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IIHS Rewards VW Safety Technology

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) puts vehicles through the proverbial wringer before declaring their safety status, which is why it was such an honor for six VW vehicles to earn Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick +  ratings. The 2017 Jetta that was outfitted with forward collision warning, bi-xenon headlights and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) earned the top honors. Four members of the Golf family, including the Golf 4-door, Alltrack, GTI 4-door and SportWagen, as well as the Passat, were all selected as a Top Safety Pick. Check out the entire VW inventory and see why these vehicles are so safe when you stop by Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Top Driver Assistance Features Now Affordable

“At Volkswagen, we strongly believe that the latest advanced driver assistance technologies can be delivered without being in the premium segment,” according to VW Senior VP Hendrik Muth. “The IIHS Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick + ratings awarded to a variety of Volkswagen models compliments our ongoing commitment to offering these features.” IIHS Awards Top Safety Pick status to cars, SUVS and trucks that receive a good rating in five different tests. These include two different frontal impact tests, side impact, strength of roof and head restraints. The vehicle must also offer AEB as an option. The Plus rating goes to vehicles that meet the same criteria, but also have headlights that offer maximum visibility.

Sensors Work in Conjunction With Cameras

VW’s AEB system with forward collision warning utilizes at least one and sometimes more radar sensors that work in conjunction with cameras to identify danger and react faster than humanly possible. It first alerts the driver to an impending crash, and then applies the brakes if the driver fails to react quickly enough. If the driver responds but doesn’t apply enough force to the brakes, the system also responds to either avoid the wreck or minimize damage and injury. VW’s other driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and a system to warn you if you start to drift out of your lane. Parking assistants, automatic headlights and adaptive front-lighting are some other safety features you can get on a 2017 VW.

Now’s the Time to Buy

It’s still not too late to head to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale and take advantage of the “Sign Then Drive Event” where qualified buyers or lessees can take a brand new VW off the lot with absolutely no money down. The offer ends January 3, so swing by today for the best selection.

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Extra Lift Means More Clearance

By adding an extra 1.4 inches of lift and all-wheel drive to the Golf SportWagen, Volkswagen has created what it hopes to be the answer for people seeking a little something different to take on an off-road adventure. The 2017 VW Alltrack has longer springs and dampers than its Golf sibling, along with four different drive modes and hill descent control. What it thankfully shares with the SportWagen is the responsive steering and superb body control that lets the wagon glide through corners as though it were on rails. You can see what we mean by putting the Alltrack through its paces during a test drive at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Launch Control Provides Blast Off

Although there aren’t many opportunities out on the trail to test your time in the 0 to 60 mph run, the editors at Car and Driver magazine put the Alltrack to the test anyway. By using the launch control button to optimize takeoff, they were able to record a time of 7.5 seconds, which is actually a little faster than the SportWagen. Both vehicles scored a very respectable 15.9 seconds in the quarter-mile run. The Alltrack also proved to be one of the more efficient off-road vehicles on the market, earning a combined 26 mpg in Car and Driver testing.

4Motion All-wheel Drive Provides Control

When you need more traction to plow through a snow drift or climb a muddy hill, you can count on Volkswagen’s 4Motion All-wheel Drive system to come through. It utilizes sensors and works with other components to determine where you need traction, then automatically delivers power to help you maintain forward progress. When you switch the drive selector to “off-road” mode, the VW Alltrack automatically kicks in the hill descent control system that helps you keep your downward travel at a safe, constant speed.

Turbo 4-cylinder Provide Plenty of Pep

The fun and fast VW Alltrack is powered by a 1.8L TSI turbocharged motor that provides 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than enough zip to pass large trucks on the highway or climb that far-off peak, but the best part is the Alltrack has all that power and still earns a rating of 30 mpg on the highway. Right now during VW’s “Sign Then Drive” event, qualified buyers can lease a new Alltrack for just $419 a month, with no money down. Head to Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale today and take a test drive to see why the new Alltrack is destined to become the next big thing on the off-road market.