Category Archives: VW Concepts

Introducing the VW Microbus

VW Microbus

The team here at Sierra Volkswagen knows that Volkswagen is always coming up with something innovative. The next innovative step for them? The electric VW Microbus, the I.D. Buzz.

Those new plans will completely redefine the electric minivan into something even cooler. I mean, how many other automakers can say that they’ve designed an electric Microbus? The I.D. Buzz will be the size of a large crossover or small SUV, but with a completely unique design.

The Buzz made its debut at the Detroit auto show last January and entertained people with its unique look. There’s also plenty of efficiency in this all-electric car. The EPA estimated that, on the road, the Buzz would get about 270 miles in range.

The Microbus is also expected to have self-driving modes, which is basically a smarter version of cruise control to make every road trip easier.

For VW division chief, Herbert Diess, it’s not just about efficiency: “Emotional cars are very important for the brand,” Diess said.

Right now, you can only look at pictures of the VW Microbus. But don’t worry, it’s coming! VW is set to release the Microbus in 2021 or 2022. So, in the meantime, dream about the nostalgia you’ll feel behind the wheel of this modern, Beatles-style vehicle.

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.

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!

Discover the Latest Beetle: Introducing the 2016 Beetle Dune Design

2016 Beetle Dune design

Volkswagen has a stunning new vehicle in the works.

The new 2016 Beetle Dune design has the fans raving. This sleek new Baja-like Bug has coupe and convertible options, more aggressive exterior styling, the latest high-tech gadgets, and truly unique color options.

What makes the VW Beetle Dune so special? According to VW, this new trim is the latest in the Beetle lineup, a new take on a classic. Overall, this is the most aggressive Beetle design ever, and frankly, it’s one of the boldest moves this automaker has ever made. You’ll be shocked and pleasantly surprised by both the striking and the subtle changes that make the Dune truly unique.

“The new Dune successfully captures the iconic spirit of Baja Beetles, with a more rugged feel and amenities never before offered on the third-generation Beetle,” said Joerg Sommer, Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “With its sporty and aggressive design and a number of the new technology features, we are confident that the new Dune will appeal to both new and returning Beetle customers.”

The exterior has the air of a Porsche (a nod to its creator, Ferdinand Porsche), as well as a classic Baja-look. Black racing stripes, striking LED lighting, new wheels, and a range of bright desert colors are just the start. The Dune has some subtle changes like a wider stance, slightly bigger wheels, a Composition Media infotainment system, and Cilmatronic technology.

The Next-Gen Volkswagen Touareg is Headed Our Way

Next-Gen Volkswagen Touareg

The 2017 Volkswagen Touareg promises to be even more tricked-out than the 2016 model, pictured above.

If there is an SUV we can’t get enough of, it’s the Volkswagen Touareg. Refined, dependable, capable, powerful, and sophisticated, we just can’t get enough. Now, is reporting that the next-gen Volkswagen Touareg is headed our way in 2017. (Can’t read that link? Us either. We’ll assume World Car Fans’ interpretation is accurate.)

According to World Car Fans, the new Volkswagen Touareg will sit on the same platform that underpins the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga. It will reportedly be larger than the outgoing model, and will even be capable of accommodating a third row of seats, making it more practical and capable than ever.

But that’s not all. A new 300 hp diesel V6 is expected, along with a 325 hp gasoline V6 and a plug-in

hybrid variant. The plug-in hybrid variant would likely put to use the same powertrain as the Audi Q7 e-tron, which includes a 3.0-liter TDI six-cylinder diesel engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery.

Here at Sierra Volkswagen, we look forward to hearing more details. Until then, check back with our blog often for other exciting Volkswagen-related news, car advice, and maintenance tips and tricks!

Volkswagen Golf R 400 Spied Testing for the First Time

We would be so happy to carry a Golf R 400 at Sierra Volkswagen, and all signs point toward that happening.

The concept was first unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show in 2014. After that, we were told it would definitely come to the United States if it was ever cleared for production. Then we were told that it had been cleared for production, but details were still a bit murky.

This time, though, we’re even more certain it’ll happen, partly because the Volkswagen Golf R 400 has been spied in testing. At least it looks like the Golf R 400. This one has bigger brakes, different wheels, very low-profile tires, a front lip spoiler, and a rear wing reminiscent of the GTI Clubsport, but we’re not sure what else it could be.

Either way, we’re highly anticipating this one, especially since it’s supposed to come with four-wheel-drive and more than 400 brake horsepower. Stay tuned for the latest news!

Volkswagen Golf R 400

Volkswagen Sweeps at the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Awards


Volkswagen took home a whopping six honors at the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Awards presented by the Center of Automotive Management (CAM). Those awards include “Most Innovative Company 2015,” first place in the categories of “Networked Vehicles,” “Vehicle Concepts,”  “Conventional Drives,” and “Safety Systems,” and most importantly, “Most Innovative Car Manufacturer of the Decade.”

CAM, a Germany-based institute for automotive and mobility research presents the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Awards every year. CAM found that “1251 individual innovations, 212 of which were world firsts, have been developed by Volkswagen in the last ten years. Highlights among these include the XL11, a platform for new technology; the Bugatti Veyron 2, the most powerful and fastest production vehicle; Audi’s LED matrix headlights; and the first dry dual clutch 7-speed gearbox to go into series production.”

“I share this award with the 600,000 employees of all the 12 brands of the Volkswagen Group in Germany and all our locations around the world. They are creating the mobility of tomorrow. It is their high-level technical expertise, great creativity and the excellent quality of their work that make the Volkswagen Group a leading innovator in the automotive field,” said Professor Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, who is responsible for cross-brand development coordination within the Volkswagen Group in a statement.

Stop by Sierra Volkswagen to see for yourself why Volkswagen continues to lead the way in technology, innovation, and safety.

Volkswagen Golf R400 is a Go!

Volkswagen Golf R400

If you’ve been wondering if the Volkswagen Golf R400 that debuted at the New York International Auto Show would be making its way here to the states, your question has been answered. According to Dr Heinz-Jakon Neusser, Volkswagen group powertrain chief, the new R400 is a go.

The news was first broken by Car Magazine and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Neusser said, “We have the Golf more sporty than ever before, since we soon will have the Golf R400 – we will do this car. We are in fact in development of it right now.”

The hot, new hatch is said to be four-wheel drive and produce 400 hp. It’s also speculated that it will be debuting this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show and then be available to customers as soon as early 2016.

We are really excited for the new Golf R400 to be making its way here and hope you are too! Stay tuned to our blog and we’ll let you know when the hatch makes its official debut.

The Idea of the Electric Volkswagen Bus is Alive and Well Again

Volkswagen Electric

The Volkswagen Bus has long been a legendary vehicle, both for its popularity as a people mover in the hippest decades of the twentieth century and for its continued hallowed place in American culture.

Heck, there is even an (incredibly awesome) Lego set available of the bus. So, when we recently heard that the idea of the electric Volkswagen bus is back, we got pretty excited.

We first heard such an idea about five years ago, and a concept soon followed—the electric Bulli van, a German version of our beloved VW bus. Now, Heinz-Jacob Neusser—a VW board member—is talking to Autocar magazine about bring an electric bus to production finally. The idea would be to power the van with a battery pack in the floor and an electric motor turning the front wheels.

It’s basically an updated version of the e-Golf’s powertrain, but with bigger and better batteries, of course. There are still some hurdles to cross—most of them related to keep the electric bus affordable—but we’re still hopeful here at Sierra VW that this might be a real thing.

Come see us to learn more about the potential bus or to check out the rest of our awesome EV models today.

A 400-Horsepower VW Golf Might Soon Hit the Market

The VW Golf has been a popular mainstay in the brand lineup for literally as long as we can remember. After seven generations and 40 years on the market, to say its good reputation is entrenched might be an understatement. However, it’s never been better than it is right now—and VW is still looking for new and exciting ways to improve on the Golf formula.

For example, a very special 400-horsepower VW Golf might soon be coming down the pike, according to the brand itself. The automaker first introduced the Golf R400 Concept at last year’s Beijing Motor Show, but now it’s looking to bring that concept to production. “We’re in front of a decision to produce it, and I personally think we have a good prospect to do it,” said Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Volkswagen’s technical chief, talking to Autocar.

The production vehicle will easily be the most powerful Golf model to date, taking a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to newly turbochaged levels. It’s a great time for VW to explore this new vehicle too. The Golf is a hot topic, as the Golf and Golf GTI took home the coveted North American Car of the Year award at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. Come see us at Sierra Volkswagen to learn more!