Monthly Archives: December 2015

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.

Cold Weather and Your Car: How It Affects Performance

cold weather and your car

While some people may enjoy winter for the snowy landscape, the brisk cool temperatures, and the holiday season, the winter can have some drastic effects on your car. We’ve put together a post on cold weather and your car so you know what to be aware of during these cold months.

According to AccuWeather, there are five main things to be aware of: battery, fluids, tires, wipers, and spark plugs. All of these components will take a hit with the cold weather, making them less reliable and more likely to fail.

Cold weather pulls voltage from batteries and electrical systems. Batteries work best in temperatures between 30 degrees and 90 degrees Fahrenheit; however, temperatures outside of this range mean your battery is considerably more likely to fail.

Fluids thicken in the winter. When you change your oil, you should always opt for a thinner, or less viscous, fluid. This makes it more effective in your engine. Also, make sure to get antifreeze/coolant with a 50/50 mix – believe it or not, this mixture is more resistant to cold temperatures than even pure antifreeze.

Colder air means your tire pressure is going to decrease. For every 10 degree drop in the temperature, expect about a loss of 1 psi. That means that if you live in areas like the Midwest, you’ll have to seasonally adjust your tire pressure.

Wipers should be changed annually, and the winter is the perfect time to do this because you tend to use them more at this time.

Finally, spark plugs wear out more in the winter. Bad ignition leads to poor performance and lousy fuel economy. If your car is being difficult when you start it or idling rough, consider changing out your spark plugs.