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From skiers and snowboarders shredding up the big screen to the latest and greatest 2019 VW model updates, here’s Volkswagen news you need to know.

What’s New: The VW Lineup
The calendar year might not flip to 2019 for a few more months, but it’s time to usher out the old and ring in the new line of Volkswagen vehicles. Here’s what’s happening at your local dealership and always at vw.com:

  • The Atlas will offer two new colors. Terra Metallic, a hue that evokes brilliant fall foliage and rich leather, replaces Titanium Beige (and is also available on the Passat). Pacific Blue replaces Kurkuma Yellow.

  • Available for the Tiguan, the R-Line “Black” package changes the color of a number of features — including the wheels, chrome bumpers, mirror caps, and roof rails — to black.
  • The 2019 Passat base model now comes with standard Blind Spot Detection and Front Assist.1
  • In the Golf family, the GTI Rabbit edition — with special Rabbit seat tags and 18-inch “Pretoria” alloy wheels that are painted gloss black — is limited to just 3,000 units.

  • Say goodbye to the Beetle: This is the final year that the current generation of the legendary VW will be sold, and the iconic car is being offered in both “Final Edition SE” and “Final Edition SEL” trims. The former comes with 17-inch Knoxville wheels, “Rhombus” cloth seats, and aluminum pedals and scuff plates. The latter comes with 18-inch disc wheels with white accents, diamond-stitched leather, and the Fender® Premium Audio System.
  • Design is the name of the game for the all-new Arteon. It offers a sleek fastback design, an upscale interior, and innovative technology. The newest VW flagship is anticipated to make its U.S. debut in early 2019. Get a sneak peek.

Last but not least: There’s a whole slew of new VW parts and accessories to check out — for your current or new VW. A few we love: the Bumperdillo and Muddy Buddy 3D Floor Liner program.

VW Is Everywhere
Need a new spot (outside of your local dealer) to soak up all that’s new from VW? Sneak a peek behind the scenes and under the hood at auto shows or on a factory tour.

VW is scheduled to make a splash at the following auto shows:

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Get a glimpse of the auto show experience here.

Visitors Welcome
After a major expansion, the Volkswagen Chattanooga factory in Tennessee resumed visitor tours last year. Guided tours of the nearly 2-million-square-foot facility include awe-worthy glimpses into how the updated Passat and the seven-seat Atlas SUV are assembled from start to finish. To schedule a free tour, email tours@vw.com.

Learn more about how the VW Chattanooga factory celebrated 10 years.

How to Defy Gravity
There’s an adrenaline rush for the athletes (and the audience) in nearly every minute of Face of Winter, the 69th feature film from Warren Miller Entertainment (presented by Volkswagen).

The winter action-sports movie — filmed in locations including British Columbia, Alaska, Iceland, New Zealand, and Chile — features footage of extreme winter athletes carving and shredding down some of the most challenging filming environments on earth.

This is the second year that Volkswagen has presented a Warren Miller feature film. Last year’s installment, Line of Descent, spotlighted JT Holmes — a Hollywood stunt coordinator, backcountry freestyle skier, and classic VW Beetle driver — and his favorite sport: “speedriding.”

“To be chosen to ski in a Warren Miller film was a dream come true,” says Holmes, who first appeared in a 1995 Miller film as a teenager. “Every element of my life and career traces back to my decisiveness as a young teen to become a pro skier. That decisiveness is credited to Warren Miller.”

This year’s film pays tribute to Warren Miller, the founder of the production company and a pioneer in action-sports cinematography, who died earlier this year at the age of 93.

Face of Winter premieres worldwide in Portland, Oregon, on October 12, 2018. 

Foust Makes a Special Delivery
Tanner Foust may roar around the racetrack in a Beetle Rallycross car equipped with a 2.0-liter, 560-horsepower, turbocharged engine, but cameras recently caught Tanner on suburban streets in a Passat GT.

After placing a black box in the trunk and buckling in, Foust heads out to make a special delivery on time. Watch the video to the end to find out what special cargo he’s carrying.

VW Fan-tastic
Think you love your VW? Check out what Volkswagen and several aftermarket companies churned out in the 2018 Enthusiast Fleet.

The fleet began with four off-the-factory models: Golf R, Tiguan, Arteon, and Jetta. Each four-wheeled work of art debuted in May at the SOWO Partners’ European Experience in Savannah, Georgia. See them for yourself here.

VW Team Wins Big at Rallycross
Behind the wheel of a modified Beetle, VW Rallycross driver Scott Speed headed to victory, sweeping wins in the Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) held in August. An overnight Beetle rebuild to help recover from the qualifying heat final gave VW teammate Tanner Foust the edge to finish second behind Speed. The final round of the inaugural running of the Americas Rallycross Championship at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) will be held at the end of September.