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Beetle Hits 205 MPH at Salt Flats


It’s the Fastest Bug Ever

When Germany first made the “People’s Car,” it was intended as dependable transportation that just about anyone could afford. You’ve come a long way, baby. Last month a specially tuned Volkswagen Beetle LSR recorded a touch over 205 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Using a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder TSI engine that featured modified camshafts, turbos, connecting rods and heads, the Beetle produced 543 horsepower. “We are completely thrilled with the Beetle LSR’s performance at Bonneville,” according to VW senior VP Dr. Hendrik Muth. “The Beetle is not the most aerodynamic car in our portfolio, so running 205 mph is a testament to the power that can be made from the EA888 TSI 4-cylinder engine. This feat truly underscores the sporty and pugnacious spirit of the Beetle.” Safe to say you can’t buy that one at Chapman VW Tucson, but you can get a Beetle R-Line coupe that produces 210 horsepower on its way to a top end of 130 mph.

Beetle as Much Fun as it Ever Was

With a raft of new colors, fun egg-shaped design and performance that will surprise people who haven’t been paying attention for the last three decades or so, the VW Beetle offers enough choices to please everyone from a college co-ed to a couple of grandparents looking to liven things up a bit. “Shift into Overjoy” is one of the headlines on the VW website, talking about the smile you’ll bring to everyone’s face as you drive the Beetle around town. From the bi-xenon headlights that seem to be winking at other traffic to the neatly integrated rear spoiler, the new Volkswagen Beetle welcomes the future while still paying homage to the past. Step on the gas and the 1.8L TSI engine sets you down the road to adventure, working seamlessly with a 6-speed automatic transmission for smooth acceleration. You not only get 170 horses and 184 pound-feet of torque, but your wallet will enjoy the 33 mpg on the highway.

Kaleidoscope of Colors Add to Enjoyment

Choose a special edition Beetle like the #PinkBeetle or Dune and your colors are chosen for you. Go the individual route and you can pick from a wide array of hues including Habanero Orange Metallic, Fresh Fuschia Metallic, Tornado Red and many more. Add a panoramic sunroof to let nature in and passengers look out, and you get a Beetle that’s ready to become a long-term part of your family. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are all available features to personalize your Bug. You can even choose a nickname from a long list of available options and Volkswagen will put it right on your car. What good is having a new family member if they don’t have a name. Whatever your choice, head to Chapman VW Tucson and have a good time looking over all the Beetle options. Surely there’s one just waiting for a new home.

Enjoy Autobahn Engineering in a New VW


Handling, Performance, Safety All Important

To drive on the unrestricted speed portions of the famed German Autobahn, it’s essential to have a vehicle that not only has power, but provides phenomenal control and the ability to stop when needed. The entire Volkswagen lineup  was engineered to thrive on the Autobahn, with sport tuned suspension, turbocharged engines and a bevy of safety features that will help you and your occupants reach home safely. With years of experience designing vehicles that are both fun and safe, Volkswagen should be on your list of automakers to consider for your next new vehicle. See the entire lineup of VWs and compare at Chapman VW Tucson.

Golf R Designed for Performance

Car and Driver magazine calls the Golf R “the ultimate incarnation of the breed,” referring to the popular Golf lineup. From the standard hatchback all the way up to the Golf R (R stands for Racing), the Golf is consistently one of the most well-reviewed cars in America. Unassuming to drive, the Golf R can double as a family commuter and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride on the weekends. It takes under 5 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph, which will either make you the most popular driver in the office carpool or the person who shall not be named around the water cooler. Add dynamic chassis control for a more firm ride from this top-of-the-line version of VW’s most popular model.

Safety at Top of Everyone’s List

As modern vehicles evolve to fit a changing transportation climate, VW is leading the way with a number of driver assistance safety features. Check in at Chapman VW Tucson for a complete explanation of all the technology, but features like forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, parking steering assistant and lane departure warning all combine to make your trips safer and less stressful. These sensor and camera-supported systems not only warn you when you’re about to hit something, but can also apply the brakes when necessary in the event you don’t react.

Car-Net Like a Supportive Friend

Volkswagen’s Car-Net infotainment and communication system is like a supportive friend without the annoying pleas for a bathroom break. Like some other systems, it pairs with your smartphone for hands-free communication and to stream your music. It also provides navigation with traffic updates, news, sports and weather information. In the event you get into some difficulty, Car-Net has a direct connection to a support staff that can get emergency responders out to your location. Car-Net is just another technological marvel from the company that tamed the Autobahn.

Tiguan Enjoys Best August Sales


Compact SUV Scores Record Month

With sales totaling more than 3,300 vehicles, the compact Volkswagen Tiguan had a record month in sales for August. The 4.3 percent increase meant the Tiguan joined the GTI sporty hatchback (9.1 percent), the e-Golf (19.2 percent) and trusty Jetta (6.5 percent) as the vehicles in the Volkswagen lineup to show a sales increase from the same time last year. It was also the best August ever for the GTI, which continues to get rave reviews from the auto industry experts for its fun-to-drive personality. Test drive any vehicle from the Volkswagen lineup to experience the benefits of German engineering by making a visit to Chapman VW Tucson.

Versatile Tiguan Serves Many Needs

Whether you need a people hauler for the daily school run or need an efficient vehicle that can take you to remote camping spots, the VW Tiguan is a stylish compact SUV that delivers. Get the available 4MOTION all-wheel drive to help get you out of sticky situations on the trail or help keep you in control when icy roads and inclement weather spoil your commute. With interior features like leather seats and trim, available touchscreen navigation, steering wheel controls and a 40/20/40 folding rear seat, the Tiguan puts you in the lap of luxury while providing a configurable vehicle to fit your varying hauling needs. A premium Fender audio system turns your Tiguan into a rolling concert hall, helping you enjoy your drive whether its just to the grocery store or a cross-country trip.

Experience the Fun of Driving GTI

With new models rolling in, now’s the time to save some money on the Internet’s darling hatchback, the Golf GTI. Reviewers across the web love the GTI for its incredible handling, powerful performance and overall ability to serve every driver’s needs while still hitting the fun factor out of the park. By delivering 220 horsepower, a top speed of 134 mph and still providing 34 mpg out on the highway, the GTI continues to make Car and Driver magazine’s “10Best” list. Lauding the transmission’s “lightning quick shifts” and “superior acceleration,” the editors at Car and Driver give the GTI five out of five stars.

Driver Assistance Features Boost Safety Factors

Both the Volkswagen Tiguan and GTI have a number of available driver safety features that will help you and your passengers get to your intended destination unharmed. From blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control to a parking sensor that keeps you from bumping into obstacles, the new VW technology is set to take the automaker, and its customers, safely into the coming decades. Explore what VW is all about by making a visit to Chapman VW Tucson.



The Volkswagen GTI is one of the best-known budget performance cars sold in America. For more than 25 years, Volkswagen has been taking its entry-level, economy car-based two-door hatchback model and turning it into a GTI by adding a more powerful engine and brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, and special interior and exterior trim pieces. The result is a practical car that’s also fun to drive and desirable among backyard and professional tuners. The VW GTI aftermarket community and online following are among the strongest on the sport-compact scene.

Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 200 horsepower. The turbo inline-4 pairs with a six-speed manual transmission for purists or a dual-clutch automated manual transmission to ease the pain of congested commutes.

If you are in the market for a Volkswagen in Tucson, you will find that there are two main trim levels: base and Autobahn. The base GTI’s standard equipment comes standard 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear roof spoiler, fog lights, heated outside mirrors, heated washer nozzles, full power accessories, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a trip computer, air-conditioning, heated front sport seats, plaid cloth upholstery, split-folding rear seats with a center pass-through, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack and iPod integration.

The base GTI can be fitted with the Convenience and Sunroof package, which adds different 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, multifunction steering wheel controls, a touchscreen interface for the stereo and an in-dash CD changer. The GTI with Sunroof and Navigation adds adaptive xenon headlights, LED running lights and a touchscreen navigation system. The range-topping GTI Autobahn includes the above features, plus unique 18-inch wheels, partial-leather seating, keyless ignition/entry and a premium sound system.

However, if these features aren’t enough, you may consider modifications. If that is the case, there are some things that you may want to think about. It is important to keep in mind that some modifications may void your warranty and if you ever decide to sell your modified GTI, your resale value may be lower than a stock car. Also, some dealers will not work on a heavily modified car because they are unfamiliar with the parts. Every time you change your car you take the chance that something will not be quite right or a minor problem may become more prominent. It is good practice to make sure the car is working right before you modify it. Furthermore, keep in mind that modifying your car my cause your insurance rate to increase partly because modified cars are more likely to be stolen.

For more information on the Volkswagen GTI, visit Chapman Volkswagen.


CC Sedan Makes Style Affordable

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Midsize Car for Those Who Like Flair

If you like a bit more style and panache in your mid-size sedan, now’s the time to head to Chapman VW Tucson and take a closer look at the Volkswagen CC sedan. CC stands for “Comfort Coupe” and there was never a more apt description for an automobile. From its finely tuned suspension to the upscale use of materials in both the interior and exterior, the CC delivers a level of sophistication normally reserved for more expensive brands. The VW CC comes in three different trim levels, starting with the 2.0T, moving up through the R-Line and culminating with the V6.

Now is the Time to Buy

Volkswagen is moving out the 2016 models to make room for the 2017 lineup. Special incentives on the CC include a $339 36-month lease on the CC Sport, or 0.9 percent financing for 72 months plus a $1,500 cash credit. The first two trim packages come with a 2.0L engine that delivers a hefty 200 horsepower while still earning 32 mpg on the highway. The V6 model comes with, you guessed it, a V6 engine that measures out at 3.6L and generates 280 horses. The V6 also comes with all-wheel drive and a ton of standard features that provide the ultimate in luxury.

Massage Anyone? Interior Built for Staying Power

If you frequently go on long trips or just have trouble finding a car that feels comfortable, give the Volkswagen CC a try. One available feature you don’t see on many cars in this price category is a massage function for the driver’s seat. While you’re busy relaxing, take a look around the cabin and notice the richness of the available leather  or crank open the panoramic sunroof to let Mother Nature bathe you with light. An available composition media touchscreen puts you in easy command of a limited number of smartphone apps, as well as providing hands-free communication and navigation.

CC Offers Appealing Bone Structure

Get past the beauty of the exterior design and the luxurious interior and you’ll be glad to know you and your passengers are protected by a sturdy safety cage that directs energy away from the cabin in the event of a crash. An Intelligent Crash Response System has the ability to react quickly if a collision occurs. It can disable the fuel pump, unlock doors and turn on your four-way flashers. Adaptive air bags react with the appropriate response depending on the severity of the wreck. See all the safety features and take a test drive today by heading to Chapman VW Tucson.