Strut Your Mutt: Costume Contest!

The Human Society Naples is holding its 8th annual Strut Your Mutt Pet Costume Contest at Mercato on Sunday, October 25th! There are three categories: Most Original, Cutest, and Best Group. Admission is free so feel free to take in the sights even if you aren’t accompanied by a mutt of your own! Contest Registration can be found online by clicking HERE.


October is for Pink and Purple


As many of us are aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer affects about 1 in 8 women in the US every year. Here at Volkswagen of Naples, we show our support by placing giant pink bows on our vehicles and wearing pink shirts to match. We also get involved with various charities throughout SW Florida to show our support.

But October isn’t just for the color pink – it is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is symbolized by the color purple. Pink often overshadows purple, but the numbers behind the colors don’t. Statistics show that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. The topic of domestic violence is not and easy one to talk about, and for some families it never sees the light of day.

The Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples is working hard to bring awareness to the problem and also to the life-changing services that they offer. Below is a list of events being held by The Shelter throughout the month of October to bring awareness, get people talking, and one day put an end to domestic violence.

Purple¦ Purple Purse Challenge – Through Oct. 27, those who donate $25 or more will automatically be entered to win one of three designer purses including a limited edition purse designed by Purple Purse spokeswoman and actress Kerry Washington of TV’s “Scandal.”
More details: Click here.

corporateRun-logo-300x265¦ Moe’s Corporate Run – This 3-mile run walk sets out at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, from Moe’s at the corner of U.S. 41 and Immokalee Road. All levels of runners and walkers are welcome. This race is not chip timed. Sign up online HERE.

NextGen-Purple-Party-2015-Save-the-Dateb-300x233¦ The Purple Party – Starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Paradise Wine and hosted by The Shelter’s NextGen group, the evening will be a splash of purple from dress to drink. Purple is the symbolic color for courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending domestic violence. Purchase tickets at

Save-the-Date-2016Final-300x233¦ Ride for The Shelter Kick Off – Join Gordon Kellam and Glen Schwesinger from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7th Avenue Social as they kick off plans for a 1,156-mile bicycle ride from Naples to Washington, D.C., to raise national awareness for The Shelter’s Gentle’men Against Domestic Violence initiative. Tickets are at

Mercato-header-300x102¦ Mercato Goes Purple – Merchants throughout Mercato will have special promotions, discounts and prizes from 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. New this year: a free concert by the Karibbean Groove dance band from 7-9 p.m. The Shelter’s Hands are for Helping program will be set up for public participation from 4-6 p.m. More details HERE.

IMG_0149-300x225¦ The Immokalee Peace March & Children’s Fair – The fair from 3-6 p.m. is followed by the hour-long march setting out at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Collier County Immokalee Sports Complex, 505 Escambia St. Free and open to all, fair activities include children’s games, food, entertainment, a talent show and information booths hosted by partner agencies. For more information click HERE or email Josie Means at

Driven by Devin: 2015 Passat Limited Edition

The Volkswagen Passat, regardless of trim level, is a pleasant drive. It gets good gas mileage, handles well, drives smooth, is pretty spacious, and is Volkswagen’s family sedan. It features a 1.8L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that gets up and goes when needed. I drive one of these quaint sedans almost everyday between dealerships, and I must say they make for a quite comfortable daily driver. The current 2015 Passat is offered in several different trim levels; the S, SE, SE with sunroof and navigation, SEL Premium, and a new Limited Edition.


A limited run, Volkswagen’s 2015 Limited Edition Passat replaces the Wolfsburg and offers a send-off to the current Passat model. A middle ground between the base Passat S and Passat SE, the Limited Edition is designated by a “Limited” badge and offers key upgrades from the S.


Passat Limited Edition

Perhaps the biggest improvements are the rearview camera (which is uber helpful), the leatherette interior, power driver seat, and heated front seats.

The leatherette interior is a nice luxurious touch to the Limited Edition. A power driver seat is always a plus, as in some cars, I eagerly reach for those controls only to be disappointed by what is a manual seat (although I have owned my share of manually adjustable seat vehicles). And of course, these seats are heated too. Yes, we may live in Florida, but I personally freeze in the 40-degree weather. Since I haven’t lived anywhere but the Sunshine State, I am totally all-in for the warmers.

A rearview camera makes backing up so much easier. I have never personally owned a car with a rearview camera, and although I am a self-proclaimed expert “backer-upper” (yes I made that up, & I always back my car in wherever possible), the aid of a camera would be happily embraced. You cannot completely rely on the camera (please don’t Big Box store shoppers), but it helps for those tight spots, blind spots, and any other problem spots you encounter in reverse.


The Passat LE also features an updated 8-speaker Premium VIII radio with a CD changer, SiriusXM(c) Satellite radio, Kessy(c) keyless entry, 17″ alloy wheels, a push button start, bright chrome exterior trim, and front fog lights.


Surprisingly, the added features of the Limited Edition don’t actually cost you that much extra over the Passat S (which are getting hard to find). If I were in the market for a practical sedan, I would definitely consider the Limited Edition, mostly for that rearview camera.

Check out the shots below or come check it out in person! We have plenty Limited Edition Passats in several different color combinations to suite your tastes.

Interested in owning your very own 2015 VW Passat Limited Edition? Check out our inventory on or call us at 866-364-0242!