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Passat Named Top Family Car by ‘Parents’ magazine-Edmunds.com

 

2012 passat

Parents magazine and the vehicle research resource Edmunds.com have joined forces to zero in on their 2012 list of the 15 best family cars – and of course, the 2012 Passat takes home yet another win for the VW team.

According to Parent, The selection process looks at hundreds of vehicles primarily focusing on safety and reliability. The judges also took into account, the interior and exterior, the vehicle performance, as well as features specifically for making the vehicle family-freindly.

Each vehicle that was featured on the prestigious list has electronic stability control, antilock brakes, and at least 6 airbags.  14 of them were named “Top Safety Picks” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

It’s no wonder the 2012 Passat took home the #1 spot for the sedan category- it encompasses all these traits in one neat little package. Everything a family could want… and more 🙂

For more information about the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, please visit the McDonald Volkswagen website at www.mcdonaldvw.com or set up a test drive at their Denver area Volskwagen dealership at 6000 S. Broadway in Littleton, Colorado.

Jetta Hybrid launches in North America

Volkswagen is presenting the all new Jetta Hybrid, one of the world’s most efficient automobiles, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Jetta Hybrid Engine

 Powering the all-new Jetta is a high-tech turbocharged gasoline engine in conjunction to a zero-emissions electric motor. This hybrid union enables impressive driving performance as well as an estimated combined fuel economy figure of 45 mpg meaning that the sporty hybrid consumes about 20 percent less fuel than a similarly-powered sedan with a conventional drivetrain. In addition, the Jetta Hybrid can be driven in pure electric mode at speeds of up to 44 mph.

Battery In Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

A lithium-ion battery supplies the energy to the electric motor. The compact 220-volt, 1.1 kWh battery is integrated behind the rear bench seat and consists of 60 individual cells with a combined energy capacity of 5 Ah. The battery also has its own management system that performs safety, diagnostic, and monitoring functions as well as temperature management.

 The Jetta Hybrid works as an electric vehicle up to 37 mph if the electric motor is engaged automatically or up to 44 mph if the driver presses the E-mode button to the right of the shift lever. About a third of the potential fuel savings in the Jetta Hybrid comes through electric driving. 

Unlike conventional hybrid systems, when the Jetta Hybrid’s gasoline engine is stopped, the engine is disengaged via the decoupling clutch to give a pure electric drive mode when the car moves off again—provided that the battery is sufficiently charged.

On drives when battery capacity is low, the Jetta Hybrid is powered by just the TSI engine. In certain situations, the operation of the TSI engine is also optimized for efficiency. Excess power from the engine can be used to charge the high-voltage battery through the electric motor which acts as a generator. 

Jetta Aerodynamics

The Jetta Hybrid is distinguished by aerodynamic modifications that include a new front airdam, a rear diffuser, and an integrated rear spoiler making the Hybrid’s Cd 10% lower than that of the stock Volkswagen Jetta. In addition, the Jetta Hybrid is equipped with special 15-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires optimized for low rolling resistance.

Volkswagen Jetta Safety Features

Standard safety equipment for all Jetta models includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC), anti-lock brakes (ABS), and six airbags (driver and front passenger airbags, front side thorax airbags and Side Curtain Protection® airbags front and rear).

Jetta Hybrid Trim Levels

Three trims will be offered for the Jetta Hybrid. Standard features include Bluetooth® technology, LED taillights, SiriusXM® satellite radio, special 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and a unique Hybrid body kit and badging. More details on trim levels will be released at a later date.

Jetta Premium Features

Available premium features will include bi-xenon headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights, a power driver’s seat, heatable front seats, the RNS 315 navigation system, a rear-view camera and Volkswagen’s exclusive Fender® Premium Audio System.

The introduction of the Jetta Hybrid marks the second gasoline-electric hybrid offering by Volkswagen. The sporty and eco-conscious sedan features some of the most advanced technology of any car Volkswagen has ever offered in this class. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid will launch in the North American market at the end of 2012.

For information about the 2013 Jetta Hybrid and to find out when they will be making their way to Colorado Volkswagen dealers you can contact McDonald Volkswagen, your Colorado Volkswagen dealer. You can call the Volkswagen dealership at (303)376-4734 or check out their website at www.mcdonaldvw.com

Volkswagen Holiday Event

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Colorado Volkswagen Dealer, McDonald VW, Announces Huge Promotion For New Volkswagen Shoppers      

 Parker area Volkswagen dealership, McDonald VW, has just announced that they will be providing their new Volkswagen customers with some extra money for the holiday season.

 The dealership will be giving customers who buy new Volkswagen vehicles a $500.00 gift card or let them take a $500.00 deduction off the price of the vehicle.

 “We want to reward our customers and the community for being so great to us over the years,” explains one McDonald VW employee. “What better way than by giving them some extra money for the holidays?”

 McDonald Volkswagen, the flagship dealership of the McDonald Automotive Group, has been serving the Colorado community for over 50 years and continues to be one of the top-rated Volkswagen dealerships in the state.

 This holiday promotion will only be going on through December 12th, 2011 so the dealership invites you to come in and get your next new Volkswagen and some extra spending money today.

For more information about this Volkswagen Dealership Near Parker please visit http://www.mcdonaldvw.com/ .

Fender Beetle Concept Car From VW

The 2012 ‘Fender Beetle’ Concept Showcased at the Frankfurt Show

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It was exciting enough when fender bug Volkswagen and Fender teamed up to create one of the greatest stereo systems available on the market today- but now the power pair have taken it up a notch with the Fender Beetle Concept- an really cool take on the 2012 Beetle!

The Beetle is the first car that can be ordered with a sound system by Fender, the guitar and amplifier. Now, at the IAA in Frankfurt, Volkswagen is presenting a concept car that 2012 Beetle- Fendercan be interpreted as a tribute to the legendary guitar company with the exclusive Fender Beetle. Complete with a customized design and features such as a sound-system interface for plugging in and playing an electric guitar over the subwoofer that is also integrated in the luggage compartment.

Aesthetically, the black paint on the outside is subdued while the inside is lit up with 2012 Beetle- Fendera sunburst two-toned wood panel inlaid in the dash (looking much like the style of numerous Fender guitars). Elsewhere the Fender logo stitched into the door band and metal control knobs that resemble those used for decades on guitar and bass amps as well as a pick holder. The holder comes with three picks with an imprint of the Beetle.

While the Fender Beetle is a concept car, you can still get the Fender sound in any 2012 Beetle. Buyers who choose the fender beetle Fender audio system get three-color ambient lighting for the interior in red, white, and blue as well as indirect lighting in the door shoulder panels. The sound system itself has two sets of tweeters equipped with neodymium magnets and fabric domes. In addition, a subwoofer with a dual-voice coil is integrated in an enclosed bass box in the Beetle’s trunk. But the centerpiece of the new Beetle’s sound system is a 10-channel amp with Class A/B power amps and 400 Watts of power.

We’re really digging it and we’re sure Beetle lovers and 2012 Beetle- Fendermusicians everywhere will feel the same! The 2012 Beetle is the perfect platform to introduce such a cool new concept and highlight the outstanding new relationship between VW and Fender!

Want to know more about the 2012 Beetle or how to order yours? Visit http://www.mcdonaldvw.com for more info on ordering your Beetle in Denver, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Parker, or anywhere else in Colorado!

 

High Five For The 2012 Beetle

The newest of the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle commercials not only shows the sporty new design but also nods to the Beetle being one of the most loved cars in history (the driver literally receiving high-fives as he drives through the streets).

The longest-running and most manufactured vehicle on a single design platform, the VW Beetle has been an icon throughout the years that will endure far into the future.

The newest Bug may have gotten a facelift- it sits lower to the ground, has a wider posture, and has much more power than its predecessors- but it’s still a Beetle through and through. True, the 2012 Beetle hasn’t even hit lots yet but the reviews and high acclaims already speak worlds of the newly redesigned Bug.

Those who have driven the 2012 VW Beetle speak highly of its drivability. “They are a sporty, front-wheel-drive bunch, amenable to all kinds of customization. They are all now more car than curio,” says Warren Brown, columnist for The Washington Post. “I drove all versions but spent most of my time in the Beetle Turbo, enjoying the whoosh of its forced-air-fed engine and the decidedly better handling of its multi-link rear suspension.”

And while we are still anxiously awaiting our very own Beetles to arrive at McDonald Volkswagen, we are sure that it will be well worth the wait 🙂

Stay tuned to find out when we receive our very own shipment of the 2012 Beetle so you can schedule your own test drive and see why the new Bug is receiving widespread applause!

Beetle Evolution

So the new 2012 Beetle may look different from Beetles past- but one glance at the new model next to models past and the relation is immediately apparent!

The new model takes inspiration from the iconic Bug of the past but transforms it in a new, modern way-a Beetle for today’s world! This new bug’s got dual exhaust, 19-inch wheels and available features such as a panoramic roof, a longer hood and a steeper front windshield to name just a few. Classic Beetle Spoiler

Check out the difference with the rear spoiler- it’s fully integrated into the design of the Beetle adding to its sporty persona and performance. At 200 hp and 207 lb.-ft of torque, thenew beetle spoiler turbo will be the sportiest Beetle offered!

 

When it comes to a car’s interior, times (and laws) have changed, as well as technology and comfort. While Beetle classic beetle interior heritage cues continue with available painted dashboards and an additional glove box integrated into the dash, the all-new 2012 Beetle is thoroughly modern and designed from a driver’s point of view. new beetle interiorFramed by two air vents, the selected audio/navigation system is directly located for convenience for the driver and climate controls are directly beneath.

Key premium features available on the 2012 VW Beetle include the Fender Premium Audio System, which adds an additional subwoofer and 400 watts of output power along with proprietary Panasonic® speaker technology that covers the cabin with directional sound from front door speakers and front dual voice coil speakers.

 You won’t find that kind of sound in a classic Beetle unless you install it yourself! And while the technology of the new Beetle is worlds away from the classic- there’s definately one consistent theme: simplicity. Back in 1951, the Beetle was simple to understand and drive and today’s Beetle’s interior is a great example of the same simple, refined design meant to be enjoyed by drivers and riders alike!

History Of An Iconic Car- The VW Beetle

With the much anticipated arrival of the all-new 2012 VW Beetle, McDonald VW thought it fitting to take a moment and reflect on the long, fascinating history of this much-loved little bug.

While the Beetle was designed in the 1930’s, they did not begin significant production until 1945 onwards. The Beetle was initially internally designed as the Volkswagen Type 1 and marketed simply as “Volkswagen”.

Later models followed and the car soon became widely known as as Kafer (German for ‘beetle’). In the 1950’s the Beetle was more powerful than most other small European cars because of their being designed for sustained high speeds on the Autobahn. This spurred, and sustained, its top-selling status in theUnited States. With its high quality build and and innovative advertising- the Volkswagen Beetle had made a huge impact and gave rise to other models such as the Type 2 van.

The Beetle pioneered the modern continental economy car and served as the benchmark for two generations of North American compact cars.  The Beetle had marked a huge trend led by Volkswagen with its rear-engine and rear-wheel drive layout.

In 1998, Volkswagen produced the New Beetle with the styling of the original Beetle but with a Golf platform. One year later, an international poll named the VW Beetle as the 4th most influential car of the 20th century.

Now, in 2012, Volkswagen has
done it again! The Beetle has been completely redesigned but maintains its iconic image. Due to make its appearance at

our dealership in mid-September, the new Beetle embodies the German styling and quality that the company is known for, but has a few upgrades and tweaks.

Since McDonald VW has been in the Volkswagen business since they first started appearing in the states, we are truly excited to welcome the newest member of the Beetle family to our lots! We have carried Volkswagens since 1958 and we are the ONLY Colorado VW dealer that has seen each of the models come through our doors!

Stay tuned for more on the arrival of the 2012 Beetle!

VW Brand Essence

At McDonald VW, the Volkswagen brand is more than just a car company. It’s more than just selling vehicles and commercials- its about laughter and memories. It’s about road-trips and weekend getaways.

For McDonald VW, Volkswagen means dependable cars that not only keep you safe, but keep you looking cool. To us, Volkswagen means cutting-edge technology and earth-freindly science.

In essence, Volkswagen is more than a brand. To us, it’s part of a lifestyle.

Meet Our Newest VW News Contributor- Luke Egolf

I’m not a blog pro, nor will I pretend to be one!  I am however, a Volkswagen Pro, so hopefully you can learn a few things from me or at least be entertained.  My name is Luke Egolf, and I VW Denveram a Volkswagen Sales Specialist

Yes, I am a car salesman, but not the typical one!  I want to introduce myself and let everyone know my intentions with the blog.

I have been working with McDonald Volkswagen for 9 months.  Prior to that…no car sales experience.  I owned my own company for 7 years and put it up for sale once my wife and I discovered we were pregnant with twins.  After some time off, and learning that we were soon to have yet another child, I decided it was time to pursue a career in my passion…cars.  I lived in Chicagoland after college and would enjoy taking 2 weeks of vacation from my job to work at the Chicago Auto Show every winter.  I was thrilled to start working at McDonald VW here in Littleton and am having a great time working with the Volkswagen lineup.

I’ve got plenty of resources and product knowledge.  I want to share that with you and have some fun with it, too.  I’ll be covering these items and more:

 -Chattanooga Factory tour

-2012 lineup

The McDonald VW Team

-Beetlemania

-Extreme test drives

Used car diamonds

-VW news

-Vortex, TDI club, and other fan site news

-Tips, tricks, and little know facts

-Customer favorites

Feel free to email me anytime if there is a topic or question you have, or if you want to come in for a test drive with me!

I like short and sweet, so I’ll end it there.  Till next time! 

Luke