Lease VS Buy

When it’s time for your next vehicle, you’ll find yourself facing more decisions than simply “what make/model do I want?” The majority of us will end up financing rather than paying cash, but that raises a very important question; should you lease or buy?

The answer is not the same for everyone, so Volkswagen of Naples has created this nifty infographic exploring a few basic questions you should be asking yourself before making this decision. That’s not all there is to it, though, so let’s get a little more in-depth with the advantages and disadvantages
VW Lease VS Buy-2Leasing

When you lease a vehicle, you will end up with a lower monthly payment with less money due at signing than you would if you took out a loan to purchase the same vehicle. This is because you are essentially renting the vehicle for 2-4 years, so you are only paying for the portion of the vehicle that you plan to use. This is great especially when you are considering something brand new as it allows you to get a vehicle that would otherwise be out of your price range.

The lease agreement does have a disadvantage for some people depending on their driving habits. In your lease, you agree to driving up to a certain amount of miles per year (usually up to 15k/year). If you go over these miles at the end of the lease, it can cost you. If you tend to drive a lot, you should consider buying. Another thing that can be held against you in a lease is excessive wear and tear, however, Volkswagen offers several insurance packages for a small fee to protect you from any unpleasant financial surprises at the end of your lease.

Keeping with financial implications, leasing is great for people who can claim their vehicle as a business expense. When tax season rolls around, remember that leases are deductible! You can’t write off the purchase of a vehicle, but you can with a lease.

Leased vehicles belong to the bank. At the end of your lease term, you do not own the vehicle as you would with a loan when purchasing a vehicle. You then have the option toturn in the vehicle and walk away,
purchase your leased vehicle and make it yours, or lease a brand new one! If you like to have the latest and greatest technology and a brand new vehicle, this is perfect for you! Leases generally last 2-4 years and you can get a brand new vehicle once your term is up. You also do not have to deal with the hassle of selling or trading in your vehicle when you are ready for a new one. Depreciation is not your problem!

Leases can rid you of negative equity. Do often find yourself owing more than what your vehicle is worth with every purchase? It can sometimes seem like you’ll never get out from under it – but fear not! If you have great credit and are willing to make higher payments for a few years, you can rid yourself of this negative equity by rolling it into a lease. Your payments will be high for the next few years, but once your lease term is up, you can turn it in and you will not have any negative equity to speak of! It was all absorbed by the lease.

There is one downside to this – you cannot simply turn in your lease whenever you please. You are locked into the contract for the term that you signed for, and it can sometimes be very difficult and expensive to get out early. If you need the ability sell your vehicle at a moment’s notice or keep it for a very long period of time, then leasing might not be for you.

Buying

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room right off the bat: depreciation. Yes, your vehicle depreciates. Its value goes down as soon as you buy it. For this reason, purchasing a lightly used pre owned or a Certified Pre Owned VW can be the most cost effective option – but let’s admit it. There’s nothing quite like that new car smell, and some of us simply cannot resist.

When you purchase a vehicle, unlike leasing, the vehicle is yours to do with as you please. This doesn’t just play on the feeling of ownership; it does have some very important advantages and disadvantages. If you suddenly need to get rid of your vehicle or get something else, buying gives you flexibility to do so. For example, say you purchase a Volkswagen Beetle Convertible and a few months later you find out that you are expecting a little bundle of joy. A small convertible will no longer suit your needs, and you’ll need to opt for something larger like a Passat or a Tiguan SUV. Since you purchased rather than leased your Beetle, you can simply trade it in for something that better suits your needs – and you may even have some positive equity to play with!

The other side of this advantage is that you can keep your vehicle for as long as you want! Some of us tend to get attached and like to keep our vehicles for a long time, and sometimes even pass them down to our children. Buying allows you to do this…. Or not! The choice is yours, and you can decide when you’re ready.

Another advantage is no mileage restrictions! Since the vehicle is yours, it does not matter how much or how little you drive. You can drive cross country whenever you feel like it!

It is important to talk about credit scores too. To lease, you must have excellent credit. If you are concerned about your credit score, or if you already know that it’s on the lower side, then buying will likely be your best bet. Whichever route you take, as long as you keep up with your payments, you can improve your credit score thanks to your new car!

We hope that this was helpful to you! If you have further questions or if you are ready to buy or lease your new Volkswagen, please stop by Volkswagen of Naples or call us at (866) 364-0242.

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Volkswagen of Naples announces $500 Discount on New 2012/2013 VW with Competitive Trade-In

$500 Discount on New 2012/2013 VW with Competitive Trade-In

Summer Sizzle Conquest Discount

Current vehicle owners of 2004 + Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai or Kia will receive a special bonus of $500 off the purchase or lease of  any new 2012 or 2013 Volkswagen models when they trade in their existing eligible vehicle. More about the beetle. More about the CC. More about the Eos. More about the GTI. More about the golf. More about the golfr. More about the Jetta. More about the Jetta SportWagen. More about the Passat. More about the Routan. More about the Tiguan. More about the Touareg 2.

National Offer|Offer ends July 2, 2012

Volkswagen of America, Inc. will pay a $500 incentive toward the purchase or lease of any new, unused 2012 or 2013 model year Volkswagen to individual purchasers or lessees who own and trade-in as part of the new vehicle purchase or lease any 2004 or newer model year Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai or Kia vehicle.  Offer is not transferable and applies only in the U.S.  Limit one per customer.  Not redeemable for cash; discount will be applied to new vehicle purchase or lease.  Offer will be reimbursed to dealer and requires dealer participation. This incentive may be combined with certain other national offers; other conditions may apply.  See your participating VW dealer for full program restrictions and details.  ©2012 Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Volkswagen of Naples, located in beautiful Naples, Florida, is your leading new and used Volkswagen dealer serving Southwest Florida including all of Naples, Naples Park, Vanderbilt Beach, Immokalee, Golden Gate, Golden Gate Estates, Copeland, Goodland, Everglades City, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.  We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying our customers’ needs. Feel free to browse our new and pre-owned inventory online, www.vwofnaples.com, to request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

Volkswagen of Naples Service Department is proud to be the only dealer in South West Florida to offer “Service While You Sleep”. This elite service will allow our customers the option of dropping off their vehicle on their way home from work and picking it up in the morning.  For your convenience, our Service Department hours include nighttime service offered until 3am along with a complimentary shuttle.

Volkswagen of Naples is conveniently located and easy to find

  • Traveling from Bradenton, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs or Venice simply go South on I-75 to exit 105 (Golden Gate). Take Golden Gate west towards the Naples Airport to Airport Pulling Road.  Go south on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile, just past Radio Road on your left hand side.
  • Traveling from Miami, Coral Gables, North Miami, Pembrooke Pines, Hollywood, Hallendale, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, or Boca Raton simply go West on I-75 to exit 101 (Collier Blvd -951).  Take Collier Blvd South to Davis Blvd. Go west and follow Davis Blvd. to Airport Pulling Road.  Go North on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile on your right hand side.

Contact Information

Volkswagen of Naples

www.vwofnaples.com

601 Airport Rd., S

Naples, FL 34104

Sales:

1-866-364-0242

Service:

1-866-352-6629

Parts:

1-866-314-8395

Think new, think two, Think Blue: Volkswagen of Naples reports Volkswagen announces two new members of the Think Blue family.

Think of them as fraternal twins. At the Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled two new future-forward members of the Think Blue family: the Jetta Hybrid and the E-Bugster concept car.

Joining our production TDI models as well as our up! And NILS concept car in the Think Blue line, the Jetta Hybrid and E-Bugster are big on performance and light on carbon footprint. Both new vehicles are great examples of Think Blue, Volkswagen’s initiative to create environmentally friendly solutions, encourage eco-conscious behavior and contribute to a sustainable future.

“Think Blue is the philosophy behind our environmentally friendly, high-performance cars, fueled by TDI clean diesel,” comments Brian Massoll, Managing Partner, Volkswagen of Naples, located in Naples, Florida.

The Jetta Hybrid offers all the style and driving fun you’ve come to expect from the Jetta, but what makes this model different is—well, lots of things. For one, it’s the world’s first hybrid to use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. But don’t worry—we didn’t sacrifice the any of the performance you’ve come to expect from the Jetta. Sure, it drives as a full EV up to 44 mph, but when you’re ready to rev it up, the Jetta Hybrid will take you from 0-60 mph in less than 9.0 seconds. Turns out saving the earth can be a lot of fun.

The E-Bugster concept vehicle is a truly unique creation. The “E” in its name is for “electric,” and “Bugster” is a combination of “Bug” and “speedster,” an apt name for the open-top two-seater with shallow windows and a cut-down windshield. But unlike other speedsters, the E-Bugster boasts a lithium-ion battery that enables it car to drive more than 100 emission-free miles at a time. While it takes design cues from the classic Beetle, it also features futuristic styling, like an arched and stretched front end, LED Daytime Running Lights that form a distinctive graphic on either side of the lower air intake in the front bumper, and EV-specific gauges.

Volkswagen of Naples, located in beautiful Naples, Florida, is your leading new and used Volkswagen dealer serving Southwest Florida including all of Naples, Naples Park, Vanderbilt Beach, Immokalee, Golden Gate, Golden Gate Estates, Copeland, Goodland, Everglades City, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.  We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience
satisfying our customers’ needs. Feel free to browse our new and pre-owned inventory online, www.vwofnaples.com, to request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

Volkswagen of Naples Service Department is proud to be the only dealer in South West Florida to offer “Service While You Sleep”. This elite service will allow our customers the option of dropping off their vehicle on their way home from work and picking it up in the morning.  For your convenience, our Service Department hours include nighttime service offered until 3am along with a complimentary shuttle.

Volkswagen of Naples is conveniently located and easy to find
Traveling from Bradenton, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs or Venice simply go South on I-75 to exit 105 (Golden Gate). Take Golden Gate west towards the Naples Airport to Airport Pulling Road.  Go south on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile, just past Radio Road on your left hand side.

Traveling from Miami, Coral Gables, North Miami, Pembrooke Pines, Hollywood, Hallendale, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, or Boca Raton simply go West on I-75 to exit 101 (Collier Blvd -951).  Take Collier Blvd South to Davis Blvd. Go west and follow Davis Blvd. to Airport Pulling Road.  Go North on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile on your right hand side.

Contact Information

Volkswagen of Naples

www.vwofnaples.com

601 Airport Rd., S

Naples, FL 34104

Sales:

1-866-364-0242

Service:

1-866-352-6629

Parts:

1-866-314-8395

 

Volkswagen of Naples Reports Volkswagen Introduces “Golf R Drivers Forever” iPad® app

With the arrival of its performance icon to U.S. dealerships this month, Volkswagen announced that it is bringing the all-new 2012 Golf R to a mass audience via an iPad® app.

• iPad® app launches as VW’s performance icon arrives at U.S. dealerships
• Six-generations of popular Golf models come alive with interactive application
• Exclusive footage highlights passion and enthusiasm for Volkswagen brand

Created with the enthusiast community in mind, the “Golf R Drivers Forever” app provides access to everything one needs to know about the Golf R. From the history of the popular Golf model and the community that rallies around it, to the focused engineers of Volkswagen R GmbH, this app covers it all.

Told through the perspective of Volkswagen enthusiasts and drivers who helped bring this car to the United States, the app provides an interactive narrative on the evolution of the Golf from its days as the Rabbit in the 1970’s all the way to the present 2012 Golf R model. Filled with exclusive interviews, articles and footage, this is one app all Volkswagen fans will want to interact with.

“The Golf R app was created to celebrate and thank the Volkswagen brand’s community of enthusiasts because they represent what makes the Golf R special,” said Jon Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “The app will help build awareness around the Volkswagen brand heritage and we are excited to offer this innovative approach that illustrates the performance of the Golf R.”

The editorial-driven iPad app features:
• Exclusive videos, photos, interviews and Golf footage. Highlights include:
• A mini-documentary about the world of Volkswagen including footage of the world-famous Autostadt, created by AWOL Films
• An exclusive interview with designer Chip Foose discussing his passion for the VW brand and love for the Golf
• Accounts from key members of the Volkswagen of America Product Marketing team and Volkswagen R GmbH team
• Fan testimonials and enthusiast stories
• Interactive timeline spanning the history of the Golf
• Golf R brochure with tech specs, photo gallery and 360° view of the car

The 2012 Golf R is the most powerful Volkswagen sports performance vehicle ever sold in the U.S. With 256 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, the 2.0-liter TSI® engine offers performance and fuel efficiency, thanks to intelligent downsizing. Like the previous R32 models, the Golf R is equipped with Volkswagen’s 4Motion® all-wheel drive system: the latest generation of this system can divert up to 100 percent of the torque to the rear wheels, if needed. All Golf R models sold in the U.S. will be equipped with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission and come standard with top of the line features including dual-zone automatic climate control, Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights, and unique 18” alloy wheels. For the first time, the Golf R will be available in two-and four-door models.

Volkswagen of Naples, located in beautiful Naples, Florida, is your leading new and used Volkswagen dealer serving Southwest Florida including all of Naples, Naples Park, Vanderbilt Beach, Immokalee, Golden Gate, Golden Gate Estates, Copeland, Goodland, Everglades City, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.  We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience
satisfying our customers’ needs. Feel free to browse our new and pre-owned inventory online, www.vwofnaples.com, to request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

Volkswagen of Naples Service Department is proud to be the only dealer in South West Florida to offer “Service While You Sleep”. This elite service will allow our customers the option of dropping off their vehicle on their way home from work and picking it up in the morning.  For your convenience, our Service Department hours include nighttime service offered until 3am along with a complimentary shuttle.

Volkswagen of Naples is conveniently located and easy to find
Traveling from Bradenton, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs or Venice simply go South on I-75 to exit 105 (Golden Gate). Take Golden Gate west towards the Naples Airport to Airport Pulling Road.  Go south on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile, just past Radio Road on your left hand side.

Traveling from Miami, Coral Gables, North Miami, Pembrooke Pines, Hollywood, Hallendale, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, or Boca Raton simply go West on I-75 to exit 101 (Collier Blvd -951).  Take Collier Blvd South to Davis Blvd. Go west and follow Davis Blvd. to Airport Pulling Road.  Go North on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile on your right hand side.

Contact Information

Volkswagen of Naples

www.vwofnaples.com

601 Airport Rd., S

Naples, FL 34104

Sales:

1-866-364-0242

Service:

1-866-352-6629

Parts:

1-866-314-8395

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM VOLKSWAGEN OF NAPLES!

Volkswagen of Naples, located in beautiful Naples, Florida, is your leading new and used Volkswagen dealer serving Southwest Florida including all of Naples, Naples Park, Vanderbilt Beach, Immokalee, Golden Gate, Golden Gate Estates, Copeland, Goodland, Everglades City, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.  We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience
satisfying our customers’ needs. Feel free to browse our new and pre-owned inventory online, www.vwofnaples.com, to request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

Volkswagen of Naples Service Department is proud to be the only dealer in South West Florida to offer “Service While You Sleep”. This elite service will allow our customers
the option of dropping off their vehicle on their way home from work and picking it up in the morning.  For your convenience, our Service Department hours include nighttime service offered until 3am along with a complimentary shuttle.

Volkswagen of Naples is conveniently located and easy to find
Traveling from Bradenton, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs or Venice simply go South on I-75 to exit 105 (Golden Gate). Take Golden Gate west towards the Naples Airport to Airport Pulling Road.  Go south on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile, just past Radio Road on your left hand side.

Traveling from Miami, Coral Gables, North Miami, Pembrooke Pines, Hollywood, Hallendale, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, or Boca Raton simply go West on I-75 to exit 101 (Collier Blvd -951).  Take Collier Blvd South to Davis Blvd. Go west and follow Davis Blvd. to Airport Pulling Road.  Go North on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile on your right hand side.

Contact Information

Volkswagen of Naples

www.vwofnaples.com

601 Airport Rd., S

Naples, FL 34104

Sales:

1-866-364-0242

Service:

1-866-352-6629

Parts:

1-866-314-8395

Volkswagen returns to the Super Bowl

New 60-second ad features the all-new 2012 Beetle, on sale at Volkswagen of Naples, Volkswagen’s redesigned icon.

Volkswagen of Naples announced today that Volkswagen of America, Inc. will advertise during the Super Bowl® for the third consecutive year. Following the success of last year’s two 30- second spots, Volkswagen will premiere one 60-second spot at the beginning of the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVI.

The spot will feature the all-new Beetle, which arrived in dealerships in September. The 2012 Beetle was teased as a silhouette in last year’s advertisement, but the iconic redesign is now ready for its Super Bowl close-up.

“Volkswagen is excited to showcase the all-new 2012 Beetle on football’s biggest stage. The Super Bowl is the perfect platform to feature the bold, dynamic, and sportiest Beetle ever made,” said Brain Massoll, Managing Partner of Volkswagen of Naples.

Volkswagen enjoyed unprecedented success after last year’s Super Bowl spots, “The Force” and “Black Beetle”. “The Force”, which featured the 2012 Passat and mini Darth Vader, quickly became a pop culture phenomenon when it debuted online before the Super Bowl. It was voted the Number One ad of the year by ADWEEK and continues to be a hit with consumers, racking up more than 45 million views on YouTube.

The overwhelming attention from the commercial piqued interest in the 2012 Passat months before it hit the market. This ensured that the car entered the market with momentum, with more sales in its first two months than the last Passat model sold in all of 2010.

“Black Beetle” teased the all-new Beetle’s muscular shape, generating strong interest for the newly redesigned car months before it hit dealerships. The 2012 Beetle is available in two forms: stylish Beetle and sporty Beetle Turbo, both available at Volkswagen of Naples located in Naples, Florida. All models offer standard technology features such as Bluetooth® and an iPod® interface, heatable front seats, and a ‘kaeferfach’ secondary glovebox.

Volkswagen of Naples, located in beautiful Naples, Florida, is your leading new and used Volkswagen dealer serving Southwest Florida including all of Naples, Naples Park, Vanderbilt Beach, Immokalee, Golden Gate, Golden Gate Estates, Copeland, Goodland, Everglades City, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.  We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience
satisfying our customers’ needs. Feel free to browse our new and pre-owned inventory online, www.vwofnaples.com, to request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

Volkswagen of Naples Service Department is proud to be the only dealer in South West Florida to offer “Service While You Sleep”. This elite service will allow our customers
the option of dropping off their vehicle on their way home from work and picking it up in the morning.  For your convenience, our Service Department hours include nighttime service offered until 3am along with a complimentary shuttle.

Volkswagen of Naples is conveniently located and easy to find
Traveling from Bradenton, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs or Venice simply go South on I-75 to exit 105 (Golden Gate). Take Golden Gate west towards the Naples Airport to Airport Pulling Road.  Go south on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile, just past Radio Road on your left hand side.

Traveling from Miami, Coral Gables, North Miami, Pembrooke Pines, Hollywood, Hallendale, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, or Boca Raton simply go West on I-75 to exit 101 (Collier Blvd -951).  Take Collier Blvd South to Davis Blvd. Go west and follow Davis Blvd. to Airport Pulling Road.  Go North on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile on your right hand side.

Contact Information

Volkswagen of Naples

www.vwofnaples.com

601 Airport Rd., S

Naples, FL 34104

Sales:

1-866-364-0242

Service:

1-866-352-6629

Parts:

1-866-314-8395

 

Volkswagen of Naples 2012 Volkswagen Eos Komfort Convertible

The 2012 Volkswagen Eos, is a unique and stylish all-season convertible with an integrated power panoramic sunroof that sets it apart from all other retractable hardtop convertibles on the market.

The 2012 Eos is powered by a 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed DSG automatic transmission. There are three available trims: Komfort, Lux, and the all-new Executive. Standard features include power heated front seats, electronic dual-zone climate control, a leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, SIRIUS satellite radio, and Bluetooth Hands free wireless connectivity. Safety features include active seat-integrated rollover bars, an electronic stability system, a tire pressure monitoring system, and front and side airbags.

 

For 2012, the Eos has been updated with a new grille, restyled bumpers, redesigned front headlights (including fog and cornering lights), and two-part LED rear lights. The Lux trim includes the Kessy keyless entry and ignition system and also allows the retractable convertible top to be opened via remote key fob. The new Executive trim includes all of the standard features found on the Komfort and Lux trims, as well as an updated high-definition 10-speaker audio and navigation system.

 

Volkswagen of Naples, located in beautiful Naples, Florida, is your leading new and used Volkswagen dealer serving Southwest Florida including all of Naples, Naples Park, Vanderbilt Beach, Immokalee, Golden Gate, Golden Gate Estates, Copeland, Goodland, Everglades City, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.  We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience
satisfying our customers’ needs. Feel free to browse our new and pre-owned inventory online, www.vwofnaples.com, to request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

 

Volkswagen of Naples Service Department is proud to be the only dealer in South West Florida to offer “Service While You Sleep”. This elite service will allow our customers
the option of dropping off their vehicle on their way home from work and picking it up in the morning.  For your convenience, our Service Department hours include nighttime service offered until 3am along with a complimentary shuttle.

 

Volkswagen of Naples is conveniently located and easy to find
Traveling from Bradenton, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs or Venice simply go South on I-75 to exit 105 (Golden Gate). Take Golden Gate west towards the Naples Airport to Airport Pulling Road.  Go south on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile, just past Radio Road on your left hand side.

Traveling from Miami, Coral Gables, North Miami, Pembrooke Pines, Hollywood, Hallendale, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, or Boca Raton simply go West on I-75 to exit 101 (Collier Blvd -951).  Take Collier Blvd South to Davis Blvd. Go west and follow Davis Blvd. to Airport Pulling Road.  Go North on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile on your right hand side.

 

Contact Information

Volkswagen of Naples

www.vwofnaples.com

601 Airport Rd., S

Naples, FL 34104

Sales:

1-866-364-0242

Service:

1-866-352-6629

Parts:

1-866-314-8395

Sales, Service and Parts Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PMWednesday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Service While You Sleep Hours

Monday – Friday: Drop off by 8:00 PM
Monday – Friday: Evening Shuttle Service extended to 8:00 PM

Monday – Friday: Morning Shuttle Service beginning at 7:00 AM

 

Volkswagen of Naples is proud to announce 2012 Motor Trend Car of The Year: Volkswagen Passat

The 2012 Passat, available at Volkswagen of Naples, located in Naples, FL., has Middle Class Action and a Supersized Yank Tank Delivers the Goods

If Car of the Year juries were seated like criminal trial juries, Volkswagen’s lawyers might have used up their peremptory challenges dismissing the lot of us. They’d claim we had been poisoned by the launch coverage of the company’s supersized Yank-tank B7-generation Passat. Harsh auto-show lighting made the car look like a freshened version of Chevy’s little-loved Impala; early punditry slammed the interior as drab, plain, and cheap-looking; and news that the moaning I-5 we loathe in the Golf-class cars would be the mainstream engine seemed like strike three.
Unlike GM and Ford, which are consolidating regional platforms and introducing world cars, Volkswagen’s larger new Passat will sell only in North America and China. The car and the strategy raise serious questions: Can an American-born-and-bred Passat be German enough to please the VW faithful? Can anything with a VW badge pry large numbers of people out of their Accords and Camrys? Can such conservative styling turn the heads of the legions on their way to Hyundai? Out on the test track, in the high-desert sunshine, three Passats spanning the range of powertrain and trim levels did their best to answer these questions, presenting evidence in each of our six criteria and gradually whittling away at our editorial preconceptions. Let’s read the court testimony.

ADVANCEMENT IN DESIGN
Granted, from 50 feet or in a two-dimensional photograph, the Passat engages the eye less than does the splashy “fluidic design” of the Hyundai Sonata, but closer inspection reveals exquisite detailing. Our own expert witness, Tom Gale, gets the ball rolling: “The package provides good accommodation, and like the Audi [A6], what is remarkable is the restraint shown with the handling of the design. Clean, beautiful surfaces have been refined for an engaging result. The upper character line, with its subtle undercut, is an example of the care taken with the stampings throughout.” Engineering guru Chris Theodore found the exterior “tastefully executed with really tight shut lines and nice detailing.” The result is sort of a time-release appeal that blossoms upon close scrutiny or when hand-washing the vehicle. It’s a less flashy design than the Sonata’s, but way more cohesive than the Accord’s.

There’s nothing trendy going on inside, either, which may let it age more gracefully than bolder designs. Gale admits the design “breaks little new ground, but the grain, gloss levels, and material choices are tasteful.” He and others criticized the choice to prioritize the dash vents over the multifunction display, the low placement of which looks dated and represents an ergonomic back-step. Ditto the fiddly turn-signal-stalk cruise controls and the entertainment system’s lack of a USB port (Bluetooth and an SD card are supported, and there’s a 1/8-inch aux jack). But the car’s functions can be intuitively controlled without consulting the owners’ manual — something Accord owners may appreciate.

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE
OK, the engineers among us dislike odd-numbered cylinder counts like this 2.5-liter’s, but Theodore grudgingly admitted, “It’s the best-tamed VW I-5 application ever. The thrashiness has been masked, and the engine is very quiet. A fine choice for middle America in real-world driving conditions.” Your technical director’s log reads: “This 2.5 appears to have finally found a good home,” with praise for strong launch torque that keeps pace with the competition to 30 mph thanks to short gearing (its 9.0-second 0-60 time trails the competition notably).

Characterizations of the engine note ranged from “moaning” to “unique growl,” but the general consensus was that the powertrain integration team earned its kibble. Sure, we wish it were a sprightlier sprinter, but we expect a direct-injected and/or turbocharged four-cylinder replacement to arrive soon.

EFFICIENCY
It should surprise no one that over the course of 11 mixed-driving loops, our diesel Passat recorded the highest fuel economy stats of this year’s finalists at 34.3 mpg. Perhaps more interesting was the base 2.5-liter’s fifth-best 26.5 mpg — that’s exactly halfway between the EPA city and highway ratings of 22/31 mpg. That’s higher within its EPA-predicted economy range than any other finalist managed, and the second highest was the TDI/DSG at 43 percent of its 30/40-mpg points spread (we didn’t run the VR6 on our fuel-economy loops). This bodes exceptionally well for real-world achievability of the Passat’s window-sticker numbers. Not penurious enough with the petrol? Opt for the base five-speed manual in the SE to eke out one more highway mpg, or the six-speed manual TDI to earn an even better 31/43 mpg.

SAFETY
Like every new car in the segment, the Passat gets six airbags to cushion the occupants if it all goes wrong, plus stability control, tire-pressure monitoring, ABS, brake-assist, and myriad other electronic aids to prevent things from going wrong in the first place. But what’s more fun to talk about under the safety rubric is how well the Passat’s chassis is tuned to keep it out of trouble, because well-driven, agile cars are less likely to plow into things than poorly controlled, flabby, clumsy ones.

VALUE
Here’s where VW’s $4-billion Chattanooga plant investment pays off for U.S. buyers — by insulating us from the strong Euro currency that forced the outgoing Passat 2.0T to sell as a Eurochic niche player, base priced at a heady $27,945. That kind of money will buy a nice TDI nowadays, while the mainstream 2.5 SE opens at $20,765. Thirty grand buys a range-topping VR6 that handily out-chics and out-streaks the old EuroPassat, not to mention the V-6 or turbo variants of its family-sedan competitors.
Ownership costs are also further suppressed by VW’s Carefree Maintenance Program, which picks up the tab for all scheduled stops during the 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

PERFORMANCE OF INTENDED FUNCTION
It’s in this category the bigger Passat really shines. Its family-schlepping credentials are impressive. With nearly 49 cubic feet of rear-seat space, “I can comfortably cross my legs while sitting behind a driver seat set to my 5-foot 11-inch height,” noted Loh. Jurnecka proclaimed it “like a limo in back — a great budget Audi.” Add to this a usefully cubic 15.9-cubic-foot trunk with split-folding seats and set it all down on a chassis with the moves to make an enthusiast smile, and we’ve got a pretty interesting new dog in the midsize-sedan fight.

CLOSEST VOTE EVER
Editor-in-chief Mackenzie always asks his 10 fellow COTY judges for their top three picks. This year, the voting was tied 5-5 (with one errant vote) between the Passat and Chrysler’s 300. It was still tied after a count of second-place votes, and the Passat eked ahead only after third-place votes had been counted. Two worthy cars. But there can be only one… As for our jury? The verdict is in: Volkswagen’s less-boring-than-it-looks, 100-percent-German-driving Passat is Motor Trend’s Car of the Year.

Volkswagen of Naples, located in beautiful Naples, Florida, is your leading new and used Volkswagen dealer serving Southwest Florida including all of Naples, Naples Park, Vanderbilt Beach, Immokalee, Golden Gate, Golden Gate Estates, Copeland, Goodland, Everglades City, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.  We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience
satisfying our customers’ needs. Feel free to browse our new and pre-owned inventory online, www.vwofnaples.com, to request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

Volkswagen of Naples Service Department is proud to be the only dealer in South West Florida to offer “Service While You Sleep”. This elite service will allow our customers
the option of dropping off their vehicle on their way home from work and picking it up in the morning.  For your convenience, our Service Department hours include nighttime service offered until 3am along with a complimentary shuttle.

Volkswagen of Naples is conveniently located and easy to find
Traveling from Bradenton, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs or Venice simply go South on I-75 to exit 105 (Golden Gate). Take Golden Gate west towards the Naples Airport to Airport Pulling Road.  Go south on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile, just past Radio Road on your left hand side.

Traveling from Miami, Coral Gables, North Miami, Pembrooke Pines, Hollywood, Hallendale, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, or Boca Raton simply go West on I-75 to exit 101 (Collier Blvd -951).  Take Collier Blvd South to Davis Blvd. Go west and follow Davis Blvd. to Airport Pulling Road.  Go North on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile on your right hand side.

Contact Information

Volkswagen of Naples

www.vwofnaples.com

601 Airport Rd., S

Naples, FL 34104

Sales:

1-866-364-0242

Service:

1-866-352-6629

Parts:

1-866-314-8395

Sales, Service and Parts Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PMWednesday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Service While You Sleep Hours

Monday – Friday: Drop off by 8:00 PM
Monday – Friday: Evening Shuttle Service extended to 8:00 PM

Monday – Friday: Morning Shuttle Service beginning at 7:00 AM

Volkswagen of Naples thinks VW is going to reach its lofty goal early.

VW Group likely to become world’s largest automaker this year Volkswagen AG is on track to sell more than 8 million vehicles this year – surpassing both GM and Toyota to claim the top spot

According to a report by Bloomberg, the Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen AG is on track to become the world’s biggest-selling automaker this year. VW had planned on becoming the world’s biggest automaker by selling 10 million units a year by 2018.

A survey of sales projections conducted by Bloomberg show that VW Group sales will likely rise by 13 percent this year with a total sales volume of 8.1 million units. For GM, the average projection was an 8 percent rise to 7.55 million, while Toyota is expected to see its sale actually fall by 9 percent in 2011 with a total sales volume of 7.27 million units. Toyota production was hampered in 2011 by the tsunami disaster that struck Japan in March of this year, slowing it sales because of a lack of deliverable vehicles.

VW is seeing tremendous growth so far this year with sales in China (the world’s largest car market) rising by almost 20 percent for 2011.

Total VW Group sales (including all of its brands) have risen 16 percent so far this year (through the third quarter) to 6.2 million units.

Volkswagen of Naples, located in beautiful Naples, Florida, is your leading new and used Volkswagen dealer serving Southwest Florida including all of Naples, Naples Park, Vanderbilt Beach, Immokalee, Golden Gate, Golden Gate Estates, Copeland, Goodland, Everglades City, Bonita Springs and Marco Island.  We have a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience
satisfying our customers’ needs. Feel free to browse our new and pre-owned inventory online, www.vwofnaples.com, to request more information about vehicles, set up a test drive or inquire about financing!

Volkswagen of Naples Service Department is proud to be the only dealer in South West Florida to offer “Service While You Sleep”. This elite service will allow our customers
the option of dropping off their vehicle on their way home from work and picking it up in the morning.  For your convenience, our Service Department hours include nighttime service offered until 3am along with a complimentary shuttle.

Volkswagen of Naples is conveniently located and easy to find
Traveling from Bradenton, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Arcadia, Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs or Venice simply go South on I-75 to exit 105 (Golden Gate). Take Golden Gate west towards the Naples Airport to Airport Pulling Road.  Go south on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile, just past Radio Road on your left hand side.

Traveling from Miami, Coral Gables, North Miami, Pembrooke Pines, Hollywood, Hallendale, Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, or Boca Raton simply go West on I-75 to exit 101 (Collier Blvd -951).  Take Collier Blvd South to Davis Blvd. Go west and follow Davis Blvd. to Airport Pulling Road.  Go North on Airport Pulling Road approximately one mile on your right hand side.

Contact Information

Volkswagen of Naples

www.vwofnaples.com

601 Airport Rd., S

Naples, FL 34104

Sales:

1-866-364-0242

Service:

1-866-352-6629

Parts:

1-866-314-8395

Sales, Service and Parts Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Service While You Sleep Hours

Monday – Friday: Drop off by 8:00 PM
Monday – Friday: Evening Shuttle Service extended to 8:00 PM

Monday – Friday: Morning Shuttle Service beginning at 7:00 AM