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Super Bowl LIV in Miami

The Super Bowl is almost here! And it’s almost, literally, here! This year’s Super Bowl LIV (which means 54) takes place right here in Miami on February 2nd at the Hard Rock Stadium. While we don’t know who the final teams will be just yet, we do know that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be performing at halftime. And we have details on some of the key activities surrounding the big game.

Super Bowl Opening Night is Monday, January 27th at 7:10PM in Marlins Park. Opening Night is when players and coaches from both teams will be in the same place, at the same time, talking to the media and smiling for cheering fans. There will be interview sessions and appearances by the cheerleaders and team mascots. Take pictures and get free autographs from NFL players. There will even be an opportunity to win prizes, including tickets to the big game!

Super Bowl Live is a free fan-centric event that runs from Saturday, January 25th through Saturday, February 1st. It will feature a Tailgate Town, cooking demonstrations, fan activities, sponsored booths, live music, dance performances, water shows and other fun football spectacles. Super Bowl Live will take place at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. For detailed hours of operation, check out the Super Bowl Live page.

Visit the Miami Beach Convention Center for the Super Bowl Experience – an interactive theme park offering games, football clinics, merchandise and autograph sessions. Tickets are on sale now and include all games and attractions; prices vary depending on the day, but range from $20 to $40 for adults; kids are FREE! You can purchase tickets through ticketmaster.com.

It’s the biggest sporting event of the year and it’s here – in South Florida! Celebrate with a new Volkswagen, perfect for tailgating, like the new, 7-passenger Atlas! Check out our current offers or visit a Volkswagen dealership near you and score a great deal!

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New Years Parties in South Florida

New Years Eve is right around the corner and there are plenty of celebrations right here in South Florida. You still have time to join the party! Check out these local events:

For hot Miami fun, check out Miami’s “Under the Fireworks” New Year’s Eve. Join 300 other South Florida partiers on one of Florida’s largest mega-yachts, The South Beach Lady, for a premium buffet, open bar, live DJs and a view of the fireworks from the water. This VIP event runs from $250 per person to a Platinum VIP ticket for $299. They also have group rates. Check VIPNightLife.com to get your tickets.

Another VIP Event you might be interested in is The Gale Rooftop NYE Party! Called a Top-Tier Rooftop event, you can take in the views of South Beach and the annual fireworks show from the top of the Gale Hotel on Collins Avenue in South Beach. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live DJ, a 5-hour open bar with the friendliest bartenders in town and a champagne toast. Tickets are about $180. Visit eventbrite.com for details.

In Ft. Lauderdale, check out the Balcony Las Olas for their 2020 Masquerade Party from 9pm til Midnight. With three bars, an open-air rooftop, balcony bar, big screen TVs and dining, this party is going to be grand! Tickets include premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres, champagne toast, live DJ, balloon drop and more! There are $99 General Admission tickets and $149 VIP Reserved Tables. Las Olas will be a beautiful place to ring in the New Year! Visit thebalconylasolas.com to purchase tickets… and don’t forget your mask!

The W Fort Lauderdale is throwing a futuristic event called Tomorrowland 2020. They’re touting “hypnotic visuals” and “electrifying live entertainment”. The W is located right on Ft. Lauderdale beach, so a great view is guaranteed. Enjoy 4 DJs, live music, gourmet food, a balloon drop and futuristic entertainment. It starts at 9:30 and has multiple ticket tiers from $75 per person to group experiences for over $4000. For more information, check out the eventbrite.com event page.

Ring in the new year at PGA National in Palm Beach at their New Year’s Eve Gala. This resort has put together room packages as well as single ticket purchase options. Their party includes a cocktail reception, multi-station dinner buffet, unlimited open bar, a live band with dancing and a midnight balloon drop. Kids are even welcomed! Plus, there’s an after party! Tickets start at about $280 for adults and around $200 for kids. Members get a 20% discount. More information at pgaresort.com.

Looking for something fun and FREE? Head down to the Keys this New Year’s for the Key West New Year’s Eve Celebration! There are ball drops, conch-shell drops, high-heel shoe drops and a pirate wench drop across Key West. People party in the streets and you can participate for free! There’s a sunset celebration with performances by magicians, jugglers and artists as the sun sets in Mallory Square. Choose to enjoy dinner at one of a dozen nearby restaurants. And party ‘til the sun comes up. Tons of information at mallorysquare.com.

Regardless of where you go or what you do, be safe! Don’t drink and drive! And have a Happy New Year, from your friends at VW South Florida! And, hey, if you want to start the new year in a new car, check out our current offers or visit a location near you!

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Basic vs. Better: 2020 Toyota Camry

The 2020 Toyota Camry is now available. It’s been applauded for its reliability and newly added driver-assistance safety technology. But that’s no surprise. Toyota has always been a pretty safe bet. But it’s also kind of boring. Sure, the Camry is one of the best-selling vehicles in America, but that means every other car on the road is a Camry. It’s generic. It’s vanilla. And it happens to be more expensive than both the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta and Passat. So why would you choose basic, when you can afford better? Test drive a German-engineered Volkswagen before you make this expensive decision.

New for 2020 on the Toyota Camry is the aforementioned safety technology including forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also now standard in the 2020 model. (They’re both also standard in all of the new VW models.)

Reviews for the new Camry are lackluster, calling its acceleration numbers “disappointing”. The hybrid gets even worse reviews on performance. On the other hand, the Jetta, with its turbocharged engine, can go 0-60 in 7.7 seconds. The benefits of the Camry include plenty of cargo and passenger space and a comfortable ride, but that can be said about most mid-size sedans, including VW’s.

With a new 2020 Passat on the verge of release and all of the tech-forward options available in the new Jetta, why settle for standard with a generic Toyota? Consider how much time you spend in your vehicle and decide if the Camry has enough benefits to spend thousands more when you can be driving a fun and stylish, award-winning Volkswagen for less. Check out our current specials or find a location near you and take a test drive before you decide.

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Forget the 2020 Corolla; Consider VW!

The 2020 Toyota Corolla is Toyota’s latest redesigned sedan. It’s said to be their best yet and is currently on sale, starting at $19,600. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

The new 2020 Corolla lacks Android Auto support. Android Auto is a simple, safe way to use your phone and many of its apps while in the car. It’s designed with safety and convenience in mind to help you stay connected while on the road. For drivers with Android phones looking to purchase a new sedan, a better option may be the new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard in the new Volkswagen Jetta.

Another area of concern for drivers looking into the new 2020 Toyota Corolla may be the interior storage space; it’s small in comparison to the competition. Space matters when packing luggage, groceries or family into your vehicle. For a sedan with more cargo space, shoppers should consider the Jetta instead.

When it comes to warranty, the new 2020 Corolla offers the standard 3-years/36,000-mile warranty. For less money, you should consider a new 2019 Jetta with DOUBLE the warranty. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta comes with 6-years/72,000-miles of transferable warranty!

The 19 Jetta has more tech, cargo space and better warranty than the 2020 Corolla – and guess what? It costs less too! For a sedan that brags about being affordable, the 2020 Toyota Corolla doesn’t win in that category either. The starting MSRP of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is more than $800 less than the new 2020 Toyota Corolla.

Maybe the new 2020 Toyota Corolla isn’t the car for you. If you’re working within a budget but don’t want to compromise on style, space, tech, or warranty then have another look at the new Jetta. Be sure to visit one of your local South Florida Volkswagen dealers today for more information. Check out our specials. We gladly serve VW shoppers from South Miami to North Palm Beach with 11 locations – find one near you!

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South Florida Halloween Events 2019

Scared you may miss out on some of the spookiest Halloween events this year? Worry not. VW South Florida has a list of spooktacular events for you, your family and your friends to attend, from Miami to West Palm Beach! All you have to do is find your Halloween outfit, round-up your crew, and prepare to celebrate! Be sure to check-out the new 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan for a spacious vehicle, equipped with the latest tech to keep you connected during every ride.

Halloween Parties for You and Your Friends
Sail the night away at Miami Nice’s 2019 Annual Halloween Yacht Party. Tickets start at $65. It sails Saturday October 26th at 9 PM and returns October 27th, at 1 AM. It boasts cash bars on each of its four decks, VIP areas, 8 flast screen TVs, complimentary light buffet and new cabana style furniture. The notorious event is known to sell out quickly; be sure to buy your tickets ASAP. You must be 21 and older with valid ID for entry and a costume is mandatory. For more information on destination, address, and boarding info, please visit eventbrite.com. If you’re in the South Florida area and are a fan of being on the water, then this is a ghoulish event is for you!

For those of you not as water-crazed but still in search of a thrill, you can attend Fright Nights at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Located in Palm Beach, Fright Nights is one of the premier haunted house attractions in South Florida. It’s best for children 12 and older. You can enjoy Fright Nights as early as October 11th; the event ends November 2nd. For more information, visit Fright Nights’ page.

If you’re looking for a fun, free event, then this is for you! Ghoul’s Night Out Halloween Bash at American Social on Las Olas is a free costume party in Fort Lauderdale. (But you must register on Eventbrite.) It takes place October 24th at 5:30 PM. This networking, happy hour event will include a costume contest, so be sure to dress up for prizes!

Halloween Events for the Family
There are also a handful of events that the whole family can attend whether in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County. One of our favorites is Boo at the Zoo Halloween Celebration which is held at Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society. It’s a safe, fun trick-or-treat environment for kids of all ages. Families can also enjoy character meet and greets, costume contests, dance parties and more! Entry is free with park admission. Visit PalmBeachZoo.com’s event calendar for more information.

Spookyville in Yesteryear Village is another great Halloween event for families and children 10 and under. It takes place at Yesteryear Village in West Palm Beach. It’s another safe trick-or-treat event that offers treats, kiddie races, contests, games and arts & crafts. Be sure to dress up for a chance to compete in their costume contest! Admission is just $10; kids two and younger are free. The event is from October 18th – 20th, 25th – 27th, and the 31st. See SouthFloridaFair.com for more details!

Families are in for a close encounter with ghouls and goblins at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden for the Ghosts in the Garden event. It’s an afternoon filled with pumpkin carving, arts & crafts, and trick or treating. Dress you and the little ones up and enjoy the one day event, October 27th!

We’re sure one of these events caught your attention, so don’t let lack of transportation or space keep you from enjoying your Halloween! Check out the mid-size SUV with full-size space: The new 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan. It’s bigger and better than ever – with a 3rd row and room for seven! And now whether you’re in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach, you can shop any one of our 11 convenient dealerships for amazing deals on the new 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan.

On behalf of VW South Florida, have a safe and have fun Halloween!

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Is the New 2020 Explorer Worth the Hype?

2020 is proving to be a big year for the auto-industry as many manufacturers aim to improve existing models. Because drivers demand more from their vehicles, automakers continue to push the envelope in affordability, space and technology.

Seeing as there have been several complaints over Ford’s 2019 Explorer model, the company debuted an all-new, redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer. Will this new design be able to compete with the new 2019 Volkswagen Atlas? Let’s see.

The new 2020 Ford Explorer remains a three-row SUV. It has a starting price of $36,675 – significantly higher than the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas’ starting MSRP of $30,895. That’s a more than $5,000 difference; shoppers can use those savings for amazing upgrades or stick with the more cost-efficient base model.

Perhaps some of the biggest changes on the 2020 Ford Explorer are its standard rear-wheel drive, available all-wheel drive, and two new trim options, including a Hybrid and more powerful ST trim. This gives it a total of 4 trim levels. The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas offers two drivetrains: front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and has a total of three trims.

When pitted against the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas, an SUV known for its spacious interior, here’s how the 2020 Ford Explorer stacks up:

The 2020 Ford Explorer can seat up to 7 passenger but many reviewers call out the Explorer’s third row for being cramped. Caranddriver.com says, “passengers will find that the seat is too close to the floor to be comfortable for older kids or adults.”<sup>[1]</sup> Drivers can expect something different from the Atlas; it seats up to 7 passengers and has been praised for having third-row seating comfortable enough for adults.

The maximum cargo capacity on the new 2020 Ford Explorer is 87.8 cu.ft. While that’s a huge jump from its previous model-year, it still falls short of competitors like the Atlas, which has 96.8 cu.ft. in cargo space. 

Shoppers will, however, enjoy the plethora of technology offered in both SUVs. Impressive features like: rear view camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a digital instrument panel can be found on both SUVs.
 
We can’t deny it, the 2020 Ford Explorer underwent huge changes that helped it become its best yet. But it is still playing catch up to other brands. If you were considering the new 2020 Ford Explorer, think again. Try the new 2019 Volkswagen Atlas. Stop by any one of our convenient locations across South Florida to better serve you.

[1] https://www.caranddriver.com/ford/explorer
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Considering the Kia Telluride?

Summer is here. That means no school, hot days, and family road-trips. If you’re getting ready to buy or lease the new 2020 Kia Telluride, hold off until you read this. We’re going give you a few quick reasons why you may want to consider the new Volkswagen Atlas instead. Not only does VW’s German-engineered SUV make for a fun and stylish family vehicle, it has more options, more cargo space and it costs less!

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas:

• Lower starting MSRP
• More overall cargo space
• More trim levels to choose from
• More engine options
• Quality German style & engineering

With 13 trims to choose from, the Volkswagen Atlas allows for more customization. It gives South Florida drivers a greater chance of getting the features they need within their budget. The 2020 Kia Telluride has only 4 trim level options.

The cargo space offered in the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas will come in handy when packing groceries, sports equipment or luggage for this summer’s road trip. A total of 96.8 cu. ft. is offered in the Volkswagen Atlas. Only 87 cu. ft. of cargo space is available in the 2020 Telluride.

Both models have 3 rows of spacious seating, with the Atlas being slightly longer. Both have similar towing capacities and fuel efficiencies.

Another point in the VW’s favor is that the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is backed by America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty. You’ll get 6-years/72,000-miles of a bumper-to-bumper transferable warranty. Kia backs the 2020 Telluride with a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. There’s a reason Volkswagen is known for its quality materials and excellence in performance engineering.

Forget, the 2020 Kia Telluride. The comparably equipped new Volkswagen Atlas gets you the same benefits and more – for less money. Besides, why would you drive a Kia when you can afford the stylish new, German-engineered Volkswagen? Volkswagen is the world’s largest automaker. See why when you visit any one of your South Florida Volkswagen dealerships. Once you test drive the new VW Atlas, you’ll wonder why you ever even considered the Kia. Shop VW’s special offers today!

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Memorial Day – Toyota Highlander VS. Volkswagen Atlas

Right now, there are dozens of dealerships in South Florida with Memorial Day sales on SUVs. Before you get too excited about those deals, be sure to do your research. Our South Florida families tend to consider SUVs due to their many benefits. SUVs are meant to seat more people more comfortably, carry more cargo efficiently, are designed to be safer and typically have towing capabilities. It’s possible you’ve considered the 2019 Toyota Highlander; we ask you to reconsider.

If you are looking for a large SUV with ample space, you’ll be disappointed to learn the Toyota Highlander’s third row is cramped. Children may fit easily, but adults would have a hard time getting comfortable. The new 2019 VW Atlas boasts space for 7 passengers with back rows large enough to seat adults comfortably. In the 2019 Toyota Highlander, KBB says, “If you’re trying to make the very most of your space, rivals like the Honda Pilot and VW Atlas have a bit more room.”

When it comes to the Toyota, you may also be dissatisfied with the lack of technology. The new SUV still doesn’t have smartphone app integration. That means no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. It’s also been noted that the controls are hard to reach because of their placement; many drivers report having to stretch to reach them. On the other hand, the Volkswagen Atlas has a beautiful cabin, a large touch screen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto as well as easily accessible dashboard controls.

The 2019 Toyota Highlander has a total of 83.7 cu. ft. of cargo space – which falls on the smaller side for its class. A better option would be the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas with a maximum of 96.8 cu. ft. of cargo space.

Forget the 2019 Toyota Highlander. This Memorial Day, consider another option. The 2019 VW Atlas makes for a better SUV for South Florida families. And it’s on sale, now through Memorial Day with extra incentives, special finance options and a low lease payment. Visit your local South Florida Volkswagen dealer for specials on new cars, trucks and SUVS like the spacious and tech-savvy 2019 Volkswagen Atlas.

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Focus Faces Ford Recalls

Are you considering buying or leasing a new Ford Focus? You might want to reconsider. As you search for your next sedan, examining the vehicle’s reviews are just as important as checking its price and payment. Before you decide to purchase a new Ford Focus, take a closer at its history of recalls and complaints.

Ford recently recalled nearly 1.5 million Ford Focus sedans[1] for issues with stalling. The recall affected the 2012 through 2018 model-year Focus vehicles. In addition to this issue, the Ford Focus has been the subject of consumer complaints for many years.

The Ford Focus has been described as having a range of issues like hesitation and jerking when starting from a stop, power steering failure and concerns with acceleration according to carcomplaints.com[2]. Many drivers have also complained about the high-costs associated with getting these issues fixed.

If you want to avoid engine and transmission issues, we suggest you steer away from a new Ford Focus. Volkswagen has excellent, German-engineered sedans like the redesigned 2019 VW Jetta and upcoming 2020 VW Passat. Volkswagen also comes with America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. That’s double the basic coverage offered on most vehicles! So even if an issue does arise, you’ll have peace of mind knowing it’s covered. Check out our current offers on the Jetta.

For more information on these VW sedans, or to get behind the wheel and take a test drive – stop by one of your local South Florida Volkswagen dealers today. We gladly serve our VW shoppers from South Miami to North Palm Beach with 11 locations – find one near you!

[1] https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/10/25/ford-focus-recall-1-5-m-cars-fixed-avoid-potential-stalling/1759870002/
[2] https://www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Focus/

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