Last month, Volkswagen unveiled the VW Golf GTI TCR, a road-friendly variant of its TCR racer that competes in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The model was on display at the Wörthersee show in early May. While the Golf GTI TCR is currently only a concept model, VW plans to put out a production version by the end of this year.
Under The Hood.
The Golf GTI TCR is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that cranks out 286 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. With this engine lurking beneath the hood, the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR can reach a top speed of 155 miles an hour. If you opt for a higher trim and remove the car’s speed limiter, you can up the ante to 164 mph. This potent engine is married to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and gets its stopping power from perforated brake discs with special calipers and pads.
The new GTI TCR sits on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, though it is also available with 19-inch wheels. The exterior is defined by a contoured splitter in the front, a honeycomb grille, and a rear air diffuser. The road-ready racer also boasts TCR lettering on its sides and, even more impressive, logo projections on the ground when the doors are opened.
The Golf GTI TCR is sure to be an exciting addition to the VW lineup. Here at Sierra Volkswagen, we’re eagerly awaiting its arrival in our showroom in Ottawa, IL.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta arrives with a full redesign for the new model year. With the redesign, drivers can expect more room, higher levels of comfort, greater levels of connectivity, and, most importantly, more value.
Consumer Reports took a 2019 VW Jetta SEL Premium for a test drive, and the results were fantastic. The tested VW Jetta features responsive performance, a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, and a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 147 horsepower.
The 2019 VW Jetta rolls out on the same scalable architecture as the VW Golf and VW Atlas. Using the same architecture throughout the lineup helps keep the price of new models low. As a result, drivers can expect to see more features for less money in all VW Jetta models.
Despite its categorization as a compact sedan, the 2019 VW Jetta is one of the longest in the segment, sitting at a comfortable 185 inches. The range-topping SEL Premium trim features leather upholstery while automatic climate control carries over from the SE model.
There are plenty of storage and connectivity options in the VW Jetta. A spacious bin and door pockets are capable of storing everything from tablets to umbrellas. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ come standard for the model year. SEL and SEL Premium models see the addition of standard navigation as well.
Here at Sierra Volkswagen, we’re excited to welcome the 2019 VW Jetta and show off its fresh new features.
Volkswagen is looking to go even greener. The German carmaker is increasing its Volkswagen Electric Vehicle Lineup with an additional $25 billion investment in battery supplies.
The growing Volkswagen electric vehicle lineup, which you can find at Sierra Volkswagen, will also mean the carmaker needs to outfit 16 of its factories to build electric cars by the end of 2022. This is an increase from the three factories that currently get the job done.
Currently, VW is focusing on European and Chinese battery suppliers, as these markets are its largest. They are also the markets that will influence electric vehicle production over the next decade. However, VW is looking for a North American battery supplier, too —the carmaker is expected to sign a deal for a supplier in this region shortly.
It’s expected that VW will purchase about $60 billion-worth of batteries for EVs. This helps the carmaker in its goal to produce as many as three million electric cars per year by 2025.
To reach this goal, Volkswagen will launch its MEB platform later this year, which will act as the base of its electric car lineup. It will allow VW electric vehicles to be produced in a way that keeps them affordable, while still allowing the brand to offer a range of designs from compact cars to sedans and SUVs.
Volkswagen safety ratings have a leg-up on the competition. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, recently gave the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta nameplates top-tier safety ratings.
Both vehicles made it onto the Top Safety Pick+ shortlist and received an advanced rating for front crash prevention. The boost onto the list, an improvement over the 2015 models’ safety ratings, came with the inclusion of the Driver Assistance package in the 2016 models, which comes with a Front Assist system.
In addition to the Driver Assistance package, both the Jetta and Golf now come with a post-collision braking system that applies brakes upon sensing a primary collision. Both vehicles also have the Intelligence Crash Response System, which automatically activates hazard lights, interior lights, shuts off the fuel pump, and unlocks doors in the case of emergency situations.
The 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!