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.

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.

Winter Accessories

Embracing Canadian winters.

As Canadians, we don’t complain about winter- we embrace it. We don’t look forward to the snow melting – we turn snow in to art. We don’t hibernate all winter – we go outside to enjoy the brisk cold of our country. We attack winter – we don’t let winter attack us.

Having a vehicle that is properly equipped for the weather can make winter much more enjoyable. Whether its roof bars, ski/snowboard racks, Monster Mats or cargo liners, Volkswagen has all of the necessary accessories for your vehicle to be ready for winter in Canada.  All Volkswagen Accessories are engineered to fit your vehicle perfectly and are backed by a 4 Year 80,000Km warranty when purchased at time of new vehicle purchase (after new vehicle purchase accessories are covered for the remainder of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty period; or 1-Year/20,000Km, whichever is greater).

The accessories don’t stop there.  While (we hope) it’s too late for this season, next winter, before you put those winter tires on, check out the large assortment of winter wheel packages available, including a wide range of alloy or steel wheels which can be paired with your favorite brand of tire.

Your local Volkswagen dealer is happy to help you become equipped with all of the accessories that this winter will require, so that when winter comes, you aren’t complaining about it – you’re embracing it.

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5 Favourite Things About the 2014 Volkswagen CC + Fun Test Drive Destinations

Volkswagen CC earns a new admirer.

This is my first Vee Dub I’ve driven, I think. Well, except for the Jetta’s in the Autoshare fleet, but they typically smell like worn gym sneakers. I’ve always admired Volkswagen’s advertising though, but I think the allure has more to do with their premier German engineering that really sets the bar high for nearly every other auto manufacturer on the block.

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Introducing the VW Blog

Hello World. Volkswagen Canada gets up close and personal.

Today is a first for Volkswagen Canada – the launch of our official blog. Who better than the maker of “The People’s Car” to hand you the keys to the brand through the inclusive power of social media?

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I am personally excited, not only for the launch of our blog, but for having recently joined the Volkswagen Canada organization as Director of Marketing for this beloved brand. Though a through-and-through career marketer I am new to the automotive industry. It wasn’t a huge leap, though, as I have been a loyal VW customer my entire driving life. I fondly remember my first Volkswagen, a used 1987 Jetta GL – Antelope Brown. I proudly brought my first child home from the hospital in our 1998 2.0T new model Passat – Colorado Red. Our second child was chauffeured home in our 2004 Jetta, the vehicle which also marked our leap to becoming a two Volkswagen household for the first time. I’m now honoured to be a part of the team responsible for further building this great brand here in Canada.

And what a great run our brand is on. Having just last year celebrated 60 years in Canada we sold just under 60,000 vehicles – a whopping 50% more than only three short years ago. Globally, Volkswagen is now the 3rd largest automotive manufacturer in the world selling an astonishing 9 million vehicles. This year, we introduced the first ever Turbocharged Hybrid – showing how the power of our German engineering has broken through yet another barrier: that driving performance need not be sacrificed in being eco-friendly. And we’ve also made the superior design and performance of Volkswagen more accessible than ever by significantly lowering prices, while never compromising on our unmatched attention to detail.

The future looks even more exciting. With new engine technologies that will further re-invent driving efficiency and performance, and a jaw-dropping pipeline of new models and designs already planned out to the end of the current decade, Volkswagen will continue to delight Canadians for years to come. I look forward to sharing in an ongoing dialogue with you about Volkswagen – the good and the bad – through this blog. Together we are ‘the People’s Car’ – power to the people.