Coming Soon: 2021 Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas is a great family hauler. Not only has it won numerous awards, people of the Twin Cities have made it an overwhelming success. It offers comfortable seating for up to seven people with easy access to the third row. You are surrounded by technology, safety, and great German engineering, making the family adventure a wonderful one.

However, Volkswagen believes in constant improvement. We listen to you and made changes to satisfy our customers in creating a better vehicle for everyone.

Later this year, you will see how the 2021 Atlas has responded to your suggestions. The improvements were made to make the Atlas more visually pleasing, with expanded standard features once available in earlier models.

The first thing you will see on the 2021 Atlas is the new front end, inspired by the Atlas Cross Sport. The design is now fluid, smoother, and visually pleasing to the eye. Yet, it is still marked with the signature of Volkswagen design throughout. You will also notice the new “thinner” logo that will be a part of future Volkswagen models to come.

Inside, we shook things up a bit, Volkswagen refreshed the look, while making it easier to operate common items. The new logo rests on an all-new steering wheel. Controls are designed for better touch and response.

The big story is how Volkswagen integrated more technology under the Car-Net suite of connected services. The 2021 Atlas will get on-board Wi-Fi and wireless charging, both helpful for an Atlas-load of people traveling beyond the Twin Cities.

Standard equipment now includes full LED lighting, Front Assist, and Blind Spot Monitor on all models. Available equipment include heated rear seats, Adaptive Front Lighting System, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, and Dynamic Road Sign Display.

One major request that Volkswagen responded to is that you can now opt for the 4Motion all-wheel drive system on the 235-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI four-cylinder engine on the 2021 Atlas. As well as, you can also now opt for the four-cylinder engine on higher trim levels for 2021. The 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine is still available.  All the versatility and capability with better fuel economy.

Pricing has already been announced on the 2021 Atlas – starting at $31,545.

Contact us today at Volkswagen of Inver Grove to become one of the first owners of one. Until they arrive, we have a selection of 2019 and 2020 Atlas models available for you to drive today.

Calling All Artists! Create The New Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport R Livery!

Are you an artist? You might be among the many professionals and aspiring artists dotted across the Twin Cities from Lowertown to Nordeast Minneapolis. You might be studying at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design or at the University of Minnesota.

If you fall into one of the categories, Volkswagen is offering you the opportunity to create a livery for the Cross Sport R race vehicle. This contest is open to all eligible artists, designers, and enthusiasts of all skill levels and backgrounds to put your mark on the Atlas Cross Sport R this fall.

Using downloadable assets, eligible participants will be able to submit original designs and artwork to a judging panel comprised of Volkswagen designers, drivers, and executives. The winning submission will be adapted to the vehicle’s final race livery before it competes in an off-road race later this season. And, the winner – along with a guest — will be able to see their piece of art in a pre-race experience with the Volkswagen team later this year!

Think about it — all of the work you do to create art and design being showcased on some of the most grueling landscapes on this continent. You will be representing one of the best creative communities in the country — here in the Twin Cities– your design going at top speed with no trail ahead!

It’s a huge canvas . . . are you ready for the challenge?

If you want some inspiration for your livery submission, come see the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport at Volkswagen of Inver Grove. Take one for a test drive and see if it will fit your artist lifestyle.

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Named Top Safety Pick

For the third year in-a-row, the Volkswagen Tiguan has been named Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) .

The 2020 Tiguan was cited by the IIHS for the use of LED headlamps and Adaptive Front-lighting System with dynamic cornering headlights. The crash testing organization has put an emphasis on front lighting systems in the last several years. For optimal safety, a driver must be able to see at night.  With a longer beam of light showing more road area even if the road, Tiguan gives you better vision for the dark roads outside of the Twin Cities. Volkswagen designed the lighting system in the 2020 Tiguan to not only provide a longer and clearer beam of light ahead; it can also follow the turning of the vehicle with an equal amount of light to simply see around the corner.

Tiguan also received a superior rating for the Front Assist System, which is now standard on all 2020 models. Key elements of this system are theAutonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring and Forward Collision Warning. Combined, they were designed to avoid collisions and save lives. Adaptive Cruise Control comes into play to maintain your speed and distance to avoid any situations in front of you.

Safety is engineered in every 2020 Volkswagen Tiguan. With additional features, such as the Rearview Camera, Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Warning and Blind Spot Monitoring, you have been assured of the driving confidence the Tiguan demonstrates for you, your Family, your friends…even your carpool.

Come drive one of the safest vehicles in its class – the 2020 Tiguan – at Volkswagen of Inver Grove today. Let us show you how to be safe when driving your own Tiguan.

 

 

Volkswagen Atlas Awarded Cars.com Family Car of The Year

Volkswagen of InverGrove has the right vehicle for your family – the Atlas three-row SUV.

Our customers agree that Atlas is the right solution to carry up to seven people with outstanding performance, excellent connectivity, and luxurious comfort along with top level safety.

The website Cars.com agrees with us. They just named the Volkswagen Atlas their Family Car of The Year for 2020.

Cars.com cited the Atlas for having a “cavernous interior, long list of creature comforts and long-trip-worthy road manners.”

Volkswagen created the Atlas for maximum passenger comfort across all three rows. Tilt-and-slide second row seats for easy third-row access from both sides of the vehicle is made easier by having the largest passenger doors in its class.

Plus, the Atlas is designed to be the safest vehicle in its class. Across all trims, you will find a choice of standard or available features, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot warning, a 360-degree camera system, rear cross-traffic detection, reverse automatic braking, front parking sensors and automatic high-beam headlights.

Let’s not forget about power. The Volkswagen Atlas is offered powerful 3.6-liter V6. The V6 is offered with the traction of the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. V6 Atlas is even rated to even tow up to 5,000-pounds.  If you are looking for more fuel economy Atlas is also available with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.

The Atlas has won previous honors from Cars.com, including earning their top choice in the 2017 Three-Row SUV Challenge and becoming one of the Best of 2018. They even admitted that the Atlas is one of their favorite vehicles.

Here at Volkswagen of InverGrove, we are proud they chose it as one of their own. If you’d like to find out why Cars.com raved about the Atlas, come and drive one today!

 

Happy Anniversary to Volkswagen in America . . . 70 years and still going strong

Volkswagen LogoIt’s hard to believe it’s been 70 years already. Seventy years of Volkswagen in America. But while Volkswagen vehicles seem ubiquitous here now, believe it or not, they didn’t get off to the best start.

In 1949, a Dutch businessman by the name of Ben Pon came to New York with two Volkswagen Type 1 vehicles (eventually known as the Beetle), with hopes of selling affordable small cars to America. It took him two whole months to sell those two vehicles, but America quickly embraced the Beetle, Volkswagen of America was officially established in 1955 in order to organize dealers and provide service and parts. By 1959, the brand launched its now-legendary “Think Small” campaign, highlighting the benefits of the easily maintained and air-cooled Beetle.

Since then, the Volkswagen brand has become nothing short of iconic in American pop culture and on the roads from coast to coast. It’s hard to think of the 1960s without imagining a Beetle or Bus in the mind’s eye, whether in Hollywood pictures or at Woodstock. Such popularity of Volkswagen models prompted the company to respond with additional models such as the Dasher and the Squareback. By the 1970s, more efficient models started gracing the roads, and the first-generation Scirocco joined the lineup, followed by the Golf, but with its American name—the Rabbit.

By 1978, Volkswagen built its first U.S. plant in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, which eventually assembled more than 1.1 million Rabbit models. Additionally, the Rabbit GTI was “born” at this plant, a car that would create its own culture of fans and spawn many hot-hatch competitors.

As time went on, the original Volkswagen consumer base “grew up,” so to speak, and their tastes became more refined. Appropriately, throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, the brand started offering an increasing level of refinement and sophistication in models like the Passat and the Jetta. When retro culture came back in the ‘90s, Volkswagen re-introduced the beloved Beetle as the “New Beetle” in 1998.

While originally a product of Germany, Volkswagen shifted production and design of some models to North America in 2011 at its newly-opened plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The new 2020 Passat (now in our showroom) is manufactured there, as is the Atlas and upcoming Atlas Cross Sport. Perhaps most importantly, the Chattanooga assembly plant will play a key part in the future of Volkswagen in America when it launches the worldwide MEB electric vehicle platform over the next few years.

“Over the past 70 years, Volkswagen has grown from two Beetle models to a significant part of American history,” said Scott Keogh, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “As we look ahead to driving our company toward bigger goals like our next-generation electric vehicles, we will always remember where we started out.”

Volkswagen of Inver Grove is proud to offer the iconic “people’s car” to Inver Grove, St. Paul, Dakota and Washington counties, and even Hudson, Wisconsin. Whether a Beetle, Jetta, Golf, Tiguan or Atlas, every Volkswagen model has been known for both great value in transportation and being simply fun-to-drive vehicles for 70 years and counting. With such variety, we’ve got something to fit everybody’s needs. Take a look at our inventory and schedule a test drive with us today, or simply stop in. We look forward to meeting you!

The TDI is Back at Volkswagen of Inver Grove!

Volkswagen of Inver Grove has an inventory of pre-owned TDI models that have been prepared for resale. Now, they come with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty.

It’s time to revisit our popular diesel models. As a refresher, a diesel engine is fueled by a special petroleum blend designed to run on specifically designed internal combustion engines. Today, that fuel is called Ultra Low Sulfur for the lack of sulfur in the fuel – about 15 parts per million. Diesel fuel is now cleaner than ever.

When looking at our inventory of pre-owned TDI models, here are a few things to consider:

  • Gasoline might be less expensive at the pump, but the gap between regular gasoline and diesel fuel has never been narrower. Diesel fuel is currently running around $3.00/gallon in the Twin Cities.
  • Diesel engines used to be noisy. Not anymore! A lot of sound deadening and exhaust enhancements enable diesel vehicles to be as quiet as gasoline-powered ones, and even quieter in some cases. The clatter is inaudible from the driver’s seat when driving along at highway speeds, as well as around town.
  • Diesel engines are more fun to drive than gas engines! That greater low-end torque helps in passing on the highway or getting from a stop onto traffic. Diesels have greater flexibility, because of their efficiency and standard use of a turbocharger for an additional performance boost.
  • Have your cake and eat it too!  So, diesel are fun to drive with the extra low end torque that gets you off the line quickly, and with real world 40+ mpg, you can 500 miles on a tank without refueling.  This might be a week, or several weeks, because after all who really likes stopping at the gas station to fill up?

Check out the inventory of pre-owned TDI models at Volkswagen of Inver Grove. Don’t forget about our two-year unlimited mileage warranty that goes with every pre-owned TDI model sold by us! Come on in for a test drive and take one home today!

2020 Golf GTI and Jetta GLI named to Car and Driver’s “10Best” list

Volkswagen of InverGrove is excited to share that both the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Jetta GLI were recently named to Car and Driver magazine’s “10Best” list. The Golf family of cars have now been named to the 10Best list fourteen years in a row! That’s an impressive track record for an impressive car.

Once again the editors of Car and Driver were impressed with both vehicles. They said, “These VWs check every box and do everything well. They are affordable; they are efficient; they are spacious, fast, and fun. It’s their unflinching sense of fun that makes these two so easy to love. They bring the same verve to a crosstown jaunt as they do to barreling into the braking zone.”

Judged on value, performance, overall ability to satisfy a consumer’s driving need the annual “10Best” list is exactly what it sounds like — a highlight of the ten best vehicles of the year.

All eligible vehicles for “10Best” must fall under the base-MSRP limit of $90,000 and be on sale in January 2020. Those nominated for the “10Best” list are all-new vehicles.  2019 “10Best” winners, those that were not available for the 2019 competition, and those with significant updates. This is the first year that the competition combined cars, trucks, and SUVs into a single event.

“We are honored that Car and Driver has recognized two of our performance Volkswagen models as part of its ‘10Best’ awards,” said Scott Keogh, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “The GTI and GLI represent the best of what Volkswagen has to offer—stellar driving dynamics, high-tech features and outstanding quality at a value price.”

For 2020, the Golf GTI returns with many upgrades to previous models. GTI is available in two trims – S and SE. To further increase value, it now comes standard with Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert, which were only options before. Also  standard in GTI models is in-car Wi-Fi capability when you subscribe to the Car-Net infotainment system and a data plan.

The SE model also has an Autobahn Package available, which enhances the vehicle with more upscale features, such as a Discover Media infotainment system with navigation, Climatronic® automatic dual-zone climate control, Fender® Premium Audio, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), and High Beam Control (Light Assist).

The 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI with a standard six-speed manual transmission starts at an MSRP of $28,595. Should you choose the seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission with Tiptronic®, MSRP starts at $29,395. All Golf GTI models have a destination charge of an additional $920.

For more information on the 2020 Jetta GLI, check out our preview page.

Both the Golf GTI and Jetta GLI are featured in Car and Driver’s January 2020 “10Best” issue, and available right now wherever magazines are sold. Find out more information about the list online at http://caranddriver.com/10best2020. We’ll be getting them in stock very soon here at Volkswagen of Inver Grove, so contact us to set up a test drive today. Depending on when you read this, we might already have some. We look forward to showing you the two of the “10Best!”

Playing In the Sand: The Atlas Cross Sport R at The Baja 1000

The Baja 1000 race is a test of man and the machine against some of the toughest terrain on the planet – Baja California. Off-road racers must conquer all 1,000 miles of the peninsula south of the border.

Volkswagen fielded a heavily modified version of the Atlas Cross Sport in the SCORE Baja 1000. The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport R raced in the Class 7 Open Production Unlimited competition.

Developed in conjunction with Volkswagen Motorsport driver Tanner Foust and Baja race veteran Rhys Millen, the Atlas Cross Sport R will be the first four-wheel-drive vehicle to enter Baja Class 7 competition. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, first developed by Volkswagen Motorsport for use in its WRC and Rallycross programs. Capable of producing over 600 horsepower—or 300 hp per liter—the engine was detuned to roughly 480 horsepower for an optimized balance of performance and reliability.

When it arrives at Volkswagen of Inver Grove in the early part of 2020, the Atlas Cross Sport will not come with all of the race modified that are on the Baja 1000 racer. However, our parts department can help with accessories to make your Atlas Cross Sport ready for your own Baja 1000 or that run to the Boundary Waters. Maybe the next season of Vikings or Gophers tailgates!

Contact us at Volkswagen of Inver Grove to become one of the first owners in the Twin Cities of the Atlas Cross Sport. In the meantime, we have some inventory of Atlas models available for test drives.

R for Thrills and Excitement

At Volkswagen, the letter R stands for excitement, fun, thrills, exhilaration, and more.

While the letter R has been a part of the history of Volkswagen going back to the 1970s, it would be our turn when the Golf R32. The MkIV Golf was the perfect canvas for a new level of performance in one of the most iconic models in our lineup.

Imagine a Golf with the legendary narrow angle VR6 engine, sporting 238 horsepower, attached to the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. Not only was the Golf R32 fast, but it handled beyond anyone’s expectation. There are plenty of examples of the MkIV Golf R32 still on the roads of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. They are coveted by our local enthusiasts.

From the MkIV Golf R32 came its legendary successors. The MKV Golf R32 brought back the hardcore enthusiast to Volkswagen dealers, but for only one year and with just 5,000 units available to us. The Golf R would gain more of its iconic status with the MkVI model. Leading right into the MkVII Golf R, which ended production this year.

The letter R is not just for Volkswagen enthusiasts. For 2020, this hot letter will appear on the select Jetta, Tiguan, Atlas, Passat, and Arteon models. These R-Line models offer sports appearance enhancements, aggressive wheel designs, sporty seats and high content. It is everything you expect from a sporty Volkswagen.

Later in 2020, you will see the evolution of the letter R. A newly designed badge will appear on the Atlas Cross Sport R-Line. It is a letter for the future of Volkswagen for those seeking a sporty side to our great vehicles.

You can get your hands on one at Volkswagen of Inver Grove – the Twin Cities’ source for the letter R. Check out our inventory and test drive one today!

 

 

Volkswagen is most improved in J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index

There are many awards in the automotive industry, mostly conducted by research firms and automotive-related publications. Volkswagen wins many awards about the vehicles themselves, but it’s also important to know what consumers feel about the overall sales experience. 

We’re proud to announce that the consumers have spoken for 2019, and according to a survey by J.D. Power of nearly 30,000 people who purchased or leased a new Volkswagen in April or May 2019, Volkswagen is the most improved non-premium brand in their Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) study.

Last year, Volkswagen placed 24th in the overall brand category, but this year, it moved up to number 15.

For non-premium brands, however, Volkswagen jumped from last year’s 24th place ranking up to fourth place, with an increase of 24 points. That’s a huge improvement in customer satisfaction in just one year! 

Additionally, the brand’s scores improved for what are known as the buyer and rejecter index categories, which contribute to the overall SSI score. According to the buyers, Volkswagen placed in the top three for non-premium vehicles, and also in the top third for leading buyer key performance indicators (KPI’s). 

There is also the “rejecter satisfaction index,” which measures satisfaction of brands and dealerships that consumers considered, but ultimately rejected in favor of a different brand or dealership. Volkswagen ranked second in this category, meaning that even though they didn’t purchase or lease a Volkswagen and went elsewhere, they were still very happy with the service and vehicles overall. 

At Volkswagen of Inver Grove, we’re proud to offer such award winning vehicles to our community, but it’s a great feeling to know that our community feels the same way about their experience at our dealership, too. It means we’re doing our job right, and getting better and better every year. Feel free to contact us to schedule a test drive of anything in our inventory, whether it’s a Jetta, a Tiguan, an Atlas, or any of our other models. Or, you could just stop in sometime. The Inver Grove community has already said a lot of nice things about us, and we’d like to show you ourselves. We look forward to meeting you!