The Adventures of the Beetle #PinkBeetle

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The long-awaited Beetle #PinkBeetle has arrived!

img_0495Just in time for October and its recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness, the Beetle #PinkBeetle landed on our lot in all its Fresh Fuchsia Metallic glory. It dons a black soft top, 18″ aluminum and black wheels, and a pink plaid interior with pink trim throughout.

Here at the dealership, we like getting involved with the community and saw a perfect opportunity in our Beetle #PinkBeetle. We have partnered with the American Cancer Society in their “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” campaign to raise awareness about the disease throughout October. The side of the car is now adorned with the campaign, in which we will donate $50 to the cause for every photo taken of the Beetle #PinkBeetle posted and tagged #VWofNaples on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

The Beetle #PinkBeetle has started its adventure from our dealership. To start, it traveled to the Bayfront Plaza in Naples to stay a few days at Shane’s Cabana Bar. Next, it rolled up to Fort Myers for B103.9’s Racks & Reels Fishing Tournament kickoff night and competition day.

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img_0585Wondering where the Beetle #PinkBeetle will go next? Check out the events below:

Saturday, October 15th @ 8:30am-1:30pm: The Title Boxing Club will be holding classes to “Fight for the Cure.” A $10 donation/admission is required. Check out the event here.

Saturday October 15th @ 8pm-11pm: Blue Martini Naples goes pink as they hold their annual Pink Charity Event benefiting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Check out the event here.

Saturday, October 22nd @ 7:30am-12pm: Join the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer-Naples as they hold their 5k walk starting at Artis-Naples. Check out the event here.

Saturday, October 22nd @ 4pm-7:30pm: The #PinkBeetle will be at Cambier Park for the finish of the Gulf Coast Runners 80mile Relay event. Check out the event here.

When the Beetle #PinkBeetle is not at one of the events, it will be displayed at various locations around Naples! Watch out for it as it continues its adventures around Southwest Florida, and join in on the cause!

If you see the #PinkBeetle around town, take a photo and tag #VWofNaples on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Catching the Desert Bug

Edgy. Flare. Attitude. Tough. Perhaps the most unique Beetle design to date, Volkswagen graced 2016 with a modern street going dune buggy: quite literally, the Beetle Dune.

Built for those who want a hard edge Beetle, the making of the Dune was supposedly inspired by the swarming of the Baja bugs in California deserts during the late 60s.

IMG_0134Most of the Dune is established in cosmetic upgrades, so it’s best that you don’t try to run it in the next desert Baja race. However, it does feature an upgraded and raised suspension -about .4 inches- to add to the dune buggy look.

Cosmetically, the Dune features exclusive black bumpers and air intakes, large rear spoiler, Dune striping, black lower trim that commemorates old buggy running boards, airbrushed silver inserts, black wheel well trim, black and silver mirrors, fog lights, and LED taillights. The car is available in three colors: Pure White, Deep Black Pearl, and a unique Sandstorm Yellow.

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Inside is just as unique. Exclusive cloth and leatherette seating surfaces are a two-tone Dune gray/black with Yellow contrast stitching and piping throughout. Standard tech in the Dune features a 6.3-inch Composition Color touch screen, MIB II infotainment system, backup camera, and Park Distance Control. A special Dune badge sits at the bottom of the steering wheel, and ours was fitted with a Dune Technology Package that included a sunroof, climate control, keyless entry with push button start, and premium Fender sound system. A Lightning Package is also available (ours was equipped with such) that includes Bi-Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED rear license plate light.

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Powered by a 1.8L TSI DOHC 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, the Dune certainly has a bit of pep producing 170 horsepower, but unfortunately lacks all-wheel drive. An automatic trans with Sport and manual modes in the only option available.

IMG_0194If you love this timeless bug, but want a bit of edge and toughness, the Beetle Dune is for you.

Go check out our blog on another 2016 special edition Bug, here!

Driven by Devin: The new 2016 Passat

One of the most popular consumer sedans just got a horizontally refreshed design.IMG_6964

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!