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Family Friendly Halloween Activities in South Florida

VW South Florida is back with fun, family-friendly, Halloween events near you.

Billed as South Florida’s #1 Halloween Event & Fall Festival, The Haunt is a themed walk-through at Tree Tops Park in Davie. Beginning October 8th, it will be open Friday and Saturday nights throughout the month of October. There will be multiple themed trails throughout 500,000 square feet of the park. Each trail is different and takes about 15-20 minutes to walk through. The walks just after dusk are fit for families (even kids under 13), while the later times are scarier. There’s also food (by way of food trucks), beer, wine and live entertainment. The Fall Festival portion will be open Oct. 22nd and 29th at 3pm with additional vendors, games, photo ops and activities suitable for entire families. Learn more at FloridaHaunt.com.

Boo Bash at the Pompano Community Park is FREE fun for the whole family. It features a haunted maze, costume contest, carnival rides, a photo booth, characters for photo ops, games, a fortune teller and trick-or-treat opportunities. No tickets required; just be there on October 28th from 5pm-10pm.

In West Palm Beach, families can enjoy Spookyville in Yesteryear Village. This is touted as “an old-fashioned Halloween for families and children 10 and under, offers a full array of safe trick or treats, kiddie train, costume contests, games, and more!” Spookyville takes place October 21-23 & October 29-31 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. It’s a safe place for young children to trick-or-treat and enjoy a family-friendly Halloween.

At Animal Edventure in Boynton Beach, it’s their 3rd annual Spooky Safari and Pumpkin Patch September 17-October 31. There’s an hour and a half walking tour / safari and a huge covered pumpkin patch. There will be a petting zoo and a chance to feed some of their amazing animals including: sloths, kangaroos, lemurs, skunks and more! Enjoy food, drinks, a hay maze and photo ops with animals.

An “immersive Autumn pop-up” in Miami is Hay Maze Miami. Navigate a 6000 sq. ft. hay maze in Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. Perfect family fun with spooky surprises sprinkled with Instagram-worthy photo ops. A beer garden tempts the adults while a leaf pit at the center of the maze is a fun experience for the kids. A variety of treat stations will be available including cupcakes, snow cones and pumpkin-themed snacks. Visit Hay Maze Miami for more information and to buy tickets.

The Miami Children’s Museum is featuring its 12th Annual Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash on Sunday, October 16th. It’s an opportunity to trick-or-treat through 17 galleries at Miami’s Children’s Museum. There will be Halloween-themed arts and crafts, lunch, a haunted house and character meet & greets. Buy tickets here.

Want to get your four-legged friends involved this Halloween? Consider Howl-o-ween at Pinecrest Gardens. Saturday, October 29th, this event features a costume contest for puppies and their humans, plus a Doggie Fun Zone agility course, a Kids’ Zone as well as food, drinks and live entertainment. The Pinecrest Gardens website has more information.

Additional local events include:
Spooky Wonderland in Tropical Park
Flippers Fall Festival at Miami Seaquarium
Horrorland Scream Park at Jungle Island
Haunted Hammock at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Wicked Manors in Wilton Manors

And remember, you don’t have to be scared to get yourself a new Volkswagen! Trade up before Halloween for a spooktacular deal! Visit a VW South Florida dealership today!

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Back to School Tips from VW South Florida

It’s back-to-school time in South Florida. The first day of school for Miami-Dade County Public Schools is Wednesday, August 17th. In Broward, it’s Tuesday, August 16th and in Palm Beach County, it’s Wednesday, August 10th. School supply shopping is in full swing. Parents and kids are preparing for the return to the school year routine. Volkswagen South Florida put together some tips for parents to navigate the coming school year, from preparing for an open house to where to buy school supplies!

Ask questions at your child’s open house! When meeting with your child’s teacher, it’s a good idea to find out how your child will be assessed throughout the school year and if there are programs in place to respond to your child's specific needs. Are there standardized tests, in-class projects and discussion? How much homework will there be and how is homework scored? Is it simply a complete grade or will points be deducted for incorrect answers? What about bad handwriting? Or poor spelling? What are grades primarily based on? When it comes to the school’s culture, is there an anti-bullying policy? What is it? Are the arts part of the regular curriculum (art, music, dance, drama)? Is there a program for gifted students or special needs children? Is there support for children who require it? These are just some of the questions to help get conversations started with the faculty during an open house.

Start routines early. Instead of waiting until the day before school starts, consider getting into a normal “school” routine at least a week or so before the big day, especially the sleep routine. Get your child to start their nighttime routine earlier; read a book, get teeth brushed and get to bed earlier to prepare for those early mornings that are coming soon. You can even start creating a dedicated homework time - before or after dinner where you set up a quiet project to work on or simply read a book or color for a little while. Make sure the homework ‘environment’ is ready - clean, organized and quiet.

Preparation is key. Whether is preparing lunches in advance or scheduling after school activities, now is the time! Set up after care, hire a tutor now (if necessary), set up transportation and arrange play dates. It’s a good idea to do all your shopping (food, school, clothes) and set up your calendar early. Once school starts, you don’t want to stress or struggle with organizing your (or your child’s) time.

What about supplies? Most schools provide supply lists per grade (and sometimes even per classroom). Don’t wait ‘til the last minute to buy school supplies and try to take advantage of tax-free time in South Florida. This year, the Tax Holiday runs from July 25, 2022 through August 7, 2022. Some schools provide pre-packaged school supplies through their PTO or school store, but shopping with your child might be a better choice. This gives your child time to adjust to the idea of returning to school and picking out their own supplies gives them some control. Additionally, splurging on a cool notebook or specialty pen makes the idea of returning to school seem a little more fun and exciting.

Finally, you should realize that your attitude is contagious. If you’re stressed about back-to-school, your child will be too. But if you’re organized and excited, that’s infectious too. Try not to be cranky when you have to wake up early - and make sure to send them off with a smile! Remember to keep your communication lines open - to your child, their teachers and your neighbors. It’s a simple way to stay involved and informed. No matter how that first week goes, keep an open mind. Maybe it’ll be perfect and smooth - but more likely, you’ll probably have to solve some problems or alleviate some anxiety. Keep an open mind, strategize creatively and accept that not everything goes to plan. That’s okay, too. It’s all part of the experience and you, and your child, will be fine.

And if you’re looking for the perfect vehicle for the carpool lane, consider a Volkswagen. Our vehicles are comfortable, roomy and safe - and filled with advanced technology to make your trips easy and enjoyable. New 2022 Volkswagen models are in stock now - find a location near you.

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The Countdown to Buzz

The countdown to the new all-electric Volkswagen ID.BUZZ has begun. Inspired by the iconic Microbus, the ID.BUZZ has been in development for about five years. Early concept images received positive feedback and consumers have been excited about its imminent debut. As of the time of this writing, the world premier of the new ID.BUZZ is scheduled for Wednesday, March 9th. In addition to the unveiling of the 5-seater Buzz, Volkswagen will also premier the Buzz Cargo Van. Final testing is being run throughout Europe.

It appears that the new "2024" model is very similar to the original 2017 styling of the Buzz, drawing on the aesthetic of the legendary T1 Microbus. Like the original, the new Buzz is also rear-wheel drive. Unlike the original, the ID.BUZZ is electric “from the ground up,” according to Volkswagen. The battery supplies a 201 horsepower electric motor with a top speed of approximately 90 miles per hour and boasts a surprisingly tight turning radius. It’s being estimated that it will have a range of over 250 miles. The 5-seater offers good space utilization with plenty of room for passengers and nearly 40 cubic feet of cargo space. On top, there are two glass panels in the roof for a large panoramic view of the sky.

New technology has created the option for bi-directional charging, allowing the Buzz to store excess power and feed it back into other electric devices. Additionally, the Buzz is designed for over-the-air software updates, including the infotainment system, charging system and driver assist functions. There are also claims that this generation of the Bus could be fully autonomous by 2025. Additionally, there’s speculation that both a dual motor ‘long-range’ version with up to 295 horsepower and ‘7-seater’ version will be released. A ‘California Camper’ version has also been discussed, that should excite those of us who have been waiting for the retro comeback.

The ID.BUZZ isn’t expected to hit the U.S. until 2023 as a 2024 model and it might even have a different name by then. Depending on production numbers and availability, the new bus might be set up on a reservation system similar to the ID.4. Experts are guessing that the MSRP will start around $40,000 - $45,000.

Is the new ID.BUZZ something you’d be interested in driving?

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2022 Tiguan - Editors' Choice

The new 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan is arriving at dealerships near you right now! It’s Volkswagen’s best selling vehicle, known for its trendy technology features and optional 3rd row with room for seven passengers. That’s a feature its rivals can’t measure up to. This year, the Tiguan has been awarded Car and Driver’s Editors’ Choice Award calling it, “Handsomely styled, well-equipped, and practical.” The MSRP starts at $26,295.

New features of the 2022 model include new LED headlamps, an updated grille and bumpers and new wheel designs for a more modern appearance that aligns with its bigger siblings, the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. A couple of new colors are now offered, too: Oryx White and Kings Red. The Tiguan nameplate now lives centered on the liftgate giving it a more premium appearance. The steering wheel has also been restyled and now has available touch-sensitive controls. Additionally, heated seats and an Audi-inspired digital cockpit are included as standard equipment. Driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and Travel Assist are also now included on all trim levels except the base model (S). A gorgeous panoramic sunroof is available on the SE as an upgrade.

The freshened 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan offers a compelling blend of style, roominess, comfort, and utility. Plus, it is one of the only compacts you can get with a third-row seat. - JD Power

The engine remains the same - a turbocharged 4 cyl. with 184 horsepower, with an EPA estimated 23 mpg city / 30 mpg hwy. There’s still plenty of cargo space and optional equipment upgrades available. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all models along with push button start. Car-Net® is also standard on all VW models and includes remote accessibility and a Wi-Fi hotspot. As additional value, two years of scheduled maintenance are also included.

Cars.com says, “The Tiguan feels more spacious and drives better than most other new compact SUVs.” And Craig Cole, a reviewer for Road/Show by CNET, reports fondly on the Tiguan, “Thanks to its spacious and richly appointed interior, over-the-road refinement and generous features, the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan is one of my favorite compact SUVs.”

New 2022 Tiguan models are arriving regularly at your local Volkswagen South Florida dealerships. Visit a dealership near you to take a test drive or drive one home with $0 down (with approved credit). Or ask about special offers on any remaining new 2021 Volkswagen models.

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Recognize Those Streets?

The new 2022 Volkswagen models are on their ways to dealerships near you. But did you ever wonder how the video footage of those new cars makes its way to the commercials on your TV? VW South Florida was on streets near you in mid-November filming all over South Florida, from Miami to West Palm Beach!

It takes a lot more time, people and effort than you might think to get those beautiful VW models from the roads to your video screens. If you live or work near any of our location shoots, you might have noticed some road closures or a little extra traffic. We’re sorry; we tried to be quick! Did you know, getting footage of our vehicles driving around town requires permits, road closures and a pretty large police presence? Scouts explored locations for weeks before deciding on final spots and pulling permits. Certain city ordinances only allow filming during certain times of the day. Scheduling everything and everyone was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

This year, there are so many new Volkswagen products for 2022, it took us two full days of shooting to get everything. Each day started at 5am, with a crew of more than 40 people involved, from car detailers to directors. That doesn’t even include help from the local police departments. We even hired professional drivers. There was a trailer for the crew, tents set up with snacks and plenty of coffee to go around. We also performed a well choreographed rain dance - or, more like a ‘no-rain’ dance. But this is South Florida - it didn’t help.

Brand new 2022 Volkswagen vehicles arrived on a huge trailer truck and were meticulously cleaned. Video was shot with a Russian Arm. Never heard of it? A Russian Arm is a “remotely operated gyro stabilized camera crane system” mounted to the top of a specially designed “chase car” loaded with monitors and batteries and top-of-the-line shock absorbers. If you were lucky enough to witness the Russian Arm in action, you might have been impressed by the matte black high-end SUV with an enormous swinging camera mounted to its roof. You might have also noticed a big black van following closely behind. That’s, unsurprisingly, called a “follow van”. MJS Advertising and Volkswagen teams followed the camera in this tech-outfitted van, enabling us all to watch a live feed of what was being shot and make adjustments as needed.

So keep your eyes peeled for new local footage (and ears opened for that familiar whistle) to see if you recognize your neighborhood. You might notice Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, A1A on Fort Lauderdale beach, the Port of Miami or MacArthur Causeway. But, more importantly, you should notice the new 2022 Volkswagen line-up, including the new Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Tiguan, Taos, Jetta and all-electric ID.4. Admittedly, even our beautiful footage doesn’t do these vehicles justice and we didn’t have time to show off the beautiful, roomy, technology-filled, user-friendly interiors. If you want to check them out in person, make sure you visit a dealership near you to take a test drive! You can even reserve an all-electric ID.4.

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Volkswagen EV ID.4 Racks up Awards

You’ve probably already heard some of the great things about the all-new all-electric Volkswagen ID.4 SUV. But just in case you haven’t, we thought we’d go ahead and share. We’re extremely proud of our ID.4 EV; it has earned the 2021 World Car of the Year. The ID.4 was also named a 2021 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and joins Wards 10 Best UX list. Recently, the ID.4 was named to Popular Mechanics' Automotive Excellence Awards. It gets an EPA estimated range of 249 miles (ID.4 AWD Pro) and can charge about 62 miles in 10 minutes at a public DC fast charger. With an MSRP starting under $40,000, it’s an incredible value for a mid-size, well-equipped SUV. It also comes with Carefree Coverage (2 years of scheduled maintenance), app-connect (including Apple CarPlay & Android Auto), wireless charging, a 12” touchscreen, intuitive start and 5 years of Car-Net Remote Access.

The World Car of the Year accolade is a prestigious honor. The ID.4 earned the top spot among two dozen vehicles voted on by 93 international journalists from 28 countries. These jurors road tested and reviewed all nominees and voted on five different categories including: World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Urban Car and World Car Design of the Year. This is the fifth WCOTY win for Volkswagen.

Top Safety Pick awards identify the best vehicle choice for safety within specific categories. In 2021, the ID.4 earned Top Safety Pick+. The criteria for this award includes, “GOOD ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, original side, roof strength and head restraint tests, advanced or superior rating for available front crash prevention and acceptable or good headlights STANDARD.” The ID.4 was among 8 mid-size SUVs to earn this accolade.

UX is tech-terminology for “User Experience”. The Volkswagen ID.4 is Volkswagen’s first all-electric SUV recognized for exceptional user experience by WardsAuto, naming it a 10-Best for UX. This award goes to vehicles with easy-to-use and highly functional technology. The user experience is how a consumer interacts with the vehicle, including voice controls, touchscreens, connectivity, driver-assistance technologies, infotainment and intuitive controls. The experience begins from the moment you step into a vehicle.

Tom Murphy, WardsAuto Managing Editor said, “The user experience of Volkswagen’s ID.4 battery-electric vehicle perfectly creates a sense of serenity within the cabin rooted in a design aesthetic that can only be perceived as boldly futuristic.” He continues, “The ID.4 represents a monumental leap into a world where physical buttons are unnecessary, where high-definition touchscreens are loaded with information and easy to use. Slide behind the steering wheel for the first time, and a driver is likely to exhale, relax the shoulders and smile at the sheer simplicity of it all.”

Volkswagen is proud of the ID.4’s futuristic take on functionality - with very few buttons. Most of the features are controlled by touch or voice; the car can understand and respond to spoken instructions. The ID. Light system is intuitive using light pulses that signal different statuses and inform the driver about incoming phone calls or even the need to step on the brakes. Wireless charging and app-connect are standard features. The full equipment package on the ID.4 comes with a comprehensive suite of driver-assistance technology including front radar, front camera, two rear radars and eight ultrasound sensors. These radars and sensors enable Travel Assist (semi-automated driving); Front Assist (Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring); Active Side Assist (Blind Spot Monitor); Rear Traffic Alert; Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Stop and Go; Lane Assist (Lane Keeping System); and Emergency Assist (semi-automated vehicle assistance in a medical emergency). In addition to IQ.DRIVE, the ID.4 also includes Dynamic Road Sign Display; Park Distance Control; and Light Assist (high beam control for headlights).

Additionally, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 EV landed among Popular Mechanics 2021 Automotive Excellence Awards. Their editors and testers spent dozens of hours and thousands of miles narrowing the field to 13 vehicles that earned high praise. They complement the ID.4’s uncluttered dash, ease of driving, fast charging and ample space.

The ID.4 has a dual-motor with a max of 295hp and the AWD Pro achieves 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. “We’re committed to making EVs the default choice for Americans,” said Scott Keogh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen of America. “The all-wheel-drive ID.4 merges the utility and zero-emissions driving delivered by the rear-wheel-drive vehicle with the performance from our sporty vehicles.” All ID.4 models are eligible for a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500, and include three years of unlimited public DC fast charging on the Electrify America network at no additional cost.

With Americans ready to embrace EVs as daily drivers, the ID.4 should top the list. If you’re ready to make the change, reserve yours today at a location near you.

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No tricks. All treats. What to do this Halloween!

What’s going on in South Florida for Halloween this year?

It’s tough to figure out what to do for Halloween every year - but it’s even harder during a pandemic. Are there even any events? Are they safe? We’ve collected some local Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade outdoor Halloween events you can walk or drive through. Following social distancing guidelines, these are some activities you can enjoy safely this month.

Halloween Drive & Scream, Miramar
This event takes place at Miramar Regional Park (16801 Miramar Parkway) from 7pm-11pm every Thursday through Sunday now through November 1st. The drive-thru costs $60 ($100 for the VIP express lane) per car, up to 6 passengers. If you’re looking for safe, spooky Halloween fun, this drive-thru features zombies, dancing skeletons and other creepy creatures. Six unique scenes are outfitted with scary characters, lighting, special effects and props. Get your tickets at Ticketmaster.

The Horrorland, Aventura
Another drive-thru haunted attraction is in Aventura. The Horrorland takes place in the Exterior Lot next to Aventura Mall (across from Apple). Drive through eight haunted houses now through October 31st. The experience takes about 30 minutes and places you and your car full of people in the middle of a horror movie with monsters, ghosts and zombies. Tickets range from $48.99 to $68.99 depending on the date and time you choose. Buy tickets through Eventbrite.

Drive n Treat, Coconut Creek
At Sabal Pines Park in Coconut Creek, enjoy family-rated Halloween decorations and trick-or-treat your way through a fun drive through. One day only: October 22nd from 6:30-9:30PM (with time slots every half hour)! Kids are encouraged to dress up in costumes; you’ll be provided a candy bag to collect your treats. And it only costs $10! Participants must register in advance by calling: 954-545-6670 or online here.

Tormented Trails, Davie
It’s a Halloween walk in the woods at Tree Tops Park (3900 SW 100th Ave) in Davie. Walk through spooky decorated trails with terrifying scenes, special effects and costumed actors specializing in giving you a frightening experience. The walk, with two different trails, lasts about 20 minutes and spans more than 350,000 square feet. Weekend dates available through month end. Buy tickets online.

Fright Nights Attraction @ South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm
At the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach), you can wander through haunted houses featuring live actors and special effects. This Halloween event includes 4 haunts, midway rides, scare zones and games. There’s also live entertainment with music, dancers, performers and a DJ. Tickets available online, $40 for 30 tickets (each haunted house costs 10 tickets); additional tickets can be purchased at the venue.

No matter what you choose, have a spooky, fun and safe holiday. And since Halloween is on a Sunday this year, get your trick-or-treating done early so you won’t be late to work or school on Monday! And if you want a treat this holiday season, treat yourself to a new Volkswagen. No tricks. Find a location near you today.

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Learn More about the new VW Taos

Seems like everyone is loving SUVs these days, so Volkswagen thought it might be a good idea to add another one to its already award-winning lineup. In addition to the full-size, 7-passenger Atlas, the sportier 5-passenger Atlas Cross Sport and the mid-size 5- or 7-passenger Tiguan, Volkswagen is proud to introduce the all-new 2022 Taos. It’s an entry-level 5-passenger compact SUV that sits just below the mid-size Tiguan. Volkswagen touts it as “smart, versatile, and ready for the road” and it costs less than the comparable Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. Reviewers have complimented the Taos on its superior performance and handling, impressive technology features and ample cargo space. Additionally, the Taos comes with 2 years of complimentary maintenance and 4 year / 50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.

Although the Taos is classified as a compact SUV, it’s one of the largest vehicles in its class. It has a significantly larger back seat compared to similar vehicles as well as a spacious and easily accessible cargo area. The turbocharged engine comes standard, with 158 horsepower. 4MOTION® all-wheel drive will soon be available (including snow mode, on-road mode, off-road mode and off-road custom mode). The new 2022 Taos FWD model earned an impressive EPA combined estimate of 31 mpg.

All Taos models come standard with a customizable, high resolution digital instrument cluster, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. App-Connect also comes standard allowing for compatible smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 6.5” touchscreen is standard, although there is an optional 8” version as well. The Taos can also be equipped with an eight-speaker BeatsAudio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, wireless smartphone charging and built-in navigation. Another standard feature is Volkswagen Car-Net®; it comes with a mobile app that features remote commands, alerts, parking info, a hotspot and networked security features. Five years of Car-Net access are included as part of VW’s Carefree Coverage.

Safety is among the highest priorities in the new 2022 Taos as well. Driver assistance features come standard, including blind spot monitoring, rear traffic alert, light assist, dynamic road sign display and park distance control. A wide lens rear view camera system helps drivers when backing up. The Taos is also equipped with an Intelligent Crash Response System that can automatically turn off the fuel pump, unlock the doors and activate the hazard lights in the event of a collision. The automatic post-collision braking system can help slow the vehicle down after a collision. There’s also a standard tire pressure monitoring system in case there’s a loss of tire pressure - perhaps a nail in your tire - or a flat. Finally, the Taos is equipped with multiple stability-enhancing systems to keep you safe and in control.

Volkswagen’s Carefree Coverage means that scheduled maintenance is included with the new 2022 Taos for 2 years (or 20,000 miles). It also covers 3 years (or 36,000 miles) of Roadside Assistance and 5 years of Car-Net Remote Access. The new vehicle bumper-to-bumper limited warranty is 4 years (or 50,000 miles).

Bold, German-engineered design, premium finishes, industry-leading fuel economy and advanced technology make the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos an extremely competitive option in the compact SUV space. With plenty of room for passengers and cargo, tons of high-end standard and optional features, unparalleled safety equipment and a competitive price tag, the Taos is a no-brainer. Hundreds of Taos SUVs are currently in stock at your local Volkswagen dealerships. If you were even considering a new vehicle, you should test drive one today. Visit a local dealership and ask about the new 2022 Volkswagen Taos.

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The Past & Future of VW EVs!

EVs and IDs and racecars, oh my!

You may have heard of the all-new electric Volkswagen ID.4, but did you know that Volkswagen has been in the EV business since 1970?

The first electric VW was a T2 Camper, dubbed the Elektro Transporter. The T2 Elektro was powered by a 17kW/23hp continuous output electric motor. It had a range of nearly 50 miles, a top speed of 43.5 miles per hour and you could plug it in to a normal outlet. There were about 120 of them produced (including dozens of different versions) over the next few years; only 20 were sold. In 1976 came its first hybrid vehicle and, later that year, came an electric Golf - the Golf CitySTROMer. It became commercially available in 1981 and a couple of years later came the Golf Hybrid. The 90s saw the Golf III CitySTROMer electric vehicles and sold a total of 120 of them. Real, volume, consumer production of Volkswagen electric vehicles truly began in the last couple of years with the ID.3 release in Europe and the ID.4 here in the United States.

But the current VW electric vehicles aren’t just evolutions from the experiments of the 70s and 80s. The all new MEB-based platform evolved from Volkswagen’s racing heritage. MEB stands for “modular electric drive matrix” - and it’s the platform for all of Volkswagen’s ID models. The ID performance division made headlines back in 2018 with the debut of the Volkswagen I.D. R all-electric race car. It broke the hill climb record at Pikes Peak International in Colorado - becoming the first car to complete it in under eight minutes. Then, in June of 2019, it also broke the electric vehicle lap record on the Nürburgring in Germany.

The Volkswagen I.D. R is an all-electric racecar that’s faster than an F1 and can destroy the McLaren 720S in a drag race. It has two electric motors that combine to offer 670 horsepower and 553 lb. ft. of torque. The I.D. R took the EV title away from the NIO EP9 at Nürburgring, beating it by over 40 seconds. It topped out at 167mph, averaging 128.6 mph during its run on that track. It’s currently quicker than any all-electric production car, including the Lamborghini Aventador - by a wide margin. It’s the second fastest run ever recorded at that track behind the not-fully-electric Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo.

Electric has come a long way and Volkswagen isn’t stopping there. An upgraded ID R Evo version is well on its way. What do these successes mean for the average consumer? Volkswagen’s focus on e-mobility means trailblazing developments on consumer production models as well. The mass-produced ID.3 and ID.4 models are based off of similar technology developed by its racing brethren. While nearly 60,000 ID.3 units were delivered in 2020 overseas, the ID.4 was just released in the US (to excellent reviews) this year. The ID.4 was elected World Car of the Year 2021. Volkswagen expects more than half of their U.S. sales will be EVs by 2030; they plan to invest $19 billion dollars in “e-mobility, hybridization and digitalization” by 2025 - including the expansion of autonomous driving.

Check out the blog post we did on the new ID.4, read more about VW’s developments in the software industry or visit a location near you to test drive your favorite model today!

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Volkswagen models have lowest maintenance cost!

When you think Volkswagen, you should be thinking quality, German engineering. The benefit of which is not only superior handling and beautiful lines but also lower maintenance costs. According to a new Vincentric study, several 2021 Volkswagen models rank #1 for lowest maintenance costs. Volkswagen of America is proud to announce that both the Atlas and Jetta model families rank #1 for lowest cost of maintenance in Midsize SUV and Compact Sedan segments respectively. Additionally, Tiguan, Passat and Arteon rate at lower maintenance costs than many of their direct competitors.

Duncan Movassaghi, executive vice-president, Sales and Marketing, Volkswagen of America, Inc says, “It’s a great day when we can announce results like this. The data from this study by Vincentric shows that our brand’s commitment to engineering and quality is paying off. Putting a VW in your driveway is not just a fun decision to make; it’s a smart and sensible one as well.”

The study performed by Vinentric found that these models excellent when it came to lowest cost of maintenance over the first five years of ownership. Specific highlights include:

The Atlas Cross Sport ranked #1 for lowest cost of maintenance in the category, while the entire 2021 Atlas Family have the lowest cost of maintenance among all midsize SUVs.

2021 Jetta ranked #1 for lowest cost of maintenance among compact sedans.

2021 Tiguan has a lower cost of maintenance than competitive models by Honda, Toyota and Subaru in the compact SUV segment.

2021 Passat and Arteon models have lower cost of maintenance than competitive models by Toyota, Honda and Hyundai in the midsize sedan segment.

This could be indicative of the value provided by Volkswagen’s Carefree Coverage, including 2 years of scheduled Carefree Maintenance. Carefree Coverage comes standard on most 2020 and 2021 models and includes 2 years/20,000 miles of scheduled service, 3 years/36,000 miles of roadside assistance, 5 years of Car-Net Remote Access and a 4 years/50,000 miles new vehicle limited warranty.

So now you know. Not only does German engineering confirm high quality parts, superior construction and beautiful styling - but now, it can also save you money. Volkswagen prices and payments are more affordable than ever and with current $0 down offers, there may never be a better time to buy or lease. Check our money-saving lineup at dealership near you.

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