Final model year 2019 Volkswagen Beetle
The Volkswagen was first produced in the late 1930s, which makes it one of the longest-running nameplates in the automotive industry. The thing is, the vehicle’s history in the U.S. isn’t nearly so extensive. You see, it didn’t arrive here until the 1950s, and even then it was an import sold in small quantities. It saw an enormous surge in the 1960s, but it was discontinued here in 1979. Not such a long run, right? Well, the heritage model continued production in Mexico until 2003, even if the New Beetle wasn’t introduced to us until 1998. Heritage aside, we’re about to see another final model year on the books for the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle. In 2020, it won’t be redesigned. Read the rest of this entry »
Mass-produced 3D printed automotive parts
It’s official. Volkswagen is now using 3D printing to make automotive parts. With a new HP Metal Jet printer, the automaker can mass produce printed parts to manufacture its cars and SUVs. Now, this might sound like an advancement that would have happened by now, but you might be surprised to discover this is a first. It’s an important development and here’s why. Read the rest of this entry »
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance Specs
There are a few reasons that the Volkswagen Golf GTI continues to be a favorite for hot hatch enthusiasts, the least of which is its subtle styling. The model made a name for itself by providing motorists with an exciting performance model with economy pricing. For many generations, a fast and fun vehicle was just not in the budget, but the GTI changed all that by being a practical vehicle for everyday transportation, but with a secret ability to flaunt serious speed. So how does the 2018 Volkswagen Golf GTI stack up? Today we’re talking performance specs. Read the rest of this entry »
Can you customize the color for the 2019 VW Golf R?
You’ve been asking for it, and now it’s here. For those who have frequently asked if you can customize the color of the VW Golf R, the answer will be yes for the 2019 model year. Volkswagen has now created the Spektrum Program for this sporty hatchback. This means not only bold options like the Cliff Green color, but subtle choices like slate grey as well. It’s true that having 40 colors doesn’t mean you can point anywhere on the color wheel and pick your favorite shade, but it does mean that you can finally find the model in the pink, purple and other hues that previously didn’t exist. Read the rest of this entry »
2018 Labor Day Weekend Activities Portland OR
It may not feel like it now, but summer will soon be over. Labor Day weekend is typically seen as the unofficial end of summer. Kids go back to school and before we know it our minds are back on holiday plans. If you’re not quite ready to give up on outdoor activities and working on that tan, here are some of the 2018 Labor Day weekend activities in the Portland OR area that will keep you outside for a little longer. Read the rest of this entry »
How to listen to text messages in Volkswagen
There’s a reason virtually every distracted driving public service announcement features a hypothetical driver distracted by text messages. Smartphones have become one of the top distractions, easily rising above children in the backseat or trying to find the perfect radio station. There’s something about knowing there’s a text that makes us itch to read it. What if it’s important? Nothing is so important that you should risk an accident. To help ease temptation, you can listen to text messages in your Volkswagen through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »
What does VW check for its Certified Pre-Owned inspections?
The point in a certified pre-owned program is that shoppers can feel more confident when buying a used vehicle. Rather than selecting a model that is typically seen “as-is.” Naturally, this doesn’t provide much confidence for those looking at a used model, especially if the price seems too good to be true. CarFax reports can give you some insight, and you can read the inspection checklists to see if anything isn’t up to muster, but it can be intimidating to sign on the dotted line. This is where Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned vehicles come in. There’s a long checklist that is part of the certified checklist, but what do our VW technicians actually look for before giving the stamp of approval? Read the rest of this entry »
How to pair your phone to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in VW
These days we are more connected than ever. So connected, that it can feel difficult to be unreachable when we are behind the wheel. Rather than glancing at our smartphones when we ought to be looking at the road, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay bring necessary functions to the infotainment screen. Once connected, you can use navigation, music apps and use all your calling functions right through your infotainment system. So how do you pair your phone to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay? Read the rest of this entry »
In honor of Tour De France, we’re looking to Instagram for some inspiration. Even though many cyclists couldn’t dream of the endurance it takes to finish the 2,200-mile race, cycling is still a hobby that is growing in popularity. Part of this is likely the many off-road trails that make it fun and adventurous to explore new places and spend time in nature. For this reason, even single drivers find themselves looking for practical models like the 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack so that it’s simple and easy to take your bicycle everywhere. Here are some of our favorite VW-inspired Instagram photos with bikes. Read the rest of this entry »
Will there be another Volkswagen Beetle?
The fate of the Volkswagen Beetle is still unknown. With so many options on the market, this quirky retro-inspired model has much to compete with, especially among compact cars. Rumors have been flying, especially on whether there will be another Volkswagen Beetle after this generation, and if there is, what will it look like? The current theories are that it will either become electric, or be discontinued. Read the rest of this entry »