Reasons to Love the Beetle: An Enduring Legacy of Creativity

reasons to love the BeetleHearing people mention the Volkswagen Beetle conjures up instant images of its quirky, dome-shaped appearance and circular exterior lights. It’s solidified in our minds as a global icon, hearkening back to its heyday in the 60s despite its debut in the late 1930s. However, there are still lots of reasons to love Beetle nowadays, with its updated features and design while still preserving what makes it so recognizable and unique.

Fun

Possibly one of the main reasons people buy VW Beetles: they are compact, interesting to look at, and equally fun to drive with its zippy, light build.

Efficiency

Due to its small, lightweight size and updated engine and powertrain combo, the modern-day VW Beetle offers fuel economy comparable to other compact cars.

Spaciousness

It might surprise you, but the VW Beetle is designed to make the most of space and provide ample legroom for taller drivers. Plus, you have all the fun and convenience of modern technology and amenities.

Reliability

The VW Beetle rates high on the scale for reliability, making it a great ride for drivers who want a long-lasting car.

Safety

The VW Beetle is equipped with a smart Crash Reponse System that will automatically unlock the doors, cut the fuel line, and more, in the event of an accident.

 

There are many more reasons to love the Beetle, but all of the above are some of the top five reasons why people still flock to this small, quirky car. Come see the latest VW Beetle models at Sierra Volkswagen today!

Haunted Ghost Ship on the Spirit of Chicago Halloween Cruise

Haunted Ghost Ship aboard the Spirit of Chicago

If you’re looking for a fun and spooky event to get in the spirit of Halloween, check out The Haunted Ghost Ship aboard the Spirit of the Chicago, a Halloween cruise taking place the night of Saturday, October 29. Starting at 11:15pm and lasting until 2:15am, this 21-and-up cruise is the perfect way to celebrate on Halloween weekend.

Head down to 600 East Grand Avenue in Chicago on the evening of the 29th and spend the night dancing to the music of one of the city’s best DJs, get drinks from the full-service bar, and appreciate the costumes of your fellow attendees.

The cruise sets sail from Navy Pier at midnight, providing guests with an incredible view of Lake Michigan and the sparkling Chicago skyline at night. Taking a nighttime cruise on Halloween surrounded by people in creepy costumes will make you feel like you’re on board the Flying Dutchman!

The Haunted Ghost Ship cruise is highly rated and one of the biggest Halloween events in Chicago, so you don’t want to miss it! Get your tickets while you can. Tickets range from $20 for a single person to over $100 for priority boarding. They will be on sale up until the day of the event or until they sell out.

More Volkswagen Electric Cars Are Coming- And That’s A Great Thing

Volkswagen electric cars

VW recently signed a deal with Chinese automaker Anhui Jianghuai Automobile in order to produce more Volkswagen electric cars that will be made available internationally. At the moment VW only has the e-Golf, an electric hatchback version of its Golf model.

Anhui Jianghuai isn’t popular outside of China, but it has met great success this year between its two brands, Jianghuai and Ankai, selling 333,639 units in the first six months of the year. China is pressuring its automakers to produce more electric and low-emission cars because of high pollution rates.

VW has recently indicated that it is going to move more toward battery-powered cars, saying that the VW group, including brands Porsche and Audi in addition to Volkswagen, plans to introduce 30 fully electric cars in the next ten years.

China also hopes to become an electric car leader, and both VW and Anhui Jianghuai agree their partnership will be mutually beneficial in helping them develop more electric and low-emission vehicles, reducing impact on the environment, and supporting Chinese society.

The chairman of Anhui Jianghuai says their company wants to focus on developing vehicles that are both ecofriendly and cost effective and eventually wants to transform the Chinese auto industry.

Four Relaxing Destinations Outside of Chicago

Destinations Outside of Chicago

Chicago is a city with plenty to do and see. However, sometimes you need to get away from the big city for a taste of something different. Fortunately, there are several places nearby Chicago where you can go to relax and unwind. The perfect way to reach those destinations is in a Volkswagen Jetta, of course! The following are four relaxing destinations outside of Chicago.

The Indiana Dunes

If you want to relax on the beach, there is actually a place nearby Chicago where you can do so! Believe it or not, Indiana has a long stretch of beaches that surround Lake Michigan.

Evanston, Illinois

Speaking of relaxing beaches near Chicago, located only 15 miles north of the Midwest Metropolis is Evanston, a picturesque location along Lake Michigan.

Lake Geneva

More aquatic adventures are sure to be found when you take a quick trip from the city of Chicago to one of Illinois’ most popular destinations: the crystal clear waters of Lake Geneva!

Rockford, Illinois

Chicago is Illinois’ largest city, so the city life can get pretty hectic. If you are looking for a city that is still large, but a little more relaxing, stop by Rockford, Illinois, which combines a large city look with a small city feel!

Pack up your Jetta today and head off for a relaxing getaway from the big city!

Tips on How to Increase Fuel Efficiency

How to Increase fuel efficiency

One of the most important aspects of a vehicle for drivers today is fuel efficiency. If drivers want to save money at the gas pump, then they are going to need a vehicle with good fuel economy. However, there are other ways that drivers can save on fuel as well. If you are looking to increase the fuel efficiency of your vehicle, then follow these tips on how to increase fuel efficiency.

Slowly Accelerate and Brake

It may be tempting for drivers in a hurry to accelerate quickly and brake only when they have to. While this may get you to your destination quicker, it will not get you there cheaper! Constant accelerating and braking can take its toll on your vehicle’s fuel economy.

Use Your Vehicle’s Cruise Control

Going hand in hand with the last tip, utilizing the cruise control that your vehicle comes packaged with will help you maintain a constant speed on the highway, thus eliminating the need for constant throttle management, which lowers fuel economy.

Remove Excess Cargo

Finding time to remove any excess cargo from your vehicle can be difficult. However, it is very helpful in the long run, as the more stuff you have weighing down your vehicle, the worse your vehicle’s fuel efficiency will be.

If you follow these simple times, you will soon be pleasantly surprised by the amount of money you can save on the road!

Volkswagen and LG Team Up to Create Cars with a Connectivity Interface Platform

Volkswagen and LG

As technology in our world grows more advanced every day, it is important for that technology to have the ability to connect with other technologies. In fact, connectivity is a hallmark of the emerging technology for the near future. Volkswagen is not a brand that gets caught up in stagnation. Rather, they are always moving forward! It is that spirit of innovation that has helped propel the latest development for the Volkswagen Research and Development Team.

According to a news article from TechCrunch, Volkswagen and LG are teaming up to create cars with a connectivity interface platform.

So what exactly does it mean to have a connectivity interface platform? For a vehicle, it means the ability to connect with smart devices inside the car. In addition, Volkswagen and LG hope to give drivers the ability to interact with the smart devices in their homes even when they are on the road.

This connectivity platform will also help Volkswagen create the latest and most advanced infotainment systems for its vehicles. Meanwhile, the platform will add another layer of connectivity to LG’s smart devices.

With the vehicle technology of Volkswagen and the smart technology of LG coming together, the possibilities for staying connected on the go are endless!

Experience the Chicago Gourmet Food and Wine Festival

Chicago Gourmet Food and Wine Festival

Chicago is a city renowned for its unique cuisine. Everybody knows about Chicago’s famous hot dogs and pizza. However, Chicago is also an epicenter for gourmet food. Every year, the gourmet cuisine of the Windy City is celebrated during the Chicago Gourmet Food and Wine Festival. This year looks to host the most exciting Chicago Gourmet Festival in the history of the event, thanks to its jam-packed schedule of culinary events!

Taking place from September 23 through September 25 in Chicago’s world-famous Millennium Park, the Chicago Gourmet event showcases culinary delights and cuisine featured not just throughout the city, but throughout the world as well! It’s a wonderful opportunity for the people of Chicago to experience new flavors and dishes and to expand their palates.

What makes this Chicago Gourmet festival even more exciting is the appearance of special guest Chef Rick Bayless. Chef Bayless is one of the most famous cuisine geniuses currently working in the culinary world, and he is bringing his expertise to the Chicago Gourmet Food and Wine Festival through a seminar called the Tao of Tacos, which explores one of the most popular dishes in the world!

For a true taste of what Chicago has to offer, be sure not to miss out on the Chicago Gourmet Food and Wine Festival!

2016 Volkswagen Golf R Review

2016 Volkswagen Golf R

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R is an award-winning model that just doesn’t quit. Offering plenty of power, all-wheel drive, and excellent fuel economy, it’s an all-around fantastic car for those who want to put a thrill back in their daily drive. Just in case you’re in doubt, here’s a quick review of the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R!

Starting at $39,815, the Golf R offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out an impressive 292 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, it offers precise handling and admirable power. Earning an EPA-estimated 23 city/30 hwy mpg, it’s pretty good on fuel economy as well.

The Golf R offers 82 more hp and all-wheel drive when compared to the lower GTI. In addition to a more power and handling, the Golf R also comes with sport seats, bigger brakes, ambient lighting, and R instruments. Build quality, as one would expect, is at the top of the automotive market.

Outside, the Volkswagen Golf R offers 18-inch aluminum wheels, side skirts, four chrome exhaust tips, and a rock-solid chassis. Cheaper than the Audi S3, the Golf R offers many of the main features in its closest competitor, making it an easy choice for the economy-conscious buyer.

Here at Sierra Volkswagen, the 2016 Golf is ready to roll off the lot under new ownership!

Illinois Hiking Trails

Six Illinois Hiking Trails to Explore This Summer

For many Americans, summer brings a sense of adventure and wonder as well as a time to get in shape. Hiking trails offer a scenic walk, excellent exercise, and that sense of adventure we all crave. Here at Sierra Volkswagen, we have six Illinois hiking trails you have to check out this summer!

  1. Tunnel Hill State Trail – Stretching 45 miles from Harrisburg to Karnak, the Tunnel Hill State Trail features a whopping 23 trestle bridges. For those looking for that sense of adventure, this trail passes through ghost towns.
  2. Dixon Springs State Park – Featuring two hiking trails, the Dixon Springs State Park isn’t the largest of the bunch but it isn’t as crowded either. For those interested in a scenic walk, this is a top choice.
  3. Starved Rock State Park – Boasting interconnecting trails, hiking through Starved Rock State Park for hours on end is entirely plausible. Complete with canyons, caves, waterfalls, and the Illinois River, this is a perfect spot for that sense of wonder.
  4. Castle Rock State Park – Located in Oregon, Illinois, Castle Rock State Park offers sandstone bluffs and wooded areas. Keep an eye out for bald eagles!
  5. Buffalo Rock State Park – Home to two bison, Buffalo Rock State Park stretches just over three miles. Linking to the I&M Canal Trail, spending an afternoon hiking is a new kind of an adventure.
  6. Ferne Clyffe State Park – Filled with 18 trails, Ferne Clyffe State Park offers lakes, fields, waterfalls, and more.

Six Illinois Hiking Trails to Explore This Summer

Tunnel Hill State Trail

Tunnel Hill State Trail by Jeff Sharp

For many Americans, summer brings a sense of adventure and wonder as well as a time to get in shape. Hiking trails offer a scenic walk, excellent exercise, and that sense of adventure we all crave. Here at Sierra Volkswagen, we have six Illinois hiking trails you have to check out this summer!

  1. Tunnel Hill State Trail – Stretching 45 miles from Harrisburg to Karnak, the Tunnel Hill State Trail features a whopping 23 trestle bridges. For those looking for that sense of adventure, this trail passes through ghost towns.
  2. Dixon Springs State Park – Featuring two hiking trails, the Dixon Springs State Park isn’t the largest of the bunch but it isn’t as crowded either. For those interested in a scenic walk, this is a top choice.
  3. Starved Rock State Park – Boasting interconnecting trails, hiking through Starved Rock State Park for hours on end is entirely plausible. Complete with canyons, caves, waterfalls, and the Illinois River, this is a perfect spot for that sense of wonder.
  4. Castle Rock State Park – Located in Oregon, Illinois, Castle Rock State Park offers sandstone bluffs and wooded areas. Keep an eye out for bald eagles!
  5. Buffalo Rock State Park – Home to two bison, Buffalo Rock State Park stretches just over three miles. Linking to the I&M Canal Trail, spending an afternoon hiking is a new kind of an adventure.
  6. Ferne Clyffe State Park – Filled with 18 trails, Ferne Clyffe State Park offers lakes, fields, waterfalls, and more.