#PinkBeetle

596347Volkswagen is always keen on giving their beloved Beetle special treatment, from unique colors to special edition models. The Beetle is their first child, their longest running model, the bubbly bug that everyone knows. Going back to 1934, the development of the first Beetles was underway and ready to sell by 1938, only to have the factory converted for war materials and later destroyed as a result. By 1947, Beetles were being produced and sold to war troops for transportation. Since then, the Beetle has been facelifted, fine tuned, and painted to match the eras.

There have been many special edition Beetle models since the 1970s and VW shows no signs of stopping that tradition. Snapping back to the present day, there are currently two special edition models available for 2016: the Beetle Denim and Beetle Dune.

There has been a long craving for a certain color Beetle, and even if we hadn’t named this article or added the photo above, you could still probably guess the color. You know. Pink. There are photos all over Google of pink colored bugs, and you may have even seen one in person. Dealers have known it. We know it.

“The worst thing you can do for a Beetle is to paint it a plain color,” said Brandon. “They are screaming for color. Every time the dealership is able to get its hand on a colorful Beetle, the model does well.” (Source: VW Newsroom)

Volkswagen credits fans for its new Limited Edition Beetle. Dubbed the #PinkBeetle, VW hopes to start a revolution on social media and among Beetle owners.

The starting point? One woman’s quest to find a pink beetle:

“Brenda Hagar begged a Volkswagen dealer three years ago to find her a pink Beetle convertible or make her one. When he did, she bought it on the spot, sight unseen. She rerouted her flight home from a Mexico vacation to pick it up in Texas, driving all the way home to Oklahoma City in November with the top down to help make room for her and her husband’s diving gear. When she finally reached her hometown, she cruised in her new pink VW down Main Street, exactly five years to the day of being cancer free.” (Source: VW Newsroom)

“For Volkswagen, the idea of the #PinkBeetle has been years in the making… hatched… in the spring of 2014. Dealers from around the country gathered… to discuss what special models might be of interest.” (Source: VW Newsroom).

The concept model debuted at the New York Auto Show in 2015, and was marked to become a reality as a 2017 model car.

“A lot of the dealers said they had people coming in asking all the time for a pink Beetle,” said Kerry Dickson… “The time had finally come for us to embrace what our owners wanted.” (Source: VW Newsroom)

And so, the #PinkBeetle arrives at dealers in October, just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness.

The #PinkBeetle will be offered in a coupe or convertible. It is a vibrant shade of Fresh Fuchsia Metallic over a Pink Club cloth (a match to the GTI plaid, but in pink) with a black and pink accented dash and steering wheel. The pink exterior will be balanced with black mirror caps, black running boards, and either 17″ Linas aluminum wheels or 18″ Twister wheels for the coupe and convertible, respectively.

pink-beetle-3In celebration of our #PinkBeetle and Breast Cancer Awareness month, we, Volkswagen of Naples, will be running a fun campaign to benefit a local charity and contribute to the #PinkBeetle revolution. For the entire month of October, we will be parking our #PinkBeetle all around various spots in Naples for people to view.

In addition, we encourage people to take a photo our #PinkBeetle when they see it: post it on Instagram with the hashtag #PinkBeetle and tag our page @vwofnaples. In response, we will re-post each photo we are tagged in and will be donating in support of breast cancer awareness (a specific place will be chosen soon!).

Spread the word and get in on the fun!

New Kid On The Block // Volkswagen Passat R-Line

img_7599Starting in 2010, Volkswagen announced plans to introduce their new “R” performance lineup of vehicles – sportier, more performance oriented versions of current models. VW aimed to make the changes more than cosmetic, planning for more engine upgrades and performance.

Currently, available “R” models are the Golf R, Beetle R-Line, CC R-Line, and the newly released Passat R-Line. The Tiguan R-Line has since been fizzled out.

The Passat R-Line was released in conjunction with the Passat’s facelift for 2016. It features several options that differ from the regular Passat that will be mentioned.

For this feature, we took our first Reef Blue Passat R-Line down to the waters edge for some cool photos!

The 2017 R-Line comes with the sedan’s standard 1.8L 4-cylinder TSI engine and 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode, pushing out around 170-hp and mid-20 range MPG estimates.

Cosmetically, the R-Line was designed to stand out and be aggressive, but while still maintaining its midsize sedan qualities. The main differences between the 2017 R-Line and regular 2017 Passat are as follows:

  • 19-inch Salvador wheels (compared to the entry level model’s 16-inch Carolina wheels)
  • R-Line door sill protectors
  • front/rear bumper design enhancements
  • Unique rocker panels
  • Chromed oval exhaust tip
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel/shifter/brake handle

The 2017 R-Line also comes standard with heated seats, a blind spot monitor, a rearview camera, VW Car-Net, dual climate control, multifunction steering wheel, and leather seating.

Credit: Neftin Westlake VW

As part of a national Volkswagen campaign, here at Volkswagen of Naples, we will soon be conducting the fun and educational program called Dare-To-Compare. The program is designed to slot the 2017 Passat R-Line against two others in its class – the 2017 Honda Accord and 2017 Toyota Camry – comparing the features of each car and educating customers on the new Passat R-Line.

The program will be held here at VW of Naples, from October 18th-October 22nd, 2016. The three cars will be parked out front and employees will be there to assist customers in comparing the three vehicles.

We are excited to bring out customers this program to educate and feature the new 2017 Passat R-Line. More information and specific details will be released as the dates get closer!

img_7588img_7610img_7549Check out our Passat inventory at: http://www.vwofnaples.com/searchnew.aspx?Type=N&Make=Volkswagen&Model=Passat