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The new VW Atlas, the next big thing in the SUV market, has another pair of trophies for its award shelf. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Atlas it’s top five-star safety rating after earning almost perfect scores in all the government tests. When you add that to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick” honor, you know the Atlas is one of the safest SUVs on the road. Sales have been strong for the Atlas in its first few months on the market and should grow even stronger with these two important designations. See the Atlas and take a test drive when you visit Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Plenty of Room in Spacious Interior

The Atlas is plenty big for you and six members of your family, friends or office mates to stretch out in without bumping knees or elbows. Three rows of plush, comfortable seats mean you’ll travel in comfort, whether you’re just making a morning coffee run or taking the family to a theme park on a summer vacation. Need to haul a piece of furniture home? Just fold the second and third row seats down and the Atlas turns into the world’s most sophisticated cargo van, offering almost 100 cubic feet of space for the occasional trip to the big box store. If you don’t need all that seating, you can opt for second row captain’s chairs that deliver even more space for each passenger. Getting into the third row doesn’t require an advanced engineering degree. You just fold the second row forward with one hand and it creates easy access.

Plenty of Power for All Your Needs

Whether you’re taking the crew up to the mountains for an art festival or towing the boat to a nearby lake, the Atlas has the power and performance to get the job done. When properly equipped, the Atlas offers a 5,000-pound towing capacity, or more than enough for most recreational needs. Opt for the 4MOTION all-wheel drive and you can switch between four different driving modes to fit the current road (or off-road) conditions. Whether you choose the standard 2.0L turbocharged engine or the larger 3.6L V6, the Atlas will have the power to get the job done. The smaller engine still delivers 235 horsepower while earning 26 mpg on the highway. The V6 only sacrifices 1 mpg on the highway rating while improving the horsepower to a healthy 276.

Best Warranty in the Business

VW is so confident in the quality of the build and components of the new Atlas that it offers the best bumper-to-bumper warranty in the business. With 6 years and 72,000 miles of coverage, that’s double the warranty of most competitors. The warranty also transfers if you sell the Atlas, adding to the resale value. Check out the new VW Atlas and take a test drive today when you visit Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale.

Fresh off the success of winning the concept truck of the year and buoyed by the response from consumers, Volkswagen executives recently announced they are going to put the I.D. BUZZ electric van into production by 2022. Reminding nostalgic buyers of the beloved VW microbus, the I.D. BUZZ shows the spirit that made Volkswagen such a popular brand in America. “After the presentations at the global motor shows in Detroit and Geneva, we received a large number of letters and emails from customers who said, ‘please build this car,’” according to Dr. Herbert Diess, VW CEO. “The microbus has long been a part of the California lifestyle. Now we’re bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle.” Stay in touch with Chapman Volkswagen Scottsdale to see the progress of bringing the iconic microbus back to life.

I.D. Buzz Design Allows for Massive Interior

With the batteries mounted in the floor and the electronic drive components taking limited space, the interior of the I.D. BUZZ is expected to be enormous. “The vehicle looks like a compact commercial van on the outside, even though it offers the generous interior space of a large SUV,” said Dr. Diess. The I.D. BUZZ will make good use of that room, offering both a version for hauling people and one for hauling cargo. “Along with a minibus version, we’ll also be offering an I.D. BUZZ Cargo variant for zero emissions delivery of goods,” said VW commercial vehicle boss Dr. Eckhard Scholz. “With Level 3 autonomous capability, this is an ideal concept for an electric van, particularly for delivering packages and goods to the inner cities.”

Perfect Balance Between Past and Future

More than 70 years will have passed between the introduction of the Microbus and the I.D. BUZZ by the time the latest version rolls off the production floor. The new model pays homage to the genes of the original, offering maximum use of space on a small footprint. Expect a lot of new technology in the I.D. BUZZ, including quick-change seating, automated driving and tons of connectivity with the outside world. “We are delighted that our parent company has taken the decision to produce the I.D. BUZZ. This vehicle is the perfect balance between emotion, usability and sustainability, while also showcasing our technological leadership,” according to Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of VW North America. “The high seating position, cargo capacity, overall versatility and all-wheel drive option packaged into such an appealing design is just what our customers want from us. And it’s the perfect fit for the zero-emissions American lifestyle.” There are still a few years before the I.D. BUZZ shows up on the showroom floor at Chapman Volkswagen, but now’s a good opportunity to examine the entire VW lineup and see all the innovations created by German engineering.