Monthly Archives: March 2015

New 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Makes Driving Fun Again

new 2015 volkswagen Golf R

The new 2015 Volkswagen Golf R has got some serious snap. It’ll take you from 0 to 60 in less than five seconds. But then again, that’s what you get when you’ve got a turbocharged four-cylinder under the hood.

But as USA Today says, if that’s all that the Golf R did, it would be a “kid’s car.” No, no. This is a fully-fledged compact roadster. Celerity is only one of the new Golf’s outstanding qualities.

The Golf R happens to stick to the road like glue as well. Helping it to do so is the Haldex all-wheel-drive system. And electronic locking differentials create the needed traction when exploring the Golf’s full potential for speed.

Volkswagen lets the Golf’s performance speak for itself, leaving behind “gaudy spoilers or rocker-panel spats.” It appears to be just what it is: four wheels of driving fun. This is exactly the kind of ride that will have you taking the long way to the grocery store, and re-connecting with those moments when you first got your license, when driving was exciting and new.

VW Adds Audio to MoMa’s Björk Retrospective Exhibit

Music

The Björk retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art features a first-of-its-kind interactive audio component to complement the experience. Fittingly, its uniqueness reflects the artistry of the exhibit’s subject.

Björk, an Icelandic artist and musician, is the feature of the retrospective that delves into her work as an innovative artist. That work includes eight full-length albums as well as collaborative projects with artists in various genres including photography and film.

The exhibit’s audio component is based on Volkswagen’s “Sound Journey” technology, which creates a personalized soundtrack for drivers based on the angle of the steering wheel, the vehicle’s speed, acceleration, and deceleration. In the same way, the Volkswagen Group of America Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) team modified the technology to work as an audio guide for the exhibit. The technology responds to the movements of individual visitors, and trigger points provide narration and music to enhance the experience.

“Just as Björk’s work revolutionized the world of music, the team at the ERL strives daily to delight our customers by creating experiences supported by new breakthrough innovations. We are grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with Björk to develop a new pioneering form of augmented audio technology that will provide MoMA visitors with an unparalleled 3D audio experience unlike any other,” said Tina Unterländer, head of operations for the Volkswagen Group of America ERL.

The exhibit opened on March 8th and will remain open to visitors until June 7th of this year. We at Sierra Volkswagen hope to be among the visitors.

Classic Volkswagen Bus Sells for Six-Figures

classic Volkswagen bus

Who knew that a classic Volkswagen bus could sell for a ‘groovy’ six-figure sum? The 1960 VW Type 2 Kombi 23-window Samba sold at an Australian auction for $157,000 at the end of February.

Restored to look like new, the two-toned white-and-dark-red 1960 Samba features a 1.6-liter engine capable of 30 hp mated to a four-speed manual transmission; a characteristic retractable fabric roof; bench-like seating for nine passengers, 23 windows, including its signature divided front-open windows; chrome hubcaps; and pie-sized VW chrome logo.

Symbolized as the epitome of 1960s counter culture, Samba values have continued to rise over the past few years due to an emotional appeal to collectors. In fact, this recent Australian transaction is not the highest sales figure that a microbus has reached. Last November, a German auction garnered $235,000 for a pristine 1955 VW minibus, while in 2011 one sold for $218,000 in a California auction.

We at Sierra Volkswagen are humbled to be part of the long-standing legacy of VW. Be sure to come visit us today so you can drive the timeless classics of tomorrow.

Safe Driving Tips: How to Avoid a Winter Pileup

Winter driving

Winter is always a bad time for driving, especially when conditions are exceptionally severe. It’s times like these that car pileups are incredibly common – that’s why we’ve put together a list of safe driving tips to help you avoid accidents.

According to Popular Mechanics, the best thing you can do in bad conditions is slow down. Not only will this increase the amount of time you’ll have to react, enabling you to stop quicker, it will also lessen the damage if you do get into an accident. Remember to keep in mind people driving behind you, as well as people in front of you.

The second tip is to pay attention to traction. Be aware when you are driving over bridges, as this is a common place for black ice (hard-to-detect ice) and make sure to take care of your tires. You want to regularly check tire tread, as well as tire pressure. Not enough air in your tires can drastically reduce handling.

Tip number three: don’t get overconfident. Just because you may have 4WD doesn’t mean you’re immune from bad driving conditions. Systems like 4WD may prevent you from getting stuck, but they don’t necessarily increase stopping-time or traction.

Last but not least, keep an emergency kit handy in case you do get in an accident. Keeping blankets and water available is essential if you’re stranded in cold temperatures.