End Of The Line For Volkswagen Touareg

By David Sayas | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 5:27 PM

Volkswagen will be discontinuing its Touareg model in U.S. markets.  This year’s 2017 Touareg is the end of the line.  Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas and Bay Area Volkswagen dealers suggest that if you are interested a VW Touareg, act soon before they’re gone.

Why Volkswagen Pulled The Touareg From Its Lineup

According to Motor Authority, Volkswagen’s decision to pull the Touareg from its lineup was based on weak sales of the SUV.  In the first six months of this year, the VW Touareg sold just 1,630 units.  This was likely due to Volkswagen marketing the 2017 Touareg as a luxury SUV with a starting sticker price of about $50,000.  Apparently, consumers weren’t willing to pay that much for a Volkswagen SUV when competitors like Audi offered lower prices.

How Volkswagen Plans To Fill The Gap Left By The Touareg

Not one to be easily discouraged, Volkswagen has plans to fill the gap left by the departing Touareg from U.S. markets.  For starters, Volkswagen will soon debut its rugged 2018 Atlas SUV and also has plans to introduce a compact SUV to its lineup.  In addition, a premium model dubbed the Arteon will also be released next year.  Combine these with the rollout of Volkswagen EVs (electric vehicles) within the next year or so, and it would appear that Volkswagen is well-positioned to weather the storm and remain competitive and robust.

Cardinale Volkswagen Has A Deal For You

Stop by Cardinale Volkswagen, located in the Salinas Auto Mall and ask us about our current specials.  Let our friendly Sales team help you find the perfect Volkswagen to fit your budget.  While you’re here, check out the 2017 Volkswagen Touareg that won’t be around much longer or the affordable 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan.  Newer 2018 Volkswagen models will be arriving shortly, so take advantage of special deals on our 2017 outgoing vehicles now!

Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Cardinale Volkswagen Recommends Listening To Audio Books For Road Trips Or Long Commutes

By David Sayas | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 5:26 PM

For road trips or commutes to work, audio books are ideal for passing the time.  Listening to audio books are a great way to relax and stimulate your mind.  Why not stock up on a couple of audio books to have on hand in your vehicle?  Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas, located in the Salinas Auto Mall, recommends the following bestselling audio books.

Check Your Local Library Or Bookstore For Availability

Sure, you can easily order any of the following audio books from Amazon, but why not check with your local library first?  If the library doesn’t have what you’re looking for, your local bookstore is likely to carry a great selection of audio books, including these:

Into the Water, a psychological thriller by Paula Hawkins.  If you read her novel, The Girl On a Train, then you’ll love her latest foray into darkness.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, is currently on Hulu as a series and it’s a must-see if you haven’t already.  Listen to the dystopian book as narrated by the author.  Guaranteed to be thought-provoking from start to finish.

Not Alone by Craig A. Falconer is a gripping science fiction tale.  It features – what else? – aliens.   Of course, the protagonist uncovers a government conspiracy.

Where The Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again, a poignant story by Kimberly Williams-Paisley, actress and wife of country music star, Brad Paisley.  She narrates and shares her experience coping with her mother’s dementia.  It’s a scenario that many of us can identify with as caretakers.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, also known as The Bloggess.  If you haven’t already guessed, she’s a popular blogger.  If you’re in need of laugh-out-loud humor, this is it.  Sardonic wit at its best, channeling Erma Bombeck.

Stop By And Check Out The Latest Volkswagen Models

The next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and see us at Cardinale Volkswagen.  You’re sure to enjoy browsing our dealership lot for the latest Volkswagen models and preowned vehicles.  Ask our friendly Sales team about our current Volkswagen specials.  We’ve got a Volkswagen for every lifestyle and budget, from the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle to the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan!

Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Excitement Builds As Volkswagen Is Set To Unveil The Buzz EV

By David Sayas | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at 4:23 PM

Remember the iconic Volkswagen minibus from the 1970s?  (If you don’t — ask your parents!)  It was the era of Woodstock, flower power, The Grateful Dead, peace and free love.  Even before that, there was an earlier version from the 1950s called the T-1 bus also called the Bulli.  That version recently proved inspirational to Volkswagen engineers and now Volkswagen is reviving it as an all-new EV (Electric Vehicle) microbus aptly named the Buzz.  Bay Area Volkswagen dealers and Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas are every bit as excited as the rest of North America, and we can’t wait until it arrives on our dealership lots.

Let’s Start A Revolution

The upcoming Buzz is part of Volkswagen’s I.D. series, and it features a 111-kilowatt-hour battery pack.  This EV is capable of a range of up to 270 miles and can reach up to 369 horsepower.  Ready for the truly incredible part about the Buzz?  It’s a driverless (autonomous) vehicle!  That’s right, and get ready for this… it has a SQUARE steering wheel that will retract into the instrument panel when you engage the autonomous driving system.  But wait, that’s not all!  The seats operate like swivel chairs and the third row seating converts to a bed.  There’s also a detachable tablet information screen in the cockpit.  It’s a new age and Volkswagen is ready to start a revolution.  We hope you’ll check out the 2018 Volkswagen Buzz microbus when it debuts!

Volkswagen Is Always Looking To The Future

You can count on Volkswagen to be an innovative leader and bring vehicles to market that meet futuristic needs.  Stop by Cardinale Volkswagen and let us give you a glimpse into the future.  Located at the Salinas Auto Mall, we’re easy to find.  Our Sales team and Finance department will be glad to help you find the perfect vehicle to fit your budget.  Discover how easy and affordable it is to drive home in a Volkswagen today.

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Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

There’s No Better Way To Chill Out Than With A Margarita

By David Sayas | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 4:17 PM

If you’re feeling stressed at work or home and need to chill, VW Dealers Bay Area and Cardinale Volkswagen knows the best places in Salinas where you can kick back with a flavorful Margarita.  Just close your eyes and replay Jimmy Buffet’s “Margaritaville” in your mind.  Consider visiting one of the following Salinas establishments to get your Margarita fix.

Frozen Or On The Rocks?

Whether it’s frozen or on the rocks — or with salt or without salt, you’re sure to discover a favorite Margarita at any of these Salinas restaurants.  So sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious meal with your Margaritas!

La Casa Del Sazon, located at 22 W Romie Ln, is known for having the best Mexican food in town.  Try their strawberry Margaritas. You won’t be disappointed!

Rosita’s Armory Cafe, located at 231 Salinas Street, features a Top Shelf Margarita on the rocks that will knock your socks off!

Hacienda Mexican Grill, located at 1449 N. Davis Road, features Margaritas that are soooo good, you’ll want to order them by the pitcher!

Taquitos Mexican Restaurant, located at 923 N. Main Street, is as authentic as Mexican food gets and their Margaritas will put you in a cheerful mood.

Take A Test Drive In A Volkswagen Today

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, we hope you’ll visit us at Cardinale Volkswagen, located in the Salinas Auto Mall.  We have a large selection of the latest Volkswagen models and preowned vehicles.  Why not take a test drive in a 2017 Volkswagen Passat or 2017 Volkswagen Beetle?  Soon, the 2018 VW models will be rolling onto our lots.  Now is the perfect time to make a deal on our outgoing 2017 Volkswagen models.  Ask our Sales team about our current Volkswagen specials!

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Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Coming Soon To A Dealership Near You: The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

By David Sayas | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 at 9:03 PM

As you have probably already heard, the Volkswagen Touareg will be discontinued in 2018.  However, there’s a new kid on the block and Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas, your favorite VW dealers Bay Area, is excited to welcome the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.  It’s a family-friendly SUV crossover that’s sure to garner lots of attention when it debuts.

Anticipation For The New VW Atlas Is Catching Fire

Volkswagen will need an impressive mid-size crossover SUV to compete in a market already more than saturated with SUVs.  The enduring popularity of the SUV continues to ride a wave that shows no signs of slowing down.  The Atlas is, as its name suggests, strong and masculine-looking.  The SEL Premium trim level comes with 20” wheels.

Why The VW Atlas Is The Ideal Family Vehicle

You’ll enjoy the versatility that three rows of seating offers.  That’s what makes it perfect for families on the go.  You can carpool for soccer practice and still find room to stash all the sports gear.  (There’s 20.6 cubic feet of space behind the third row.)  Volkswagen put a great deal of thought into the comfort of its riders.  For starters, the front seats are equipped with numerous adjustments to ensure maximum comfort.  There’s plenty of legroom for second row passengers.  Unlike most third rows in SUVs, the VW Atlas was designed so that even adults can ride comfortably in the third row of seating.  The second row seats split 60/40, permitting the seats to slide back and forth on tracks — and they also recline!  There’s also plenty of USB charging ports to keep everyone happy, triple-zone climate control and sunshades for the rear windows.

Be Among The First In Line For The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Visit us at Cardinale Volkswagen and our Sales team will be glad to share more details with you about the newest Volkswagen to join the lineup in 2018.  We’re confident you’ll want to be among the first in line for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.  Help us welcome the newest kid on the block!  For more information about complete inventory or current Volkswagen specials, see our website at www.cardinalevw.com.

Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Cardinale Volkswagen Offers Tips To Prolong The Life Of Your Vehicle’s Fuel Pump

By David Sayas | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 9:01 PM

One of the more expensive repairs you may experience as a car owner, is the replacement of your vehicle’s fuel pump.  Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas, located at the Salinas Auto Mall, offers tips for how you can help prolong the life of your vehicle’s fuel pump.  A functioning fuel pump is essential as it pumps fuel from the fuel tank to your engine.  If your vehicle’s fuel pump experiences failure, your car will not start or run.

Avoid Running Your Vehicle On Empty

You should always make it a habit to keep your tank at least one-quarter full with fuel.  Otherwise, when your vehicle runs on empty, the fuel pump overworks itself trying to suck in fuel which may only be the sediment found at the bottom of the fuel tank.  This in turn may cause your fuel filter to become clogged, setting up your fuel pump for failure over time.

Always Use Good Quality Fuel

While everyone loves to save money at the gas pump, using inferior or low quality fuel may do more harm than good.  Poor quality fuel may contain contaminants that can be detrimental to your fuel pump.  Obtain fuel only at reputable gas stations.

Replace Your Vehicle’s Filters And Strainers

You should periodically replace your vehicle’s fuel tank filters and fuel strainers.  We recommend this be done at least every six months.  This is important because debris accumulates over time and will make your fuel pump less efficient.

Do Not Use Cheap Additives

Some people use fuel additives as they are under the impression it will keep their fuel “clean.”  However, using a cheap fuel additive can actually do great harm as they may contain corrosive chemicals.  If you are regularly replacing your vehicle’s filters and strainers, there is no need to even use an additive.

Clean Your Vehicle’s Fuel Tank

This should be done occasionally, but we recommend bringing your vehicle to our highly trained Service technicians at Cardinale Volkswagen.  They can remove any sedimentation or rusting at the bottom of the fuel tank.  This will keep your fuel clean and help prolong the life of your fuel pump.

We’re Always Happy To See You

Visit us at Cardinale Volkswagen, where we’re always happy to see you.  We’ve got a great selection of the latest Volkswagen models, such as the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan or the 2017 Volkswagen Golf R.  For a complete listing of our inventory and our current Volkswagen specials, see our website at www.cardinalevw.com.

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Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Five Reasons You’ll Love The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta

By David Sayas | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017 at 8:59 PM

For consumers who are looking for quality, reliability and value, you might want to consider the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.  Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas and VW dealers Bay Area have a great selection of the latest Volkswagen Jetta models.  We think it’s one of the best sedans that Volkswagen has to offer.  In fact, these are five reasons you’ll love the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta, now in its sixth generation.

  1. Upgraded Infotainment System New To 2017 VW Jetta

That’s right, you’ll find that the Infotainment system for the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta has been upgraded.  The most notable change to the MIB II Infotainment system is improved touchscreen functionality.  The Infotainment system is available on all trim levels except the base model.

  1. Choose From Fewer Trim Levels

You still have a variety of trim levels to choose from—four to be exact.  This is down from nine in the 2016 model, but fewer is less complicated.  Some of the features were consolidated, eliminating the need for additional trim levels.  Available trims include S, SE, SEL and GLI SE.

  1. Rearview Camera Now Standard

The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta makes the rearview camera a standard feature for all trim levels.  This is terrific news!  Now every 2017 Jetta will come equipped with the rearview mirror so that you can back up with ease.

  1. The GLI Sedan Has The Best Luxury Features

If you’re in the market for a Volkswagen sedan that oozes luxury, the 2017 VW Jetta is the perfect vehicle for you.  Upgrades to the latest GLI sedan include attractive 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, Navigation system, blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert, a Fender Audio system, power driver’s seat and Park Distance control.

  1. Pick The Jetta Sport For A FUN Ride

Admit it, we all love a vehicle that puts a smile on our face.  If you want a fun and sporty model, the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta is for you.  It’s powered by a turbocharged 170 horsepower, 1.8 liter four-cylinder engine.  Vroom-vroom!  Other features include leatherette front and rear seats, heated front seats, LED daytime running lights and Navigation.

What Are You Waiting For?

Come to Cardinale Volkswagen, located in the Salinas Auto Mall and check out the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta.  See if you agree with our top five reasons why you’ll love the 2017 VW Jetta.  Give it a test run and enjoy the ride!  Or, browse our lot for other Volkswagen models, such as the Tiguan, Beetle or Golf GTI.  See our website at www.cardinalevw.com for a complete listing of our inventory.

Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Cardinale Volkswagen Urges You To Attend Claws For A Cause Fundraiser To Benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

By David Sayas | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, August 7th, 2017 at 8:55 PM

According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), approximately 15,000 children are diagnosed each year with Type 1 diabetes.  Bay Area Volkswagen dealers and Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas, invites you to attend the Claws For a Cause Fundraiser to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  It’s an outstanding organization that solicits donations to help fund research and clinical trials for Juvenile Diabetes.  Advance tickets can be obtained through Eventbrite, but hurry and make sure you purchase yours before August 25.

Enjoy A Lobster Fest For A Great Cause

Claws For a Cause will feature a Louisiana Lobster boil, so bring your appetites!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 9 from 5-10 p.m. and join us for an spectacular evening.  The event will be held at the Amaral Barn, located at 23616 Parker Road in Salinas.

Don’t Miss The Auctions

There will be not one, not two…but THREE auctions held throughout the evening of the Claws For A Cause fundraiser.  There will be a silent auction, a live auction and a dessert auction. You’ll have plenty of chances to go home with some fantastic items!

Dance The Night Away

Bring your dancing shoes and plan to dance the night away.  Whether you are the dancing queen, or you like to get up and boogie, twist and shout, or jump, you should be dancing.

Come See Us At Cardinale Volkswagen

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, come see us at Cardinale Volkswagen, located at the Salinas Auto Mall.  You’ll find a great selection of Volkswagen models and Certified Preowned vehicles.  Let our Sales team help you find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle and budget.  For more information, see our website at www.cardinalevw.com.

Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Volkswagen Revenues Up In Year’s First Half

By David Sayas | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 8:49 PM

Despite Volkswagen’s emissions issues in the past, consumers are apparently more than satisfied with the automaker’s Volkswagen vehicles.  Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas, located at the Salinas Auto Mall, is happy to share the news that Volkswagen delivered over five million vehicles to its customers worldwide in the first half of 2017.  Fred Kappler, Volkswagen’s Head of Group Sales, reported that, “June was a very strong month for the Group and all brands improved deliveries.”

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Volkswagen Vehicles Sold In U.S. Jumps 7.2 Percent

Volkswagen compiled statistics for the same period (January to June 2016) and compared it to the current period (January to June 2017).  A significant jump of 7.2 percent was noted for the number of Volkswagen vehicles sold in the United States for the first half of this year.  Volkswagen is obviously excited about this strong showing and remains cautiously optimistic that this trend will continue.  Volkswagen vehicles are brilliantly engineered and appeal to a wide customer base.  From the 2017 Volkswagen Beetle to the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan, there is a Volkswagen for everyone.

Market Remains Strong For Volkswagen Vehicles Worldwide

Besides a strong showing in the United States, other areas that experienced a significant increase in sales of Volkswagen vehicles included Central and Eastern Europe (a jump of 12.9 percent), and South America (11.4 percent increase).  It is particularly interesting to note that Russia increased its sales during the first half of this year by 9.5 percent!

Make Volkswagen Your Vehicle Of Choice

Stop by and visit us today at your Bay Area Volkswagen dealers.  Our Sales team and Finance department will be glad to help you find the perfect Volkswagen vehicle to fit your budget.  Take a test drive in one of our latest Volkswagen models.  There’s no turning back!  We’re confident you’ll fall in love with the Volkswagen design and comfortable ride.  See our website at www.cardinalevw.com for a complete listing of our inventory or to view our current specials.  Don’t delay, make Volkswagen your vehicle of choice!

Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Cardinale Volkswagen Suggests Way To Keep Track Of Your Car Keys

By David Sayas | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 at 8:45 PM

Some of us can remember years past when we locked our keys in the car, the simple solution was a wire coat hanger.  If a coat hanger wasn’t available, we’d call a cop or AAA to respond with their specialized tool for unlocking vehicles.  Nowadays, with remotes and smart keys, it’s almost impossible to unlock your car unless you have the keys.  Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas, at the Salinas Auto Mall, has suggestions for how you can keep track of your car keys.

Lost Keys Or Keys Locked In Car Can Create Mayhem

No one wants to experience losing their keys or accidentally locking one’s keys inside their car.  With today’s technology featuring remote keys and smart keys, losing these keys can cost you a small fortune if you must replace them.  Be proactive and have the information for replacing your keys handy (outside of your vehicle).  Be aware that it may take several days for your dealership to provide you with a duplicate set of keys.

Create A Routine To Safeguard Your Car Keys

Attach your keys to something bigger, such as your purse, briefcase or even a diaper bag.  You may never need to detach your keys if your vehicle is equipped with a start button.  Create a routine of placing your keys in the exact same spot when you return home.  Many people suggest leaving keys on your nightstand next to your bed or next to your charging station where you’re likely to be grabbing your cell phone when you leave the house.

Consider A Tracking Device To Track Your Keys

Yes, there are devices on the market that are specially designed to track small items such as car keys with the use of GPS.  “TILE” is the name of one such device, and there are doubtless others that work the same way. If you are one of those people that is prone to misplacing items or have small children that may like to hide your car keys, it’s a smart investment to get yourself a tracking device.

We’re Here For You At Cardinale Volkswagen

Don’t hesitate to contact us anytime your need our assistance such as replacing your car keys.  Our Service department is highly trained and we offer only the best Volkswagen care to our customers.  Let us take care of your vehicle like it’s one of ours!  Check out our user-friendly website at www.cardinalevw.com for a complete listing of our inventory, current specials, and more.  We want to be your one-stop dealership!

Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com