New Era

The countdown until launch may have finished, but remaining is the conclusion to the long journey that will mark a pivotal moment in the history of the program. I’m not talking about the last flight of the space shuttle, but the first shipment of the 2012 Passats that will soon be displayed in Volkswagen showrooms across the country, including McDonald Volkswagen.

At the end of last month, 126 new 2012 vehicles were loaded up into train cars just outside the newly built Chattanooga VW plant.  They were sent off to California, Washington State, Maine and, the best news of all, Colorado. While the recently shipped vehicles are not available for purchase just yet, customers will get a firsthand glimpse at the American’ made Passats and even have the opportunity to get behind the wheel for a test drive.

With the first shipment scheduled to arrive the last week of July, McDonald Automotive will be one of the first dealerships in the country to have the all new 2012 Passat in the showroom. Cruise on over to to check out the latest details on when you can get your hands on a new Passat. The beginning of a new era.


Discover Diesel: 2012 Passat

If you’re like me it’s hard not to notice a big rig pulling besides you while on the road. Besides being enormous, the vibration and fumes coming from the hefty engine are enough to give anyone a negative impression of diesel.  Not so fast. Once dismissed as smelly, loud and unreliable, diesel-fueled vehicles are making a comeback as a viable alternative to the more popular, unleaded, fossil-fueled cars. With the advent of clean-diesel and new rigorous regulations which keep emissions low, the modern diesel engine competes hard-in-hand with unleaded.

At first glance, the price at the pump for the fuel may be a turn-off, but for an engine that can double the miles per gallon of a traditional unleaded engine, it more than makes up for the cost difference. More car companies are looking to diesel as a potential work horse for the automobile industry. Volkswagen is on the leading edge with the unveiling of the new, redesigned, 2012 Passat. One of only a few manufacturers with diesel models, Volkswagen is giving customers the option and opportunity to try the advantages of diesel first hand. In addition, no other manufacturer is giving the customer the option of a manual or automatic transmission with a diesel.

The Passat TDI, with an estimated 43 mpg on the highway, should be able to break the 800 miles per-tank range. A drive from Denver to San-Antonio, Texas or a round trip to Salt Lake, Utah will require only a single fill-up. This means less cash spent on gas. McDonald Volkswagen will have several diesel models in stock when the new Passat arrives in Early September. Be on the leading edge as one of the first people with a 2012 Passat and pre-order yours today.

McDonald Volkswagen Gears Up To Receive The 2012 Volkswagen Passat

The much anticipated arrival of the 2012 Volkswagen Passat has VW enthusiasts and dealerships alike chomping at the bit to get their hands on them. The newly redesigned Passats will arrive at the McDonald Volkswagen dealership in Littleton, Colorado on July 7th for a formal unveiling and the lots will be stocked with the Passats by summer’s end.

“We are really excited to receive the new Passats,” explains Jim McDonald, General Manager of McDonald Volkswagen. “This new model was designed specifically with Americans in mind and I think people are really going to love the new body style and features.”

The first American-made Volkswagen in 23 years, the 2012 Passat will be produced in Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant and will come with all the bells and whistles but at a wallet-friendly price. The new Passat starts at just $19,995 for the 170-hp 2.5-liter five-cylinder and Bluetooth, trip computer, steering-wheel controls and an automatic climate control system are just a few items on a long list of standard equipment.

Moving up to the Passat TDI gets you the 2.0-liter turbodiesel, which is rated at 31 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Then there is the Passat V6, which produces 280 horsepower and has a six-speed DSG. The V6 SEL package adds navigation, a 30GB hard drive, leather seats with Dynamica inserts and Autumn Nut Burl interior trim.

We changed the design to the more grand, the more stunning- we gave the car more road presence,” said Klaus Bischoff, Head of VW product design, at the 2011 North American International Auto show in Detroit. “I think it will attract American customers very much.”

With three engine choices, a luxuriously roomy backseat, and a stylish dash resembling a cock-pit, this new model surely has the style and elegance of Passats of the past but with an American touch.  It is truly an American-made car while still holding true to its German-engineering roots that will surely please Colorado car enthusiasts when it makes its way to the McDonald Volkswagen lots.