A perfect purchase for recent college grads: Inside the 2018 Volkswagen Passat

source: https://rollingout.com/2018/07/16/a-perfect-purchase-for-recent-college-grads-inside-the-2018-volkswagen-passat/


Recent college graduates are ready to take on the world — and they’re doing so in the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Passat.


Volkswagen has been the automotive ball-hog for a while when it comes to brand recognition. The parent company currently oversees well-known brands such as  Audi, Bentley, and Porsche.

Despite favor from the luxury lineup — the Volkswagen Passat has gained a reputation for safety, minimalist style, and fuel efficiency — making it perfect for recent graduates.

Hate studying? Not to worry — we’ve had the pleasure of doing all the cramming for you. Here are our top five reasons every recent grad should own the new 2018 Passat.

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Grown-up looks

Taking the jump from college into the workforce is a big deal — and looking the part is a major plus with the new Passat. This midsize sedan comes in seven different trim levels. The vehicle’s standard model comes with automatic headlights with options ranging from 16- to 18-inch wheels on higher trim packages.

Subtle changes such as the vehicle’s transformation from bubble-like headlights to its narrow design has elevated the Passat to a mid-level luxury market.

If you’re looking to be the boss, this sedan offers an R-Line package — equipped with custom badging and glossy black accents to match your upgraded 19-inch Salvador Alloy-Wheels. At this point, you wouldn’t need MTV’s “Pimp My Ride.”

Fuel Efficiency

As a recent grad, you know every dollar counts — but it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to ask your new co-workers for gas money. Luckily, the Passat has you covered with their 2.0 4L Turbo ranging from 25 mpg in the city to 36 mpg on the highway. The vehicle also impresses with their 3.6L V6 — offering an average of 19 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Smart safety

Volkswagen has continued its legacy of reliability and safety by earning a NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating for the 2018 Passat.

The sedan is equipped with the new Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS). This feature aids in the event of a crash by shutting off the fuel pump, unlocking all of the doors, and activating the hazard lights in the event the driver is not able to.

High warranty, low maintenance

There’s nothing like a piece of mind and The People First Warranty provides just that with a six-year 72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. This complimentary coverage is extended to all new Volkswagen purchasers and can be transferred to people who seek secondary ownership as well.


Whether you’ve saved for a new ride or still find yourself in shopping mode, Passat has a favorable asking price starting at $22,995. Even against competitors such as the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the Passat’s higher trim level is pleasingly comparable at $34,650.

For the amount technology and features, this midsize sedan has to offer, you can’t go wrong if you’re searching for practicality. Growing up isn’t easy — but this Passat makes the ride worthwhile.


Crown Automotive Named a “2018 Top Rated Dealer”

Crown Automotive has been awarded the CarGurus Top Rated Dealer award. Our dealership has maintained an average rating of 4.7273 stars which has qualified us for this award. We appreciate our customers taking the time to share their great experiences at Crown and we look forward to another year of providing outstanding customer service! cargurus 2018.JPG

Volkswagen is considering bringing back the Beetle as an all-electric car

source: https://electrek.co/2018/07/03/volkswagen-bring-back-beetle-all-electric-car/

Fred Lambert

Jul. 3rd 2018 6:18 am ET

Volkswagen is reportedly considering bringing back the iconic Beetle as an all-electric car on the upcoming new MEB platform, which is supporting the series of new VW electric cars planned for launch in the next 4 years.

MEB is Volkswagen’s latest platform to support new electric vehicles built to be electric from the ground up.

The German automaker is planning to release several new vehicles unveiled over the last year.

There’s the I.D., which is a Golf-sized vehicle expected to be their first mass-market EV for the model year 2020, there’s also the crossover all-electric I.D. CROZZ Concept, and then there’s the I.D. BUZZ electric microbus coming in 2022.

Finally, VW unveiled the I.D. VIZZION sedan earlier this year.

Now we learn that another more familiar face could be added to the group.

VW design chief Klaus Bischoff told Autocar that they are considering an all-electric Beetle on the MEB platform.

Though they would have to make a 4-door, says Bischoff:

“If you look at MEB, the shortest wheelbase [possible] is the ID [hatchback]. If you took that and did the Beetle on it, you have plenty of room so there’s no compromise in functionality any more. So it could be a very attractive car.”

The designer says that he already sketch out what a 4-door electric Beetle would look like on the MEB platform, but he admitted that it’s not going to happen soon since they need to focus on the ID Concept for now.

He said:

“Our duty is to get the volume [ID] models under way. These cars have super-complicated technology and if you do too much, it’s an overload. Then we [can] move into more exotic cars and the field of emotion.”

The vehicle would have to get a greenlight from CEO Herbert Diess before going into development.

The CEO seems keen on the possibility. He said in the past:

“If we wanted to do a Beetle EV, it would be much better than today’s model, much closer to history, because it could be rear-wheel drive.” […] “We have a good chance on the electric side. You can do derivatives efficiently. We have a very flexible platform. We can do nice things: rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive or all- wheel drive.”

Diess is referencing the fact that VW revived the Beetle has a front-wheel-drive car over a decade ago.

The vehicle will go out of production again next year as VW launches the MEB platform. It looks like the car’s best chance to come back again is as an EV.


source: https://media.vw.com/releases/1040

Jun 14, 2018

New television and digital marketing campaign highlights the latest VW models


Herndon, VA — With the U.S. national soccer team absent from this year’s world championships, Volkswagen of Americawants to help American soccer fans find a new, temporary home for their passion.

Working in collaboration with creative agency Deutsch, Volkswagen unveiled its “Jump on the Wagen” marketing campaign today during the opening rounds of the global soccer tournament. The campaign will feature fans from several countries making the pitch for Americans to root for their teams when the tournament begins June 14.

Deutsch produced six spots – two 30-second spots and four 15-second spots featuring Belgium, Brazil, Iceland and Germany – that will air on FOX and FOX Sports. Volkswagen will serve as the presenting sponsor for the FOX Sports post-game show and FOX Sports will also join in the fun with its own ad featuring hosts Alexi Lalas and Rob Stone picking up fans from different national teams in a Volkswagen Atlas, allowing the soccer enthusiasm to bloom even further. The campaign will additionally feature digital extensions through social channels encouraging fans to adopt a team, as well as Snapchat filters for countries still playing in the last two weeks of the tournament.

In each spot, fans from countries including Germany, Brazil, Iceland and Sweden offer arguments for backing their national teams, along with a few humorous examples of their accomplishments – such as a Tiguan packed full of trophies for the Brazilian fan.

“The big tournament’s broadcast will be watched by more viewers than ever,” said Jim Zabel, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Volkswagen of America. “Given the unique situation for U.S. fans in this year’s tournament, our “Jump on the Wagen” campaign encourages Americans to root for one of the 32 teams in the tournament that may be tied to their lineage, includes one of their favorite players, or has an interesting backstory. Overall, it is meant to appeal to the Volkswagen fan’s affinity for soccer, delivered with our brand’s signature wink and smile.”

Additionally, Volkswagen worked with Hispanic agency Creative on Demand (COD) to release the Spanish language campaign “Subete a la Pasion.” The campaign features fans from several Hispanic nationalities inviting other fans to “get on board” and celebrate their shared passion for futbol. Volkswagen will serve as presenting sponsor of “Viva el Mundial y Más” on Telemundo, where the two COD produced 30-second spots and three 15-second spots will air during coverage. Telemundo also “got on board,” creating a fun vignette with Telemundo talent – Colombian actress, Ximena Duque, and Telemundo co-host, Karim Mendiburu.”

The spots will also feature the People First Warranty, available on model year 2018 and newer Volkswagen vehicles excluding e-Golf which provides coverage for six years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and can be transferred to subsequent vehicle owners throughout the remainder of its duration.

View two of the “Jump on the Wagen” spots here:


Jun 8, 2018

  • Volkswagen experts will simulate the chemical structure of batteries on quantum computers
  • Quantum Computing technology comes out of Volkswagen Group of America’s CODE Lab in San Francisco, California
  • The objective is the “tailor-made battery”, a configurable chemical blueprint ready for production
  • Volkswagen will present quantum computing research at CEBIT (June 12-15)



Wolfsburg/Herndon, June 8, 2018. For the first time, Volkswagen experts succeeded in simulating industrially relevant molecules using a quantum computer. This is especially important for the development of high-performance electric vehicle batteries, as the experts have successfully simulated molecules such as lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains. Now they are working on more complex chemical compounds. In the long term, they want to simulate the chemical structure of a complete electric vehicle battery on a quantum computer. Their objective is to develop a “tailor-made battery”, which will be a configurable chemical blueprint that is ready for production. Volkswagen will present its research work connected with quantum computing at the CEBIT technology show (Hanover, June 12-15).

“We are focusing on the modernization of IT systems throughout the Group”, says Martin Hofmann, CIO of the Volkswagen Group. “The objective is to intensify the digitalization of work processes – to make them simpler, more secure and more efficient and to support new business models. This is why we are combining our core task with the introduction of specific key technologies for Volkswagen. These include the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, as well as quantum computing.”

The objective is a “tailor-made battery”, a configurable blueprint

Using newly developed algorithms, Volkswagen experts have laid the foundation for simulating and optimizing the chemical structure of high-performance electric vehicle batteries on a quantum computer in San Francisco, California. In the long term, the quantum algorithm could simulate the chemical composition of a battery on the basis of different criteria such as weight reduction, maximum power density or cell assembly, and provide a design which could be used directly for production. This would help significantly accelerate the battery development process, which has been time-consuming and resource-intensive to date.

“We are working hard to develop the potential of quantum computers for Volkswagen. The simulation of electrochemical materials is an important project in this context,” says Florian Neukart, Principle Scientist at Volkswagen’s CODE Lab in San Francisco. “In this field, we are performing genuine pioneering work. We are convinced that commercially available quantum computers will open up previously unimaginable opportunities. We intend to acquire the specialist knowledge we need for this purpose now”, Neukart says.

IT is co-operating closely with Volkswagen Group Research on the simulation of electrochemical materials. Volkswagen experts have already successfully simulated key molecules on a quantum computer, including molecules such as lithium-hydrogen and carbon chains. They are now working on more complex chemical compounds. In the experts’ opinion, they are only at the beginning of their development work.

Volkswagen and quantum computing

Highly specialized IT experts from Volkswagen, including data scientists, computer linguists and software engineers, are working together at the IT labs in San Francisco and Munich to develop the potential of quantum computers for applications which will be beneficial for the company. The main focus is on the programming of algorithms on quantum computers. These are subject to different laws than conventional computers. In the field of quantum computing, Volkswagen Group is collaborating with Google and D-Wave, who provide the Volkswagen experts with access to their systems.8439-171121oellermannHofmann010566.jpg

A designer’s look at the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

How do you design a new car? Boldly, and carefully, at the same time.

The new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta reflects years of exacting design work by a dedicated team that had to anticipate American market trends, meet a host of engineering requirements and eventually craft a look that can appeal to millions without going stale.

“Cars are always reflecting society, fashion, architecture—they are part of the development of mankind,” says Klaus Bischoff, head of design for Volkswagen. “From the beginning, we said we need to have a breakthrough and create a new design language for this product.”

As the seventh iteration of the compact sedan, the new Jetta has a long design history that’s made an impression on American roads, from the squared-up look of the 1980 model to the Bauhaus-inspired designs of the fourth generation. With the move to a new chassis and all-new bodywork, designers had a high level of freedom to push the Jetta’s design forward with an American audience in mind — without losing the classic precision that’s a VW hallmark

“We wanted to create a design that stands out,” says Bischoff, “so when you see it on the road it is charismatic.”

The front of every car serves as its face, and with all-new standard LED daytime running lights, designers were able to create a unique light “signature” for the Jetta. Bischoff notes that as with other new Volkswagen vehicles like the upcoming 2019 Arteon, the grille and lights are combined into one wide graphic, creating a lower, sleeker appearance.

With increased fuel efficiency as an ever-present goal, aerodynamics played a larger role in the Jetta’s design than ever before. It’s easy to make a car look sleek, or to stand out, but hard to do both – often a crease or feature like larger wheels that adds character also adds aerodynamic drag in the process. So the Jetta’s design team used that challenge to their advantage, with touches like the discreet spoiler integrated into the trunk lid and an “air curtain” design in the front bumper that calms airflow to a highly competitive 0.27 coefficient of drag.

“Most of the time, you look at cars from the back,” says Bischoff, “so it’s important to recognize it.” The rear of the Jetta has a completely reworked approach; it gathers several lines that run the length of the bodywork, emphasizing the longer wheelbase, combined with a taillight/reflector that integrates with the design of the decklid. The deep creases also add what Bischoff calls a “slim-fit, athletic” appearance.

Another key addition was adding two new colors to the Jetta’s palate: Sage Green and the vivid Habanero Orange, a key way to make Jetta owners who want a warmer, more distinctive color stand out from the crowd.

The interior takes a major step forward in technology, with highlights from the available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit to available 10-color ambient lighting accents that were once only available features in luxury cars. Every line in the interior emphasizes the increased space and glass – or “daylight opening” in automotive design terms – but also improves usability for the driver. Despite the more dramatic slope of the roof line, headroom isn’t compromised, and the new optional panoramic sunroof can also give the interior a new feeling of freedom.

Taken as a whole, Bischoff says the new 2019 Jetta is “much more emotional, more progressive and more innovative,” adding: “Volkswagen design is always about going in new directions.”