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Consumer Website Praises VW Midsize Sedan, a trusted consumer website that offers vehicle reviews, prices and other auto industry news, has selected the 2016 Volkswagen Passat as the winner of its Midsize Sedan Challenge. The Passat won against eight of its competitors, with judges praising its capacity, sporty driving experience and safety. “We are thrilled for the Passat to be named Best Midsize Sedan by against such formidable competition,” according to VW America President Hinrich J. Woebcken. “The Passat offers the perfect combination of sophisticated styling, outstanding App-Connect technology, and the great driving dynamics that Volkswagen is known for, making it an outstanding consumer value.” If you’re in the market for a midsize sedan, swing by Chapman Volkswagen and test drive the new Passat.

Passat Built for Modern Lifestyle

The VW Passat is built for today’s modern lifestyle, with a full suite of available technology that includes Bluetooth streaming, Wi-Fi connectivity and a turbocharged engine that not only delivers great performance but also outstanding fuel economy. The Passat comes standard with the 1.8L turbocharged engine that delivers 38 mpg on the highway. If you’d like a little more power, just opt in for the V6 motor that pumps out 280 fun-filled horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard on the Passat, with an available Sport mode that ratchets up the fun. Also standard is a touchscreen infotainment system that is outfitted with a rearview camera, helping you avoid cars, pedestrians and other obstacles as you back up.

Driver Assistance Helps Avoid Collisions

There is an entire suite of sensor-based driver assistance features available with the Passat to help you stay safe and get your precious cargo from Point A to Point B. Start with the Forward Collision Warning system that not only lets you know of an impending front end collision, but also applies the brakes if you don’t react. Blind Spot Monitors keep an eye out in those dark spaces you can’t see, while Rear Traffic Alert senses traffic or pedestrians cross your path from the rear. If you start to drift without using your turn signal, Lane Assist will first warn you and then help you keep on your intended path. Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a safe distance between you and the car in front, even applying the brakes if necessary. Park Assist and Park Pilot help you fit in those narrow spots in the city.

Passat Also Won Award in 2012

“The Passat came in first place with both our expert judges and in-market shoppers,” according to editor-in-chief Patrick Olsen. “This midsize sedan is a refreshed version of the Passat that won’s Best of 2012 award; It’s still tremendously roomy and for 2016 got a ton of tech upgrades like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.” Olsen went on to say the Volkswagen Passat scored big points because it is so fun to drive. See what a dynamic driving experience is like by taking the Passat for a test drive at Chapman Volkswagen.


Alltrack Leads Changes at VW

The all-wheel drive VW Golf Alltrack is the most exciting change coming to the automaker’s lineup for 2017. With a practical use that includes hauling people and stuff, the Alltrack also delivers a fun driving experience that is a cut above other all-wheel drive wagons. The 170 horsepower 1.8L TSI turbocharged engine will first be paired with an automatic transmission. A manual option for those who like to pound through the gears will come later in the model year. “We heard from dealers and customers that they wanted to see a Golf SportWagen with the all-terrain capability that comes from an all-wheel drive system,” said VW marketing VP Joerg Sommer. “We are excited to introduce the Golf Alltrack to meet the lifestyle needs of our customers.” The Alltrack will make its way to Chapman Volkswagen, your Scottsdale VW dealer, this fall.

Beetle Offering New Looks for 2017

The mainstay of the VW line has some fresh looks and some blasts from the past for 2017. Along with the retro look of the Classic Beetle coming back, VW is also introducing the #PinkBeetle (yes, the hashtag is part of the name), and the Dune convertible. The Classic Beetle hearkens back to yesteryear when the cute little Bug was the car of choice for many young people who just needed reliable transportation. The 2017 model does have a retro look, but also includes modern connectivity features like VW Car-Net, Apply CarPlay and Android Auto. The #PinkBeetle offers a stunning fuchsia metallic color both on the outside and for interior accents. The Dune convertible also comes out for the 2017 model year, with a rugged exterior, increased ride height and golden color that inspires a trip to the beach.

Other Models Updated for 2017

VW has made updates to many of its models for the coming year, including a suite of safety features like lane departure warning, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control to the CC. The Golf will come with an upscale version called the Wolfsburg, which adds a sunroof, leatherette seating, keyless access, push-button start, heated front seats and much more to the S model package. If you’re interested in the Golf GTI, it has a new Sport trim model with a performance package that includes superior braking, electronic torque sensing, limited-slip rear end and 10 horsepower increase from the previous year. The Jetta lineup now just consists of four models, including the S, SE, SEL and SEL premium. There will no longer be a Jetta Hybrid. Changes are also coming to the Passat, Tiguan and Touareg. Stop by Chapman Volkswagen to find out more details on the new model year.