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Sometimes to feel cool is to be cool, and you’re bound to be one of the coolest cats on the block when you come home in your new 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. The Jetta made the Kelley Blue Book list of “10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000,” proving that you don’t have to spend a lot of dough to make a statement. Scoring high in both the fun and looks department, the VW Jetta is ready for a test drive today at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale. Hurry in to take advantage of Memorial Day specials that let you lease a Jetta for as little as $119 a month.

Jetta is VW’s ‘Heart and Soul’

“Volkswagen is honored to receive this award from Kelley Blue Book,” said VW Senior VP Hendrik Muth. “The Jetta represents the heart and soul of Volkswagen, with its sporty driving dynamics and high-quality workmanship.” Jetta remains the best-selling Volkswagen in America, with an affordable price and tons of standard equipment in a simplified lineup. With technology such as a premium color multi-function trip computer, a slew of driver assistance safety features and and infotainment system that features VW Car-Net to both guide and inform you and your passengers, the 2017 VW Jetta sets a high bar for German engineering.

Pick Your Performance

The VW Jetta offers three different engines that deliver a variety of horsepower and gas mileage, but all three have a heaping helping of “fun” that put the Jetta on the coolest cars list. Chose the standard 1.4L turbo and you get 150 horsepower, 184 pound-feet of torque and a hybrid-like 40 mpg on the highway. Move up just a bit to the 1.8L turbo and the highway mileage drops a smidge to 35, but the horsepower increases to 170. The 2.0L turbocharged engine is the largest option, producing 210 horsepower and a remarkable 33 mpg on the highway.

Safety at the Heart of the New Jetta

With the best possible five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Top Safety Pick honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the VW Jetta is one of the safest choices to transport all your precious cargo. A German-engineered safety cage features front and rear crumple zones to direct the energy away from the passengers in the event of a crash. A liberal use of high-strength steel helps enhance the vehicle’s sturdiness, which also improves handling. The VW Jetta comes in five different trim levels, starting with the S at just $17,895. Check out the entire inventory and take a test drive today at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

If you’re of a certain age, you remember that it was a big deal when your father (or mother) taught you how to drive a stick. The ability to deftly move between three different pedals and smoothly transition from one gear to another was a real rite of passage into adulthood. According to government data, the day of the stick shift is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Just 3.1 percent of all new vehicles delivered in the U.S. had a true manual gear shifter last year. Volkswagen is attempting to reverse that trend and bring the excitement back to driving with vehicles such as the 2017 VW Golf Alltrack.

Now in Stock at Chapman

Now in stock at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale, the VW Golf Alltrack comes with all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. Aside from the manual transmission’s ability to repel car theft, there are other reasons to drive a stick according to Megan Garbis, VW Golf product manager for the U.S. The manual shifter “gives you a strong connection with the road and the vehicle,” Garbis noted. “A lot of our owners care about driving, and coming out of a Jetta or other Golf, we sant to give them as much as possible without compromise.”

You Can Get an Automatic

Of course, for those who are so inclined to let the car do the brunt of the work, the Alltrack comes with the option of a six-speed automatic transmission with Sport mode. Whether you choose an automatic or manual, strongly consider the $845 Driver Assistance package that includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking with front assist, and park distance control. The Golf Alltrack comes in three different trim levels starting at a suggested retail price of just $25,850. All include the patented VW 4MOTION all-wheel drive system that transfers torque from the front to rear axle as needed. Features like a panoramic sunroof, keyless access, navigation and leatherette seating surfaces are available as you move up the ladder in price.

4MOTION Won’t Leave You High and Dry

Along with increased ground clearance, the VW Golf Alltrack comes with the innovative 4MOTION all-wheel drive system that automatically adapts to changing road – or trail – conditions. You won’t be shy about taking this juggernaut off-road, as the all-wheel drive system works in conjunction with an electronic differential lock to make sure you can conquer the beaten path or power through a bout with inclement weather. The 1.8L TSI turbocharged engine provides plenty of power, along with earning a highway rating of 32 mpg from the EPA. For a fun, stylish off-road vehicle that doubles as the perfect commuter, check out the 2017 VW Golf Alltrack today at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Traffic flow optimization, or the ability to move bunches of people through crowded urban areas in a fast and efficient manner, is one of the main challenges to personal mobility in the upcoming years. Anyone who has sat in a Los Angeles or Washington, D.C. rush hour can attest to the problem, which is one of the reasons Volkswagen is teaming up with D-Wave, a quantum computing company, to develop ways the smart cars of the future can improve traffic flow.

No city has a larger traffic problem than Beijing, China, which is the first research project VW and D-Wave are collaborating on. Scientists and auto engineers are working on an algorithm that will improve the travel time of taxis in the city. By focusing on how a specific resource, such as money, energy or time, can be best used, the quantum computers are the best means to develop the maximum optimization. “We are doing digital pioneering work. Quantum computing technology can bring tremendous progress to Volkswagen with respect to all the key IT topics of the future,” according to VW CIO Dr. Martin Hoffman. “This shows that there is no other company where IT is now as exciting as it is at Volkswagen.” The current inventory of VWs at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale has plenty of examples of groundbreaking technology, from the driver assistance features that help avoid collisions to VW’s innovative UConnect infotainment system.

VW expects the future of autonomous driving to hinge on the success of working with quantum computers. The technology derived from today’s experiments will also go a long way toward building factories of the future, with robotics, smart machine learning and intelligent mobility solutions. Expect the VWs of tomorrow to communicate with other cars on the road, decreasing the chances for collisions while increasing traffic flow.

“The goal of our cooperation with Volkswagen is to apply our quantum computing technology to Volkswagen’s real-world computing challenges and make a positive impact on their business,” said D-Wave president Robert Ewald. “This project is a great example of how computing in the future will be done, with talented people looking at new ways to solve old problems, and combining traditional computers to deliver an improved solution.”

Using App Connect with your smartphone is a prime example of how modern technology improves transportation. As debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, the use of a new Volkswagen specific user ID creates an entirely new ownership experience. Take some time to inspect the inventory and talk about technology when you visit with the pros at Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.