WardsAuto names 2019 Arteon to 10 Best UX list

2019 VW Arteon

The 2019 Volkswagen Arteon, the brand’s flagship sedan, recently received high praise for its user experience and earned a spot among the WardsAuto 10 Best User Experiences (UX) list. The infotainment system, available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Car-Net and Adaptive Cruise Control were highlighted among many other features in the Arteon that make it such a remarkable vehicle. 

WardsAuto is one of the leading authorities in automotive insights and analysis. For this 4th annual competition, they evaluated 23 vehicles on their ability to make technology easy to use while enhancing an individual’s lifestyle. These vehicles either had all-new or re-engineered UX features like digital display screens, interfaces, connectivity, and apps. Overall value was also a consideration, though there was no cap on pricing. 

“From the moment the R-Line logo lights up the instrument panel during startup, the Arteon delivers a unique user experience setting itself apart from its competitors,” said Wards Senior Editor James Amend. “The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit then comes to life with its richly detailed navigation map nestled between bright, easy-to-read gauges. Wards judges also gushed over the Arteon’s smooth-running adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, a technology underpinning autonomous driving of the future. Owners surely will enjoy the wealth of connectivity through VW Car-Net, and the central infotainment screen with proximity sensing and haptic feedback is a snap to use.”

The 2019 Arteon is a rare sedan in that the styling and technology of it are of much higher quality than one would expect for its price range. With a sleek gran turismo design, it has a spacious interior thanks to the MQB platform. Standard features of the Arteon include 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, full LED headlights, Front Assist, Side Assist, Rear Traffic Alert, and DCC® adaptive damping. Arteon is powered by a 268-horsepower 2.0-liter TSI® engine, which is paired with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and optional 4Motion® all-wheel drive.

What you’ll notice right away in every Arteon model is the innovative Volkswagen MIB II touchscreen infotainment system, which has a glass-covered 8.0-inch capacitive touchscreen display. This is similar to the touch sensor that you have in your smartphone and much easier to use, as opposed to the majority of vehicles’ touchscreens that require pressure to do common functions. Gesture controls in the Arteon like pinch-zooming are much more intuitive and less challenging than in other systems. 

Arteon SE models use the Composition Media unit, while SEL Premium models offer the Discover Media system with navigation. Both of these systems offer SD card slots and USB ports, plus Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio free for a three-month trial, HD radio, the ability to send and receive text messages with Bluetooth compatible phones, and pair two phones simultaneously. SEL Premium models’ Discover Media systems also offer 2.5D navigation, which features one-shot voice destination entry, destination entry with search and auto-complete, and predicts possible destinations according to routes used frequently. 

The Volkswagen Car-Net connectivity system was a big factor in the Arteon landing on Wards 10 Best UX list. This system exemplifies the dedication of Volkswagen to the development of intelligent and connected vehicles. Car-Net is divided into three areas: “App-Connect,” “Security & Service,” and “Guide & Inform.” 

The first, Car-Net App-Connect, is standard on all Arteon models. It allows users to run select smartphone apps right on the display through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink, whichever you prefer.

SEL Premium models are equipped with Car-Net Security & Service, which is a suite of elements providing security features and allows owners to access their Volkswagen through their smartphone app or vw.com/carnet. Security & Service offers many convenient features, such as Automatic Crash Notification, Manual Emergency Call, Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Family Guardian speed and boundary alerts, diagnostics and maintenance information, and remote vehicle access—including remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash of lights, last parked location information, and remote status check (doors and windows). On select models, owners are able to send a location from their device to the navigation system. Information Assistance is available for those who prefer a more personal touch, just press the i-Button in the overhead console. 

Arteon SEL Premium models also come standard with VW Car-Net Guide and Inform, which is an enhanced navigation and infotainment experience. This system adds convenient information to the navigation experience, including gas prices, movie information, and weather data as part of the three-month SiriusXM Travel Link trial. Additionally, owners will enjoy real-time traffic information and a three-month trial of SiriusXM Traffic. 

There are so many more innovative UX features of the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon that we could list here for you to read, but there’s nothing like experiencing one in person. Contact us to schedule a test drive, or just stop into Volkswagen of Inver Grove today to drive one and you’ll see firsthand how the Arteon easily made it to the Wards Top 10 Best UX list. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Volkswagen & DonorsChoose.org team up to help local teachers fund classrooms – and you can, too!

It’s official – school is back in session.

Did you know that the average public school teacher spends $479 of their own money on schools supplies each year? And that the teachers in low-income schools spend up to 40 percent more than average?

It shouldn’t be this way.

As a part of the recently-launched Drive Bigger event, Volkswagen has teamed up with DonorsChoose.org to make sure that teachers don’t have to pay out-of-pocket for their classrooms. And you can help.

Wait — what is DonorsChoose.org?

DonorsChoose.org is a crowdsourced giving network that was founded by a Bronx teacher in 2000 to help educators fund projects for their students and classrooms. Since then, more than $830 million has been raised for approximately 500,000 teachers. In fact, four out of five public schools nationwide have had at least one DonorsChoose.org project, which have included everything from clothes for needy students to classroom decorations, helping some 34 million students overall.

In its first big initiative in the new Drive Bigger brand platform based on innovation, responsibility, and contributing to the greater good, Volkswagen is pledging $1 million to DonorsChoose.org to directly fund selected classroom projects, which include $20 donation cards for dealerships to hand out to customers. Additionally, Volkswagen will be making an overall corporate donation to the program, and will match employee contributions from $25 to $2,500.

Here’s where you come in

Come into Volkswagen of Inver Grove and talk to us — we have plenty* of DonorsChoose.org donation cards to give away! Being involved in our community has always been one of our values, and fits in perfectly with Drive Bigger, Once you have your gift card, you can redeem it at https://www.donorschoose.org/volkswagen to go toward the school project of your choosing. Keep in mind that cards must be redeemed by 11:59pm EST on September 30, 2019.

According to the program, 94% of teachers said their funded projects increased their effectiveness in the classroom. You can see the progress of the Drive Bigger and DonorsChoose.org collaboration in real time by visiting this link, which includes up-to-the-minute testimonials and donation numbers from community members just like you.

Visit Volkswagen of Inver Grove today to learn more, and drive something bigger than yourself. We’re in this together.

*While funds last. Not redeemable for cash. Expires September 30, 2019.

 

What is Pedestrian Monitoring, and how does it work?

You’ve probably seen “Pedestrian Monitoring” mentioned as a Volkswagen safety feature in reading about our vehicles. We get a lot of questions about what exactly this means, so we’ll explain.

True to its name, “Pedestrian Monitoring” does monitor for pedestrians, but it’s so much more than that. As part of our Front Assist safety system, this technology acts as an extra pair of “eyes” that helps drivers stay aware of other road users, whether it’s a kid not looking both ways or careless person crossing the street looking down at their phone.

So How Does Pedestrian Monitoring Work?

Discreetly hiding behind the Volkswagen emblem on the front of the vehicle is a small, square radar device. Regardless of whether it’s day or night, the radar actively sweeps points within about 35 degrees and up to about 400 feet ahead of the vehicle hundreds of times a minute. The system analyzes the data from the radar and is able to detect for the specific “signature” of pedestrians that are about to cross in front of the vehicle or are walking away from the vehicle inside its path. 

If the car is traveling between around 4 and 19 mph and a pedestrian is detected, it applies automatic braking to slow or stop itself to help avoid a collision, using the precise amount of breaking needed. If the vehicle is going between about 19 and 40 mph, the Pedestrian Monitoring system alerts the driver with both audible and visual alerts to respond. If the driver doesn’t respond, it then engages automatic braking. The system does not, however, operate at speeds above 40 mph.

Currently, Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring is available on all 2019 Volkswagen models except the Beetle, Jetta, and Passat. It is standard on the Arteon, Atlas, Golf, Golf R, Golf Alltrack, and on all but the base trim levels of other models. Front Assist and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) are expected to be standard on nearly all Volkswagen models by 2022.

While this is an incredible safety feature, in certain situations it may not work, such as if the radar sensor’s vision is blocked by dirt or snow. It’s important to keep the front of your vehicle wiped down and clear in those conditions, anyway, but do be extra aware of this. Overall, however, Pedestrian Monitoring technology can offer improved awareness of pedestrians in conditions like fog or if there’s a harsh sun glare in the driver’s eyes, where vision might be more difficult. 

At Volkswagen of Inver Grove, we know that safety is your number one priority, which is why we’re proud to offer vehicles with Pedestrian Monitoring. This small, hidden feature in the Front Assist system has a very important role — it can save lives. If you’d like to see it in action and try it out for yourself, stop in and take a drive or two. Whether you’re from St. Paul, Minneapolis, Mendota Heights, Bloomington, or anywhere in between — we’re happy to show you all the amazing things that Volkswagen has to offer!

Volkswagen One of Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Most Awarded Brands”


Volkswagen is on a winning streak for 2019.

In fact, Kelley Blue Book named Volkswagen one of their 10 Most Awarded Brands of 2019. The reason is simple: Volkswagen was awarded eight different awards from KBB. That is a lot of accolades for a company offering its best lineup in years.

Here is a rundown of the awards Volkswagen received from KBB:

  • 2019 Atlas: 12 Best family Cars of 2019 and 10 Best Road Trip Cars of 2019
  • 2019 Jetta: 10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000 and 10 Best Sedans Under $30,000
  • 2019 Golf: 10 Coolest New Cars Under $20,000
  • 2019 Golf GTI: 10 Coolest Cars Under $30,000
  • 2019 Golf Alltrack: 10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $30,000
  • 2019 Passat: 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000

Do you see a pattern here? Volkswagen offers a lineup that is fun, comfortable, sporty, capable, and cool. Not just the vehicles named above, but across the entire range – including the Tiguan, Beetle, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, and Arteon.

Kelley Blue Book recognizes the advancements Volkswagen made with their cars, wagons, and SUVs in design and technology through German engineering.

Most importantly, a Volkswagen is an affordable vehicle to own while offering all of the above. With five award-winning vehicles starting under $30,000 – two of which start at under $20,000 — they are easy to get into.

Check out our award-winning lineup at Volkswagen of Inver Grove! A test drive will show you why KBB awarded eight accolades to St. Paul’s best lineup of Volkswagen models ever. Ask about how you can buy or lease one today!

 

 

 

The end of an era, the end of an icon — Volkswagen ceases production of the Beetle

Iconic Volkswagen Beetle

They say “all good things must come to an end.” As much as we hate to see it go, it’s true — the iconic Volkswagen Beetle has ceased production.

First imported to the United States in 1949 and introduced as the Type 1, nearly five million Beetles were sold in America, with a total throughout the world of 21.5 million. In 1998, it was reintroduced as the “New Beetle,” with a more modern, yet retro design, which sold more than 1.2. million cars between 1998 and 2010. The third (and final) generation of Beetle, was introduced to the U.S. in 2011 (as a 2012 model) and over half a million have been built since.

No matter the generation, no other car in history is as recognizable — and perhaps as beloved — as the Beetle. It is as iconic as it is synonymous with the Volkswagen name.

“It’s impossible to imagine where Volkswagen would be without the Beetle,” said Scott Keogh, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “From its first import in 1949 to today’s retro-inspired design, it has showcased our company’s ability to fit round pegs into square holes of the automotive industry. While its time has come, the role it has played in the evolution of our brand will be forever cherished.”

The final Beetle — a Stonewashed Blue coupe — was produced by Volkswagen de Mexico’s Puebla plant, and will remain on display at the local Volkswagen museum in Puebla as a salute to its heritage and impact on the world’s automobile culture. The Puebla plant will soon be shifting its production to a North American-market focused compact SUV, which will fit into Volkswagen’s lineup below the Tiguan.

The last Beetle models produced for the U.S., a pair in Kings Red with custom dashes, keys, and quilted seats, will live on at Volkswagen of America’s collection of historic vehicles.

Both the second- and third-generation Beetle models were sold in both coupe and convertible variants, and were collectively produced in 23 different exterior colors, 32 interior trims, 13 varying engine configurations and 19 special editions, including the Dune, Denim, Coast, and #PinkBeetle. All of them were built by the Volkswagen de Mexico, Puebla plant, and sold in 91 markets across the world.

It’s mind-boggling to think about how this one little car made such an imprint on the world, and it’s sad to see it go. But in the tradition of the Beetle, Volkswagen is leading the way in changing the world for good with its Drive Bigger commitment, which includes electric vehicles. If you’d like to own a piece of Volkswagen history, we do have some Beetle models still in our inventory. We encourage you to come in to Volkswagen of Inver Grove and take a drive sooner than later, because once they’re gone, they’re gone!

The all-new Volkswagen Arteon — 9 things to know

The new flagship sedan from Volkswagen, the Arteon, is finally here on U.S. soil and it’s turning heads everywhere. Debuting at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, this sleek, stylish vehicle is a sneak peek at a new direction in design for Volkswagen vehicles of future generations. There’s so much we could tell you about the new Arteon it would be difficult to fit into one blog post, but here are nine key things you need to know:

 

Design is at the root of its name.

How and why did Volkswagen name the vehicle “Arteon?” Well, like many words we use today it has Latin roots. In Latin, the word for art is artem, and “Arteon” is an appropriate spin off that. Looking at its design, it’s truly a work of art!

 

Plenty of wiggle room.

Tall people, rejoice! No more being cramped in the backseat of a car, or even the front. The wheelbase of the Arteon is nearly 112 inches, which is a lot more space than most fastback-style vehicles. Now those long-legged passengers can lean back, cross their legs, and relax. Smaller passengers? Well, this means  even more wiggle room and comfort overall.

 

 

It’s taken a while to get here, but it’s worth it.

They say the best things come to those who wait, and in the case of the new Arteon, that’s very true. It took about three-and-a-half years between initial discussion of this vehicle and final production, but it’s finally here and so worth the wait.

 

Inspired by nature.

Engineers and scientists have a history of being inspired by nature for their designs and breakthroughs, and the Arteon is no exception. Volkswagen designers focused on imitating the athletic profile of predators in nature, including sharks, to give the Arteon its aggressive, sleek design that you see today, Talk about packing a bite!

 

The eyes have it.

In this new vehicle’s design comes a unique lighting architecture of the headlights and grille — they’re woven together in a seamless unit. This gives the “face” of the Arteon an incredible look that even wowed the engineering team when the designers first presented it.

Utilitarian with no sacrifice in style.

Usually in sedans, you end up sacrificing aesthetics in order to have ample cargo space. Not with the Arteon. Its 27-cubic-foot trunk provides more cargo space than most sedans, giving it both form and function. And when you fold down the rear seat, a total of 55 cubic feet of space is plenty of room to carry all kinds of stuff with room to spare.

 

Choose your own driving adventure.

With the standard DCC adaptive chassis control, drivers are allowed to configure the vehicle’s running gear for “normal,” “comfort,” or “sport” driving. Comfort mode helps smooth out bumpy rides, while sport mode helps stiffen damping to create a more direct connection between the driver and the road.

 

Driver assistance, as it should be.

The Arteon offers a host of Driver Assistance features, including standard Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, and standard Automatic Post-Collision Braking. Available features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, Light Assist, Park Assist, and Park Distance Control.

Extra flair available.

If you’re the type of person who likes to go a little extra when it comes to style, the all-new Arteon comes with a new package called the R-Line®. This gives the four-door coupe a sportier interior and some pretty dynamic, eye-catching exterior treatments, which will wow all those who look at the vehicle even more!

 

Like anything new and shiny, Arteon models are sure to go fast. Here at Volkswagen of Inver Grove we’re excited to be getting more in our showroom soon, so stop in today to see this sexy new car in person and take a test drive. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Popular Mechanics names Golf GTI “Hatchback of the Year” — again!

For the second consecutive year, Popular Mechanics named the Volkswagen Golf GTI its “Hatchback of the Year.”  This award was part of the magazine’s 2019 Automotive Excellence Awards, which honor advances in automotive technology.

A “reference point” for a genre

It’s nice to be recognized, but it’s even better to set the standard. Ezra Dyer, Automotive Editor for Popular Mechanics, noting that the GTI “is still the reference point for the genre it created,” and also noted that “If a GTI doesn’t make you smile, your face is broken.” We don’t think there are many people out there with broken faces, so we’ll take it as a compliment!

Scott Keogh, president and chief exec of the Volkswagen Group of America (VWoA), said that “awards like this validate the consistency of the Golf GTI in delivering unmatched quality and performance at a competitive price point.” The VW executive said that the company is “honored for GTI to be named two years running in the Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence awards.”

The 2019 Golf GTI has four different trims to choose from — the S, SE, and Autobahn, plus the limited-edition GTI Rabbit Edition. All models come with a 228-horsepower four-cylinder engine, which can be achieved with premium fuel.  Additionally, Golf R brakes and the VAQ electronically-controlled limited-slip differential also come standard.

New optional safety package for the S Model

A driver safety package, called the Driver Assistance Package, is now available as an option on the S model of the Golf GTI. Available equipment includes Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert. These features are already standard on the rest of the lineup. The SE features new standard equipment that includes leather upholstery and a new Experience Package which offers Fender® Premium Audio and DCC® adaptive damping.

Every Golf GTI comes with our innovative People First Warranty, America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. The transferable warranty provides coverage for six years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first). Because any remaining term on the warranty can be transferred to a new owner, it has become a real used-car selling point. Prices start at $27,595 for the 2019 Golf GTI S with six-speed manual transmission.

For more information on the Popular Mechanics 2019 Automotive Excellence awards, please visit the Popular Mechanics award website.

At Volkswagen of Inver Grove, we’re proud to offer our community some of the most award-winning vehicles in the business, including the Golf GTI. Check out our online inventory of Golf GTI models and/or stop in to take a test drive — we’re sure it’ll put a smile on your face! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Volkswagen Golf GTI Earns Top Safety Pick by IIHS

 

The safety of you and your family is a primary concern at Volkswagen. Twin Cities customers need to be safe and secure whenever they take to the road in their vehicle.

Volkswagen is committed to making the safest automobiles in the world. This is why we celebrate the results of crash testing that confirms the hard work by the engineers at Volkswagen.

Volkswagen of Inver Grove is proud to offer the iconic Golf GTI, which has earned top marks from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), as its Top Safety Pick for 2019.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI offers the latest in passive and active safety features. The Driver Assistance Package is available on the S model, while certain features are standard on all other Golf GTI models. These features include Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Monitor Plus with Rear Traffic Alert, High Beam Control, and Adaptive Cruise Control, to name a few. All of these features were developed with the finest of German engineering.

Our safety features are designed to not only keep you and everyone inside your Golf GTI secure — they won’t interfere your ability to fulfill your enthusiast dreams.

More importantly, the Volkswagen Golf GTI offers the best value in its class – offering more interior space and comfort than any midsize family sedan available. This is something Volkswagen of Inver Grove is proud to offer our customers – better value for the money.

We have a great selection of the award-winning Volkswagen Golf GTI at Volkswagen of Inver Grove to choose from.  Let us find the one that is perfect for the inner enthusiast in you. Stop into the dealership today for a test drive!

Volkswagen Golf wins Good Housekeeping Best New Compact Car Award

The Volkswagen Golf continues to reel in the awards, this time from the Good Housekeeping Institute, which awarded it Best New Car in the Compact category. Teaming up with Car and Driver, Good Housekeeping created a detailed guide to the year’s best cars. Vehicles were rated on safety, value, handling, design, and technology after driving more than 5,000 miles of city roads, highways, and test tracks. In giving the Best New Car Award to the 2019 VW Golf, Good Housekeeping highlighted its roomy back seats, standard driver assistance features, and generous storage space.

“Based on our testing, we recommend this sturdy, reliable option for anyone—from a young family in the suburbs to a recent grad in the city,” said Laurie Jennings, Good Housekeeping Institute Director & Lead Consumer Tester.

Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Volkswagen of America, said of the award, “We are so proud that Good Housekeeping has honored the Golf with this award. The seventh generation Golf represents great value packed with driver-assistance features, sportiness and purposeful styling.”

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf is available in two trims—S and SE. The 1.4-liter TSI, 147hp powertrain is paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard driver-assistance features include Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Traffic Alert. Every Volkswagen Golf comes with the People First Warranty, America’s Best Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty. The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and can be transferred to a subsequent owner throughout the remainder of its duration. MSRP starts at $21,845 for the S with six-speed manual transmission.

For more on Good Housekeeping’s 2019 Best New Car Awards, visit www.goodhousekeeping.com/2019carawards.

At Volkswagen of Inver Grove, we take pride in offering our community some of the most award-winning vehicles in the business, and we’re happy to see the Golf get even more attention than it already has. Check out our inventory of Golf models and/or stop into the store for a test-drive. We’re sure to have the right one for you!

Overlanding with a Volkswagen Atlas? Check out this new concept – the Atlas Basecamp!

Minnesotans love “overlanding” and off-road driving. Our enthusiasm for taking our rigs away from the highway is not because of where we vacation or the location of our cabins. It is because our state offers some great opportunities to have some fun our in our countryside.

Of course, the question comes up about our Volkswagen Atlas on whether it is capable of overlanding and off-road driving. The short answer is “yes.”

At the New York International Auto Show, Volkswagen presented one way for the Atlas to be enjoyed off the highway with its Basecamp Concept. The concept featured a custom body, lift kit, custom wheels, all-terrain tires, roof rack with bike mounts, and LED light bars.

Using a Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium as the canvas, the Basecamp Concept is painted Platinum Gray and Black Uni with a matte finish and orange accents. The SEL Premium trim comes standard with a 3.6-liter VR6® engine making 276 hp and an eight-speed transmission, paired with Volkswagen 4Motion® all-wheel drive with Drive Mode Selection. A set of fifteen52 Traverse MX Concept wheels debut on the Basecamp Concept and are expected go into series production at fifteen52 this fall. The wheels are wrapped in 265/70R17 all-terrain tires.

Additional accessories on the Atlas Basecamp Concept include a custom body kit by Air Design, an H&R® lift kit with coil over springs that raise the ride height approximately 1.5 inches, a Front Runner® Slimline II roof rack system with bike holders, off-road LED light bars on the front and rear, as well as protective interior add-ons from Volkswagen Accessories.

The Basecamp Concept is shown with an off-road capable HIVE EX compact expedition trailer, featuring matching wheels and tires. Like the Atlas, the HIVE EX camper is assembled in the USA and built to take on the elements while providing ample comfort and space. Both lightweight and strong, the tow-behind camper is equipped with a queen-size bed, pullout canopy, and kitchenette, complete with a stove, a sink, and a refrigerator/ freezer combo that can operate on an optional 12-volt battery. Other integrated features include a self-contained water tank, propane tank, portable toilet, hot shower, and removable leveling jacks.

After the New York Auto Show, the Atlas Basecamp Concept will appear at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas later this year.

You can create your own Atlas Basecamp Concept with parts from third-party suppliers. However, you have to start with your own Volkswagen Atlas. Find yours at Volkswagen of Inver Grove today. Then, you can dream – and build – your own overlanding machine.