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Temperatures might be dropping, but things are only heating up in the world of Volkswagen — from electric-vehicle news to soccer sponsorships. Here’s what’s happening and where you can join in the VW fun. The Future of Electric is Coming In January, Volkswagen announced a game-changing strategy for its future. Scheduled for a 2022 opening, an expanded VW Chattanooga facility plans to serve as the North American base for electric-vehicle (EV) manufacturing. The approximately $800 million invread more
Restoring Annie the Beetle for Her Owner of 50 Years and Counting
Kathleen Brooks remembers buying her first new car. She was 21 years old in December of 1966 when she went to a Volkswagen dealer in Riverside, California, and left with a 1967 VW Beetle in ruby red, complete with white vinyl interior, upgraded exhaust and all of 53 horsepower. Total price: $2,300, with a loan of $28.87 per month. Because of its red coat, Kathleen quickly named her car “Annie.” Soon the miles began to accumulate, as she drove around southern California, from San Francisco toread more
Rescue me: How one Atlas owner gives good dogs forever homes
Thanks to a hurricane, Nina Roedeler found her calling. In late 2012, hundreds of animals were lost or displaced after Hurricane Sandy hit the New York metro region. The pets came from flooded shelters or were 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. She tended the dog back to health and eventually helped it find a new permanent home. That experience led Roedeler to her role as reread more
Iconic Finale: Why You’ll Love the Beetle Final Edition
It was 1949 and the U.S. was puzzled. What, exactly, was this car that Volkswagen had shipped here? That car, of course, was the Beetle, which cut a distinctive silhouette on the automotive scene. Its various iterations over the last 70 years have been no exception. And now, with the release of the Beetle Final Editions, Volkswagen is poised to bring one chapter of this storied history to a close. Saying Goodbye Throughout its history, the Beetle has been an innovative design, a countercread more
The Legendary Rabbit Name Makes a 2019 Comeback
It was fast. It was nimble. It was fun. And it had attitude. The original 1983 Mk1 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI sported red plaid seats, snowflake wheels, and a golf ball shift knob. It helped create a brand new category of sports car; the hot hatch. Now, the Rabbit is back for 2019 as a special edition model — the GTI Rabbit Edition is the first GTI to pay tribute to the Rabbit heritage since the 2003 20th Anniversary vehicle. Here’s why we should all be excited. Enthusiasm builds The GTI hasread more
VW Car-Net Gets a Boost
Tech has turned our cars into more than just a way to get from point A to point B. Take the features that are part of Volkswagen Car-Net®. They enable you to access navigation information, receive alerts, and manage entertainment, among other capabilities Now, there’s even more to love about Car-Net®. Three new features — Parking Information (powered by Parkopedia), Valet Alert, and Curfew Alert, — provide valuable peace of mind and convenience. The new trio is part of the Security &read more
Celebrating Ten Years of Volkswagen in Chattanooga
Ten years ago, Volkswagen made it official: It wanted to build one of the world’s most advanced automotive assembly factories in the hills outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. Since then, a series of successful milestones — from the 700,000th Passat to the new expansion for the growing Atlas line — have demonstrated how VW and Chattanooga continue to build a partnership for the future. The initial VW investment of approximately $1 billion in Chattanooga and the commitment to hire 2,000 team memread 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
A designer’s look at the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
How do you design a new car? Boldly and carefully. The all-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. “Cars are always reflecting society, fashion, architecture — they’re part of the development of mankind,” says Klaus Bischoff, head of design for Volkswagen. “From the beginning, we said we need to have aread more