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The all-new Volkswagen Golf is officially the World Car of the Year. In announcing its ultimate winner for the ninth year, the WCOTY jury, comprising 66 automotive journalists from twenty-three countries, said the Volkswagen Golf is as close to the perfect hatchback design as any car company has come yet. . This year’s win is the second in a row for Volkswagen. Visit Tucson Volkswagen for more details.
Although the seventh-generation Golf is on sale already in other countries, it won’t be for sale in the US until next year as a 2015 model. The new Golf will be available with three engines, just like the current sixth-generation model sold in the U.S.
The 2015 Golf’s entry-level model will be powered by a four-cylinder 1.8-liter turbocharged engine instead of the 2.5-liter five-cylinder unit. With 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, this new engine offers the same power as the outgoing unit and 7 more lb-ft of torque, delivered at lower revs. Coupled with manual or automatic transmissions, its biggest advantage is said to be fuel economy.
The next model in the 2015 Golf range will be the TDI Clean Diesel, powered by a four-cylinder common-rail 2.0-liter diesel unit with direct-injection. Rated at 150 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, the new TDI Clean Diesel shares only the bore spacing with the previous engine, with extensive changes made to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. According to VW, the new TDI model will have a standard six-speed manual gearbox and an optional DSG dual-clutch transmission.
Finally, the top of the range GTI model will be powered by an upgraded version of the EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine, and is expected to develop around 210 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. A manual six-speed box will be offered as standard, with an automatic DSG transmission available as an option.
Inside the VW Golf is both new, and familiar. A simple, high-quality layout puts all controls just where you want them. The traditional black dash and interior trim is offset in some models by available two-tone upholstery. Volkswagen has boosted the available storage inside the new Golf, with a sliding tray underneath the front seats. Safety equipment includes six airbags, the usual suite of electronic safety systems, and a new automatic crash-braking system that brakes the car when its sensors detect that it is involved in a primary collision.
All versions of the new Golf have the XDS electronic differential lock that improves handling and traction. For more information on the Golf, visit Chapman VW.
Volkswagen has recently announced their venture into the midsize SUV market with the CrossBlue concept. Visit Chapman VW Tucson and ask about the CrossBlue which will be a plug-in diesel-electric hybrid with two electric motors and up to 14 miles of electric range. As well as offering excellent economy for a mid-size crossover SUV, the CrossBlue has impressive performance from a power train that produces up to 305 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque: 0 to 60 mph is estimated to take just 7.2 seconds.
Volkswagen will likely offer several different engine options, including gasoline, diesel and a possible diesel-electric plug-in option. The CrossBlue will feature a highly innovative plug-in hybrid that combines a clean diesel engine with two electric motors, a dual-clutch automatic transmission, and an electric all-wheel-drive system. It will also run in zero emissions mode either at the press of a button or automatically. According to Volkswagen, the concept is 196.3 inches long, 79.3 inches wide and 68.2 inches high. It takes a very poised stance on the road thanks to wide front and rear tracks of 66.4 and 66.8 inches, and 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/45 tires.
The CrossBlue’s interior will be luxurious and versatile and is equipped with six individual seats in three rows. It is expected that the second row will have the option of three seats to give it a full seven seats with the third row featuring stadium-style seating. Headroom will be outstanding throughout the vehicle with 42.4 inches up front, 40.2 inches in the middle, and 37.6 inches in the rear. Legroom will also be generous with 37.3 inches in the second row and 36.1 inches in the third row. Behind the third seating row is a spacious cargo area.
As for technology, a 10.2-inch touchscreen will be positioned centrally on the center console. The large touchscreen will be used to control all entertainment and hands free functions and to access the status of the hybrid system.
For more information and updates on the Volkswagen CrossBlue concept, visit Tucson Volkswagen.
To drivers, green is a glorious color. Eco-friendly cars preserve our environment and they save car owners cash.
As prices at the pump rise and the holiday season draws near, we’re geared to start saving for gifts, vacations and delicious meals. Volkswagen has a fleet of TDI Clean Diesel and Hybrid vehicles that cost you less and render you with a post holiday meal joy ride.
In fact, Volkswagen sells the most diesel fuel cars in the United States, despite competitors, Green Car Reports said. Why is this? Volkswagen Tucson has the answer.
The clean diesel vehicles by Volkswagen have been streamlined to offer consumers with numerous benefits.
Although the engines used to be bulky and nearly impossible to implant into a consumer’s vehicle, time and technology has allowed engineers to produce a cleaner and quieter engine. Volkswagen has been at the forefront of producing diesel technology in their vehicles the longest. Their 1977 Rabbit got an astounding 50 miles per gallon.
Diesel engines provide more energy out of less fuel versus common gasoline engines. Consequently, diesel vehicles run more efficiently, and get more miles per gallon. This is a boon for the environment and your wallet.
Better yet, diesel engines do not have electronic ignition systems (gasoline engines do) and therefore are easier to maintain, CarsDirect said. Diesel engine car owners spend less time and money on upkeep.
Less oil changes keep you on the road and out of your service center’s waiting room.
“Volkswagen clean diesel vehicles need oil changes every 10,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first,” said David Rupp, the service manager at your Chapman Volkswagen.
The traditional gasoline engine suggests that you change the oil every 7,500 miles, Yahoo! Autos reported on their website.
Also, considerable tax incentives are given to diesel engine owners because of the driver’s dedication to an eco-friendly future.
Come into your local Arizona VW dealer today to witness all these benefits firsthand. The diesel engine vehicles have sleek, comfortable and stylish interior.
Three cheers to the holiday season and TDI Clean Diesel Volkswagen vehicles! Where’s the egg nog?
Since the introduction of the Volkswagen Golf GTI in the 1970s, the VW line of sporty hatchbacks has remained the benchmark for the “hot hatch” industry. The Volkswagen brand is known for its innovation and near-perfect engineering, although many such innovations have been trapped in Europe-only models because the word “diesel” does not sit well with U.S. consumers. Tucson Volkswagen customers may soon learn from the masters of clean diesel if Volkswagen decides to bring the Volkswagen GTD to American shores.
For many stateside automobile aficionados, “diesel” conjures up images of big, smelly trucks, glowplugs, and most importantly (and incorrectly), inefficiency. It may come as a surprise that some experts believe that diesel fuel, not hybridization, is the best way to balance efficiency and performance while making the smallest environmental impact possible. Volkswagen’s (hopefully) forthcoming introduction of the Volkswagen GTD to the Chapman Volkswagen lineup could turn the green automobile market on its head.
Sold in Europe as a compliment to the Golf GTI, the GTD runs on the power of clean diesel – to the tune of an estimated 40 highway miles per gallon. Taken into consideration with the added bonus of a turbocharged inline 4-cylinder power plant that produces 170 horsepower and a scorching 258 lb-ft of torque as reported by Automobile Magazine, 40 miles per gallon is a striking number, indeed. Little is known about the possible changes that Volkswagen would make to the GTD for the U.S. market, but it seems likely that those changes would include careful tuning and the inclusion of the latest technology.
Of course, the GTD offers everything that makes the GTI worthy of the VW badge: eye-catching styling, sharp handling, reliability, and, most importantly, fun! If Volkswagen decides to bring the GTD to the domestic market, our understanding of the word “diesel” may rapidly change.
To learn more about the Volkswagen GTD, the Golf GTI, or any other offering, call or visit your Tucson VW dealer.
Volkswagen is known for their famous ads that feature pets, and we’re sure tons of our fans have pets that are just as awesome. So we have created a contest to show off all of our fans pets! All you have to do is ‘like’ the Chapman Volkswagen of Tucson Facebook page, click on the ‘HOWL-o-ween’ Pets and Volkswagen Contest application, and submit a picture of your dog with your Volkswagen. Any type of pet will be accepted, but the picture must feature a Volkswagen. In the spirit of Halloween we encourage pets to be in costume but it is not required. The pictures will be uploaded onto an album on the Facebook page and other fans will be able to vote on their favorite pictures. Each ‘like’ on a picture will equal $1 to be donated to Southern Arizona Humane Society, up to $1,000. The fan with the MOST likes on their picture will receive a free Volkswagen Pet Swag Bag. The prize bag will include a leash, collar, pet accessory set, and dog toy ($50 value).
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is a completely non-profit (501 (c) 3) organization that relies on donations to be able to continue all of the amazing work it does for pets in need, and Chapman VW wants to help! They do not receive any monies from national humane associations or from United Way Agency. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona also provides many other services besides just pet adoption services. For instance they also provide pet vaccinations and spay and neuter services to all pets in southern Arizona. HSSA can also license your pet with Pima Animal Care Center and microchip your pet to increase your chances of reuniting if it is lost. There are minimal fees involved in the above services. We also have a community outreach department, lost and found department, grief support, training advice and cremation and euthanasia services.
HSSA is your local animal adoption organization and works without support from national organizations, and they need your help raising money! So participate in Chapman Volkswagen Tucson’s ‘HOWL-o-ween Pets and Volkswagens’ contest for a fun and easy way to show your support!