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Archive for January, 2018, one of the automotive industry’s leading sources of consumer information, has honored Volkswagen by naming the full-size Atlas SUV as the Best of 2018 and the Golf GTI as the car of the year that’s most fun to drive. “Big is back, and Volkswagen has brought to market its biggest SUV ever, the 2018 Atlas. With three rows of seating that are incredibly flexible, it’s possible to fit seven full-sized adults in the Atlas with no complaints about comfort from anyone,” according to the website’s editor-in-chief, Jennifer Newman. She went on to praise the advanced technology and creature comforts that make the Atlas the perfect interpretation of the American SUV, and had similar high praise for the VW Golf GTI. “Sports cars are a blast, but more often than not, drivers trade everyday comfort for behind-the-wheel thrills,” she said. “There are no trade-offs with the GTI, however; Volkswagen’s hatchback excels for its blend of performance, comfort and refinement.” See both the Atlas and GTI when you take a test drive at Chapman VW Tucson.

Good Things Come in Big Packages

The VW Atlas was introduced to much fanfare in the spring of 2017. The company’s bet that American consumers would flock to a well-designed large SUV has paid off in spades, keeping workers at the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant busy to meet demand. With features like a huge panoramic sunroof that lets the outdoors in, a bold design from every angle and the satisfying “thud” when you close a door that comes from German engineering, the Atlas is the new bully on the block. When you’re not hauling people around, fold the rear seats down for nearly 100 cubic feet of cargo space. This is no white, windowless van, however. The driver and passengers are always kept comfortable with little touches such as quilted seating surfaces and the use of upscale materials.

Good Things Come in Little Packages

If you like your hatchback with a little hot sauce on the side, you are going to love the VW Golf GTI. Now in its seventh generation, the GTI is a modern marvel of engineering, delivering raw power and phenomenal handling to driving enthusiasts around the world. A standard 220 horsepower turbocharged engine delivers the oomph and a sports suspension with adaptive chassis control helps you keep it on the road. Selectable driving modes allow you to tune up the sportiness or comfort, depending on your mood. Available paddle shifters let you power through the gears without ever taking your hands off the wheel. Both the Atlas and Golf GTI come with the industry’s best warranty, covering 6 years or up to 72,000 miles. See why they were named the best in their class when you visit Chapman VW Tucson.

If you’re looking for a weekend adventure vehicle with plenty of room that doubles as a sporty commuter for your daily ride, consider the new VW Golf Alltrack. With VW’s patented 4MOTION all-wheel drive system and excellent clearance, the Alltrack is the perfect vehicle to explore the road less traveled or take that weekend ski trip. A 1.8L turbocharged engine runs on regular unleaded fuel, delivering 32 mpg on the highway with plenty of power. Test drive the new Alltrack when you visit Chapman VW Tucson.

Follow Your Lust for Adventure Off-road

The VW Golf Alltrack may not look like your typical off-road explorer, but with the help of 4MOTION all-wheel drive you can climb the steepest hills, clear obstacles in your path and safely go where few other wagons dare to tread. Put the all-wheel drive into off-road mode for the optimal traction control and to utilize the hill descent control that will turn the white knuckle experience of going down steep declines into just another day on the road. When the road levels out a bit, you’ll enjoy the use of the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to put the Alltrack through its paces. Once you’re feeling more leisurely, let the automatic transmission effortlessly transition between gears for the best in efficiency and performance.

No Sacrificing Comfort Here

The comfortable interior of the VW Golf Alltrack is not only relaxing, but the available technology makes it a joy to drive. With an optional 400 watt Fender Premium Audio System, you can wrap yourself in a blanket of your favorite tunes while taking occasional breaks for some hands-free communication. The VW Car-Net App-Connect gives you access to a limited number of apps from your phone. That includes, maps, messages, podcasts and more. VW Car-Net also features upgraded navigation ability that gives real-time traffic reports, news, sports and weather. A standard rearview camera system and available driver assistance features can help you out of a jam, whether you’re on the highway or traversing some long lost trail. The Alltrack earned the highest safety rating available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because of its safety features, including a safety cage with front and rear crumple zones and the use of high-strength steel in some key body parts.

Three Different Trim Levels Available

The Alltrack comes in three trim levels, starting at just $25,850 for the S model. The S includes all-wheel drive with off-road mode and the VW Car-Net App Connect. For a bit more money you can get the SE, which comes with a panoramic sunroof and keyless access. The SEL is the premium choice and offers 18-inch Canyon wheels, leatherette seating surfaces and touchscreen navigation. Explore the entire inventory and take a test drive when you visit Chapman VW Tucson.

Volkswagen is keeping pretty tight-lipped about its plans for the all-new Jetta prior to its debut at the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but the company has released some sketches that promise the popular sedan will be sporting a futuristic look. As the best-selling German car in America for many years, the Jetta  has offered affordable quality with a sporty drive. The 2019 model promises something special, as the company moves the VW Jetta to its innovative MQB chassis, which sits under the well-reviewed Golf. Stay in touch with Chapman VW Tucson to see when the first new Jetta will be available for a test drive.

MQB Offers Vehicle Versatility

It’s fair to say at some point almost all the VW lineup will be based on the Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) chassis, which sets down some hard points in the production line that are common across all vehicles. The standardization will improve efficiency and quality across the line, allowing integration of different components as large as engines and transmissions. This ability to switch vehicle production on the fly will save the company, and presumably consumers, in the long run while allowing VW to increase output on popular vehicles while decreasing the production of those that aren’t selling so well.

Jetta Racking Up Miles in Maricopa

During its development, the 2019 Jetta has been racking up millions of miles on the Jetta prototype to make sure it can handle heat, corrosion and other factors that can only be tested in the desert track in nearby Maricopa. Motor Trend magazine was among a group of journalists invited to test the new Jetta recently. They liked the way it handled, noting that the new Jetta will have a full I-beam in the rear as opposed to the current independent rear suspension. The new setup provides firmer handling, much like the popular Golf.

Catch the 2018 Jetta Now

If you can’t wait for the new model to come to Chapman VW Tucson around the third quarter of this year, check out the large inventory of 2018 VW Jetta sedans. Starting at just $18,645, the Jetta comes in six different trim packages, topping out at the turbocharged GLI. If efficiency is your goal, the S, Wolfsburg Edition and SE models are powered by a 1.4L turbocharged engine that rates up to 40 mpg on the highway. All the Jetta models are covered by Volkswagen’s People First Warranty, which provides peace of mind for 6 years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. That’s double the warranty of most competitors, proving VW’s confidence of the durability of its complete lineup.