Archive for September, 2015

Volkswagen North America Appoints New President, CEO

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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Volkswagen North American Region has recently announced that they have appointed Dr. Winfried Vahland as President and CEO. The Volkswagen division is strengthening its North American region by combining its activities in the USA, Mexico and Canada. Vahland will oversee all responsibilities for the North American Region. Prof. Dr. Winfried Vahland comes to us as a graduate of the Technical Universit Darmstadt with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Economics. He has worked with GM, Audi and Volkswagen since 1993.

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Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Extends Contract with Foust

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

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After a pair of podium finishes at the Red Bull Global Rallycross, Tanner Foust was offered a contract extension by the Andretti Rallycross team. Foust will continue to race the No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beeetle GRC for the next two seasons. In a recent interview, Faust said: “I’m very happy to be renewing my contract with the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team for the next two years. We have built momentum in so many ways over the last year and a half and developed the Beetle GRC into an impressive machine with Volkswagen Motorsport. I have a great relationship with Rockstar Energy Drink, our team gels perfectly and we have really set the bar for the entire Rallycross community in terms of professionalism. It’s the right team, manufacturer and series to be with. Now the pressure is on me to get results on the track and that’s how it should be!”

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Volkswagen’s Celebrity Marketing Campaign Showcases New Tech

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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Volkswagen recently launched a celebrity-driven marketing campaign which showcases a new technology which makes compatible smartphone integration seamless through Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto and MirrorLink. The campaign is made up of two 30-second commercials starring Adam Scott, Michael Pena and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Vinay Shahani, Vice President Marketing, Volkswagen of America, said: “With Volkswagen’s App-Connect, consumers will find one of the most innovative and comprehensive suites of smartphone connectivity, available in majority of our vehicles. Our new campaign humorously shows how Volkswagen App-Connect allows drivers to access their favorite smartphone functions in a simple and seamless way.”

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2016 Volkswagen Passat Unveiled

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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Volkswagen is setting the bar in the midsize segment with their latest unveiling of the Volkswagen Passat. The new 2016 model offers new stylinig inside and out as well as a variety of new connectivity and driver assistance features. In addition to the cosmetic additions, the Passat has also adopted a new, attractive front and rear design. The new interior offers an updated center panel and a more luxurious cabin. The vehicle is available in three engine options: 1.8 liter TSI engine, TDI and the powerful VR6. Volkswagen also announced that the starting price of the 2016 Passat would be $22,440 for the 1.8T S model with an automatic transmission. The 2016 Volkswagen Passat is now available at Cardinale Volkswagen – if you would like to test drive one, please give us a call to set up an appointment.

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Volkswagen Sportsvan Selected as 2015 Winner by Auto Test

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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The Golf Sportsvan is this year’s Auto Test Winner – this model is one of the best vehicles of the year according to the popular magazine. Auto Test calls it the “all-rounder” for achieving the highest overall scores across all tested vehicles. Although this vehicle is currently unavailable in the United States, Cardinale Volkswagen is proud of the manufacturers continued dedication to delivering vehicles that are suitable per market. This van has proven to be a tremendous success in Europe because it offers plenty of luggage space and the latest vehicle assistance systems.

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Introducing the All-New Volkswagen 2017 Tiguan

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Volkswagen has finally delivered us the all-new 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV and Cardinale Volkswagen can’t get enough! We are very excited for this new model to arrive at our local dealership in Salinas, CA. The new Tiguan was designed with a sharp front end with integrated LED daytime running lights, a thin three-slat grille and V-shaped creases in the hood. The new model was built on the Volkswagen modular MQB platform – meaning it shed quite a few pounds. On the inside, the cockpit is considerably more modern-looking than the last generation model.

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Volkswagen Auto Group Seeking New Finance Chief

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Volkswagen recently announced that they continue to search a successor to Finance Chief Hans Dieter Poetsch. At this year’s new conference in Berlin, Volkswagen Chief Executive Winterkorn answered questions on personnel and although he did not provide very many details in the interview, we can expect changes to occur soon. Sources fear that the management shuffle will interrupt the German automaker’s momentum towards improving margins and its performance in the United States. Cardinale Volkswagen believes that it is important to stay up to date with the latest corporate news and will continue to keep you updated on the latest news.

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Tiguan GTE Concept Explored

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

The Tiguan GTE is the German automaker’s first plug-in hybrid SUV and the brand recently showcased it at the IAA. The electric driving range has an average fuel consumption that equates to a CO2 emissions figure of 42 g/km. The relatively long electric driving range is due to Volkswagen’s lithium-ion battery. The GTE model features a ‘GTE’ button to switch into ‘GTE mode’ – this switch triggers and activates its sophisticated plug-in hybrid drive system. Under the hood, the GTE model and TSI and electric motor work together, offering a boost, which opens up the power and unleashes the vehicle’s maximum system torque available. The new Tiguan GTE has not yet been approved for production, but Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas currently has a few Tiguan models in stock – call today and make an appointment to take one out for a test drive.

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Volkswagen Tiguan Crossover to Make Appearance at Frankfurt Auto Show

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Cardinale Volkswagen is excited to see the new, upcoming Tiguan crossover model that is scheduled to make an appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show this later this week. The German automaker announced that the upcoming model will feature new exterior enhancements and add-ons. The Volkswagen Tiguan will have a sportier stance and will have a bolder look, similar to that of the Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE concept model that was showcased earlier this year in Detroit. The new model is expected to hit Cardinale Volkswagen’s showroom floor sometime next year. We will be sure to keep you posted as new information surfaces.

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Volkswagen to Spend $3.69 Billion Between Now and 2019

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Volkswagen recently announced that it is looking to spend $3.69 billion between now and 2019 on its Seat brand. The large investment will cover the launch of four new models over the next two years. This decision came after Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, visited the Seat factory in Martorell. This will demonstrate tremendous growth for the German automaker’s Seat brand. New models are expected to surface soon. Although Cardinale Volkswagen will not receive any of the new models, we can expect the Salinas dealership to receive the new 2016 Volkswagen Passenger Car models throughout the rest of the year.

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