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

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

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.

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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.

 

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.

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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Annual Berlin Klassik draws a crowd

Hundreds of German car enthusiasts flock to Berlin Klassik Auto Show.

September 10-11, 2016, hundreds flocked to Guelph Lake Conservation Area to welcome the return of the Berlin Klassik Auto Show. The annual car show featured over 50 trophy classes, a swap meet, car wash and detailing day, and exotic car test drives. With so many Volkswagens on display and Volkswagen enthusiasts at the show, we thought this would be the perfect place to show off some new models.

Volkswagen Tiguan, e-Golf and GTE make an appearance

We were excited to have the chance to bring 3 new models: electric vehicles, e-Golf U.S. model and GTE, a European exclusive, and the 2018 Tiguan European model.

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Speaking of new models, our favourite classic turned modern car was also on display thanks to a proud new owner. The 2017 #PinkBeetle stood out among the crowd in its Fresh Fuschia Metallic paint. Inside the checkered pink upholstery and pink interior accents add style and fun. #swoon! If you’re a Volkswagen Beetle fan, consider this limited edition model if you’re in the market.

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We’ve included some of the event photos below.

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