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.
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:
- Texas Auto Show: September 28–October 21
- Miami International Auto Show: October 5–13
- Seattle International Auto Show: November 9–12
- San Francisco Chronicle Auto Show: November 21–25
- Arizona International Auto Show: November 22–25
- LA Auto Show: press only November 28–29; open to the general public November 30–December 9
- San Diego International Auto Show: December 27–30
- North American International Auto Show in Detroit: press only January 14–15; open to the general public January 19–27
- New England International Auto Show: 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.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.