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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.
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.
Tucson VW fans rejoice as the popular German automaker releases the celebrated Beetle and CC for the new 2013 model year. To make space for incoming vehicles, many 2012 Volkswagen models will be offered at significantly lower price points which translate into major savings for Arizona Volkswagen customers.
Two of Volkswagen’s standout models, the Beetle and the CC, were given significant makeovers for the 2013 model year.
The new 2013 Beetle has an updated laid back styling and a relatively narrow rev range. The 2013 Beetle will be out early this fall and will come with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine that makes an impressive 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. It will be connected to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed DSG (dual-clutch) automated manual gearbox. This engine offers a great performance while still being incredibly economical. The TDI allows drivers to drive hard like a gasoline engine and offers a strong kick of torque. EPA ratings for the latest Beetle TDI ring in at 29 mpg city and 39 highway. To make room for all the new Beetles, the previous 2012 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L is only $18, 750 or $179 per month for a 39-month lease, only at Chapman Volkswagen of Tucson.
Not to be outdone by the Beetle upgrades, the new 2013 CC boasts a more modern style and the body of the car got an elegant makeover. The hood and front bumper have been tweaked and car’s sides are more sculpted, while the frameless doors remain intact from the previous models. Similar to previous CC models, the four and six-cylinder engines provide a smooth yet responsive and sporty ride. The base models come well-equipped with 17-inch wheels, automatic climate control, heated and powered front seats, a touch-screen audio system with eight speakers, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity and leatherette seating. The Sports Plus trim adds adaptive front lighting, navigation, and 18-inch wheels.
To make room on the car lot for the updated Beetle and CC, Chapman VW is offering many 2012 models at significantly lower price points.
“Tucson VW drivers can get great deals during our model year close out sale. Our customers are looking for reliable, gas-sipping, family-friendly vehicles; Volkswagen has what shoppers are looking for and now those vehicles are offered at super low prices while supplies last,” said Chapman Volkswagen Tucson General Manager Neb Yonas.
Some of the 2012 models that are sure to fly off the lot during the close out sale include Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan.
Volkswagen’s most popular model, the Jetta, was just recently redesigned and the 2013 model remains relatively similar to its 2012 version. The roomy back seat, great fuel economy, sporty handling and ride, and low base price all remain a standard. Despite cost cutting, the Jetta is still a solid-feeling sedan with good steering and handling, the GLI trim is even sportier and quicker. Right now at Chapman Volkswagen Tucson the 2012 Jetta sedan is only $15,250 or $129 per month for a 39-month lease.
The Passat returned from a small hiatus in 2012 as a new and larger sedan. The 2013 Passat offers a lot of bang for your buck with a spacious interior and well-executed design. The huge cabin, quality details, easy ride, and the option of the efficient six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine are all options that transfer over from the previous model. Overall the newest Passat offers a solid, luxurious, and quiet ride and can be yours for only $20,950 or $159 per month for a 36-month lease at your Tucson Volkswagen dealer.
For those looking for a compact SUV, the Volkswagen Tiguan is a perfect fit. With a recently refreshed interior and upgraded fuel economy the Tiguan was upgraded for the 2012 model. The new 2013 model remains very similar to the previous model with the same spacious interior and impressive quality. There is a second-row seat that moves for more legroom and the turbocharged 2.0-liter is a strong and efficient engine that offers a sporty and spirited turbo. The 2012 Tiguan S is only $21,950 or $199 per month for a 36-month lease.
A fair price for a new car is one of the top considerations when picking out a new car especially in these economic times. Its no wonder that the new 2012 Passat is one of the top considered cars in the midsize segment with a starting price of $19,995. The redesigned 2012 Passat combines the driving dynamics and interior quality that Tucson VW fans expect with the roominess, comfort and value that the public demands.
The 2012 Passat is being offered at Chapman Volkswagen Tucson in 3 different levels – S, SE and the SEL. The Passat offers many options including a choice between three types of engines – diesel 2.0-liter four cylinders, diesel 2.5-liter inline-five cylinder gas engine and a gas 3.6-liter V-6 engine.
One of the Passat’s most impressive qualities is its forgiving suspension, which translates into comfortable highway cruising. The Passat has better body control over big dips and rises than the Toyota Camry. This is different from the previous generations firmer ride but it makes sense for this car since it is more about comfort than sportiness.
As with other Volkswagens, the Passat has light-effort steering whether you get the gas engine, which uses hydraulic power steering, or the diesel, which has electric power assist. The steering wheel provides virtually no road feel but good precision makes it easy to steer on winding country roads.
Despite the suspension tuning, the Passat doesn’t turn into a lurching chaos on winding roads. For a big sedan, body roll is well controlled. Wheel sizes range from 16-18 inches and all versions of the Passat are fitted with the same suspension tuning.
The Passat has grown some with its redesign — 4 inches in length, half an inch in width and half an inch in height — but the cabin feels substantially roomier than the outgoing Passat. Legroom and shoulder room have increased. The backseat has nearly as much legroom as a long-wheelbase full-size sedan, which the Passat isn’t. This is the kind of car four tall adults could take on a long road trip and feel comfortable.
The spacious passenger area doesn’t come at the expense of cargo room, as the trunk measures a competitive 15.9 cubic feet. It’s very deep and rectangular, with few intrusions. A 60/40-split folding backseat is standard, and lowering the rear backrests reveals a large opening between the trunk and the cabin.
As required of all vehicles starting with the 2012 model year, the Passat includes an electronic stability system. Also standard are antilock brakes, side-impact airbags and active head restraints for the front seats, and side curtain airbags for both rows.
The Passat may have had a hard time fitting into the mainstream midsize segment in the past, but it’s clear the 2012 edition has a lot that will appeal to Tucson Volkswagen buyers in addition to its competitive price.