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Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR | Sierra VW | Ottawa, IL

Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Is Road-Friendly Racer

Last month, Volkswagen unveiled the VW Golf GTI TCR, a road-friendly variant of its TCR racer that competes in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The model was on display at the Wörthersee show in early May. While the Golf GTI TCR is currently only a concept model, VW plans to put out a production version by the end of this year.

Under The Hood.

The Golf GTI TCR is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that cranks out 286 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. With this engine lurking beneath the hood, the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR can reach a top speed of 155 miles an hour. If you opt for a higher trim and remove the car’s speed limiter, you can up the ante to 164 mph. This potent engine is married to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and gets its stopping power from perforated brake discs with special calipers and pads.

Exterior Look.

The new GTI TCR sits on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, though it is also available with 19-inch wheels. The exterior is defined by a contoured splitter in the front, a honeycomb grille, and a rear air diffuser. The road-ready racer also boasts TCR lettering on its sides and, even more impressive, logo projections on the ground when the doors are opened.

The Golf GTI TCR is sure to be an exciting addition to the VW lineup. Here at Sierra Volkswagen, we’re eagerly awaiting its arrival in our showroom in Ottawa, IL.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta | Sierra VW | Ottawa, IL

2019 Volkswagen Jetta Features Full Redesign

Fully Redesigned.

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta arrives with a full redesign for the new model year. With the redesign, drivers can expect more room, higher levels of comfort, greater levels of connectivity, and, most importantly, more value.

Consumer Reports took a 2019 VW Jetta SEL Premium for a test drive, and the results were fantastic. The tested VW Jetta features responsive performance, a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, and a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 147 horsepower.

The 2019 VW Jetta rolls out on the same scalable architecture as the VW Golf and VW Atlas. Using the same architecture throughout the lineup helps keep the price of new models low. As a result, drivers can expect to see more features for less money in all VW Jetta models.

Despite its categorization as a compact sedan, the 2019 VW Jetta is one of the longest in the segment, sitting at a comfortable 185 inches. The range-topping SEL Premium trim features leather upholstery while automatic climate control carries over from the SE model.

There are plenty of storage and connectivity options in the VW Jetta. A spacious bin and door pockets are capable of storing everything from tablets to umbrellas. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard for the model year. SEL and SEL Premium models see the addition of standard navigation as well.

Here at Sierra Volkswagen, we’re excited to welcome the 2019 VW Jetta and show off its fresh new features.

Volkswagen Electric Vehicle Lineup | Sierra VW | Ottawa, IL

Volkswagen Electric Vehicle Lineup Receives Heavy Investment

Go Green

Volkswagen is looking to go even greener. The German carmaker is increasing its Volkswagen Electric Vehicle Lineup with an additional $25 billion investment in battery supplies.

The growing Volkswagen electric vehicle lineup, which you can find at Sierra Volkswagen, will also mean the carmaker needs to outfit 16 of its factories to build electric cars by the end of 2022. This is an increase from the three factories that currently get the job done.

Currently, VW is focusing on European and Chinese battery suppliers, as these markets are its largest. They are also the markets that will influence electric vehicle production over the next decade. However, VW is looking for a North American battery supplier, too —the carmaker is expected to sign a deal for a supplier in this region shortly.

It’s expected that VW will purchase about $60 billion-worth of batteries for EVs. This helps the carmaker in its goal to produce as many as three million electric cars per year by 2025.

To reach this goal, Volkswagen will launch its MEB platform later this year, which will act as the base of its electric car lineup. It will allow VW electric vehicles to be produced in a way that keeps them affordable, while still allowing the brand to offer a range of designs from compact cars to sedans and SUVs.

All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta | Ottawa, IL

All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Brings New Design to Lineup

Revealed last month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has changed the face of the popular sedan. As the seventh generation, this vehicle has utilized the award-winning MQB platform, redefining its proportions and offering a more modern design.

Icons.

“The Jetta is such an iconic product,” says Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design. “We wanted to come up with something totally new. It was essential to give this product more prestige, more sportiness, and totally new proportion.”

For the 2019 model year, the Jetta has gained a new body shape, which means it has a longer wheelbase, a wider track, and bigger wheels. These larger proportions have translated to more interior space, meaning passengers can be more comfortable, even in the back seat.

New Designs.

The front-end design emphasizes its horizontal lines, while also creating a singular unit of the radiator grille and the standard LED headlights. These horizontal lines continue into the body where the silhouette is marked by a long, extended side window and a coupe-like style, reinforced by an offset roofline.

Inside, the cabin looks entirely new with a driver-oriented center console and trapezoidal design elements that mirror those of the exterior. These elements add a touch of sportiness, while also providing a premium feel thanks to the high-end materials.

The Jetta is one of Sierra Volkswagen’s and the brand’s best-selling models; visit our showroom to see why the Jetta is so popular.

Volkswagen ad buying decisions | Ottawa, IL

Artificial Intelligent Helps Make Volkswagen Ad Buying Decisions

A Change on the horizon.

Volkswagen is no longer just looking to make its cars more automated — it’s making its ad buying decisions automated, too. The automaker recently announced that it was using artificial intelligence (AI) to make Volkswagen ad buying decisions, and it’s proving more effective than its media agency.

Currently, the brand has been taking recommendations from two agencies — Blackwood Seven, a Danish agency that uses AI and predictive analytics to forecast ad spend decisions, and its usual media agency. The brand has found that when it follows Blackwood Seven’s recommendations, it sells more cars.

Between September and December 2016, when Volkswagen first began using the Danish agency, the brand saw a 14% rise in orders during a campaign for its up! The model compared to the campaign that was run based on the non-AI-focused agency’s recommendations. In other campaigns, the difference between the two recommendations has been as high as 20% — a number that we here at Sierra Volkswagen find impressive.

Blackwood Sevens stands apart from the other agencies Volkswagen uses because the AI platform is able to process a significant amount of data at any one time. This means the algorithm can better predict what the brand’s media investments will do, leading the German carmaker to be able to invest less and see more profit in return.

Learn More at Sierra Volkswagen today!

2018 Volkswagen Atlas | Ottawa, IL

2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the Refreshingly Advanced Crossover We Need

Crossover SUVs are the hottest-selling cars on the market today and for good reason. Drivers love crossovers because they offer the versatility of an SUV, but they retain the superb handling and maneuverability of a car. This is the niche filled by the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, the brand’s boldest, biggest, most advanced offering to date. If you’re looking for something truly new in the crossover SUV segment, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has a lot to offer.

Tech

The 2018 Atlas features a robustly sculpted body design that will be familiar to drivers in the US, though it sports plenty of premium, sophisticated details we’ve come to expect from VW. And since it’s brand new for 2018, the Atlas is equipped with more incredible technology features than any other VW vehicle. Aside from features such as an available eight-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay™, and Android Auto™, the 2018 Atlas sports a brand new 12.3-inch fully customizable digital cockpit, which makes staying in tune with your vehicle and in touch with the world around you more intuitive than ever before.

Luxury

The 2018 Atlas is luxuriously comfortable, even for passengers in the third row of seating, and premium available features such as heated and ventilated seats make for an even more comfortable experience for you and your passengers. The all-new Atlas also scored top marks on all IIHS crash tests, so you can drive this modern and advanced crossover with complete confidence.

Come into Sierra Volkswagen to learn more about the brand-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and discover what true innovation is all about.

Ottawa Holiday Events For Everyone To Enjoy

Check out these upcoming Ottawa holiday events!

 

These Ottawa holiday events were designed to entertain a variety of different people, from families with kids and couples looking for a date night out to everyone young-at-heart.

Warren-Sharpe Center’s Annual Holiday Jazz Soiree – Dec. 10

The proceeds from this event’s $50 tickets will benefit the Warren-Sharpe Center’s youth programs, and will feature live Jazz & Blues music, a bar, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Paint on Pine Christmas Party – Dec. 15

At St. Mary Immaculate Parish this December, you’re invited to participate in an arts and crafts event where you can create your own custom Christmas wood decor. Bring food to share; refreshments will also be provided at the event.

Holiday Kids Fun at Eola – Dec. 16

Have a child aged two or older? Eola is having an event that’s little-kid-friendly. While your little artists decorate Christmas cards and make their own ornaments you can shop in the area and win raffle prizes.

New Years Eve Pairing Dinner & Get Lit-Up Party – Dec. 31

A lavish five-course dinner complete with beer and wine pairing sets the stage for this New Year’s Eve event, which ends with an all-out party complete with a DJ, open bar, and champagne to ring in the New Year.

We at Sierra Volkswagen can’t wait to participate in these fantastic Ottawa holiday events!

How to Ready Your Car for Winter

Ready Your Car for Winter

Finding the right dealership to take care of your car can be tough, but rest assured that here at Sierra Volkswagen, taking care of cars is what we do each and every day. From routine maintenance to major repairs, there’s nothing we can’t handle. With fall rolling in, now is the perfect time to put us to the test. Here are some things to do this fall at your Volkswagen dealer to ready your car for winter, according to the experts at CarCare.org.

Check the Hoses

Hoses aren’t a part that generally causes major concern among drivers. While it’s possible to check the hoses for signs of cracks, fraying, and looseness, it can be fairly difficult to locate them all. Fortunately, we’ve got your back. Certified technicians know the location of each and every hose and belt, allowing them to easily spot potential problems.

Check the Tires

While checking the tire pressure and tread is something you can do at home, signs of uneven wear can be a little hard to detect. Unaligned wheels can lead to uneven wear, causing you to have to replace your tires sooner rather than later. You can easily come into Sierra VW to make sure there are no problems with your tires.

Check the Fluids

Checking the fluids is something that should be done prior to every winter season. There are quite a few fluids to check, and once again, your local Volkswagen dealer is more than capable of getting the job done.

Just let us know if you have any questions about winter car care and we’d be happy to help!

Fall Events in Chicago for You to Attend

events in ChicagoLooking for something fun and different to do? At Sierra Volkswagen, we’re always on the lookout for what’s happening in the Chicago area. Check out these upcoming events in Chicago to find the perfect fall outing.

 

Fall Dinner Crawl

Head to Wicker Park and Bucktown on Sept. 26 to taste samples of food from several delicious local restaurants. It’s the perfect outing for a pair of foodies or people new to the area.

 

Basement of the Dead Haunted House

On weekends from Sept. 29 through Nov. 4, this Aurora-based haunted house will be spooking kids of all ages in the festive spirit of Halloween. Oh yeah and it’s ranked the #1 Haunted House in the world by Buzzfeed.

 

Apple Festival

Get your fill of all things apple, from cider and caramel apples to apple pie at the 30th Annual Apple Fest at Lincoln Ave. between Lawrence and Eastwood. The event takes place on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

 

Bonnie & Clyde Musical

Hear the classic story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow when you see the Bonnie & Clyde Musical at Theater Wit. The show runs from Sept. 14–Oct. 15.

 

Oktoberfest

 Sept. 29–Oct. 1 is the weekend of Oktoberfests. Whether you attend the St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest, the Neighborhood Oktoberfest at St. Benedict’s Courtyard, or the Oktoberfest at Lynfred Winery, you’ll find plenty of craft beer, live music, delicious food, and German culture.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review

2017 Volkswagen Golf AlltrackIf you’re ready to venture off the beaten path, you’ll need a car that’s built to explore. Enter the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, which has the features, the performance, and the spirit for adventures.

For optimum off-roading performance, this wagon is equipped with a special 4MOTION all-wheel drive. The system features a special Off-Road Mode, which improves traction, while Hill Descent Control makes for smooth driving on any incline. High ground clearance also helps drivers head off-road with greater confidence.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 199 lb.-ft. of torque. The powertrain delivers a peppy, responsive ride and even gets up to 32 mpg highway.*

2017 Volkswagen Golf AlltrackYou might choose this wagon for its performance, but you’ll be delightfully surprised by the dozens of features and technologies that make it connected and comfortable. Play your favorite tunes through the available Fender® Premium Audio System, or connect your smartphone with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

The Golf Alltrack is plenty safe, too. Thanks to its safety cage, its Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, and other tools, it received a 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA and was a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick when equipped with Front Assist.

2017 Volkswagen Golf AlltrackFor a capable and fun performer, look no further than the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. Stop in at Sierra Volkswagen to take this wagon out for a test drive today.