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Volkswagen Touareg

Ten years ago, the engineers at Volkswagen set out to design an off-road vehicle that could handle like a sports car on the street.  What they created is all of that and so much more: the Volkswagen Touareg.

Built on the versatile Volkswagen Group PL71 Platform, the Touareg remained true to its off-road roots throughout the first generation of its production until 2010.  With standard four-wheel drive, automatic locking center differential, and an optional air-suspension system which allowed for adjustable ground clearance, Volkswagen’s developers truly made good on their promise to build a sport-utility vehicle which made no sacrifices for its ability to do everything.

As contemporary tastes have changed, however, so too has the Touareg.  The first-generation Touareg, despite its popularity, did leave some drivers wanting better fuel economy and a little more luxury.  Volkswagen responded with the second generation Touareg, in production from 2011 through the present.

For the redesigned Touareg, Volkswagen’s engineers included a great deal of new technology, including: adaptive cruise control, emergency front brake assist and pre-crash system, lane departure and blind spot monitors, area view cameras, and more.  Volkswagen Media Services also proudly announced the world’s first “Dynamic Light Assist” function, which actively monitors and adjusts the Touareg’s high-beam headlights to ensure that they illuminate the road and surroundings without creating dangerous glare for other drivers.

In addition to new safety technology, the Touareg’s appearance and interior were redesigned to better accommodate the desires of today’s SUV owners.  The base Touareg Sport features heated power seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, rearview camera, and navigation, all standard.  Higher trim levels include numerous additional features, from leather upholstery to premium sound, keyless ignition, panoramic sunroof, and more.

Mechanically, the second-generation Touareg forgoes a manual transmission option in favor of a standard 8-speed automatic.  Engine options range from diesel to hybrid, with a standard 6-cylinder 3.0-liter premium fuel plant between.  The diesel model is particularly impressive with its 28 miles-per-gallon highway efficiency, although every Touareg model competes with others in its class in terms of fuel economy.

Throughout its history, the Volkswagen Touareg has not lost itself: a luxurious, yet versatile sport-utility built on a solid German foundation.  To learn more about the Volkswagen Touareg, call your local Phoenix VW dealer or stop by for a test drive at Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Deciding between a new or used car can be a tough decision. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but you need to decide what is best for you. Buying a car is usually dependent on budget. New cars are more expensive, but may be safer, include the technology you want and require less maintenance. Used cars are cheaper, but may require more maintenance and trusting the previous owner to tell you everything about the car can be tricky.

Advantages of buying new

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Made to order

When you buy a new car, you get to decide what features will be included. Do you want cruise control, power doors and locks and Bluetooth? Usually you can add different packages that include these kinds of features. You can also choose the color and model, which isn’t always an option when buying a used car.

Warranty

New cars come with limited warranties so you don’t have to worry about problems you might encounter. When you buy a car from Scottsdale Volkswagen, for example, you get a three year or 36,000 mile basic limited warranty, a five year or 60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty or a ten year or 100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation. These warranties will give you peace-of-mind for many years because your car will be taken care of.

Safety & Fuel Efficiency

New cars offer the latest safety technology and best fuel efficiency. Safety is especially important for new drivers, so buying a new car may be the way to go if you can afford it. Also, with gas prices as high as they are, depending on the car, paying a little more for a new car could save you money in the long-run.

Other advantages of going new include lower financing rates, free scheduled maintenance and less time spent on the Internet finding your perfect car.

Advantages of buying used

Price

There’s no doubt that buying a used car is more affordable than buying a new car. If you buy from a private owner, you will avoid paying tax that can add, easily, over a $1,000 to the price of a new car. Cars that are just a year or two old are significantly cheaper than buying the newest model of the same car. Buying a used Volkswagen Jetta that’s only two years old, for example, can save you $8,000 according to kbb.com.

Warranty

The good news about buying a younger used car is that it may still be under warranty. Most warranties will transfer to the next owner if it is still under the noted mileage and hasn’t reached the age limit (typically five to ten years). Make sure to ask the owner for the CARFAX® so you can determine if the car is still under warranty and if it has been in any accidents. If they don’t have the CARFAX® get the car’s VIN and check it yourself.

Lower Insurance

Fact: insurance on used cars is less expensive than insurance on new cars. New drivers have high insurance rates to begin with because they are higher-risk. Buying a used car could save you money in the long run because you’re monthly or yearly insurance rates will be lower. It is a good idea to check with your auto insurance company before purchasing a vehicle to get a quote so there are no surprises.

Depreciation

A new car depreciates as soon as it leaves the dealership. The value depreciates the most during the first year. Although the value of a used car still depreciates, you will not experience that initial steep depreciation as soon as you drive away with it.

When deciding whether to buy a new or used car, make a pros-cons list to determine what factors are most important to you. Include things like price, safety, insurance, warranty, fuel efficiency and customizability. If price and insurance are most important to you, buying a used car will probably be the best bet. However, if safety and customizability are more important, and cost isn’t as big of a factor, heading to the Chapman Volkswagen dealer to buy a new car may be the way to go.

 

2013 VW Beetle Turbo

Fourteen years of strong sales and worldwide popularity has not stopped the engineers at Volkswagen from tinkering with a good thing.  For consumers, that means a new and improved Volkswagen Beetle.

Available now at your Phoenix VW dealer, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo marks the first time that the New Beetle’s design has been significantly altered since its introduction in 1997.  Featuring longer, sharper lines and emphasized fenders reminiscent of the Mazda RX-8, the 2013 Beetle Turbo goes a long way toward leaving behind over a decade of being overlooked by many because of its “cutesy” styling.

The 2013 iteration of the Beetle is 3.3 inches wider, 7.4 inches longer, and a half-inch lower than in 2012, according to Auto Guide.  The Turbo trim includes upgraded brakes, an electronic limited-slip differential, and fully independent rear suspension which reportedly mimics the handling profile of the renowned Jetta GTI.  With 200 horsepower and 0-60 times under seven seconds, drivers should also appreciate the inclusion of a clock with a stopwatch function and lap timer among the 2013 Beetle Turbo’s improved cabin features.

In keeping with the times, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo includes a storage tray which is perfect for cell phones, iPods, or other devices, as well as a smartly placed 12-volt power outlet to keep those electronics charged and ready to go.  Additionally, the Beetle Turbo’s center stack is equipped with an info screen and phone controls for Bluetooth-enabled devices.  Combined with the Beetle Turbo’s sleeker exterior and racecar-inspired aluminum pedals and flat-bottomed steering wheel, the 2013 rendition of Volkswagen’s most well-known and easy-to-recognize street car leaves little to be desired.

Per Volkswagen’s understated marketing, the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo is, simply put, “Remastered.”  In nearly every respect, Volkswagen continues to demonstrate the value of quality German engineering.

For more information about the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo, contact Scottsdale Volkswagen or stop by for a test drive.