Archive for July, 2016

Know What Makes Each Volkswagen Golf Different

Friday, July 29th, 2016

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The Polo series by Volkswagen is a well-loved car in the market. If you are looking for a high-quality family machine by Volkswagen, then you will have definitely come across a Golf model. But how well do you know the differences between each model? In this post we will give you an idea of what makes each Golf unique.

  1. Volkswagen Golf: The original Golf is your typical family car. Make it a part of your family life and you will never have a reason to regret. With a fuel efficiency of 25 in-city and 37-on highway, this is the most fuel-efficient car in the series.
  2. Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen: If you are in love with VW Golf but have needs that require a car with more space, then you should go for the VW Golf Sportswagen. Though basically the same model with the same power and fuel efficiency, this car gives you larger dimensions, and is in-fact, the most spacious is in this series.
  3. Volkswagen Golf GTI: If you are looking for a family car, but are a sportsperson at heart, then the Volkswagen GTI is what you. This is the Golf model spiced up as a more stylish and sleek car and is equipped with more power and torque.
  4. Volkswagen Golf R: This model is more equipped GTI with higher power, torque and performance. With better interiors and more digital features, this is the car you want to go for if you want a family car and a sports car rolled into one.

Find out more about the different models and test drive them for a first-hand feel at Cardinale Volkswagen Salinas, California. Come, test, and drive home the perfect car for your family trips.

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10 things You Never Knew About Volkswagen- Part2

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

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  1. Three out of the world’s 10 most bestselling cars are VWs: Volkswagen is proud that in the list of top-10 best-selling cars of all time, three belong to them. These are of-course the Beetle, the Passat and the Golf. Volkswagen has always dominated the world market!
  2. Volkswagen is the manufacturer of the world’s fastest cars: Volkswagen is the producer of the ‘Veyron’ and ‘Chiron’ under the brand tag Bugatti. At top speeds of more than 400km/h, these happen to be the fastest cars in the world!
  3. Truck racing is a Volkswagen thing: This may come as a great amazement, but yes- Volkswagen manufactures monster trucks. In fact, the company happens to be one of the leading manufacturer/supplier of trucks/buses in South America. The most interesting fact is that Volkswagen organizes truck races! Imagine a race between monster sized machines- nothing short of amazing is it?
  4. A massive employer: Volkswagen employed more than a staggering 600,000 employees in 2015. About a third of this number is employed at one of the company’s German locations. This makes Volkswagen one of the world’s biggest employers. Back home at Germany, the auto industry is one of the three biggest industries employing close to 800,000 people. A huge chunk of this number is employed by Volkswagen,
  5. Ford was offered Volkswagen- For FREE: And, they turned down the offer! This happened in 1948 when Volkswagen’s bombed-out plant was reduced to nothing. The British offered Ford to take over the company, but Ford rejected the offer believing that it wasn’t worth anything at all!

If you would want to part of this tradition, contact Cardinale Volkswagen. Drive home a Volkswagen and be part of an age-old legacy.

 

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10 things You Never Knew About Volkswagen- Part1

Monday, July 25th, 2016

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Volkswagen has made quite a name for itself in the automobile market. Here are a few things you never knew about the company.

 

  1. Hitler’s brainchild: That’s right. Volkswagen was conceptualized by Hitler for the German people. Volkswagen means ‘people’s car’. It was developed under the guidance of none other than Ferinand Porsche- founder of Porsche! Volkswagen was such an important part of Hitler’s plans that he built a whole city dedicated to the manufacturing plant and the workers it employed. Renamed as Wolfsburg in 1945, this city still remains the mother-house of Volkswagen which in fact, employs close to 50% of its citizens!
  2. Producer of the world’s most beloved car: Who would have not heard of the legendary Beetle? If you do not already know this, then yes, the Beetle was produced by Volkswagen. It ruled the market for much of the 20th century. Though discontinued in 2003, Beetle is even now a name taken with great fondness and respect. It is estimated that by the time it was discontinued, Volkswagen had sold more than 20 million Beetles worldwide!
  3. Volkswagen- One roof, many homes: Volkswagen has seen such a tremendous growth since its inception that today, it is not just a manufacturer but an umbrella-brand of close to 12 subsidiaries. Among these are Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi and Skoda.
  4. Market domination: With its subsidiaries, Volkswagen takes up the major chunk of sales in the market. In fact, one in every three cars in Germany is a Volkswagen.
  5. Global demand: Market record suggest that 1 in every 10 cars is a Volkswagen- and most of them, outside Germany!

Move on to part to for the next five facts. Visit Cardinale Volkswagen to drive home your own Volkswagen today!

 

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Volkswagen Scirocco – The VW USA Deserves

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

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The 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco is one of Volkswagen’s most stylish models with a distinctive front and rear. There have been numerous upgrades to the vehicle which make it a formidable coupe. The power and styling of the Volkswagen Scirocco make it an apt candidate for the U.S market but the German company has yet to make a formal announcement of its debut. Therefore, it could be a while till you see one on any highway.

Why not understand the automobile before it hits the market? So, take a look at what exactly drives the Scirocco.

Under the hood, the Scirocco packs a powerful engine, available in a wide range of options. The smallest of these is a simple 1.4 TSI which has an output level of 122 PS. This power is enough to drive it at 42 mpg. Another 1.4 TSI gives you a little more power at 160 PS. A higher option in the gasoline range is a 2.0 TSI with 210 PS.

If you prefer a diesel engine, there are 2 options available, both with a 2.0 TDI engine. One of them uses BlueMotion Technology and provides a horsepower of 140 PS. The other is a 177 PS engine. The CO2 emissions from these engines are suitably controlled with an economy of up to 57 mpg.

Performance estimates also seem to favor the Scirocco. The vehicle is likely to go from 0 to 60 in approximately 9 seconds at a top speed of 140 mph. The variety of drivetrain options can be a game changer in the U.S market. It is only a matter of ‘when’.

For more information on the Scirocco, visit Cardinale Volkswagen in California.

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The Story of How VW Lost Its First Bentley – Part 2

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

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Now that the Bentley Continental GT prototype was built, it was time to take it out for a spin and determine its power. The car consisted of a 552 horsepower engine and an all-wheel drive. This all-wheel-drive would become its undoing.

The executives at Volkswagen decided to test it out on a track. As per the plan, the engine revved and sped away. At one point, the Torsen differential system failed which caused the car to lose its velocity quite suddenly. A Lamborghini Gallardo was right behind the Continental. The driver of the Gallardo was unable to gauge the drop in speed and push the brake on time. This resulted in a high impact collision which smashed both the Lamborghini and Bentley. You can imagine the impact when the Lamborghini’s driver had to be cut out of the car.

The entire rear of the Bentley was destroyed due to the accident. A great idea had been wrecked completely. More bad news was to follow. The engineers at Volkswagen spent weeks trying to emulate the concept onto production with a huge chunk missing at the rear. They had to deal with the additional burden of building a car worthy of series production.

However, they did succeed. The Continental GT made its first appearance at the 2003 Geneva Motor Show. It became a runaway winner with over 3200 bookings in the very first month.

Since 1998, Volkswagen has sold many cars under the Bentley label successfully, but the 2001 model has left a hole in its history which, unfortunately, cannot be filled.

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The Story of How VW Lost Its First Bentley – Part 1

Monday, July 18th, 2016

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Every now and then you hear interesting anecdotes about brands which connect you to them. No matter how simple or irrelevant, the stories keep you engaged and enable you to understand the brand a little better. Engineers at Volkswagen, too, have their fair share of stories which they are more than willing to talk about, albeit a decade down the line.

Here’s one of how Volkswagen lost the first Bentley it built from scratch.

The story begins with a messy acquisition. Vickers PLC, an engineering group, sold its automotive holdings of Cosworth and Rolls-Royce Motors to the Volkswagen group in 1998 and the deal was closed at $703.8 million. The deal was a problematic one because BMW was willing to take it at $100 million pounds less than the closing offer. Plus, both Rolls-Royce and Bentley used BMW components in their cars further complicating the deal due to trademark issues.

However, Ferdinand Piëch devised a plan and invested $745 million in Bentley’s factory at Crewe. The Rolls-Royce trademark was eventually won by BMW who opened a new production unit in Goodwood. Volkswagen was not far behind. They devised a smooth W12 engine which would be fitted into the first Bentley built by them.

The invention of a new car model involves rehashing a lot of old ideas and including latest innovations. Earlier prototypes of the Bentley Continental GT were upgraded Audi S8s, but the very first Bentley built by Volkswagen was designed from scratch in 2001, created under the supervision of Dirk van Braeckel leading a 40-member team.

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History of Volkswagen Beetle – Part III

Friday, July 15th, 2016

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1966 and 1967 saw the Beetle getting larger-displacement engines. In 1968, the Beetle got higher mounted C-section bumpers and a lot of safety improvements. The year also saw the Beetle getting equipped with a new 3-speed semi-automatic gearbox. In 1970, Volkswagen made the Luxus package available for the Beetle. 1971 saw the company offering two Beetle models, the standard one, and a new larger version.

In 1972, Volkswagen launched a limited-edition Commemorative model, a Marathon Blue Metallic painted 1302 LS, to celebrate Beetle’s achievement as the most-produced automobile in the world. In the United States, VW marketed it as the Super Beetle Baja Champion SE.

1973 saw the limited-edition GSR, a 1303 S, from the company. It was sold as the Super Beetle Sports Bug in North America. North America also saw the introduction of the Love Bug in 1974. It retailed for less than a standard Beetle. 1979 was the final year for the Beetle in Canada and America. Volkswagen offered an Epilogue Edition of the convertible in the year.

The optimum weight distribution of the Beetle that provides for maximizing grip off made the car a favorite in drag racing. It is still widely used in drag racing. It is also used as the basis for the Formula Vee open-wheel racing category. From the year 1966 to 1967, and also in 1972, the Beetles were used in the 2-litre class of The Trans-Am Series. If you want to race your classic air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle, you can do so in The Beetle Challenge, a UK-based circuit racing championship.

The classic Volkswagen car still remains a favorite car of millions of people all around the world. This is one car that would always remain as a part of the automobile history.

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History of Volkswagen Beetle – Part II

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

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In the year 1948, Wilhelm Karmann purchased a Volkswagen Beetle Sedan and turned it into a 4-seated convertible. He tagged it as the Beetle Cabriolet and presented it successfully at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany. The company started its production the next year. Volkswagen equipped the cabriolets more lavishly than the sedans. It had dual rear ashtrays, wheel trim rings (through 1969), stone shields (rear), a passenger-side visor vanity mirror, and twin map pockets. The last of the cabriolets came out of the production line in 1980.

Volkswagen equipped the Beetle with a folding sunroof (fabric), and hydraulic brakes, in 1950. Late 1952 saw the car getting a singular oval rear window. The Beetle models manufactured between the period of October 1952 and March 1953 were known as ‘Hybrid’ or ‘Zwitter’ because of their split-window bodyshell. 1953 saw the Beetle getting a redesigned instrument panel, a flat-bottomed and smaller license plate light, and heart-shaped lamps. In 1954, VW increased the displacement to 1192 cc by adding 2 mm to the cylinder bore. This improved the performance of the small car. It was in 1956 that the Beetle received its set of twin chrome tailpipes. This quickly became one of the iconic features of VW Beetle. 1958 saw the Beetle getting a larger rectangular rear window.

In 1961, the Beetle got a new transmission and engine. The engine provided 40 horsepower, and the transmission got linked on all forward gears. The carburetor got an electric automatic choke as well. 1962 saw the car getting fitted with a mechanical fuel level gauge. In 1965, Volkswagen revised majority of the Beetle’s body stampings. This made it possible for the small car to be fitted with significantly larger windows. The new slightly curved windshield provided the car with an airy, open, and modern look.

Read more about Volkswagen Beetle’s history in ‘History of Volkswagen Beetle – Part III.

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History of Volkswagen Beetle – Part I

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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Volkswagen Beetle featured an air-cooled 4-cylinder boxer engine. The 2-door bodywork featured a front windscreen that was flat. It could accommodate 4 passengers, and had the option to store luggage behind the rear seat and also under the front bonnet. It offered a coefficient of drag of 0.41. The 18 bolts-attached bodywork features a central structural tunnel. Rear and front suspension had torsion bars, along with the stabilizer bar (front). This enabled independent suspension for the wheels. Over time, some of the features such as the gearbox (non-synchronized), mechanical direction-indicators, split rear windows, and mechanical drum brakes were revised. However, Volkswagen never changed its distinctive overall shape.

The cylinder heads, transmission, and the engine were constructed out of light alloy. Long engine life was ensured by an engine oil cooler. A thermostat that bypassed the cooler when the engine was cold ensured optimal operating temperature for the engine.

The interior of VW Beetle featured rear seats with fold-down function, front seats that were adjustable, a metal dash that consolidated the instruments in a circular, single binnacle, and painted metal surfaces. The car also featured a heating system that operated with the help of the heat from the engine, and a windshield washer system.

In 1951, Volkswagen fitted a Beetle with their prototype 1.3L diesel engine. It achieved 0 to 60 mph in 60 seconds. The company made only 2 such engines. One they fitted in Type 1, and the other, in Type 2.

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2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim Review – III

Friday, July 8th, 2016

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Technology has also seen an upgrade with the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim. It is now equipped with a new MIB II infotainment system with a higher processing speed than before. The 5.0-inch resistive touchscreen offers better resolution and graphics with standard features and interfaces compatible with different devices.

Under its hood is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. With a horsepower of 170, the engine offers powerful 184 pound-feet torque which allows the car to glide smoothly on the highway. The six-speed automatic transmission is standard as with all Beetles. The 17-inch “Heritage” wheels are one of its most recognizable features.

The Beetle Denim’s exterior plays tribute to the denim theme by being colored in dark blue and given a denim texture. Volkswagen has toned down the eccentricity by keeping the special edition limited to two colors, both of which look elegant. So, rather than being a peculiar color to catch the eye of buyers the Denim stands out by being subtle.

Since the Denim is a convertible, it is priced in that range. It is available from early 2016 at $25,995 plus destination ($820). You could upgrade it to include more character and features but they will come at an additional cost.

The 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Denim pays homage to the classic Beetle with a modern twist. On first glance, it looks like a compact with a curvy design. It is only when you turn the key that you find the power behind the subtle design. Aggression, sharpness, and a lower stance than the older models, the new Beetle makes every drive a pleasure behind the wheels.

To check out the Beetle Denim, talk to the experts at Cardinale Volkswagen today.

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