Temperatures might be dropping, but things are only heating up in the world of Volkswagen — from auto shows to soccer sponsorships. Here’s what’s happening and where you can join in the VW fun.
Let It Show
Auto shows — a wintertime staple — offer more than a sneak peek behind the scenes and under some hoods. They’re also filled with show-only experiences, such as last year’s VW interactive displays with a GTI racing simulator and a “screen” made up of tiny magnetic flipping pixels. Check out these upcoming events.
- North American International Auto Show in Detroit: January 19–27
- New England International Auto Show in Boston: January 17–21
- Houston Auto Show: January 23–27
- St. Louis Auto Show: January 24–27
- Portland International Auto Show: January 24–27
- Philadelphia Auto Show: February 2–10
- Chicago Auto Show: press only February 7–8; open to the general public February 9–18
- Cleveland Auto Show: February 22–March 3
- Greater Milwaukee International Car & Truck Show: February 23–March 3
- Twin Cities Auto Show: March 9–17
- Atlanta International Auto Show: March 20–24
- DFW Auto Show: March 27–31
- Denver Auto Show: March 27–31
- Washington Auto Show: April 2–14
- New York Auto Show: press only April 17–18; open to the general public April 19–28
Get a glimpse of the auto show experience here.
Three Top Tuners Take on the Jetta
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is one of the biggest draws in the automotive industry. It’s where automotive media and industry professionals get their fill of after-market add-ons, upgrades, and accessories, and the November 2018 show in Las Vegas was no different. The SEMA Show was also a chance for three exhibitors to show off their products and creativity, using none other than a 2019 Volkswagen Jetta as their platform.
The Corrado Turned 30!
In 1988, leg warmers and hair bands hadn’t yet given way to flannel and big-hair bands. But the year would mark something auspicious in VW history: the debut of the Corrado.
The life of the Corrado was bright and fast; it was produced only from 1988 to 1995. Three decades after its debut, the Corrado remains a favorite of collectors. Although only around 17,000 of the cars were ever produced for the U.S. market, many are still on the road. The Corrado has attained cult classic status thanks to its performance, practical hatchback, and reputation for great handling, especially among front-wheel-drive vehicles. (Oh, and if they’re being honest, enthusiasts might admit that the speed-activated spoiler is one of its chief draws.)