Driven by Devin: 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

A classic icon has received numerous modern updates in the past decade while still retaining its old charm. This year however… this year the 2016 Beetle has stepped up its game. Big time.

For starters, the 2016 Volkswagen Beetle has brought with it three new color options to its already diverse variety. Silk Blue Metallic, although not new to the Volkswagen brand, is newly placed on the Beetle, while a new Dark Bronze Metallic has been introduced. But perhaps the most exciting color option added is quite unique and spicy…

Habanero Orange Metallic.

This fiery addition is quite orange as you can see below and although it has a reddish tinge, it is certainly distinguishable from Tornado Red. The ‘metallic’ makes it even spicier by adding in metal flakes to make the orange really sparkle. The boldest Beetle color next to Yellow Rush, this color is not for the conservative; while driving the short distance that I did, it attracted quite a few chasing eyes.

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 2016 Beetle Convertible in Habanero Orange Metallic. Trim: SE, Engine: 1.8T, Wheels: 17″ Turbine, black leatherette interior.

2016 trim levels have expanded a bit, with a Wolfsburg Edition, S, SE, SEL, TDI SE, TDI SEL, R-Line, R-Line SE, R-Line SEL, Dune (special edition coupe model), and Denim (special edition convertible model), and been renamed for clarity.

The 2016 Beetle has been updated both externally and internally. It still pays homage to its classic ancestor with bubbly curves and a happy smile, but has been substantially modernized. A lower and flatter roof line has been established along with a more upright windshield. Paint colors and wheel styles are in abundance, with 17″, 18″, or 19″ sizes offered depending upon trim level. As always, it is available in a coupe or convertible.

The Beetle comes with a 1.8T or 2.0T engine. For those with a greater taste for style, a turbocharged 1.8L with a six speed automatic is offered at a lesser price than its turbocharged 2.0L counterpart (with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG auto), which is for the more speed oriented. Regardless of the engine, the 2016 Beetle is pretty quick and responsive with good acceleration and braking, smooth shifting, and a comfortable ride.

It is worth noting that Volkswagen has introduced a Beetle 1.8T Wolfsburg Edition (listed above). The Wolfsburg takes over as the base Beetle model, while still packing in the features.

The interior of the Beetle remains as clean and simple as ever, keeping true to the Beetle style. V-tex leatherette seating is standard, complete with a leather wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, and e-brake. And heated seats! Heated seats come standard at every trim level as well.

The biggest changes to the 2016 Beetle lineup are technology based as Volkswagen has integrated its Modular Infotainment System (MIB II) system and Car-Net connectivity systems -Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink- into 2016 models at SE and above trims. All trim levels, however, now come with either a 5″ or 6.3″ touchscreen, which is cleaner and easier to use than before.

Looking for features standard in all trim levels? Bluetooth, a 8-speaker sound system, USB/auxiliary ports, climate control, power adjustable heated mirrors, cruise control, multi-function display, variable intermittent windshield wipers with heated washer nozzles, and keyless entry are your basic options.

I think it is safe to say that no matter the trim, the 2016 Beetle packs in some serious options and technology. Of course, the higher the trim the wider selection of features, but that’s a different story (and probably a future review). But for now, you’ve read the jist of what the 2016 Beetle has brought to the car game, and it’s quite a bit.

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The SE trim level comes standard with a rearview camera, Car-Net, 6.3″ touchscreen AM/FM/HD radio and CD player with USB and auxiliary, 8-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, voice control, SiriusXM, power adjustable heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, push button start, TPMS, and more.

Check out the gallery below! If you are interested in your new Beetle options, contact us at Volkswagen of Naples!

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12th Annual Cars On 5th Show

Where do you go to see the biggest horse gathering in town? Why, the 12th Annual Cars On 5th presented by the Naples Chapter of the Ferrari Club of America, of course.

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By 8am Saturday morning, 5th Avenue South was lined with more horsepower than you’ve ever seen in one block.

The annual show is the biggest Naples has to offer where you can go to see some of the rarest cars and biggest gatherings of one car brand. Supercars dominate the show with classics, imports, domestics, and the occasional bike sprinkled in. And puppies. Puppies everywhere.

We were setup with our partners Audi Naples showing off our beloved Classic Beetle and 1963 Double Cab, a new 2016 Silk Blue Metallic Beetle Convertible, a new 2016 VW Golf GTI manual, and a new 2016 Touareg- all of which you can come see in our showroom!

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There were too many Ferraris, Porsche’s, and Corvettes to count, but several stood out; like this Slant Nose Porsche below, a Porsche 918 Spyder, a green Ferrari 458, a gorgeous white Ferrari Testarossa, a new Ferrari 488, 2 Porsche GT3’s and a GT3RS, several model year C1 Corvettes, and a rare Ferrari 512i BB. While these three brands dominated, Lamborghini was represented well with the showing of a rare 1967 350GT, a new Aventador Super Veloce, a Diablo, a Murcielago, a 50th Anniversario Aventador, and a few others. It’s impossible to point out every sweet car there, but a Koenigsegg CCX, Alfa Romeo 4C & 8C, several Ford GT’s, a 1974 BMW 2002 Factory Turbo, a Mercedes Benz 300SLR, a Noble M400 race car, and a Porsche Carrera GT are some worth mentioning. And we can’t forget the familiar faces of a widebody bagged Challenger and a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth Edition.

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Vendors from around town and even farther out were set-up showcasing cars including Naples Motorsports, NUR Performance, Lamborghini Sarasota, Naples Luxury Imports, and Black Horse Motors.

As always the show was a hit, drawing in thousands of people, and dare I say, even more were in attendance this year than last! Needless to say, we are already looking forward to next year!

Driven by Devin: The new 2016 Passat

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Volkswagen has given the 2016 Passat both an external and internal face-lift just in time for the holiday sales season.They have also added the sought after R-Line trim level to the Passat lineup for the upcoming year. Volkswagen definitely has stepped up their mid-size sedan game by not only restyling the exterior, but by also adding a fistful of new features inside.

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One can easily notice the difference between the 2015 and 2016 Passat. VW added more horizontally aggressive lines in the front end, front fenders, hood, rear, and trunklid. Although the new look is still reminiscent of older, more reserved European styling, it adds some desired flare to this family hauler. New options such as LED taillights and headlights are being offered, which is a first among Volkswagen’s sedans. The R-Line will also offer unique rocker panels, a 2016 Jetta GLI inspired black accented front bumper, rear diffuser piece, and 19″ wheels.

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Moving inside, the look has changed slightly to become more modern and hip. Cloth and leatherette surfaces are still both offered, accompanied by aluminum styled inlays. But the biggest changes are technological. Volkswagen’s Modular Infotainment System (MIB II) system and Car-Net connectivity systems -Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink- now grace the 2016 Passat (they have also been added to others such as the Tiguan). Touchscreens are now standard, but offered in two sizes depending upon packages. The screens also feature a new proximity sensor that bring up controls as your hand gets close to the screen. Backup cameras now also come in all trim levels, including the base Passat S (whoohoo!).

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If you thought the Passat was loaded with safety features before, get ready to have your socks knocked off. With the refresh comes a bunch of new, advanced, and sought after safety options that are generally offered in more luxurious vehicles (like Acura or Audi).

Some of the new features include:

  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking, which prevents the car from running away and crashing into things after an initial impact (standard on all trim levels)
  • rearview camera (standard on all trim levels)
  • adaptive cruise control
  • a forward-collision warning system
  • autonomous emergency braking
  • blind spot monitor with alerts
  • lane departure warning
  • parking steering assistance

Are your socks knocked off yet? If not, then here’s a little tidbit of information: the 2016 Passat just earned the Top Safety Pick+ Rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), having been given the highest possible ratings of “good” in the institute’s crash tests. “The Passat’s IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award demonstrates Volkswagen’s longstanding commitment to vehicle safety and the development of innovative technologies,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc.

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The Passat brings with it the same engine choices from the 2015 model:

  • A 1.8 TSI turbocharged four-cylinder
  • A 3.6L VR6
  • A 2.0L TDI four-cylinder

In terms of gas mileage, Volkswagen has said that the base 1.8L will get around 38mpg on the highway. Less stopping and more driving. And let me tell you this, that little 1.8L is no slow slug.

All of the 2015 Passat color choices (both inside and out) carry over with the exception of a newly named Reef Blue Metallic, which replaces Night Blue Metallic.

Prices for the 2016 Passat start at exactly what the 2015 Passat was, but with this new model, I would say you definitely get more bang for your buck.

Interested? We’ve already had a bunch of these hit our VW of Naples lot, so come check one out today!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.vwofnaples.com or call us at 866-364-0242!

Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Car Seat Check

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When it comes to safety, the Volkswagen Golf has an exceptional reputation. The changes made to the current Golf line has been met with positive raves and reviews. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen has a spacious interior, built with high-quality materials and most importantly, an excellent safety rating. The subtle changes has made the Golf Sportwagen more versatile and convenient. Have younger kids that require a car seat? This vehicle makes it easy for you!

“The Golf SportWagen has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outboard seats. They sit under removable plastic covers and are easy to use. Three tether anchors are found midway down the rear seatbacks. They’re clearly labeled and also easy to use.

  • For our rear-facing infant and convertible seats, we were able to install them behind the front passenger seat without moving it forward. The installation was a snap with both car seats, which have rigid Latch connectors (convertible seat) and hooklike connectors (infant seat).
  • The forward-facing convertible also installed easily and fit well in the wagon’s backseat.
  • The booster fit well in the SportWagen’s contoured rear seats.”

Want to know more about the process of installing a car seat in the Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen? Click here to see cars.com review and video!

Upgrade: Limited Edition Passat

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When you hear “Limited Edition Passat” it’s easy to assume this title refers to a limited-production of the vehicle. However, in this case it is not true! This model is not an exclusive edition but rather an upgrade/replacement with more technology and more convenience for a lower price. If you are in the market for a Passat this is a trim option you should definitely consider.

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The Limited Edition Passat combines the best of both worlds by taking options offered in the Wolfsburg Edition and the Passat SE to create a happy medium. The Passat S still remains at the lowest price point while the SEL Premium still maintains the highest. This vehicle is only offered with a 1.8-liter, turbocharged, direct-injection TSI four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

1Q_800 Want to know what this vehicle comes equipped with? Check out a snippet from Volkswagen’s press release located below:

“The new Limited Edition model offers a great value: compared with the automatic transmission S model, it has $2,755 of additional equipment, but costs just $1,555 more. The Limited Edition model introduces the following standard equipment above the S: 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; KESSY® keyless access with push-button start; a rearview camera; V-tex leatherette seating surfaces; heatable front seats; a power eight-way driver’s seat with power lumbar; a touchscreen radio with SiriusXM® Satellite Radio capability; 8-speaker sound system; a leather-wrapped steering wheel, parking brake, and shifter; chrome window surrounds; and front foglights.”

Click here for more information

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Apples, Volkswagens and Car-Net

vw_carnet_headerTechnology gets better and better every year. With every advancement it makes life a little easier. Are you prone to forgetting where you parked? Do you have kids that you want to know exactly how fast they are driving? Do you like owning new tech? If so, we have the perfect combination for you! Volkswagen puts vehicle functionality on the newest apple product; the Apple Watch. Everything you need is only a click away on your wrist.

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The VW Car-Net app already exists for iPhones and Androids. If your vehicle comes equipped with Car-Net, and you want to know how to install it, there are a couple of ways to do that! The easiest way is to enter your vehicle, simply press the “i” button located on the roof next to the tool symbol and the red “SOS” button.

_MG_9578When you press this button it calls Car-Net and you are connected with a Representative who walks you through the next steps. You are asked a series of questions and then set-up is complete! The first six months of your Car-Net experience is free and you can decide later to purchase.

What the App Does:
– You can check whether you’ve left your door, window or sunroof open
– Remotely unlock doors
– Can locate your vehicle if you forgot where you parked
– Have the ability to honk the horn or flash the lights
– Keeps track of your fuel, service needed and mileage

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Do other drivers operate your vehicle? There are a few more things this app can do that can put your mind at ease.
– You can set speed alerts for when a driver surpasses a certain MPH
– You can also set boundary alerts if you want to keep track of how far one drives
– You can receive vehicle health reports

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Remember to register using the Car-Net customer portal as well! After the initial set-up you are sent two emails with further information (the one pictured above is not yet set up).

Click here to visit the official Volkswagen Car-Net Page

Best Gifts for Volkswagen Enthusiasts

Finding the right gift for a friend or family member isn’t always the easiest task. You want to get something you hope they will enjoy and keep. You’ve already thought of every show, movie, artist or apparel they like, but you want to get them something with a little more personality. Well, if you know someone who just happens to be a Volkswagen enthusiast (or you yourself are one) then we may have a few things for you! Whether the gift is for a birthday, holiday or just because, we have a variety of products and apparel for you to look through!

From comfortable shirts, active wear, swim wear, accessories to camping gear, we have a great selection. See something you like? Feel free to reach out and call us at: 866-258-2760

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Prices available for 2015 Golf SportWagen

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The all-new Golf family are having a great year. From 2015 Motor Trend car of the year, top vehicle pick for families, to being a general favorite among automotive enthusiasts, it’s no surprise that the all-new Golf SportWagen has been highly anticipated. It is replacing the Jetta Sportwagen and creating a new statement with it’s name. Just like the Volkswagen Golf this Golf Sportwagen is sleek, fun and stylish! With more room, convenience and a choice between two engines, a vehicle like this will soon become another favorite. Not only is it coming soon but it has been officially priced!

“The gas model with the manual transmission will have an EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of 36 miles per gallon, while the diesel is expected to see 43 mpg on the highway, VW says. The cheapest version, the gas engine with the manual transmission, will have a starting price of $21,395, plus $820 for shipping. The cheapest diesel version will go for $24,595, before shipping charges.”

Click here to read more about it!

Here Today, Gone Today: 2015 Golf R

Stealthy, sophisticated and sleek….what are we talking about? The much anticipated 2015 Golf R of course! The 2015 Golf R left as quickly as it came in. We are happy that it found a great owner and were lucky enough to snap some pictures before driven home! Curious? Check out some exterior and interior shots of this speedy hot hatch.

The Golf GTI is jam packed with excellent features, power and styling…but if you are looking for a vehicle with more power this is definitely the vehicle for you. Already lowered, the new Golf R is about 0.8 inches lower than the GTI. This hot hatch doesn’t hold back, with an all-wheel-drive and 296-hp it’s got quite a punch on the roads and excellent handling. The Dynamic Chassis control lets you choose a setting from comfort, sport to race modes each offering a different driving experience. With excellent features inside and out, this is one vehicle that defines a unique and thrilling driving experience.

Some Specs:

  • Leather top sport seats
  • Bi-Xenon headlights
  • Driving Mode Selection
  • 18″ Cadiz alloy wheels
  • 292 hp/280 lb-ft of torque
  • Turbocharged 2.0T in-line 4-cyl engine
  • 4MOTION all-wheel drive
  • 6-sp DSG automatic transmission

Interested in buying, leasing or financing a vehicle in the near future? Don’t be afraid to reach out to us at 866-342-0242. Not only do we deliver the car but we also deliver the experience!