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Fuel-sipping VWs combined with summer driving tips save you money at the pump


The Phoenix area typically has two driving seasons: Four months of glorious, windows-down driving from November to February, then crank-up-the-A/C and pray it doesn’t break down weather from March to October. Of course native Chapman VW Scottsdale customers will remember since 1990, four of the highest temperatures ever recorded occurred in Phoenix, including the record-setting 122-degrees F on June 26, 1990. This means your leather seats turn into skin-scalding surfaces, the steering wheel becomes something touched only with oven mitts, and your engine works overtime to get you from point A to B.

Other than moving to Juneau, Alaska, what can drivers do to save money on gas during the brutal summer heat in Phoenix? The first thing suggests is changing your driving habits and lowering your average speed. reports for each 5 miles you drive over 60 miles per hour, it’s like paying an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas. Translated: Stop driving like NASCAR’s Junior Johnson running from the law because he’s carrying 40 bottles of hooch in the back seat. Slow down. Drive in a different lane than the high-speed one for a change. Here are some tips from the Christian Science Monitor to help save money during the summer driving season:

  • Replace/Tighten the Gas Cap – you can lose up to 2 percent of your fuel if it escapes via a leaky or loose gas cap. Inspect it for cracks and replace it if it doesn’t tighten properly.
  • Check Tire Pressure/Tread Wear – keeping your ties properly inflated can improve your gas mileage by 3 percent. Find the proper tire pressure on the sticker on the inside of the door jamb or owner’s manual. Low-rolling resistance tires are recommended to help improve gas mileage even more: Ask your Chapman VW dealer if your vehicle is a candidate for these tires.
  • Regular Oil Changes – Synthetic oil improves gas mileage and engine efficiency. Always refer to your owner’s manual for the proper oil weight, or ask your Chapman VW service advisor for information on what oil is best for your engine type.
  • Replace the Engine Filter – this can improve your fuel economy by a whopping 14 percent.

The Monitor also mentioned turning off the A/C while driving, but in Phoenix in the summer, that’s just crazy talk. A better strategy is to combine your trips, or even carpool with a friend to run errands to save on gas. Regardless, always remember to keep plenty of water in your vehicle, in case a breakdown occurs.

If these tips aren’t helping you save on fuel, it may be time to look at buying a newer vehicle, like one equipped with a high-mpg diesel engine. Volkswagen TDI Clean Diesel technology isn’t like the diesel engines of old. Gone are spewing black clouds released from the tailpipe. Now, VW TDI Clean Diesel vehicles can achieve up to 43 highway miles per gallon with a range of up to 795 highway miles. There are seven vehicles in the VW lineup that include the TDI Clean Diesel engine: The Passat, Golf, Jetta SportWagen, Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible and Touareg. Along with fuel-efficiency, the engines also have the torque and acceleration usually found on high-priced sports cars. According to, if one-third of Americans switched to Clean Diesel vehicles, we would save 1.4 million barrels of oil a day.

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And, with the release of the new EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine, Volkswagen is becoming well known for using technology to provide fuel efficiency and cleaner-burning fuels.

“The Volkswagen Group is a leader in Clean Diesel technology,” said Douglas Skorupski, Manager of Technical Strategy, Volkswagen of America said in a press release. “With the introduction of the new EA288 engine, we are excited that our family of TDI Clean Diesel vehicles is continuing to improve and will be even cleaner and more fuel efficient and powerful. We’re excited to see the increasing numbers of customers able to enjoy the reliability, durability, fuel-efficiency and power of Clean Diesel engines.”

Set to debut this fall, the new engine will be offered in the 2015 Golf, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Passat and Jetta. The EA288 will eventually replace the 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel engine and provides 150hp with 236lb-ft of torque. It is a turbocharged, direct-inject engine that features a complex exhaust gas recirculation system and integration of the intercooler with the intake manifold to make it more fuel-efficient. To see the new EA288 TDI Clean Diesel engine, stop by Chapman VW Scottsdale, or view their inventory online at

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