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Volkswagen recently took the wraps off the 2018 Passat GT, a limited production model that adds a little sportiness to one of the most popular sedans in America. Based on the R-Line trim package, the VW Passat GT is filled with sporty touches and accents that set it apart from other Passat models. “The Passat GT illustrates how the North American Region can shape Volkswagen vehicles specifically for the U.S. market,” according to VW chief engineering officer Dr. Matthias Erb. “Combining a local perspective with our global engineering expertise allows us to create vehicles that meet the needs and desires of customers here (in the United States).” You’ll find the new Passat GT at Chapman VW Tucson sometime in the second quarter of this year. Starting price with destination charge is just a tick below $30,000.

Powerful Engine Teams With Sport Suspension

The VW Passat GT gets its power from the 3.6L VR6 motor that generates 280 horsepower and up to 258 pound-feet of torque. When teamed with the standard automatic transmission, it provides up to 28 mpg on the highway. The 6-speed transmission also comes with paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel, allowing you to either let the car do the work and seamlessly take the Passat GT through the gears, or you can channel your inner rally driver and try to coax a bit more performance out of this sporty ride. A dropped sport suspension provides a lower center of gravity to help keep you pinned to the road when racing through tight curves. The power is reverberated with a throaty roar through a standard sport exhaust that announces the Passat GT is one car ready to challenge authority.

Different than Other Passat Models

For people who like something just a bit unique, the VW Passat GT differentiates itself from other Passat models starting at the front. LED headlights and daytime running lights both illuminate your way and let people know you’re coming. A GT badge, honeycomb grille and red accent line are all unique to the GT model. Black mirror caps and black door and window trim complement the black roof, while 19-inch Tornado wheels have their dark side punctuated by red brake calipers. Blackened taillights and a black spoiler put an exclamation point on the exterior touches. The black accents continue on the interior, where a black console, headliner and vent trim are all unique to the GT model. There’s plenty of comfort to go around, with black leatherette seating, an 8-way power driver’s seat, heated front bucket seats and climate control. The VW Passat GT is loaded with technology that will keep the driver and passengers connected to the outside world via the Composite Media infotainment center. Stay in touch with Chapman VW Tucson to be among the first to take the new Passat GT for a test drive., 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.

Praising a number of different VW Golf models for their value, dynamics and exceptional versatility, Car and Driver magazine recently named the Golf R, SportWagen, Alltrack, Golf and e-Golf to its annual “10Best” list. “The Golf’s secret to 10Best success is its ambition: It’s not only the best and most versatile car in its class, every year it vies for the title of top vote-getter on our 10Best ballot,” according to Car and Driver editors. “It’s almost a luxury car ­ refined, well-equipped and tastefully appointed. It just happens to be small, practical, and relatively affordable. Its road manners are impeccable, its handling balanced in a way that now escapes most cars.” For a wide selection of the VW Golf lineup, visit Chapman VW Tucson and take advantage of some year-end holiday deals.

Varied Lineup Offers Number of Choices

Whether you’re just looking for a fun car to drive without breaking the bank or desire the driving dynamics of a powerful sports car, the VW Golf lineup has something for everyone. The Golf hatchback starts at just $20,910 and delivers a surprising number of features, interior refinement and sharp exterior styling. The 2018 model year adds LED daytime running lights on all Golf models, as well as LED taillights, brand new bumpers and a chrome grille. All the models also received upgraded entertainment screens to provide the ultimate in entertainment and connectivity. “We are honored that Car and Driver has named the Volkswagen Golf models to its 2018 ‘10Best’ list,” according to Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of VW Group of America. “Earning this award for the 12th consecutive year validates the consistency of the Golf family in delivering unmatched quality and performance at a competitive price point.”

People’s Warranty Shows VW Commitment

To show that the company believes in the quality and dependability of its Golf lineup, VW has instituted the People First Warranty for the 2018 model year. That means every gas-powered Golf is covered for 6 years and 72,000 miles from bumper-to-bumper including the powertrain. That’s double the coverage of most competitors, showing that VW puts its money where its corporate mouth is. “VW has always stood for strong value, and this warranty proves our commitment to that goal,” according to VW VP Derrick Hatami. “Now you don’t have to buy a luxury car to get a luxury-level warranty.” See why VW is so confident in the quality of its material, design and workmanship when you visit Chapman VW Tucson and test drive a new Golf.