Archive for February, 2017

Upgrades to the 2017 Jetta Provide More Value

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

The 2017 Jetta SE, SEL and SEL Premium Trims now come with lots of new standard features. For example, the SE trim boasts a new sunroof and V-Tex leatherette seats as part of the standard package. New safety features are also standard, including Rear Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitoring. Come to Cardinale VW in Salinas, CA to learn about all the great new features on the 2017 Jetta. Will so many trims available, you’ll be able to find just the right combination for you.

 

The 2017 Jetta Lineup
The #2017Jetta lineup has been simplified to make it easier to compare features among the four different trim levels. Trim levels for 2017 are the S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium. These trim levels include a host of added standard features that were not available in previous models, so they offer a lot more value for the money. (Please note: The SEL Premium model will only be available by special order.)

The 2017 SEL model includes Front Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control. These innovative driver assistance features are much more accessible than before.

Several 2016 trims have been discontinued for 2017. These include the S with Technology and SE with Connectivity models, as well as the Jetta Hybrid.  The SE trim is now the upgrades and sporty 2017 Jetta GLI with many features that make it a great value.

All trims come with the powerful and efficient 150-horsepower standard engine that was upgraded in 2016 models.

The 2017 Jetta’s entry level S trim comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, a rearview camera and LED Daytime Running Lights.

 

Our Cardinale Volkswagen Sales Team Invites You To Test Drive the 2017 Jetta
You’re invited to come to our Cardinale Volkswagen dealership in Salinas, CA to check out the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and take it for a spin.  Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team looks forward to answering your questions about our complete inventory of Volkswagens. We are a trusted VW dealers bay area. If you’re searching for certified preowned or used cars, find our inventory under Salinas Used Cars or at our website: www.cardinalevw.com.  We look forward to becoming your VW dealership!

 

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Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is One of Cardinale Volkswagen’s Staff Favorites

Monday, February 27th, 2017

The non-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium has been built on the site of an old sardine cannery on historic Cannery Row. This aquarium is one of our Cardinale Volkswagen’s staff all-time area favorites. It’s just under 30 miles from Salinas, so it’s an easy trip. Founded in 1984, this public aquarium represents more than 600 species in its thousands of plants and animals. The aquarium benefits from a unique system that circulates fresh ocean water that is piped in continuously from Monterey Bay. There is so much to see and do at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Here are some of our favorite exhibits.

California Coastal Marine Life Exhibit
This 28-foot-high 333,000 gallon tank is the centerpiece of the Ocean’s Edge Wing. Here you’ll get an excellent view of California’s coastal marine life. You’ll have the opportunity to see the first ever aquarium-grown live California Giant Kelp forest and all the creatures that live among this forest. The exhibit is visible on several levels in the building.

Sea Life Exhibits
A favorite with kids, this exhibit features stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, sea horses and many other native marine species. One of the neat things about this exhibit is that the animals can be seen above and below the waterline. Jellyfish are displayed in a special tank which creates a circular flow to support and suspend the jellyfish. Please note: the aquarium does not house mammals other than sea otters which were rescued through the aquarium’s Sea Otter Program.

 

Open Sea Exhibit
The largest exhibit in the aquarium is the Open Sea exhibit housed in a 1,200,000-gallon tank featuring one of the world’s largest single-paned windows. In this tank, the aquarium is able to house ocean sunfish. It is one of the few aquariums worldwide to successfully care for ocean sunfish in captivity.

 

Cardinale Volkswagen
At #CardinaleVolkswagen we are known for our expertise, knowledgeable and friendly staff and excellent pricing and support. One of the best Volkswagen dealers bay area, we serve the greater Salinas, CA area.  We have an incredible selection of new, preowned and used cars. Come see us for your all your automotive needs. To learn more and to view our complete inventory, please visit us online at www.cardinalevw.com. You’ll also find us if you search for Salinas Used Cars.

 

 

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Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Go Anywhere With the Versatile 2018 Atlas Weekend

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas that will hit our Cardinale Volkswagen dealership this Spring was designed to let people live a life as big as their imaginations. The Atlas Weekend Edition integrates unique cargo solutions that add increased versatility. The Weekend Edition concept is based on an SEL Premium model. It is powered by a 3.6-liter VR6 engine that delivers 276 hp and is paired with an eight-speed transmission and VW’s advanced 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Storage Innovations
The #2018AtlasWeekendEdition features a modern variation of the pop-up roof called the Urban Loader cargo box. When empty, the Urban Loader has a sleek, unobtrusive appearance. When needed for hauling, it can expand to a 17.7 cubic-foot storage space. In addition, the Weekend Edition features base carrier bars for attaching accessories for snowboards, skis, kayaks or bikes. Practical side steps make it easy to reach the extra roof storage or helping small children into the Atlas.

Interior Features
Inside the 2018 Atlas Weekend Edition, a strong cargo divider provides a safe, pet-friendly barrier behind the second row, that lets pets ride in comfort. The Weekend Edition’s second row also features an innovative universal tablet mount that allows passengers to bring any popular variety of touchscreen tablet along for a road trip. The design provides easy access to the home button and the tablets can use the available Media Control feature using Wi-Fi technology for Android and iOS tablets and smartphones.

 

Cardinale VW Dealership in Salinas
Our experienced and friendly #CardinaleVW staff are here for you. We look forward to introducing you to the 2018 Atlas Weekend later this spring. We also have an extensive inventory of new, preowned and used vehicles. We can also help you with your service needs. We look forward to becoming your top VW dealers Bay area! Visit our website to view our complete inventory at www.cardinalevw.com. You can also search for Salinas Auto Mall.

 

 

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Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Regular Cleaning Keeps Your Fuel System Flowing & Your Engine Running

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

If your Volkswagen hasn’t been as peppy as usual, it could mean it’s time to have your fuel system cleaned. Our Cardinale Volkswagen service team can evaluate your system, give it a good cleaning and get your engine back to running like new.

Fuel System Components

Your vehicle’s fuel system is made up of three different parts: the fuel filter, fuel pump and fuel injectors. Fuel filters for Volkswagen vehicles perform a very important function: they clean the fuel coming from the tank, preventing contaminants from reaching your VW’s engine. A fuel injector additive clears out all the dirt and debris that has built up in your fuel system.  You’ll find that once this sludge is disposed of, your engine will once again maintain optimal performance. Only your VW technician can determine if the system needs cleaning or if you need a new fuel filter.

How to Tell If Your Fuel System Needs Cleaning
Signs of a fuel filter that’s overdue for replacement include fuel starvation of the engine and poor performance. The engine may act as if it is running out of gas and may also stutter and lose power. This can happen occasionally or all the time. If this problem goes on for too long, it could cause damage to other parts of the fuel system and the engine.

 

If you notice that your vehicle is running sluggishly, contact our Service department to schedule a fuel system evaluation and cleaning.  Maintaining your fuel system improves engine performance, as well as fuel economy.  It can also prevent damage to the engine and will extend the life of your vehicle.

 

Use Only VW Parts

When your fuel filter needs to be replaced, it should be done so promptly with a high quality OEM VW fuel filter to ensure proper function and exact fit. Check your Passat, Jetta or other Volkswagen’s owner’s manual to determine the recommended interval to change the fuel filter. At each change, make sure to only purchase a genuine VW fuel filter so your VW will always perform its best. OEM Volkswagen fuel filters are unmatched in quality and design; no aftermarket part can stack up to the quality and performance of an OEM VW part. When you bring your VW to our Cardinale VW service department, you can be assured we use only OEM VW parts. Furthermore, our technicians have been factory-trained by VW.

 

Bring Your VW to Our Cardinale Volkswagen Service Department

Our Service technicians at Cardinale VW in Salinas can answer any questions you may have and will also assist you in setting up a regular maintenance schedule for your vehicle. Our experienced and friendly #CardinaleVW staff can also show you our inventory of new, preowned and used VW vehicles.  We look forward to becoming your top VW dealers Bay area! Visit our website to view our complete inventory at www.cardinalevw.com. You can also search for Salinas Auto Mall.

 

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Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

2017 Passat Upgrades Provide Reliability & Style at Affordable Price

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Are you in the market for a sophisticated yet affordable midsize sedan? The 2017 Volkswagen Passat is a classy family car with comfortable seats and lots of room for second-row passengers, as well as a large trunk to carry all your gear. The Passat’s ride is smooth and responsive and the cabin keeps out more of the road and wind noise. Come to our Cardinale Volkswagen dealership in Salinas to see why the Passat is such a great value for the price.

 

Standard Safety Features
The #2017VolkswagenPassat includes standard safety features that help prevent accidents and help minimize damages in the event of a collision. These include a rearview camera, traction and stability control, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking, as well as antilock disc brakes. In the event of a collision, front side airbags and front and rear side curtain airbags help protect occupants. Blind-spot monitoring, a rear cross-traffic alert and a lane departure warning system are available as options.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Passat its top score of Good in all tests, including the small- and moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact, roof strength and seat/head restraint tests.

 

VW’s Car-Net Telematics System
VW’s Car-Net telematics system includes remote vehicle access, automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle location and speed alerts.  Parents of teen drivers will appreciate the geo-fencing features that allow them to set limits on speed, interior sound and curfew.

 

What’s Under the Hood
All trim levels come standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. EPA fuel economy estimates for the 1.8-liter are 27 mpg combined (23 city/34 highway). The 3.6-liter V6 is also available on the SE and SEL Premium trim levels. It delivers 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds testing, a Passat with the 3.6-liter V6 accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 23 mpg in combined driving (20 city/28 highway).

Come to Cardinale Way Volkswagen for a Test Drive
Our staff of friendly and knowledgeable professionals invites you to come for a test drive at our Cardinale Volkswagen dealership in Salinas, CA. We are a trusted Volkswagen dealers bay area. We have a large inventory of new, preowned and used cars. You can search our Salinas Used Cars as well as our website: www.cardinalevw.com.

 

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500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Cardinale Volkswagen’s Staff Favorites: Quick Bites

Monday, February 20th, 2017

At Cardinale Volkswagen, occasionally we all like to head for a quick bite at the end of a busy day – or go for weekend brunch.  There are so many great restaurants in the Salinas, CA area. Here are just a few of our favorites. Let us know what some of your favorites are, too. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jeninni kitchen + wine bar now offers a weekend brunch with everything from housemade donuts to savory Spanish tortillas.
Restaurant 1833 has a spectacular happy hour plate: two tacos, four side touches, all $5 from 5-7pm.
A Taste of Monterey Wine Market & Bistro has new items like bacon-wrapped meatloaf sliders, garlic shrimp with cheesy grits, smoked salmon with avocado blini and spicy goat nachos.
Vito’s on Forest Avenue in Pacific Grove has a great lasagna-and-salad special ($15) every Tuesday.
Kevin Clark’s inspired Imperial Stout with Acme coffee is back at Peter B’s Perfectly Pressed juice joints.
Sunday and Monday football at Los Amigos in Pacific Grove does two tacos and two beers for $10.95.

 

Cardinale VW Dealership in Salinas
Our experienced and friendly #CardinaleVW staff are here for you. We love sharing our passion for food with you, as well as our passion for great deals on new, preowned and used VWs. We invite you to come to our Salinas showroom to view our complete inventory and take a test drive to experience all the great features of our Volkswagen vehicles. Our finance team can help you find a plan that will fit your budget and our service team will keep your VW running like new. We look forward to becoming your top VW dealers Bay area! Visit our website to view our complete inventory at www.cardinalevw.com. You can also search for Salinas Auto Mall.  We want to be your dealership!

 

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Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Volkswagen Establishes $1 Million Science Lab Program In Partnership with State of Tennessee

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The new VW Science eLabs program offers state of the art equipment and a guided learning experience for Hamilton County middle and high schools to create a science lab in their school. The program will be administered by the Public Education Foundation.

Purpose of the Program
The program will allow students to gain access to new technologies, including automated manufacturing equipment, 3D printers, robotics, programmable microcomputers, renewable energy kits and other science-related activities.

“At Volkswagen Chattanooga, hands-on learning is a crucial part of our educational programs and we are very pleased to partner with the State of Tennessee to bring the opportunity for laboratory-based science exploration to engage the minds of students here in Hamilton County,” said Christian Koch, President and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga.

Randy Boyd, TN Commissioner of Economic & Community Development, noted that, “Education helps build a superior workforce, which creates jobs for Tennesseans. How successful our state is in the future depends on the readiness of our workforce and aligning our education offerings with the jobs needs of Tennessee industries.”

How Schools Will Be Selected for the Science Laboratory Program
The program will result in at least fifteen laboratories and will be administered in partnership with the Public Education Foundation (PEF), an independent, nonprofit organization that provides training, research and resources to teachers, principals and schools in Hamilton County.

Schools need to identify a team of teachers who will invest a significant amount of time to develop the skills and knowledge to take advantage of the laboratory opportunity. The school’s principal must also demonstrate a personal commitment to the project, agree to engage in professional learning and provide release time to at least one teacher to manage the lab.

The selection process will be competitive and each school must also commit to raise a minimum of $5,000 annually in cash or contributed materials to ensure that the lab is continually kept up to date and that materials are replaced.

 

Cardinale Volkswagen of Salinas, CA
We are proud to be associated with this program through our parent company. We are one of your Volkswagen dealers Bay area. We hope you will come to us for your automotive needs. Our expert Sales Team members at #CardinaleVolkswagen can explain all the features and options to help you find the right Volkswagen to suit your needs. We also have a selection of preowned Volkswagens.  Search for Salinas Used Cars when looking for our selection of used Volkswagens. Please visit our website to see details about our inventory at www.cardinalevw.com. We look forward to meeting you soon!

 

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Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Six VW Models Earn IIHS’ Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ Ratings in 2017

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The highest safety rating given by the IIHS went to the #2017Jetta, equipped with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) and Bi-Xenon headlights. This top rating is known as the IIHS’ 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+. Awardees of the TOP SAFETY PICK rating are the 2017 Volkswagen Golf 4-door, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI 4-door and the Golf SportWagen, when equipped with optional Front Assist. The #2017Passat with standard Front Assist also got the TOP SAFETY PICK rating.

 

VW’s Commitment To Safety
These ratings demonstrate VW’s commitment to safety. “At Volkswagen, we strongly believe that the latest advanced driver assist technologies can be delivered” in base-level models rather than solely in luxury models, said Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy. ”The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings awarded to a variety of Volkswagen models complements our ongoing commitment to offering these features.”

The passive and active safety systems that come on all VW models have been designed and engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations. For example, the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is standard on the 2017 Jetta, Golf and Passat models.

 

IIHS Rating Program
IIHS developed its front crash prevention rating program in 2013 so consumers could more easily sort through the maze of available safety technologies and figure out which were the most effective systems. For more information on IIHS, visit www.iihs.org.

 

Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas Invites You To See These Great Cars
Come to Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas, CA to see all these top safety pick vehicles. Our expert Sales Team members at #CardinaleWayVolkswagen can explain all the features and options to help you find the right Volkswagen to suit your needs. We also have a selection of preowned Volkswagens.  Search for Salinas Used Cars when looking for our selection of preowned and used Volkswagens. To learn more, visit www.cardinalevw.com. We are proud to be one of the Volkswagen dealers Bay area.

 

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Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Lower Your Carbon Footprint With the e-Golf

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

What would you think if you knew you could drive electric without losing any of the capabilities or convenience of a conventionally powered car? With the #e-Golf, you get the best of both worlds!  Visit our Cardinale Volkswagen dealership in Salinas, CA to test drive one of the best electric cars on the market today.

e-Golf Features Are the Same As the Golf R
The e-Golf features the same stylish cabin design, comfortable seats, responsive steering and sturdy MQB chassis as the Golf R. The performance, build quality and aesthetics are nearly identical to what you’ll find in the regular Golf. And, as an extra bonus, you’ll get a super quiet ride since it’s all-electric.

The e-Golf Has 83-Mile Range
The e-Golf can cover 83-miles before it needs a charge, so it’s great for commuting as well as short errands around town. There are now over 37,000 electric charging stations across the country, with more on the way, so you can even contemplate longer trips. Visit this website to find electric vehicle charging stations throughout the U.S.: www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/electricity_locations.html

 

The e-Golf Is Affordable
The #eGolf is just about the most affordable all-electric car on the market today, with a starting MSRP of $28,995. Even fully loaded, the total price is just under $36,000. In addition to being $1,000 less than the Leaf, you get more for your money. When you take into account the federal and state tax credits, the base e-Golf ends up costing $21,495. When you add the weekly savings at the gas pump, the new e-Golf will save you money in the long run. And you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve done your part to reduce your carbon footprint.

Come to Cardinale VW to Test Drive the e-Golf
Come in for a test drive of the e-Golf at our Salinas, California location. Our experienced and friendly Cardinale VW staff is committed to providing you with superior service.  We look forward to showing you a variety of reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable vehicles we think you’ll enjoy driving. We look forward to becoming your top VW dealers Bay area! Visit our website to view our complete inventory at www.cardinalevw.com. You can also search for Salinas Auto Mall.

 

 

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500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com

Why Our Cardinale Volkswagen Team Loves Living & Working In Salinas

Monday, February 13th, 2017

 

Salinas has the best of both worlds. It’s just a short distance from Monterey Bay on California’s Central Coast and it’s also near the Salinas Valley where agriculture has been a way of life for the past 200 years. John Steinbeck, a Salinas native, used these farms as the backdrop for many of his novels. Nowadays, the variety of things to do in and around Salinas will keep everyone satisfied. You’ll find delectable cuisine made from locally grown organic produce and wines. Sports fans can watch a rodeo event or race at Laguna Seca. And we bet everyone will fall in love with the beauty of the wild Pacific coast and the fertile inland countryside.

 

National Steinbeck Center
This museum and memorial are dedicated to the author John Steinbeck who grew up in Salinas. Steinbeck drew inspiration for his novels from the rural towns in the Salinas Valley. The Steinbeck Center Foundation was founded in 1983 and opened to the public on June 27, 1998. It houses the largest collection of Steinbeck archives in the United States and features a variety of exhibits on his works and philosophy. There is also a wing dedicated to the experiences of agricultural workers in the United States, a topic that Steinbeck was passionate about. Other artifacts include film clips, first editions and photographs.

The Steinbeck Center is a focal point for activities that encourage learning about literature, human nature, history, agriculture and the arts. The Center also provides educational programs for the public, students and teachers.

The Steinbeck Festival in Early May & “Sweet Thursdays”
The Steinbeck Festival occurs at the start of May every year. During this time, the Center puts on lectures, live music and a craft beer festival.

“Sweet Thursday” is John Steinbeck’s description of the day between Lousy Wednesday and Waiting Friday.  “Sweet Thursday” is the newest series at the National Steinbeck Center. On select Thursdays, the National Steinbeck Center hosts lectures, performances, talks, book signings and more! Check their website for up-to-date information.

You can also visit Steinbeck’s House, which is located near the museum.

 

Cardinale VW Dealership in Salinas
Our experienced and friendly #CardinaleVW staff are here for you. We look forward to showing you a variety of reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable new, preowned and used vehicles we think you’ll enjoy driving. We can also help you with your service needs. We look forward to becoming your top VW dealers Bay area! Visit our website to view our complete inventory at www.cardinalevw.com. You can also search for Salinas Auto Mall.

 

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Cardinale Volkswagen

500 Auto Center Circle

Salinas, California 93907

Phone: 888.891.5059

Website: www.cardinalevw.com