in Canada. Recently, website Auto123.com and the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) respectively, bestowed two awards on our newest addition.

The 2017 Edition of the Auto123.com Awards were recently announced. We’re proud to report that Golf Alltrack came out on top as “Subcompact SUV of the Year”. Along with the Alltrack, the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V rounded out this year’s finalists.

In addition, AJAC announced their Canadian Car of the Year Awards today. We’re also pleased to announce that the 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack received the AJAC Award for BEST NEW LARGE CAR. Along with the Alltrack, category finalists included the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and the Kia Optima HEV.

The AJAC Awards were created by journalist members of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) to provide consumers with sound, comparative information on vehicles that are new to the market. Each year, the top automotive journalists from across Canada gather to evaluate new or significantly improved vehicles making their debut on the market. The evaluation is based on real-world back-to-back testing to ensure the most relevant results possible. At the end, the best new vehicles in various categories are selected as well as an overall Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year. A “Best New Technology” award is also chosen.

If you haven’t yet had the chance to check out the 2017 Golf SportWagen Alltrack, there’s a great video review by our friends at drivingtelevision.com, featuring our own Thomas Tetzlaff and Driving Television’s Zack Spencer. Watch the 2017 Alltrack review now.

Revealed: All-New completely redesigned 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Optional 3rd row seating and a bold new look on the way

We’ve got your first look at what’s in store for the new 2018 Tiguan. Our compact SUV is getting a completely new look that will see it upsized in more ways than one.

redesigned 2018 tiguan suv parked

Versatility for life

In fall 2017, the Volkswagen Tiguan will be replaced with a longer wheelbase version, increasing space and comfort. Canadians looking for greater versatility will also have the option to choose an even longer model equipped with optional 3rd row seating. That means you won’t have to choose between your cargo and your passengers.

leather interior of volkswagen 2018 tiguan

Style and substance

Features like App-Connect, Fender® Premium Audio and Active Info Display keep you connected and in the know, no matter where you go. At the same time, 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive and Advanced Driver Assist give you the traction and control you want when it comes to superior performance and handling.

driver seat of redesigned 2018 tiguan interior

Stay ahead of the curve on the new 2018 Tiguan. Sign up to receive updates now.

Pro Surfer Noah Cohen shares his perfect road trip

The Tiguan goes on a #VWadventure

We recently asked Canadian Pro Surfer, Tofino-born, Noah Cohen to describe his perfect #VWadventure. Turns out, it’s a roadtrip right in his Vancouver Island backyard.

noah cohen and friends driving the 2017 tiguan

Now a resident of Victoria, Noah Cohen spends most of the year travelling the globe in search of the perfect wave. Yet, despite all the places he’s been, per Noah, there’s no place like home. When we gave him the keys to a 2017 Tiguan to take the ultimate aventure road trip, he chose to explore the area surrounding his home with his two childhood friends, Ryan Cameron and Shannon Brown.

volkswagen 2017 tiguan while camping

Destination: Bamfield, BC

Located on the South Shore of Barkley Sound, the community of Bamfield offers rainforest, deserted beaches, uninhabited islands, rugged coastline and world-class driving. In short, it was the perfect setting for Noah, Ryan and Shannon’s surfing and camping excursion. According to Cohen, the location offered some “crazy driving terrain” but “the Tiguan ripped it”.

2017 tiguan beachside with surfer and surfboard

While we’re not surprised by the Tiguan’s ability to handle remote terrain, potholes and all, check out the video of Cohen’s #VWadventure for yourself.

New Volkswagen Passat GT concept

The most aggressive Passat yet

Our new Passat GT concept recently made an appearance at Automobility LA, which ran November 17-29, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Designed by our engineers in Chattanooga TN, this new Passat has more of what North Americans are telling us they want in a performance sedan.

volkswagen passat gt concept car on the road

Expect to see this refreshed, restyled sedan hitting the streets soon. But you don’t have to wait until then to get a first look. We’ve got all the details and we’re excited to share them.

A bolder design, inside and out

A number of prominent design changes have been made from the standard Passat, making the GT both unique and eye-catching.

Inspired by the Golf GTI, the Passat GT concept features a black honeycomb grille insert with red accent lines. Similarly, bold details like unique bumper treatments in the front and back, black side mirrors, a black roof, black headliner, a rear decklid spoiler, 19” Tornado alloys and painted calipers give it a striking presence on the road or in your driveway.

sideview of the volkswagen passat gt concept car outside

Inside, the Passat GT concept sports some energetic details inspired by its upgraded performance. Carbon-fibre pattern door trim and instrument panel, two-tone black and grey sport seats with contrast stitching and the piano black centre console décor prepare you for an exceptional drive.

interior of the passat gt concept car

More powerful performance

The Passat GT concept will be equipped with a 3.6L 280-hp VR6® engine. Combined with a lowered suspension and sport-tuned exhaust, there’s sure to be a lot more excitement to its ride.

automatic clutch of the passat gt concept car

We’ll be sure to keep you posted on Passat GT updates as they become available. Stay tuned.

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.

©2016 McDonald’s.® – use of these trademarks is licensed from McDonald’s Corporation.

MONOPOLY is a trademark of Hasbro and used with permission. © 1935, 2016 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

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.