2015 Volkswagen Passat brings plug-in power to Europe

Volkswagen (and many other European automakers) have a storied history of launching products in their home market before bringing those wares over to the United States. Look at the seventh-generation Golf, for example, which just arrived in the US as a 2015 model but first debuted at the Paris Motor Show back in 2012. So while you might assume that the slick new Passat seen here will show up in US showrooms in another year or two, you’d actually be wrong. Sorry, folks – we’re missing this one.

That’s kind of a shame, too, as this Passat is one handsome – if conservative – automobile. It has more of a rakish, CC-like appearance, and it’s built on Volkswagen’s scalable MQB architecture, so it’s a fair bit lighter than its predecessor. Powertrain options include VW’s 1.4-, 1.8-, and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines, as well as diesel mills in 1.6- and 2.0-liter displacements. There’s also the 215-horsepower Passat GTE, which can operate as an EV for up to 31 miles. That GTE will even be offered as a sexy wagon variant (called the Variant, actually).

Check out the not-for-US Passat in our gallery above, then scope out the press blast below to learn more about that plug-in GTE.




Changing the Hybird game

002-2015-volkswagen-passat-1Step aside Prius, your reign over the hybrid sector of the automotive industry has ended. The 2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in hybrid has arrived and is a game changer for the hybrid market. With a 156 horsepower 1.4 liter engine and a 114 horsepower electric motor plus 215 horsepower 395 lb-ft torque, makes the 2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE the perfect vehicle for those who care about going green without having to sacrifice power.

The top speed of the 2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE is 136 MPH compared to the Tesla S of 130. The 2014 Volkswagen Passat GTE has roughly 31 miles of driving per charge. Fully charged with the 13 gallon tank filled the 2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE can run for around 621 miles.

The 2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE has an “e-remote” Smartphone app that allows one to operate the climate control system along with starting r stopping the charging of the lithium-ion battery. A 3.5 inch LCD touch screen comes as a standard feature; an 8.0 inch is optional as an upgrade.

Unfortunately for the United Sates, the 2015 Volkswagen Passat GTE is only available in Europe. With that said we’ll just have to let the anticipation build and anxiously await this spectacular plug in Hybrid to hit our shores!


The New VW TSI

VW’s award winning TSI technology offers you excellent performance with great fuel economy and low emissions. Designed to be lighter and more fuel-efficient, the new EA888 Gen 3 four-cylinder engine has numerous revolutionary refinements, including a new thin-wall cylinder block, a cylinder head with an integrated exhaust manifold and greatly reduced friction.

The new 1.8L TSI engine has been completely redesigned to give you the most out of your VW. The new TSI has been designed with maximum fuel efficiency in mind without sacrificing power. Lower CO2 emissions, saving on car tax and owning a vehicle that is easier on the environment, are just a few of the perks of owning a new TSI VW, while still having all of the power behind the pedal.

TSI stands for Turbo Straight Injection and there are many clear key advantages to this type of engine:

-Stronger Acceleration—the new TSI engine is lighter and produces more torque, which allows the vehicle to accelerate faster; a TSI Jetta goes for 0-60 in only 7.3 seconds.

-High Torque at low RPM—the 1.8L engine produces more torque than ever before

All of VW’s current models are available in TSI therefore you can still get the VW you’ve always wanted, with even more benefits!

When you purchase or lease a new 2014 Volkswagen Turbo (TSI) model, you get a $1,000 Reward Card during the Turbocharged Sales Event! If you’re interested in a new TSI model, stop by McDonald Volkswagen or check out our inventory online!


Car-Net– A Parents New Best Friend


Are you a concerned parent weary of your teenager’s whereabouts? You’ve heard of OnStar, but isn’t it time that someone gave them a run for their money? The time has come and that someone is Volkswagen. The new 2014 Volkswagen Car-Net you can use the New Boundary Alert to set geographic boundaries. Car-Net is an advanced service offered on select VW vehicles. Car-Net is like a super-computer for your car—or can serve as Big Brother when you aren’t around to keep an eye on your young driver. With features such as maintenance assistance, navigation, and safety, Car-Net will give parents peace of mind.

With Car-Net you no longer have to fear when you hand over your key’s to your young adult the next time they tell you they are going to the “movies.” With Car-Net you can use the New Boundary Alert to set geographic boundaries. Whenever the vehicle enters or exits the designated boundaries an alert is sent directly to your phone. Similar to the Boundary alert you can also set Speed alert to be notified when your car goes over a designated speed.

The Remote Vehicle Locator allows you to access the exact location your car was last parked. “I’m leaving right now,” will no longer be a viable exaggeration of the truth, especially if it’s past curfew.

Car-Net also serves to ensure the safety of your young driver, if they get into a full on collision or hit a side rail Car-Net will place a call automatically connecting them to a Car-Net specialist transmitting information as to their location then connecting them to the appropriate emergency service if needed.

To learn more about this exciting new technology take a look at Volkswagen’s Car-Net YouTube channel. Or if you are in the Denver area visit McDonald Volkswagen, our knowledgeable sales team will educate you with all the information you need to know about this exciting new product.