Some of you may have already had your first snow storm of the year, while others may still be waiting on that first storm. Whatever the case may be, preparing your car for winter driving conditions is one of the most important things you can do so that you don’t end up stranded with a broken down vehicle in the cold.
Volkswagen of Ann Arbor would like to share the follow tips that will help in preparing your car for those winter driving conditions.
- Change your oil and oil filter on time.
- Replace your old wiper blades.
- Worn tires can be dangerous in winter weather, so have any tires that are in poor condition replaced.
- Have your brakes checked.
- Make sure your heater and defroster are working properly.
- Carry an emergency kit in your car.
- Inspect all of your car’s lights and bulbs.
- Add fuel deicer to your tank once a month (as the temperature drops below freezing) to keep moisture from freezing in your car’s fuel line.
- Have your battery checked.
Tell us what kinds of things you do to prepare your vehicle for the winter.
It’s time to give thanks, eat so much food we can’t move, and watch football, because that’s what Thanksgiving is all about. This usually means getting together with the family as well, which, for some, means traveling out of town by vehicle. If you are someone that plans on traveling this Thanksgiving, then Volkswagen of Ann Arbor would like to share some of these Thanksgiving safe travel tips with you.
- Plan ahead: Know ahead of time what exits you need to take along the drive to avoid having to cut across traffic at the last second in an attempt to avoid missing your exit.
- Prepare your vehicle for the long drive: Simple maintenance such as checking wipers and fluid, making sure your tires are properly inflated, and checking your oil can keep your vehicle running smoothly on your trip.
- Check your emergency kit: Make sure all of the contents are there.
- Leave early: This will keep you from feeling rushed and speeding.
- Slow down: Holiday travel means extra congestion on the roads, so take it slow and be aware of the other drivers around you.
- Buckle up: Always buckle up no matter how long your drive may be.
Are there any Thanksgiving safe travel tips you would add to this list?
You don’t have to wait any longer to find out how much the new Passat 1.8T will be, as Volkswagen recently announced the 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T pricing information. The 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T is available in four different trims: 1.8T S, 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition, 1.8T SE, and the 1.8T SEL Premium.
Here is the breakdown of pricing for each trim (not including the $820 destination charge):
- 1.8T S with a five-speed manual transmission: $20,895
- 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition with a standard six-speed automatic: $23,695
- 1.8T SE with a five-speed manual transmission: $24,475
- 1.8T SEL Premium: $30,895
The 1.8-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine has 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and is meant to replace the 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder engine in the Volkswagen lineup. The Passat 1.8T equipped with a six-speed automatic is rated by the EPA at 28 miles per gallon, which is 3 mpg better than the Passat 2.5.
To learn more about the 2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T, visit Volkswagen of Ann Arbor today.
If you are ready to get behind the wheel of a new Volkswagen, or if you are in need of service on your current Volkswagen, then Volkswagen of Ann Arbor is here to help. The Volkswagen of Ann Arbor November specials include three lease specials and two service specials.
The 2014 Volkswagen Jetta is perfect for those that are looking for a car that provides luxury along with plenty of space. It has available V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces and available heated front seats for maximum comfort. It also has 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The 2014 Jetta can be leased now for $199 a month.
Another sedan which offers plenty of leg room along with a variety of standard features is the 2014 Volkswagen Passat. Features such as automatic headlights, available remote start, available leather seating, best-in-class rear legroom, and an available rearview camera are features that are sure to make every drive more enjoyable than the previous one. Lease a new Passat today for only $239 a month.
Are you looking for an SUV instead of a sedan? If so, then the 2014 Volkswagen Tiguan may be the right vehicle for you. The 2014 Tiguan offers 56.1 cubic feet of cargo space so you will always have plenty of room to transport the family and your cargo around. You can lease the 2014 Tiguan for $289 a month.
If you are happy with your current Volkswagen, but need some service on your vehicle completed, then take a look at our November service specials. This month you can have a Golf or Jetta battery installed for only $124.95. If your timing belt needs work, then come on in for 10% off of timing belt service.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
 $0 due at signing. 42 month lease. Based on MSRP of $17,540 (including destination charges) for a 2014 Jetta S 2.0L with manual transmission, excluding title, tax, options and dealer fees. Excludes TDI(r) Clean Diesel and Hybrid models. Monthly payments total $8,159. Amount due at signing includes non-refundable security deposit of $0.00. At lease end lessees responsible for $0.20/mile over 42,000 miles and excessive wear and tear. Closed-end lease offered to highly qualified lessees on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit.
 $0 due at signing. 42 month lease. Based on MSRP of $22,765 (including destination charges) for a 2014 Passat S with automatic transmission, excluding title, tax, options and dealer fees. Excludes TDI(r) Clean Diesel models. Monthly payments total $9,799. Amount due at signing includes non-refundable security deposit of $0.00. At lease end lessees responsible for $0.20/mile over 42,000 miles and excessive wear and tear. Closed-end lease offered to highly qualified lessees on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit.
 $0 due at signing. 42 month lease. Based on MSRP of $25,885 (including destination charges) for a 2014 Tiguan S 2.0T with automatic transmission, excluding title, tax, options and dealer fees. Monthly payments total $11,849. Amount due at signing includes non-refundable security deposit of $0.00. At lease end lessees responsible for $0.20/mile over 42,000 miles and excessive wear and tear. Closed-end lease offered to highly qualified lessees on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit.
 Gas engine models only. Not valid with other offers or on previous purchases. Must present coupon at time of service. Plus tax and shop supplies. Expires 11/30/13.
 Not valid with other offers or on previous purchases. Must present coupon at time of service. Plus tax and shop supplies. Expires 11/30/13.
It’s becoming somewhat of a growing trend – music being made with the help of cars. A Volkswagen vehicle has now become part of that trend, as the Canadian band, Walk Off The Earth, has teamed up with Volkswagen to film its latest music video. In the video, the Beetle was used in the percussion section of the band.
The song is titled “Gang of Rhythm” and three separate versions of the song were recorded for the video. The first version, “Playful,” makes the most use of the red VW Beetle, while the second and third versions. “Soulful” and “Powerful,” don’t use the car as much.
Check out the video for yourself below:
Which of the three versions did you like the best?
We’re holding a brand new contest to celebrate the return of our favorite Volkswagen Beetle – Have You Caught the Bug? It is specially wrapped to look like our favorite university’s football helmets, Go Blue!
The Germain Bug is currently sitting pretty in the Briarwood Mall. It’s up to our fans to find the Beetle and take a picture with it! It’s that simple to enter to win, more details are below. All of the contest entries will be displayed on our Facebook page. Entries must be received during the official contest dates, November 1st to December 31st, and the winner will be announced January 1st.
How to Enter
- Stop by the Briarwood Mall
- Find the Bug!
- Instagram yourself with the bug using hashtag #GermainBug
- View your entry on our Facebook App
One lucky winner will randomly be drawn from all entries received during the contest period. The winner will receive $100 to use toward service at Volkswagen of Ann Arbor or on VW swag. They will also have $150 donated to the charity of their choice.
We can’t wait to see everyone catch the bug and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram!
Volkswagen is showing the world what the future of cars looks like with the eco-friendly, futuristic XL1. The Volkswagen XL1 made its U.S. Debut in Chattanooga, TN at the 23rd Annual Society of Environmental Journalists Conference. It is the most-efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world.
It offers an estimated European combined fuel comsumption rating of 261 mpg (more than 200 mpg estimated in the U.S. cycle) and can cover up to 32 miles as a zero-emissions vehicle in all-electric mode. No other car currently has achieved that high of a rating.
“The XL1 offers a glimpse into Volkswagen’s present and future eco-mobility capabilities, and highlights the ultimate success of ‘Thinking Blue’, said Oliver Schmidt, General manager of the Engineering and Environmental Office, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
The Volkswagen XL1 stands out with its pure sports-car design principles such as being light weight, possessing exceptional aerodynamics, and a low center of gravity. It is 153.1 inches long, 65.6 inches wide, and just 45.4 inches tall. The max speed is 99 mph and it accelerates from 0-62 mph in 12.7 seconds. The plug-in hybrid system consists of a 48 PS two-cylinder TDI® engine, a 27-hp electric motor, a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a lithium-ion battery.
Want to learn more about the various eco-friendly options that Volkswagen offers? Stop by VW of Ann Arbor today and we’ll help you find the perfect model!
Volkswagen is known for their witty, clever commercials and their latest is no exception. The Volkswagen Feeling Carefree commercial draws on pop culture taking cues from A-ha’s “Take On Me” music video. The commercial starts with a few seconds from the opening of A-ha’s music video, featuring the start of a race. The twist is that a Volkswagen Passat zooms into view to win the race. In the end we find out the sketches were actually the doodle’s of businessman in a meeting.
One of the reasons this commercial is so loveable is that we’ve all been there. You’re sitting in a meeting daydreaming and all of a sudden you realize you’re singing OUT LOUD. Hopefully your situation wasn’t as embarrassing as the character’s in the commercial. Somebody needs some voice lessons!
Watch the commercial below and see for yourself:
Another iconic Volkswagen commercial includes the “Tiny Vader” commercial from the 2011 Super Bowl. That commercial definitely won the hearts of many Star Wars fans. If these commercials have you interested in the Passat or Jetta, make sure to stop by VW of Ann Arbor today and we’ll help you find the perfect fit!
It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that in the next three or four years, Volkswagen will be moving to all turbocharged engines in their model lineups. VW pioneered the use of small displacement, highly efficient turbocharged and direct-injection engines in the U.S.
Marc Trahan, VP of Group Quality at VW, told The Detroit News that, “We only have one normally aspirated gas engine, and when we go to the next generation vehicle that it’s in, it will be replaced. So three, four years maximum.”
The 2014 VW Passat
The all-new, third generation EA888 engine is being introduced in the 2014 Jetta and Passat, followed by the 2014 Beetle. It’s designed to be lighter and more efficient and features a number of improvements. The 1.8-liter version produces 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque while the 2.5-liter produces 170 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque.
The 2014 Volkswagen Passat and 2014 Jetta are both at the dealership now! Drop by VW of Ann Arbor today to learn more about their new turbocharged engines and take on out for a spin.
Volkswagen of Ann Arbor wants to know how much you love your VW! How can you show us, you ask? It’s simple, enter our new Facebook contest and you could win a great prize! The Show Your VW Love Photo Contest launched this Monday, Sept. 16th and runs until Sunday, Sept. 29th so hurry and get your picture in now!
How To Enter
1. Visit our Facebook app at http://bit.ly/1aNOAHP
- Submit a photo showing off your Volkswagen
- Share your entry with family and friends
- Vote everyday!
2. Tweet us a picture at @VWofAnnArbor using special hashtag #VWLoveMI
Now that you’ve rushed outside to take a picture of your VW and entered into the contest, you’re wondering what can I win? The photo with the most votes at the end of the contest period will win $100 to use in our service/parts department and then you can share the love with your VW. Our service department has won the Ann Arbor News Reader’s Choice Award for Best Auto Dealership Service 5 years in a row! You’ll be good in good hands at our service department. The winner must reside in Michigan and be able to pick up the prize at the dealership.