Monthly Archives: January 2015

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!

VW Golf Named 2015 North American Car of the Year

Volkswagen is known for its superior German engineering, which has never been as obvious as it is now. The German carmaker recently announced that the Golf and Golf GTI were recognized as the 2015 North American Car of the Year, showcasing Volkwagen’s performance prowess.

“Volkswagen is thrilled to start 2015 with the Golf and Golf GTI taking home the incredible North American Car of the Year title,” said Michael Horn, CEO for Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “This award highlights our achievements and hard work in the past year, and we are confident that the Golf family will continue to pave the way for the brand in the year ahead.”

The cars beat out two other finalists, showcasing a superior design and available driver assistance features that can’t be beat. Add the availability of four different models within the Golf family—the two winners, plus the Golf TDI Clean Diesel and all-electric e-Golf—and it is easy to see why the Golf is considered one of Volkswagen’s best-selling cars in the US market.

To see the 2015 North American Car of the Year for yourself, make sure you stop in to Sierra Volkswagen today and see what the Golf hatchbacks have to offer you!

Setting New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

While many of us set and then break our personal New Year’s resolutions, perhaps its time to successfully complete one. Have you ever considered setting resolutions for your car? If not, here are some great suggestions to get you started.

If you want to take better care of your car, try the following:

  • Get your regularly scheduled maintenance done. This simple thing can help you prevent more extensive and expensive repairs in the future. Just get out your owner’s manual, see what it recommends, and try to follow that schedule. Your car will thank you.
  • Drive more efficiently. Think how much money you could save if you used less fuel. One easy way to drive more efficiently is to stop speeding and calm down. Aggressive driving can cause you to use up to 35% more gas.
  • Check your tire pressure. While most newer cars come with automatic tire pressure sensors that alert you when your pressure is low, you should make a habit of checking your pressure anyway. If your air pressure is low, this will reduce the life of your tires and put a dent in your fuel efficiency.

If you’re looking to create better driving habits, check out these suggestions:

  • Don’t text and drive. Simply make the commitment to never do this. If you find you absolutely need to read or respond to a text, pull over. You and your fellow drivers will thank you.
  • Always have a designated driver. Drinking and driving is never a good idea, no matter what distance you’re travelling. Take turns with your friends on being the designated driver to stay safe in 2015.
  • Wear your seatbelt. This simple tool can reduce your chance of a serious injury or even death in an accident by about 50%. You can also have a seatbelts-for-everyone rule in your car where you don’t start moving until everyone is buckled up.

What resolution will you be setting for your car this year?

New Volkswagen Tracker App Monitors Track Performance

Volkswagen recently released more details on a new smartphone app for drivers who like to take their vehicles along the track, allowing them to monitor their track-performance with the new app in conjunction with compatible on-board systems.

The app has both a 0-100 kph timer and a g-force meter, along with keeping a record of braking distances. There will also be a Google Maps function that allows you to watch your vehicle on a virtual track as you go.

All that the app requires for an eligible vehicle is LogBox—a plug-in system installed by dealers that transmits the data from the car to the smartphone, via Bluetooth. Unfortunately, the new Volkswagen app and LogBox are only available in Europe at this time.

Surely, the Volkswagen tracker app will eventually spread to American vehicles, assuming that the app is a success. In the meantime, visit us at Sierra Volkswagen to check out all of our available Volkswagen models.

Volkswagen Tracker App

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Pre-Orders Set For January

America’s Volkswagen division has announced official plans for upcoming 2015 Volkswagen Golf R pre-orders, which it will begin accepting on January 8. Fans will have to act fast, as there will only be 500 units available at the time.

Sources are saying that the identical pre-order models will all feature a Lapiz Blue Metallic exterior, “with bi-xenon headlights and 19-inch Cadiz-style aluminum wheels with summer performance tires,” making the Golf R ideal for any season.

The speedy blue vehicle can reach up to 62 mph from zero mph in 4.9 seconds when driving automatically (and in 5.3 seconds, manually), just one of the factors making this model one of the fiercest new hatches on the market.

Pre-orders for the 2015 Golf R can be set up here, at vw.com/golfr. In the meantime, or if you’re looking for a vehicle at a slightly lower price, come visit us at Sierra Volkswagen, where many Volkswagen models await you.

2015 Volkswagen Golf R Pre-Orders