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With the 2019 Volkswagen Beetle Final Edition, we say #ByeByeBeetle
It’s official: The 2019 Volkswagen Beetle will be the last production year of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, exactly seven decades after it first came to the United States in 1949. But the Beetle will be getting a year-long sendoff, beginning with special Beetle Final Edition models for 2019 and continuing over the next several months. “The loss of the Beetle after three generations, over nearly seven decades, will evoke a host of emotions from the Beetle’s many devoted fans,” said Hinrichread more
What do you call the game of spotting a VW Beetle?
First: It is the official position of Volkswagen of America that no one should throw or receive a punch (or even a tap for that matter) simply upon seeing a Volkswagen Beetle. Volkswagen does not condone any form of violence, especially over an icon of the peace-and-love era like the Beetle. That said, it is well known that generations of bored American children on the road have invented and handed down a game around the Beetle. But there’s also a lingering debate that has never been settread more
Rescue me: How one Atlas owner gives good dogs forever homes
Nina Roedeler found her calling thanks to a hurricane. In late 2012, hundreds of animals were lost or displaced after Hurricane Sandy hit the New York metro region – either from flooded shelters or being left behind when their owners had to evacuate. Roedeler, a New York resident, volunteered to foster one of the dogs left traumatized by the storm, eventually bringing it back to health and a new permanent home. “I love dogs, because they know how to forgive and they don’t hold grudges,” Roread more
Cars.com’s Family (SUV) Feud: Volkswagen Atlas vs. Subaru Ascent
A growing number of American families find themselves in need of a good three-row SUV. Beyond just shuttling kids to school or events, the best three-row SUVs are champions of multitasking; they can handle commutes, date nights, family vacations and hardware-store hauling without fuss. For some, they almost qualify as a living room on wheels – one that needs to be comfortable, safe and efficient no matter what’s happening outside. Recently, the experts at Cars.com put the 2018 Volkswagen Atlaread more
How a photographer draws inspiration from the Arteon
Just after college, Douglas Sonders traded his classic convertible sports car for some professional-level digital camera equipment gear to document a tour with a rock band. It’s a gamble that’s still paying off today. From his days on a tour bus, Sonders’ award-winning career as a photographer and filmmaker now spans everything from celebrity magazine-cover portraits to industrial applications for virtual reality. But it was a new challenge to take a Volkswagen Arteon, the striking new flagshread more
Winning streak continues with a 1-2 finish for VW Andretti Rallycross team
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross proved the class of the field as the Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) made its maiden visit to Canada and the Trois-Rivières circuit last weekend. Championship leader Scott Speed scored a clean sweep, leading every session on the way to the second back-to-back ARX victory. Close behind Speed in the Final was his teammate, Tanner Foust, who bounced back from a big accident on Saturday afternoon to claim a third consecutive podium finish. “I’m really proud tread more
Taking the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack to new heights
Jason Mariani always knew he wanted to own a wagon; it was just a matter of time and choosing the right vehicle to meet his needs. When he found the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, he knew he discovered much more than he was looking for. The Golf Alltrack arrived in the U.S. in 2016 and has been gaining momentum among adventure-seekers, outdoor enthusiasts and families since. Mariani knew the Alltrack was the perfect car for his lifestyle because he could fit both his growing family and bicycleread more
Inside one man’s unique collection of 114 Golfs
Josef Juza may not own the world’s largest private collection of Volkswagen Golfs – but with 114 examples, many of them rare and odd, it’s hard to imagine a more passionate fan. Juza, a chimney sweep from Austria, began his collection as part of his job, driving a second-generation, European-spec VW Caddy pickup for work. From there the collection began to grow; a normal Golf for the family, a Cabrio for summer, a GTI for driving fun and even a Golf Country for wintertime, or as Juza callread more
Volkswagen’s Car-Net gives owners additional peace of mind with three new features
Volkswagen Car-Net® Security & Service has always been there for you. From sending destinations directly to your compatible navigation system, obtaining Vehicle Health Reports, Remote Vehicle Access, Guardian Alerts, or safety features like Automatic Crash Notification (ACN), Emergency Call, and Roadside Assistance, it’s a great way to help you stay connected when you are on the move. And now, the VW Car-Net app has added three new valuable Security and Service features that only strengthenread more
Meet Noor Tagouri, the next generation of storyteller
Anyone who spends time on social media may think the only storytellers that flourish there are the ones with their phones permanently set to selfie mode. To see the opposite, meet Noor Tagouri. The 24-year-old has followed her own path that straddles the worlds of journalism, fashion and activism, from shooting her own documentaries to starting a clothing line that benefits charitable causes. "I knew I wanted to be a storyteller, a journalist, before I knew what that meant," Tagouri saread more
Jetta Haus Goes Beyond the Driver’s Seat
Bass reverberating deep in your chest. Infinite selfies in a mirrored room. Delicious drinks and tasty treats. The Volkswagen Jetta Haus pop-up events offered something for every sense in a perfect weekend mashup of music, food, and forward-thinking experiences. For Jetta and VW enthusiasts, the Jetta Haus pop-up events in May were more than just an opportunity to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2019 Jetta. This pop-up party toured Chicago, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles and gave guread more
Why your cup holders carry a surprising amount of science
When Volkswagen calls the 2019 Jetta “all new,” it doesn’t just mean the chassis, the styling or the driver’s assistance technology. Even the cup holders received a rigorous engineering upgrade. America’s thirst for places to store a beverage in their vehicles dates back decades; it was only in the early ‘80s that the first viable cup holders built into a family vehicle appeared. Today, Americans can’t get enough of them; the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has 17 cup holders and the new 201read more
The Volkswagen Tiguan turns up the heat on Food Network Star
For an exciting fourth year in a row, Volkswagen teams up with Food Network to present its hit competition series Food Network Star. As the exclusive automotive sponsor for the 2018 season, Volkswagen brings the Tiguan to this year’s party. Like the chefs competing on the show, the Tiguan will be showcasing its style, versatility, and sense of adventure in a sophisticated urban setting. Through weekly challenges, competitors compete for a shot at stardom, and the Tiguan takes some starring roread more
Driving the first-generation Volkswagen Jetta with its 2019 successor
The 1980 model year was a big one for Volkswagen of America. Known at the time mostly for the Rabbit hatchback, VW brought out four new models that year – the Rabbit convertible, the Rabbit-based Pickup, the then-new Vanagon (including its hip camper variant) and an all-new sedan named after the German word for “jet stream:” the Jetta. It was not many years later that the Jetta became the best-selling German model in America, with more than 3.2 million models sold since. With the new 2019 Jetread more
Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Beetles sweep inaugural Americas Rallycross
The first season of Americas Rallycross began with a familiar sight – two Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers on top of the podium. Tanner Foust claimed victory and Scott Speed took second in the inaugural round of Americas Rallycross last weekend at Silverstone Circuit in England. The pair faced a mix of old and new competitors around the 0.6-mile dirt and asphalt track, but Foust and his No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle dominated the field, with top-three finishes in each of the fourread more
Unleashing the Rrrrr-roar of the Golf Rs at WITW
For one weekend in April each year, the small village of Fontana, North Carolina, hosts a gathering of Volkswagen friends and owners casually known as WITW. What ties these cars together, apart from the VW badge, is that their engines all produce a beloved exhaust note. This year I joined over 100 of these special cars for some fun, both in the village and on the famous roads that surround it. The Golf R32 and Golf R cars have been a staple in the VW enthusiast community ever since the firstread more