What’s the All New Volkswagen Taos?

As the decade turns toward 2021; Volkswagen celebrates over 80 years of automotive production and is continuing its legacy with the release of the Volkswagen Taos. The Taos has been teased in North America for months now, and consumers are starting to get excited about its imminent reveal in October of 2020. Speculation on the vehicle is absolutely wild, as Volkswagen gears up to once again wow the crossover/SUV crowd with this model that seemingly caters to both worlds. Once again pushing greatness with all that modern Volkswagen vehicles have to offer, the company is excited to release the next big thing.

Despite several extremely limited teasers that Volkswagen has released, there is a good deal known about the Taos, and a good deal that we can safely speculate. In China, there is already a crossover Volkswagen vehicle on the road called the Tharu, and in South America a similar vehicle exists called the Tarek. It is speculated that a slightly different version of these models will become the North American Volkswagen Taos. The size is smaller than the Tiguan and looks to be intended to compete with a Subaru CrossTrek or a Jeep Compass, both of which are currently dominating the compact SUV market in the United States.

The vehicle is most certainly going to be a smaller size than the infamous Volkswagen Tiguan. Volkswagen’s Tiguan has been an absolute jump-start for the brand’s ability to cater to people looking for larger cars with more capability at the same Volkswagen price point. The interior is a great choice when looking for more space, and not only can seat five or more but has multiple configurations for cargo storage. For some drivers, however, bigger is not necessarily better and all eyes are looking to Volkswagen on the eve of the Taos; a newer, more advanced, and smaller vehicle.

The Volkswagen Taos looks to modeled after the Tiguan as well, just in slightly smaller stature with a few notable upgrades to increase the capability and aesthetic of the line. What we can tell from various teasers is an active LED strip connecting the two dual-LED headlights across the grill frame, no doubt to increase what is bound to be an already athletic look. Powertrain details are unclear, but more than likely it will come down to a choice between the Tiguan’s 2.0L 4-cylinder engine or a smaller turbo-four to increase the overall fuel efficiency. The vehicle is likely to come standard in front wheel drive, but Volkswagen is determined to make their 4Motion AWD system an accessible option.

As motor companies across the world strive to meet modern demand with technology, size, efficiency, and range, the Taos may yet prove to be the ultimate crowd pleaser. If its sister-models the Tharu and the Tarek are any indicator, great things are coming to the U.S. from this already well-established motor company. Comparable vehicles such as the CrossTrek from Subaru or the Jeep Compass are on the rise, and the time is right for Volkswagen to throw its hat into the ring in the ongoing competition for best crossover vehicle.

What is Volkswagen of Inver Grove Doing to Keep You Safe?

A Safer Visit with PrecisionCare

Here at Volkswagen of Inver Grove, we want you to feel safe in our vehicles. That security begins from the first moment you get inside. We know in these uncertain times it can be stressful to test drive a vehicle or even to take yours in for service with the fear over COVID-19. Because your peace of mind is important to us, we want you to know that we are taking every precaution to keep you safe when you leave our dealership.

We are continually looking at new technology and tools to keep everyone safe. One of the ways we protect everyone who touches a vehicle here at Volkswagen of Inver Grove is using PrecisionCare by Clorox Total 360. Clorox is a name you can trust with a longstanding reputation for killing germs. PrecisionCare is a patented electrostatic sprayer which uses Clorox products to kill germs inside a vehicle.

How It Works

The technician stands outside the vehicle with the sprayer and aims the nozzle inside the vehicle. Once the system is turned on, it will spray the product inside the vehicle as the technician moves around all sides. They will spray about three seconds at each angle. There is no need to linger in any one spot because the electrostatic technology ensures the spray gets into all the hard to reach places. It only takes a few minutes to kill any germs inside the vehicle. Once the job is finished, the technician will use a dry cloth to wipe down any overspray, so the vehicle is dry when you are ready to get inside.

This system takes care of all the surfaces you touch, including the following:

  • Steering wheel
  • Cup holders
  • Dashboard
  • Gear shift
  • Seatbelts
  • Radio
  • Handles and buttons
  • Child safety seats

Clorox’s promise is that it kills 99.9% of bacteria and eliminates odors that are caused by bacteria. It is fragrance free and dye free to be safer to use even for someone with sensitivity or allergies. PrecisionCare also inhibits the growth of mold and mildew in vehicles. It has been registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency to kill cold and flu viruses as well as SARS-Cov-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19.

This product is bleach-free as well as odorless and colorless. It won’t damage any of the surfaces of your vehicle or discolor them. Once the technician uses the product on your vehicle, they will put a tag on the steering wheel, so you know it’s ready for you to drive away in confidence.

To find out more about how Volkswagen of Inver Grove is keeping you safe or to get more information about PrecisionCare, talk to an associate.

Volkswagen of Inver Grove is Open For Service

Volkswagen of Inver Grove is an essential service – open just for you!

Our service department is open for maintenance and repairs on your Volkswagen through these times where it seems that everyone else is closed.

Our service department is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday.

You can bring your vehicle to our service reception area, however we do practice all of the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control to ensure your safety at our dealership. We also recommend that you return the favor by following those guidelines when you arrive, as well.

If you’re stuck working from home, our staff at Volkswagen of Inver Grove will pick up your vehicle and deliver it when the work is complete. In fact, we encourage you to consider this option as we can swap your vehicle with one of our loaners at your doorstep. Don’t worry, we do practice social distancing when we arrive at your home office.

When your vehicle is in our care, expect that we will clean and sanitize your vehicle before we return it to you. All of our management and staff are being extra diligent in ensuring that your vehicle – as, well as your loaner vehicle – is safe from harm.

In all, Volkswagen of Inver Grove wants you to stay home and be safe as this pandemic continues to adjust the lives of us all in Inver Grove Heights, St. Paul, Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Hastings, Eagan, Burnsville, Farmington, Hudson, and many communities across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Make an appointment with us for service at Volkswagen of Inver Grove. Let us take care of your vehicle with the utmost of care today!

2019 VW Arteon

Check Out These Great Financing and Lease Deals for New Volkswagen Models

Volkswagen Credit is making it easy to buy, lease, or manage your payments during these tough economic times.

For example, new owners can get 0% financing on a 72-month term. To help make things easier for you, Volkswagen Credit will defer your first payment up to 180 days. That way, you can get into a new 2019 or 2020 Volkswagen with peace of mind.

This financing deal is available on all remaining new 2019 models, including the Arteon, Golf SportWagen, Golf Alltrack, and the Beetle. Plus, all new 2020 Volkswagen models. Even you can get this great financing deal on the new Atlas Cross Sport and Passat!

If you rather lease than buy, Volkswagen Credit has the Sign and Drive program for all new 2020 models. The program is simple: no money down, no security deposit paid, no first month lease payment – absolutely nothing down when you sign!

You can lease a new 2020 Jetta or Tiguan with nothing to pay when you drive away – or when we drive away.

Let Volkswagen of Inver Grove make it easier for you to get into a new vehicle today! We will even come to your home, take a test drive and evaluate your trade right there. We will deliver your car to your driveway. Take a look at our inventory and find something you like – and we’ll from there!

Take advantage of this great financing program at Volkswagen of Inver Grove today!

NOTE: These financing programs are available only to Volkswagen Credit customers in good standing.

Step Inside The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

The new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport has arrived at Volkswagen of Inver Grove.

This is not just a smaller, two-row version of our family-sized Atlas. This is a sportier, more rakish, and just as handsome SUV, perfect for the active lifestyles in the Twin Cities.

There is a lot to love about the Atlas Cross Sport. For one, there is more rear legroom than its competitors. With 40.4 inches of space, you can carry two to three members of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Or, have room for adults of all sizes in great comfort.

Rear seat passengers also get enough cup holders for their drinks. Fold down the armrest in the back and there are two cup holders and a space for a juice box. In the door pockets, there is a place to put your water bottle securely. Plus, two more cupholders in the rear door panels. That’s a lot of places for your drinks – 11 altogether, including four more up front!

Rear seat passengers will enjoy the sound of the available Fender Premium Audio System. Just for them, there are four total speakers – two tweeters and two normal speakers for low and mid-range sound, along with additional speakers by the tailgate, as well as a big subwoofer bring the bass into the cabin. These are just a part of a 12-speaker system designed to keep everyone entertained on the road.

Behind the rear seats is 40.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold down the rear seats, and you get 77.8 cubic feet of room for activities in the great outdoors of Minnesota. Or, that grocery run where you can stock up all you need in the back. In fact, the cargo space inside the Atlas Cross Sport is more spacious than a lot of its competition.

This is just what’s inside the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport. Contact Volkswagen of Inver Grove to a test drive to see not only what’s inside, but all around this great new SUV!

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

It’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!