The Art of Arteon

Stylish and sophisticated, the 2019 Arteon is like nothing we’ve ever seen.

There’s a new sedan coming to Canada in 2019. Sleek and sexy, it fuses fine design, superior performance and a craftsman’s attention to detail. From the bold exterior—which includes a sloping roofline, frameless windows and a wide, eye-catching grill—to the stylish interior, it’s the embodiment of good taste.

We call it the Arteon. Others call it art.

Indeed, the 2019 Arteon will be at this weekend’s grand opening celebration of Toronto’s newest art space, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The splashy celebration will showcase Toronto’s newest art space, featuring works from some of North America’s leading artists, including Scott Froschauer—whose MOCA installation—on display from Sept. 22 till Oct. 21—features the 2019 Arteon.

Froschauer surrounded the Arteon with a dazzling array of mirrors, lights and imagery, creating an immersive, almost infinite reality. The idea being, luxury is more than an image or a name, but rather, an experience stimulated by the finer things in life.

“I was instantly drawn to the Arteon project because I’ve always been a fan of Volkswagen’s heritage of renowned engineering and design – core principals in my own work,” says Froschauer.

As it turns out, Froschauer isn’t the first to recognize the Arteon’s artistry. In anticipation of the swank sedan’s North America debut, we asked three Canadian tastemakers—photographer and author Andrew Knapp, fashion designer Caitlin Power, and executive chef Jérémie Falissard—what drives their creative spirit.

Smart Luxury

Of course, there’s more to the 2019 Arteon than its artistic side. As fun to drive as it is to look at, the Arteon comes packed with premium standard features including heated front and rear seats, LED lights, 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive and a turbocharged 2.0L TSI engine.

Inside the car, the VIP treatment continues, with available Dynaudio premium sound system, triple-zone temperature control, digital cockpit and VW’s renowned App-Connect media portal, all the better to take in while sitting in the super-comfy and sporty leather seats.

But that’s just the beginning.

Get the latest scoop on the Arteon, including in-dealer dates and sneak previews.

The All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta: It’s a great leap forward in the evolution of a favourite Canadian ride.

The Volkswagen Jetta has changed a lot since it was first introduced way back in big-hair, boom-box, break-dancing days of the 1980s.

It’s really grown up a lot. But, with each new generation of Jetta, some things have always stayed the same.

Since day one, it’s always been about the style, the capability and the fun. That’s never changed.

And, probably because of that, the Jetta has always been one of Volkswagen’s bestselling cars. Drivers have always just loved getting behind the wheel.

With the launch of the All-New 2019 Jetta, Volkswagen is turning that excitement up to 11. The Jetta will be the biggest launch from the brand this year, and we think there’s plenty to be excited about. With a bold, new redesign and enhanced performance, the 2019 Jetta is engineered to make a long-standing Volkswagen favourite your new favourite ride. It’s powered by a 1.4 TSI engine that delivers a spirited yet fuel-efficient performance in your choice of six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic

with Tiptronic for lightning-fast shifting.

A refined interior boasts boundless amenities, along with sophisticated technology—including Electronic Stability Control, App-Connect smartphone integration and touchscreen radio with proximity sensor.

In many trim versions of the new-generation Jetta, safety features include (either as options or standard) assistance systems such as Lane Keeping Assistant and Blind Spot Detection.

With all those safety systems working hard, you can concentrate on enjoying the ride—and the advanced infotainment system that features an available 400-watt Beats Premium Audio sound system.

All of that technology is housed in a sleek, seductive exterior that announces your arrival with style and panache.

Outside, the car’s design is more refined than ever. With its coupé-like styling, the body is more reminiscent of a sporty ride such as the new Arteon than a conventional sedan. But it’s never style over substance—that new look is also exceptionally aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient of 0.27. That’s an improvement of around 10 percent, which means more efficiency and a positive effect on fuel economy. Meanwhile, the gas engine is as efficient as it is torque-strong: a 1.4 TSI that produces 147 hp of power and 184 lb/ft of torque.

So, what’s new for 2019? Let’s run down some of the highlights.

People will definitely see you coming (and going) with the Jetta’s new standard LED headlights and tail lights. Brighter, bolder and much more energy efficient, LED headlights with daytime running lights and LED tail lights give the 2019 Jetta and its driver the high visibility they deserve—from the front and rear.

The available Rail 2 Rail sunroof opens up a world (and sky) of possibilities. The boldly redesigned 2019 Jetta is sure to have all eyes on your ride. And with the Rail 2 Rail sunroof, it’s all eyes on the sky, with sweeping vistas that span almost the entire overhead expanse. At night, it’s like having your own observatory on wheels.

As they say, your car is your studio. That’s definitely true with the available Beats Premium Audio. Bring the audio technology that inspired a headphone-listening renaissance right into your ride, with speakers by BeatsAudio. They were engineered by audiophiles and perfected by a music icon, with bass-heavy beats guaranteed to put the bump in your trunk.

If you’re a Star Wars fan (or even a Trekkie, we’re not here to judge) the available Digital Cockpit puts you in the Captain’s chair. It stores up to three driver profiles plus one for a guest, welcoming you by name and reset ting to your preferences for mirrors, climate control and radio station at the touch of a button.

Plus, it offers instant access to essential information, like range to your next fill-up, driver assistance settings and more. Or, if you’re a data junkie who has to know what’s going on at all times, there are available infotainment driving mode screens.

Available Discover Media infotainment system puts satellite navigation, along with your choice of available driving mode selection—Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual—all at your fingertips, with touchscreen activation so the controls are all within reach and familiar.

Enjoy the ride with optional radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control. The system immediately detects if traffic is slowing ahead and automatically reduces speed to match. And, if another vehicle cuts in front of you, it slows your car down—if necessary, it even brakes, too. It’s like magic. (Well, it’s like magic, but it’s actually some pretty cool technology.) With available vented cooling and memory seats, you’ll always remember to keep cool.

(See what we did there…?) Staying cool is no sweat. When it comes to avoiding a sweaty back, the Jetta has you ventilated. When Mother Nature turns up the thermostat, the cooling seats will help you avoid any sticky situation. Plus, with available memory seats, finding your driver’s groove again is just one button away.

We could really go on (and on), but we’ll wrap things up with a must-have—Standard smartphone App-Connect. Hit the road with your own co-pilot, DJ and personal assistant all rolled into one. App-Connect lets you enjoy all the perks of your smartphone in the dash, and control things hands-free with your voice—your wish is our command.

The All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is the one you’ve been waiting for. Available in three trim lines, it’s the natural next step in the evolution of one of Canada’s favourite vehicles. Plus… it’s just one fun, sweet ride!

» We took it through a nasty little track designed with sharp turns on reverse cambers to expose any potential fuel starvation problems. Its stiff chassis, beefy brakes and tight steering enabled it to manoeuvre like a champ. «

Doug Firby, The Globe and Mail

» With the compact car segment having heated up immensely within the past few years with very competitive products, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta’s more assured driving dynamics, less boring styling, and obsessive attention to detail should make it easy for this car to rack up plenty of sales. «

Chidi Ohiaeri, AutoGuide.com

» On this closed-course oval track, I was able to get the Jetta up to 210 km/h, and it didn’t appear to have much strain on the car. Initial power delivery was instant thanks to its class-leading torque. Once you hit over 100 km/h, it could be pushed even more without hardly any turbo lag. At high speeds, the Jetta stayed balanced and relaxed throughout, as if it was a routine Sunday drive. «

David Miller, The Car Guide/Motoring TV

JETTA THROUGH THE YEARS…and what else was big

Jetta Mark 1

1980 – 1984

2.3 MILLION SOLD

Launched as a sedan version of the popular Rabbit (available in two- and four-door options), it quickly became the best selling European car in North America.

What else was big in early 1980s? Big hair, boom boxes, break dancing, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Care Bears, mullets, Vans & the “Where’s the beef” lady.

Jetta Mark 2

1984 – 1992

2.7 MILLION SOLD

With seating for five, a spacious trunk and an upscale feel, it outsold Golf 2-to-1 in North America.

What else was big in early ’90s? Beanie Babies, fanny packs, grunge, Pogs, Polly Pockets, raves, Reebok Pumps, slap bracelets & Thighmasters.

Jetta Mark 3

1993 – 1998

1.2 MILLION SOLD

Larger, more refined and only available in a four-door version. It also became more aerodynamic.

What else was big in the late ’90s? The George Foreman Grill, The Macarena, Tickle Me Elmo, Furbies, Tamagotchi, Giga Pets, sagging pants and The Spice Girls.

Jetta Mark 4

1999 – 2005

4.6 MILLION SOLD

Premium options like climate control and rain-sensing wipers added. The “Whiptenna” (a roof-mounted low-drag antenna), a gas turbo engine and the VR6 are introduced.

What else was big at the turn of the millennium? The Budweiser Wassup frogs, Napster, The Hampsterdance Song, flash mobs, freedom fries, Eminem, Razor scooters, The Segway PT, Auto-Tune & iPods.

Jetta Mark 5

2005 – 2010

3.0 MILLION SOLD

The first Jetta with a DSG transmission option and only the second Volkswagen model to debut at a US auto show.

What else was big in the mid-to-late ’00s? High School Musical, hipsters, Happy Bunny, silent discos, Crocs, grills, Livestrong Wristbands & MySpace.

Jetta Mark 6

2011 – 2017

3.5 MILLION SOLD

Marks the first time the Jetta was truly is own model. No more shared body panels and other aspects of the Golf—plus, it boasted a bigger trunk and unique interior features.

What else was big in the ’10s? Angry Birds, planking, dab, Doge memes, Fidget Spinners. Gangnam Style, Ice Bucket Challenge, selfie sticks, Duck Dynasty, Grumpy Cat, Rainbow Looms & YOLO.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

Make room for the new 7-seat Volkswagen SUV

Our family is expanding to fit your family

October 27 is almost here! That’s the day we’re revealing our new 7-seat SUV at an exclusive media event in Santa Monica. To get all the details as they happen, be sure to tune into our Facebook page that night between the hours of 6pm and 8pm PST.

In the meantime, we’re bringing you some first-hand accounts of recent test drives by journalists from Driving.ca and The Car Guide. We recently invited them to Chattanooga, Tennessee where the new SUV is currently in production. And while our two pre-production models were heavily disguised inside and out, reviewers still got the chance to experience the ride as a passenger as well take it for a drive.

Versatility

Both were impressed with the spaciousness of the interior cabin with a 3rd row is designed to comfortably seat two adults. Marc-Andre Gauthier of The Car Guide, was particularly pleased when his six-foot frame discovered that not only do the “third row seats offer plenty of room, but they’re just as comfortable as those in the other row.” Even better, the second row has been designed to incline, even with a child seat in place, to provide wider access to the third row.

Similarly, Derek McNaughton of Driving comments on the enormity of the shoulder room, ample leg room and multiple storage bins, cubbies and cup holders. The second and third-row seats are designed to fold flat and according to McNaughton, “…the space looks big enough to support a queen size mattress, possibly exceeding 80 cubic feet.” What we can tell you is that it’s big. Real big.

Performance

The powertrains offered on Canadian models include a turbocharged 2.0L TSI engine with FWD and a 3.6L FSI on the 4MOTION AWD model . Each journalist test drove the SUV and both commented on how quiet the ride was. McNaughton claims, “the ride was seriously quiet, with nary any wind or engine noise. The transmission shifted cleanly and without intrusion.” Similarly, according to Gauthier, “On paved roads, even if my test vehicle was far from finished, the quietness of the cabin was remarkable. The SUV’s suspension is perfectly calibrated to offer an ideal balance of comfort and sportiness.”

Safety

In terms of safety,we can say that the new 7-seat SUV includes an impressive list of advanced safety features. The available around-view monitor, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, park assist, lane assist and front assist, are just a few that will appeal to safety conscious SUV buyers.

You can read more about each journalist’s experience with our new 3rd row SUV at the Driving and The Car Guide websites.

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2017 Tiguan Wolfsburg Edition now at dealerships!

The 2017 Tiguan Wolfsburg Edition is here and we’ve got your first look!

Earlier this year, we announced the new Wolfsburg Editions would soon be available, and we’re happy to say the 2017 Tiguan Wolfsburg Edition is here!

It gets its name and special designation from the original Volkswagen manufacturing facility in Wolfsburg, Germany and each model released carries the signature Wolfsburg badge.

The 2017 Tiguan Wolfsburg Edition offers additional driver enhancements and exceptional interior appointments, including:

• 8-way power adjustable driver seat

• App-Connect smartphone integration

• Heated front seats and washer nozzles

• Keyless entry with push-button start

• 17″ Novara alloy wheels

• Climatronic® dual-zone electronic 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 Tiguan Wolfsburg Edition.

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

Jetta goes back to school with a five-star safety rating

The NHTSA gives the 2017 Jetta top marks.

It’s back-to-school time again and students across the country are getting ready to hit the books and exercise their independence. Whether your student lives at home or away, if they’re in need of a car to get to class, or to work, or even home for a visit once in a while, you’re going to feel a lot better knowing their driving a car with an excellent safety rating. Like the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta, which was recently awarded a 5-star safety rating by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Specifically, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta compact sedan earned the highest overall safety rating. Why does it matter? Well, because starting in 2011, the NHTSA introduced tougher tests and a more rigorous rating system. And it’s good to know that Jetta gets top marks.

The Jetta’s impressive safety features include a rigid steel cage that forms a safety cell around the cabin, reducing the risk of injury. Then, it’s followed up with standard features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), an onboard brain designed to reduce the risk of a driver losing control. Essentially, it stabilizes the vehicle by selectively braking individual wheels and reducing engine torque to bring it back on coursean essential feature for less experienced drivers who may be more likely to over correct in tricky conditions.

The Jetta 2017 model also includes standard ABS brakes, front and side curtain airbags and a Rearview Camera.

Parents looking for additional peace of mind, may want to consider available features like Front Assist which provides a two-stage warning system to drivers when the distance to the vehicle ahead becomes critical. If the driver doesn’t respond, the vehicle’s autonomous emergency braking system kicks in, helping to prevent a collision. Adaptive Cruise Control is another great way to monitor speed and distance. Essentially, it keeps you within posted speed limits by regulating the car’s speed. It will also keep your car at a safe distance those ahead by automatically accelerating or decelerating without driver input.

Perhaps we’ve saved the most student-centric safety feature for last. Available App-Connect. No one is more attached to their smartphones than our kids. App-Connect allows them to access certain apps like music, text and maps through the Jetta’s hands-free infotainment system, to effectively keep their devices out of their hands while driving.

If you’re looking for a safe car for your student, Jetta truly sets the standard. And, in 2017, Jetta will include a Wolfsburg Edition, giving you even more features at a better price. Couple that with a fuel efficient 1.4L TSI engine and Jetta takes your student’s budget even further.

Watch for all 2017 models, coming soon.

New 2017 Wolfsburg Editions are on the way

Four models are getting the Wolfsburg treatment this year.

2017 is turning out to be the year of the Wolfsburg. Four popular Volkswagen models, Tiguan, Touareg, Jetta and CC are all getting the Wolfsburg treatment.

Named after the original Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, Germany, Wolfsburg Edition models are only released once every few years. What makes them so attractive is that they’re equipped with exclusive features that are available at an exceptional value.

Buyers can expect next-level interior appointments and driver enhancements that are typically associated with higher trim-level prices. And while each Wolfsburg Edition model will have its own features, one thing they all have in common, is the signature, Wolfsburg Edition badge.

The 2017 Wolfsburg Editions will be available in dealerships this summer. Those seeking to level up without paying more, will definitely want to consider a Volkswagen Wolfsburg Edition.

As they roll out, we’ll keep you updated with the latest news, features and photos.

Introducing the hottest hashtag on four wheels.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating the 2015 Volkswagen Golf

The all-new 2015 Golf makes all the right impressions.

What a week it was for Volkswagen and its icon, the Golf.

The annual Auto Show season kicks off in Detroit each January and this year’s show was special for Volkswagen as the all-new, 7th generation Golf was named “North American Car of the Year”.  The honour was bestowed by the 57 Canadian and American judges of the annual award.

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Just four days later, at the Montreal Auto Show, the accolades continued with the Golf being named “Best of the Best” by the Canadian Automotive Jury, a panel of well-known Canadian Auto journalists.

Later that same day, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the Golf as one of the finalists for their annual “Car of the Year” award.  The announcement of the outright winner will take place at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

All-in-all, it was a very busy… and extremely rewarding week for the Golf. Since its introduction last summer, the Golf has set all kinds of sales records.  Journalists have noted the Golf’s refinement, fun-to-drive character and solid value, and we are quite proud that Canadian consumers seem to agree!