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CES Sees Debut of New Volkswagen Electric Car

Volkswagen Electric Car

Volkswagen recently unveiled a new electric car.

2015 was a rough year for Volkswagen, but as they say, “New Year New You,” and the company has its own list of New Year’s resolutions after debuting the concept of a new Volkswagen electric car at the Consumer Electronics Show January 5th. Volkswagen says it hopes its concept exemplifies a new direction for the company as it seeks innovations in safe and more energy-efficient alternatives to the traditional driving experience.

The unveiling of the brand new electric concept was preceded by an image teaser posted to Volkswagen’s website, which depicted a front-view of the vehicle that had been cropped down to its headlight, grille, and one of its wheels, while a translucent shroud was draped over the car, giving the whole teaser a rather mysterious air. In the press release, Volkswagen stated the vehicle “marks the beginning of a new era of affordable long-distance electromobility.”

The only prior EV in Volkswagen’s lineup was a plug-in variation of the Golf, referred to as the e-Golf, but this new concept shows Volkswagen taking a new direction as a company and leaving 2015 behind it. Showing off a vehicle at CES is also an innovation in itself, as the event is not specifically an auto show but a platform for various electronics companies to show off their upcoming products, though with the rise of EVs the CES has been seeing more of an automobile presence in recent years.

Volkswagen to Debut Two Cars at 2016 Auto Expo

2016 Auto Expo

The 2016 Auto Expo is coming up soon, and auto manufacturers across the globe are each preparing a little something to show off at the event. Volkswagen is taking the opportunity to debut two different models at the auto show, the speedy Polo GTI hatchback and a long-rumored and highly-anticipated compact sedan that as of yet remains unnamed. The Auto Expo will give enthusiasts and critics alike a closer look at the new additions to the company’s lineup.

The new compact sedan is set to also be based on the Polo model, but will be a revival of Volkswagen’s former Bora nameplate and bear a resemblance to both the Polo and the Vento. The new car was rumored through the publication ZigWheels in early 2015, but no further announcements had been made regarding the sedan until now. The Polo GTI, on the other hand, is revered as the fastest hatchback on the market, is ready to impress with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine and is expected to launch sometime mid-2016.

The unveiling of the new Polo GTI and the new compact sedan at the 2016 Auto Expo follows Volkswagen’s unveiling of an electric concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Volkswagen is gearing up to take the company’s lineup in new and exciting directions.

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.

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, autobuild.de 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 US Sales Continue to Rise

 

Volkswagen Golf US salesThe Volkswagen Golf family of vehicles is gaining quite the fan following in America. The compact car won the title of North American Car of the Year earlier this year and since then has only been rising in popularity. While compact car sales are only up 1.1 percent for the overall auto industry, the combined Volkswagen Golf US sales are up a staggering 150 percent.

The sheer success of the Golf has offset Volkswagen sales declines in other areas; between May and July alone, the Golf alone brought home sales gains for the company. Current trends shift toward crossovers, causing Volkswagen’s cars to trail behind the competition, but the Volkswagen Golf is a unique and interesting spectacle in the market – it’s the only wildly popular compact car in the industry.

The Golf lineup is broad and versatile, and allows buyers to choose from a variety of options, and yet another variant – the SportWagen AllTrack – is set to debut next year, complete with off-roading capabilities and all-wheel drive.

In recent years, Volkswagen has completed revamped its strategy for appealing to the American market, and it appears to be working. The automaker has changed the pricing for the Golf lineup based on American trends and is working more closely with American car dealerships – just to name a couple improvements. In any case, what it is doing appears to be working, as Volkswagen Golf US sales are skyrocketing.

Volkswagen Celebrates 500,000th VW Passat

500,000th VW Passat
Cheers to Volkswagen! The automaker recently celebrated building the 500,000th VW Passat at its plant in Tennessee.

Built at Chattanooga Volkswagen, the Passat was assembled in the first and only LEED Platinum certified factory in the world. The milestone model is a Limited Edition dressed in a Candy White exterior and black interior. It offers keyless entry with pushbutton start, heated seats, a rearview camera, premium radio, 170 hp produced from its 1.8-liter turbo engine, and so much more.

“Our Passat has raised the bar on what Americans can expect from a mid-size sedan and the 500,000th car was built with the same passion for detail as the first,” said president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, Christian Koch. “I’m proud of our team and excited about new products on the horizon in this factory.”

In addition to building the beloved VW Passat, Chattanooga Volkswagen is in the process of a $900 million expansion which will enable the plant to create 2,000 new jobs and add a second vehicle to its production lineup, a mid-size SUV for seven passengers.

Congratulations to Volkswagen on building half a million Passat models and to the hard-working team in Tennessee.

Volkswagen Achieves ‘World’s Largest Automaker by Sales’ Title

'World’s Largest Automaker by Sales'

It has been a successful year thus far for the Volkswagen family. With sales passing five million vehicles from January to June, the automaker boasts the title of ‘World’s Largest Automaker by Sales’.

VW beat Japanese competitor Toyota in sales for the first half of the year with reports of 5.04 million vehicles sold compared to Toyota’s 5.02 million. Naturally, the company aims to continue this success with goals of surpassing last year’s record-breaking year of 10.14 million cars sold.

Volkswagen’s recent success is hardly the result of crossed fingers and wishes sent to a magic genie. The title is one the automaker has made plans to achieve and a goal that was impressively reached three years ahead of schedule.

However, VW’s executives also recognize the “World’s Largest Automaker” title will only be maintained through continued careful strategizing. One way the company plans to fight to defend the title is to continue its restructuring, splitting the Volkswagen Group, with its 12 brands, into four distinct holding companies in order to improve the company’s operations and ability to respond to the changing auto market.

Of course, VW will also continue to produce quality luxury vehicles that cater to customers’ needs. That is, after all, the best way to boast top sales in the world: to deliver a product the world wants to buy.

Chicago’s Signature Food

Shish Kabob

Chicago is the perfect place for food! There’s no city in the country with more places to eat delicious dishes. Chicago and food are so inseparable that many meals that you can find there have become the city’s signature dishes. Whether is due to the styling or the taste, food in Chicago has developed a personality and life of its own. In order to introduce readers to the world of Chicago cuisine, we’re going to take an in-depth look into Chicago’s signature food!

  1. Chicago Deep Dish Pizza

You can keep your foldable pizza, New York! We’ll take deep dish any day. Chicago-style pizza is most often defined by a deep pan of dough filled with cheese and delicious ingredients. After that, a hearty helping of tomato sauce is applied on top. The result is a satisfying and filling meal.

  1. Chicago Hot Dogs

Nothing is better during a game at Wrigley Field and a walk about town that a Chicago-Style Hot Dog. So what separates these dogs from other wieners? An all-beef hot dog is housed between a steamed poppy seed bun. That delicious combo is topped with mustard, relish, tomato, onions, hot peppers, and celery salt. And the cherry on top is rather a pickle spear. That’s what makes this wiener a winner!

  1. Italian Beef

Other sandwiches can’t touch the customizability and taste of the Italian Beef sandwich. Thinly cut slices of roast beef are placed in a long Italian roll. Any way you want this sandwich, it’s yours! Hot and spicy with peppers or soaked in juices, the possibilities are endless.

No matter what you choose to eat, Chicago has the food you are craving!

 

Volkswagen and the Museum of Modern Art Team Up to Expand Art Education

Museum

In nearby Chicago, we have a pretty famous art museum: the Art Institute of Chicago. Perhaps you’ve seen Ferris Bueller spend an afternoon there.

New York also has some very impressive art museums. And one of them just partnered up with Volkswagen.

According to a Volkswagen press release, Volkswagen and the Museum of Modern Art have teamed up to expand art education.

The two groups announced an extended two-year partnership that will support the museum’s education initiatives and exhibits.

Volkswagen has supported the Museum of Modern Art since 2011. The extended partnership will focus on the MoMA Education program. The program aims to enrich artistic understanding through digital learning initiatives.

Additionally, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, the Chairman of the Board of Management for Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, was honored for by the Museum of Modern Art for his commitment to art education and expansion.

Throughout its activities in the fields of arts and culture, Volkswagen has shared this belief, and we highly appreciate Dr. Winterkorn’s active role in fulfilling this corporate commitment“, said Glenn D. Lowry, Director of the Museum of Modern Art, in the press release.

To drive home in your own piece of art today, visit Sierra Volkswagen!

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