Monthly Archives: April 2015

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.

VW Possibly Bringing Volkswagen Golf R 400 to U.S. Market

Volkswagen Golf R 400

When Volkswagen first revealed the Volkswagen Golf R 400 last year at the Beijing Auto Show, the industry couldn’t help but get a bit excited. Now, it looks like it’s possible that this high-power Golf hatchback might be coming to American soil—if Volkswagen decides to give it the production green light.

According to Dr. Heinz-Jakob Neusser, member of the VW board of management, the U.S. market is the perfect platform to introduce this sporty new hatchback. With the original Golf earning both Motor Trend Car of the Year and North American Car of the Year, it’s likely that the American market will respond well to a new edition of the hatchback.

The Volkswagen Golf R 400 combines the Golf’s sporty exterior with an even sportier powertrain, making it significantly more fun-to-drive. Now, it’s just a matter of whether or not the German carmaker will produce this super sporty hatch.

If you are interested in seeing what the Volkswagen Golf has to offer, don’t hesitate—stop in to the Sierra Volkswagen showroom today.

The New 2015 Golf SportWagen is on its Way

new 2015 Golf SportWagen

In the next couple of weeks the new 2015 Golf SportWagen will be on its way to dealerships across the US. Volkswagen changed the name to the Golf SportWagen after previously being sold as the Jetta SportWagen so all hatchbacks would be under the same name.

The Golf SportWagen offers an unprecedented amount of cargo room with 30.4 cubic feet of space. If more space is needed, folding the seats down allows you to have a max capacity of 66.5 cubic feet of room. In addition, the new SportWagen offers impressive mpg ratings, especially the diesel version which returns 31 mpg city and 43 mph highway.

The Golf SportWagen got a few design tweaks as well. It gained an inch in length and comes with a more modern, sporty look. This compact crossover is a great choice for those seeking affordability, style, and efficiency!

For more information about the new 2015 Golf SportWagen, visit us at Sierra Volkswagen today!

Pet-Proofing Car Tips in Preparation for National Pet Month

Pet-Proofing Car Tips

April is National Pet Month—the time of the year where we all pay special attention to our furry friends. Many pets, dogs in particular, love a leisurely drive in the car (though they might get suspicious if you mention the vet).

Unfortunately, shedding pets can make a big mess in the backseat, so we’ve put together a brief list of pet-proofing car tips:

  • Put a blanket or a plastic tarp over the backseat of your car, so that no matter how much your pet sheds, you’ll be able to remove the covering and wash it.
  • If your dog tends to slobber all over the window, consider covering the glass with plastic wrap to protect it.
  • For smaller pets, like cats, keeping them in a carrier while in the car is not only much safer for the cat but also will keep your car free from cat hair.
  • Keep in mind that plastic floor mats are much easier to clean, in the event of “spills,” than fabric mats.

Do you have any other ideas to protect your car from your lovable, but messy, pets? Let us know in the comments.