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Archive for February, 2017

A Bug by Any Other Name is Still a Beetle

When the iconic VW Beetle first appeared in Germany it was called the Kafer (German translation of Beetle). Since then it has kept that name, although its most common nickname is the Bug. Danish people have come to know it as the “Bubble,” while the French call it “coccinelle” (ladybug). The Thai people may have the most unusual name for the Beetle with the descriptive “turtle car.” Whatever you call it, you can test drive the most iconic Volkswagen of all by taking a drive to Chapman VW Tucson.

Manager’s Horse Inspires Golf

The Golf is one of the most popular VW models ever, and some think the little hatchback is named after a strong wind. Golf is actually the German name for a Gulf Stream weather pattern, but other people think the Golf was named after a purchasing director’s horse. “My horse was the namesake of the Golf – it stands for top-class, elegance and reliability,” said Hans-Joachim Zimmerman. Golf was a good choice compared to some other alternatives, including the “Blizzard” and “Caribe.”

Touareg Named After Desert Nomads

The Touareg, which is the largest of the VW SUV family until the Atlas shows up on the lot at Chapman VW Tucson, not only has the most difficult name to spell, but also an interesting origin. It is in honor of a tribe of Berber nomads who make their life in the challenging conditions of the northern Sahara. Called the Tuaregs, this tribe is also called the Indigo people because the blue clothing they wear stains their skin a bluish hue. The Tiguan, VW’s more compact SUV, is a combination of the names of the Tiger and Iguana. The Tiguan has the raw strength and nimbleness of the tiger, along with the adaptability of the iguana.

Wind a Popular Source for VW Names

Although one can debate the source of the Golf name, there is no doubt when it comes to the Jetta, Passat and Scirocco. The Jetta is based on the German translation of “jet stream,” while the Passat comes from “passatewinde,” the German word for trade winds. Scirocco is a powerful warm wind that is native to the Sahara desert. Other VW names come from Greek mythology, including Eos and Phaeton, a god and goddess. The soon-to-be-released Atlas, VW’s entry into the large SUV market, is named after the Greek figure that was strong enough to hold up the entire sky.

Little Hatch Among Best Reviewed Autos

Although the Beetle is the most iconic member of the Volkswagen family, it’s safe to say that if you’re looking for the unsung star of German automaker lineup it has to be the Golf. The Golf consistently earns outstanding reviews from such media notables as Motor Trend and Car and Driver magazine, securing what seems to be a permanent place on the latter’s “10 Best” list. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for utility, sportiness, agility or just something that’s fun to drive, the Golf’s wide lineup of siblings can fill the bill. Check out the entire Golf inventory today by taking a trip to Chapman VW Tucson.

Golf Full of Surprises

The first surprise for some people who are looking at the VW Golf  is the wide selection of different models available. Choose the base Golf hatchback for a fun vehicle with great gas mileage and a ton of utility. For a little more power and performance, step up to the Golf GTI and Golf R. The Golf SportWagen and Alltrack are relatively new options that provide a bit more room with the same sassy character of the little hatchback. The base Golf comes with a 1.8L TSI engine that delivers a snappy 170 horsepower. The power steps up to 210 horses with the GTI and jumps to 292 horsepower when you choose the Golf R. VW engineers didn’t just amp up the power for those two models, they also made significant changes to the suspension so the little Golf provides excellent handling and control.

High Tech Features Abound

With VW Car-Net App-Connect, staying in touch with the outside world is as simple as plugging in your phone. You can access a limited number of apps to stream music, map your destination, answer calls or send a text message. If you don’t want to take the time to plug your phone or MP3 player in, no problem, the Golf is outfitted with Bluetooth technology so you can wirelessly stream your favorite music. Keyless access and push button start means you never have to take your keys out of your pocket, a convenient feature that also adds to your personal security.

Rearview Camera Adds to Safety

When you head to Chapman VW Tucson to check out the Golf lineup, make sure and ask about the entire suite of safety features available with the VW Golf. One of the most important features is a rearview camera system that illuminates your path when backing up, protecting toys, kids and whatever else may be in your path. Driver assistance features help you avoid collisions by alerting you to a possible problem, then taking action if you fail to respond.