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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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Volkswagen Joins the Software Industry

Volkswagen Group is now active in software development. Created in July of 2020, the Car.Software Unit is an independent organization dedicated to “the development of car software and software for the digital ecosystems,” according to VW Group. It develops software in five central areas: Connected Car & Device Platform, Intelligent Body & Cockpit, Automated Driving, Vehicle Motion & Energy and Digital Business & Mobility Services. Volkswagen has chosen to dive into this new business in order to have a larger share of the software industry as well as enjoy the ability to exercise control over and enact its own quality standards on the tech inside its own vehicles. The plan is to create a Volkswagen Operating System that will eventually become a unifying tech backbone of all VW Group vehicles (this includes both Volkswagen and Audi). Dashboard updates and over-the-air downloads will be able to be done via the cloud and data collection will allow for a better understanding of consumers’ wants and needs.

Just this month, Volkswagen has teamed up with Microsoft to accelerate the development of some of its tech-based projects, specifically, automated driving solutions. In collaboration with Microsoft, Car.Software is in the process of building a cloud-based Automated Driving Platform (ADP).

“As we transform Volkswagen Group into a digital mobility provider, we are looking to continuously increase the efficiency of our software development. We are building the Automated Driving Platform with Microsoft to simplify our developers’ work through one scalable and data-based engineering environment. By combining our comprehensive expertise in the development of connected driving solutions with Microsoft’s cloud and software engineering know-how, we will accelerate the delivery of safe and comfortable mobility services,” said Dirk Hilgenberg, CEO of the Car.Software Organization.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) improve passenger safety and also help to reduce traffic congestion. Machine learning algorithms learn from real and simulated road and weather conditions, compiling data to create even safer and more comfortable automated driving solutions. Car.Software will expand their capabilities, including the development of new driving functions for passenger cars. By 2025, Volkswagen Group expects to invest over $32 billion in digitalization and in-house software development, bringing their share of the industry from 10% to 60%.

With the VW Automotive Cloud (VW-AC) combined with VW’s Automated Driving Platform, fully autonomous VW vehicles are within reach. Working on Microsoft’s Azure platform, VW will be able to create simpler, more efficient software while still maintaining their high standards of engineering and quality. VW-AC test fleets are expected to hit the roads in 2021, with passenger car production beginning in 2022.

“This is the next evolution of our foundational work with the Volkswagen Group to enhance their transformation as a software-driven mobility provider,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud + AI at Microsoft. “The power of Microsoft Azure and its compute, data and AI capabilities will enable Volkswagen to deliver secure and reliable automated driving solutions to their customers faster.”

If you’re interested in checking out the current Volkswagen lineup, shop one of our convenient South Florida locations.

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Celebrating the New Year in South Florida

Traditional New Year’s Eve parties are a no-no this year. Crowded indoor events can be a breeding ground for COVID-19. Instead, consider a non-traditional activity. Enjoy the outdoors at the beach or a park. Visit a local restaurant that abides by safety guidelines with outdoor seating. Celebrate at home with an extravagant dessert. Take a drive to enjoy local holiday lights. Or, as you’ve come to realize this year, a virtual party with tons of family and friends is always an option.

Luckily, we live in South Florida – where the weather is perfect for an outdoor event. Why not spend some time on the beach? There will likely be fireworks visible from most public beaches. Enjoy the cool, salt air – but wear a mask and avoid crowds. Ring in the new year with your loved ones enjoying a picnic in the sand and the sound of the waves. Bayfront Park Miami is hosting an outdoor shindig including a dance party! Wynwood is having a block party with food trucks and live music.

Many local restaurants are having New Years Eve events! Call to check on their safety policies and make a reservation. It’s great to support local businesses, especially during this time of year. Most local eateries are following strict guidelines to ensure safety and you’ll limit your risk if you find an outdoor venue. You can search eventbrite for a place near you.

If you’re choosing to stay home for the ball drop, consider experimenting with a fancy recipe or try your hand at a decadent dessert – something you’d never try during a busy week. Spiced lamb, Beef Wellington, duck pâté, chicken dumplings or maybe homemade pasta. Multiple courses could keep you busy all day – it could be fun! Shop early for your ingredients and prepare a magnificent feast. Watch the ball drop in the comfort of your own home, sipping champagne after an enjoyable dinner.

While Christmas will be over by New Year’s Eve, holiday decorations will still be up through the new year! Take a drive through nearby neighborhoods, with your windows down and check out all the lights. Visit social media to find some local favorites. If you’re brave enough, you can even hop out to take pictures with the biggest or most festive inflatables.

If you’re desperate to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your friends, consider a virtual party. Whether it’s via Zoom, Teams, Facetime, Facebook or Skype – you don’t have to travel or risk anyone’s health to spend time with your loved ones. Put on your fancy evening wear and pour yourself a glass of bubbly. Virtual parties can be fun, too! If you’re a planner, you can be the host. Plan some interactive games and watch the ball drop together.

No matter what you choose to do for the holidays, your friends at Volkswagen hope you have fun and stay safe! And if you’re looking to drive into 2021 in a new car, check out our current specials or visit a dealership near you.

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Outdoor Thanksgiving Options in South Florida

We know making Thanksgiving plans during the pandemic is tough, but if you decide you just can’t bear the thought of cooking this year, we’ve collected a few safer outdoor dining alternatives across South Florida. Let someone else do the cooking and the cleaning. And while other states shiver in the cold of late November, you can enjoy comfortable outdoor dining as it should be in the 70s this year!

Palm Beach County:
Farmer’s Table in both Boca Raton and North Palm Beach is offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal with seating for 100 people outside. Farmer’s Table is known for clean, farm-to-table ingredients - fresh food without the addition of excess fat or salt. This year, both locations are offering Thanksgiving orders “to go” and convenient online ordering. If you do decide to eat at the restaurant, reservations are recommended. Book reservations online.

You might’ve been to a wedding at The Sundy House in Delray, but did you know they’re also doing a special Thanksgiving menu this year. If you haven’t been to the Sundy House, you’re missing out on a beautiful South Florida gem. It’s a historic inn nestled in a unique tropical garden. Sundy House seating is mostly open air with a backdrop of its gorgeous gardens. This year, they’re offering a classic Thanksgiving buffet feast with seating for over 200 outside. You can make reservations through Open Table.

Enjoy a waterfront Thanksgiving at Waterstone Resort & Marina in Boca Raton. Highlights include: Pumpkin Bisque, Hand Carved Turkey, Roasted Stuffed Acorn Squash, Honey Glazed Ham, Pumpkin Pie and so much more. Outdoor seating with a fantastic view of Lake Boca is available for parties of all sizes. Advance reservations are required. Call 561-368-9500.

Broward County:
Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio Bar in Pompano Beach is open on Thanksgiving with a one price event that covers salad, appetizer, entree and dessert with plenty of seating on the outside patio-terrace. A delicious menu and a beautiful view of the Pompano Greens - all at a reasonable price. Galuppi’s also offers “Thanksgiving To Go” - a package that serves 8-10 people, oven-ready and available for pick up. Call 954-785-0226 with questions or to make reservations.

At Blue Moon Fish Company in Fort Lauderdale, over 200 people can sit outside and enjoy the beautiful views of the Intracoastal. A traditional Thanksgiving all-day buffet will be available along with salads and dessert offerings. They’re known as Fort Lauderdale’s “freshest seafood by the waterway” and their brunch buffets typically include bottomless Champagne, mimosas and Bloody Marys. Reservations are available through Open Table.

If eating turkey while watching yachts sail by sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving, consider GG’s Waterfront. With covered outdoor seating, a fixed price menu and a family-style option, Thanksgiving at this Hollywood treasure is another delicious option. GG’s is also offers “Thanksgiving at Home” with full meals available for pickup. Seating on Turkey Day begins at 11am; call to reserve a table at 954-929-7030.

Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale has seating for 350 people outside. They are opening the Grateful Palate, their special event space, essentially turning that area into a covered patio (for an additional 100 seats). They are offering an all-you-can-eat buffet with plexiglass shields and stations manned by attentive staff. All of your traditional holiday favorites will be available. Shooters Waterfront has been a South Florida icon since 1982 with excellent food and beautiful views of the Intracoastal. Open Table is taking reservations for this restaurant.

Miami Dade County:
Smith and Wollensky Steakhouse in Miami Beach is offering a four-course traditional Thanksgiving meal. This eatery is offering a socially-distanced meal with ample waterfront outdoor seating. You can also order online for pickup. Located directly on the Government Cut, in South Pointe Park, the views are unbeatable. Online reviews agree that the service is fantastic! Reservations are available through Open Table.

How about celebrating Thanksgiving with mouth-watering Italian food? Fiola Miami in Coral Gables is offering a Celebration of Thanksgiving with a 4-course menu of gourmet Italian favorites including offerings like meatballs, lobster ravioli and risotto. Of course, turkey is available as a main course as well. Fiola has been recognized as a “Top 7 Pick” for Outdoor Dining in Miami (by Miami Curated) with a large veranda that has been retooled for social distancing. Make your reservations with Open Table.

The former Versace Mansion is now home to Gianni’s at the Villa Casa Casuarina. They’re offering a prix fixe (one price) four-course Thanksgiving menu served poolside or in the courtyard. It’s a unique, upscale dining experience sure to be a memorable one. Call 786-485-2200 for reservations or try Open Table.

Inside the THēsis Hotel Miami, in the heart of Coral Gables, you’ll find another unique dining experience in a restaurant called Mamey. Mamey Miami, with Chef Niven Patel, is known for exotic flavors and spices from the islands in Asia, Polynesia and the Caribbean. Prepare yourself for funky twists to old favorites and Thanksgiving flavors in new dishes. There is plenty of social distant seating on a covered outdoor patio. Open Table is taking reservations at Mamey.

If Thanksgiving on the sands of South Beach is right up your alley, maybe reserve a table at Nikki Beach on Ocean Drive. You can literally eat with your toes in the sand, watching the waves roll in. Nikki Beach is offering traditional holiday dishes and their specialty holiday sangria from noon to 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are available at Open Table.

No matter what you choose this holiday season, we hope you are healthy and safe. And when you’re ready to treat yourself to better German-engineering, we hope you’ll remember your friends at VW South Florida. Looking for a great deal on a new Volkswagen? Find a location near you.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID4 is Awesome!

The All-New Volkswagen ID4 is almost here! It’s the first of VW’s lineup of electric vehicles to be sold in the United States (The ID 3 is sold in Europe). The new SUV is set to start under $40,000 - and, with a potential federal tax credit - could cost significantly less. Volkswagen estimates it will get 250 miles of range. They say that it can charge up to 33 miles in about an hour (or 7.5 hours to fully charge) at home or at a public Level 2 (240-volt) charger.

The ID4 also features what Volkswagen calls the ID.Light. Not unlike “KITT” of Knight Rider fame, the ID.Light is an intuitive light bar that runs across the dashboard as a means of communication. It telegraphs incoming calls, brake warnings and charge status. Other state-of-the-art features include “Intuitive Start” - the electric vehicle senses your presence and “wakes up” automatically, starting the car for you when you touch the door handle.

The ID4 will come with 3 years of unlimited charging at “Electrify America DC Fast Chargers” at no additional cost. There are Electrify America charging stations throughout South Florida from the Dadeland Mall to Glades Road in Boca and a bunch of places in between. But there are hundreds more non-E.A. charging stations available too. Check plugshare.com to find the stations near you. Most stations (and home chargers) are Level 2, but there are Level 3 “DC” Fast Charging stations (480-volt) also available across the country. With a Level 3 charging station, you can expect 60 miles in about 10 minutes or an 80% charge in 30 minutes. Level 3 chargers aren’t available for home installation.

IQ.Drive is standard on the all-new ID4. It provides advanced drivers assistance features including Travel Assist, Lane Assist, Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Emergency Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. Most of these features offer hands-on semi-autonomous capability with the means to keep the vehicle in its lane or slow it down when it senses another vehicle ahead.

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The 12” touchscreen display functions as a central hub equipped with smart features like interactive navigation, climate control and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also wireless charging and VW’s Car-Net app. The tech is even more advanced with voice commands triggered by “Hello ID,” and most physical buttons have been replaced with responsive touch-sensitive controls. Motor Trend describes the infotainment system as “more user-friendly than ever.”

 

As far as performance is concerned, one cnet reviewer calls it, “...pretty fun to drive.” He describes it as feeling like a “turbocharged, gas-powered CUV,” explaining that it won’t be too jarring of an experience shifting from a gas powered vehicle to electric. The motor has 201 horsepower and up to 228 lb. ft. of torque and is capable of towing up to 2700 pounds. Overall, reviewers compliment the layout, comfort and space and enjoy the sense of quality.

The all-new 2021 Volkswagen ID4 is available to build and reserve online now, but if you’d like to test drive before you buy, please contact a VW dealer near you.

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A Very Pandemic Halloween

This year, Halloween in South Florida is going to look a little different. Halloween falls on a Saturday this year and although as of the time of this writing, most COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, many South Floridians are still abiding by CDC guidelines. According to the CDC, there is still a risk of virus spread at holiday celebrations. They recommend avoiding high risk activities like traditional trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treat events and indoor haunted houses. Luckily, you have many other options that are much lower risk. VW South Florida is happy to help you plan a spectacular spooky celebration!

There are several drive-through haunted houses available this season:

Haunt Drive at Tree Tops Park in Davie is available October 8th through November 1st. Tickets are available for a contactless drive through experience. From the comfort and safety of your own vehicle, you can drive through immersive scary scenes. Actors will approach your vehicle, but will not touch it. The total experience lasts about 40 minutes. There are add-ons available, a “family friendly” version and an “extra bloody” version. Click here for tickets.

The Horrorland in Miramar at Miramar Regional Park is an immersive and interactive drive through in which you become the hero of a horror movie happening around you in real-time. From October 1st through October 31st, you can pass through seven differently themed passages and experience multiple horror scenes including zombies, monsters, ghosts, killer clowns and more. The experience lasts about 35 minutes. Click here for tickets.

If you’re up for a road trip, Orlando has announced a new haunted attraction called The Haunted Road. In this immersive drive-thru adventure, participants will follow Rapunzel’s journey as she leaves her tower and enters a “world of disarray”. This attraction will be open from September 25th through November 7th on Lake Pickett Road. They also offer a more family friendly version.

Another Orlando-area attraction is called Scream N’ Stream. Here, they are offering a family-friendly drive along with contactless candy for the little ones as well as a scary drive through haunt in the middle of the night. Nighttime creepy airboat tours are also offered. This attraction takes place on the property of Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures. The drive-thru haunted house is approximately 20 minutes long, the family-friendly trick or treating takes about 15 minutes and the airboat tours are about 20 minutes.

Other low-risk activities include family pumpkin carving, decorating the house, enjoying a scary-movie night, a household scavenger hunt or a virtual costume contest with friends and neighbors. Small group and outdoor activities are considered “moderate risk” by the CDC. Pumpkin patches, outdoor costume parties and one-way trick-or-treating is reasonably safe as long social distancing is achieved. Extra hand washing and and use of hand sanitizer is also recommended.

VW South Florida wishes you and yours and happy, safe and healthy Halloween. If you’re interested in a new Volkswagen with a not-so-scary payment, check out our current offers or find a location near you.

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Labor Day in Quarantine

Usually, Labor Day weekend is a prime vacation weekend. After the start of a new school year here in South Florida, the long weekend is a welcome respite for many. But 2020 is different. Travel is hampered; masks are required; several of our favorite relaxation spots are closed or limited. Don’t give up, though! Here are some ideas for a fun-filled Labor Day weekend in South Florida…

Let’s start with the basics – at home activities:
You’ve probably already done or considered doing many of these items, but just in case you haven’t – or you needed a little reminder – there are plenty of fun, family-friendly, at-home activities perfect for a long weekend.

1) Puzzles. Everyone loves puzzles. Set up at your dining room table and make it a family event. A big puzzle can last all weekend. Or, if you’re on your own, consider a book of crossword puzzles or Sudoku.

2) Play a musical instrument. There are thousands of YouTube videos out there. Dust off that old flute or guitar. Or order a beginner’s instrument online and teach yourself a song or two.

3) Read a book. A good book will keep you busy turning pages all weekend. Couple it with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee and snuggle in for a relaxing read.

4) Write letters. When was the last time you received a letter in the mail? Surprise a family member with a handwritten letter or reach out to an old friend with the written word.

5) Create. Knit, paint, sculpt or build. You have crafts lying around the house, don’t you? Pick one up and let your inner-artist out. Make something on your own, or a start a larger project with your family.

6) Go on a virtual tour. So many places are offering virtual tours during quarantine. Visit the Sistine Chapel, the Natural History Museum of London, Big Bend National Park or the Cincinnati Zoo. Or visit a theme park, online… Walt Disney World and Legoland both have virtual tours available.

7) Build an obstacle course. Inside or outside. Go wild! Use pillows and furniture to create a crazy maze that you have to crawl through and jump over. Time yourself. Race your family.

8) Start a book. Write a song. Make a movie. Get your creative juices flowing. This is something you can do on your own or with your family. Who knows? Maybe you’ll go viral!

9) Binge watch. Whether it’s Netflix, Hulu or another on-demand service, a long weekend is the perfect time to curl up and binge an entire series.

10) Backyard camping. Sometimes you just have to get out of the house. Set up a tent, string some lights, enjoy some barbecue and roast some marshmallows. Backyard camping gives you a change of scenery without missing the comforts of home.

And if you actually DO want to leave your home, here are some fun South Florida ideas for getting out of the house Labor Day weekend:

1) Drive through zoo. Lion Country Safari sits on nearly 600 acres of natural area in West Palm Beach and is home to nearly 1000 animals. Drive through the four-mile safari and check out lions, giraffe, zebras, rhinos and ostrich.

2) Go fishing. There are unlimited places to cast your rod in South Florida. Whether it’s the Everglades, local beaches, public parks or canals, you can find a peaceful place to park and enjoy a day near the water. Visit takemefishing.org to find a public place near you.

3) Paddleboarding, kayaking or canoeing. No matter where you are in South Florida, you’re somewhere near the water. Spend a day getting some sun and exercise.

4) Take a drive. Go exploring. Cruise down A1A in Fort Lauderdale or Ocean Drive along South Beach. Head west to the Everglades and take in a sunset. Follow some roads you don’t normally travel and discover new places nearby.

5) Airboat tours. Speaking of the Everglades…consider an airboat tour. Speed through the mangroves and count the alligators. Many companies allow private tours, too.

So no matter what you choose to do this Labor Day weekend, stay safe and healthy! If you’re planning a road trip, a local drive or even a drive through a zoo, make sure you’re comfortable. Consider a new Volkswagen Tiguan, Atlas or Atlas Cross Sport. These German engineered SUVs are roomy and comfortable and filled with all the tech to make your drive enjoyable. Visit a dealership near you for local offers. And have a great Labor Day!

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The All-New Atlas Cross Sport is Here!

The all-new 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is now available at your local Volkswagen dealerships. If you don’t need the extra row for 7-passengers in our original recipe Atlas, you might want to consider this sporty, spunky, stylish 5-passenger option. It’s still plenty roomy, has tons of cargo space, is loaded with tech-forward equipment and is less expensive than its slightly bigger sibling.

The first thing you’ll notice about the all new VW Cross Sport is its bold styling. With its aggressive grille and sloping roof line, it’s a stylish showstopper of an SUV. The interior is similar to the original Atlas, but sports an updated steering wheel and stitched door panels. The second row is a roomy bench, with plenty of legroom for even your tallest occupants. In any Atlas, including the Cross Sport, you’ll never lack cargo space.

Every new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport comes with a touchscreen infotainment display with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Volkswagen’s Car-Net connectivity app gives you access to remote start and real-time vehicle data. With the Cross Sport, Car-Net connectivity is complimentary for five years. The technology package includes automatic climate control, faux-leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat and a bigger touchscreen. Wireless charging is also available. Touchscreen audio and navigation technology aside, the Atlas Cross Sport is also loaded with the newest safety tech. Enjoy driver assistance features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Assistance, an Overhead View Camera, Park Assistance, Park Distance Control, Front Assist with Forward Collision Warning and even Rear Traffic Alerts. It’s also the first Volkswagen vehicle to offer both dynamic road sign display and Traffic Jam Assist.

When it comes to performance, the Atlas Cross Sport has an optional 4MOTION® all wheel drive with Active Control – giving the driver access to four different driving modes. Snow mode, on-road mode, off-road mode and off-road custom mode are all available to ensure the correct amount of power when and where you need it. Customers can also choose between a 2.0L 4 Cylinder engine with 235HP or a 3.6L V6 engine with 276 HP. And, when properly equipped, the Cross Sport can tow up to 5000 lbs.

So if you’re interested in a roomy, stylish, family SUV with tons of tech and safety features, shop a Volkswagen dealership now! The all-new German-engineered Atlas Cross Sport is in stock and on sale. Check out our special offers or contact a dealership near you to take a test drive and experience it for yourself.

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Florida Road Trip

Summer’s almost here and after being cooped up for weeks, a road trip sounds fantastic! You don’t have to travel far to enjoy an unforgettable vacation. VW South Florida put together some ideas for fun summer Florida road trips. This trip takes you from your home here in sunny south Florida up the east coast, across northern central Florida and finally ends in a small town in northwestern Florida. Go ahead, launch Google Maps and take a virtual ride with us!

If you’re looking for natural wonders: crystal clear springs, coral reefs and caves, head up the east coast and hit Hobe Sound first! There you’ll find Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island, a barrier island with white sand beaches and limestone formations. You might even catch a glimpse of sea turtles. Guests of Blowing Rocks Preserve enjoy swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving – so pack your gear, or you’ll have to rent some when you arrive. You can also hike photo-worthy trails and learn about their conservation efforts at the education center.

Next stop on your trip up the coast would thrill any prospective astronomer: Merritt Island. Merritt Island is home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a major tourist attraction. You could meet an astronaut, enjoy the automated thrills of the Shuttle Launch Experience or explore their interactive displays. You can train like an astronaut in their simulator and take a bus tour through restricted areas. There’s a rocket garden and even an IMAX Theater. If you’re not excited about space, you might prefer the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. This wildlife conservation park is home to 21 endangered species and you’re sure to catch a few alligators.

Continue heading north along the coast and turn inland a bit to visit Ocala National Forest. Just an hour north of Orlando is a forest with more than 600 lakes, rivers and springs and the world’s largest contiguous sand pine scrub forest. It’s ideal for hiking and camping and is known for all kinds of water activities. Here you can find Juniper Springs, off State Road 40 and Alexander Springs on Lake County Road 445. These crystal clear springs are a constant temperature of 72 degrees year round and snorkeling is allowed at both. At these springs, guests picnic, paddle, swim and bird watch. It would be a fun and relaxing stop during your memorable tour of Florida.

We’re not done yet! Just 45 minutes northwest of Ocala’s National Forest is Devil’s Den! The Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring in North Central Florida is a collapsed cave over an underground spring. It’s a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience. Many extinct animal fossils dating back to the Pleistocene Age have been found in this cave. They are now on display at The University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History. You must either snorkel or scuba dive to enter the cave, but once you’re beneath the surface, you’ll experience a beautiful new world. Devil’s Den offers lodging, an RV park, swimming pools and picnic areas so there’s plenty to do when you’re not in the caves.

If you’re looking for something a little more physically challenging, make a stop at Torreya State Park in Bristol. At this 13,735 acre Florida State Park, visitors can experience biking, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, tubing, paddling and picnicking. There is lodging available as well as campgrounds. This park features 150-foot high bluffs overlooking the Apalachicola River, hiking trails with beautiful views and a museum.

Another hour northwest, and you’ll reach Florida Caverns State Park. Enjoy an underground adventure with caverns filled with stalactites and stalagmites decorated with colored LED lighting. Entertaining and knowledgeable tour guides take you through winding pathways in colorfully lit caverns that are always a cool 65 degrees. You might encounter bats, mice, snakes and frogs but it’ll be worth it!

Finally, we come to the end of our northward trek through Florida. The final stop of our tour is just a half hour west of our previous stop. Falling Waters State Park is in a small town in northwestern Florida called Chipley. Falling Waters Sink is a 100 foot deep, 20 foot wide cylindrical pit. A small stream flows into it, dropping 73 feet to the bottom. It’s considered Florida’s highest waterfall. There’s a beautiful park with a small pond for fishing and swimming area. It’s a terrific place for picnics with gorgeous landscapes and helpful staff. Regroup and refresh in Chipley after a successful road trip.

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