Introducing Your New Favorite Piece of Denim

Volkswagen’s newest special edition sports the look of everyone’s favorite pair of jeans and pays homage to the classic Beetles of the past with vintage modern flare.

Meet the new Beetle Denim Convertible.

IMG_0144Offered in either Stonewashed Blue or Pure white, each Beetle Denim Edition comes with a Denim Blue Convertible top and Denim Blue interior. Adding to its charm, the jean-styled seats don jean pocket stitching patterns and the familiar colored dash reflects jean threads in a smooth and silky combination of blues dubbed “Blue Optic”.

IMG_0235Each one comes standard with a 1.8 TSI 4-cylinder engine that produces 170hp and good gas mileage. Also: a rear spoiler, power soft top, 17″ Heritage wheels, heated front seats, Bluetooth, USB port, center color touchscreen, multifunction sport steering wheel, two-tone interior, front sport seats, customizable interior ambient lighting, power heated mirrors, and Blue Optic dash, among other technical things.

These Denims have been arriving and disappearing just as quickly! You better go get your hands on one before they’re gone! It’s the perfect match to you favorite pair of jeans (:

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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!

Complete Reconditioning at VW of Naples

Did you know that Volkswagen of Naples does full reconditioning? Our service and detail department can take on even the toughest of jobs, as showcased by this VW Passat Wagon:

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When it came to us, it looked like it had been beaten up and left to rot somewhere. The headlights were so hazy they almost matched the paint color. The paint was faded and dull. There were dings, dents and mold everywhere! All of the wheels had curb rash, the interior was a mess, it had a funny smell to it. The list goes on and on..

After a little bit of time, some elbow grease, and a lot of experience and knowledge, we had it looking (and smelling!) like a whole different car!

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After!

 

We could rave on and on about the great work that our team did on this car, but in cases like this, it’s better that the pictures should do the talking. See for yourself, and if you have a car that needs a little love (VW or other), please reach out to us! We would be happy to get your vehicle looking like new again.

To schedule your consultation with the Volkswagen of Naples/Audi Naples reconditioning team, please call 866-219-2826

 

 

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!

A technology update for the 2016 Tiguan

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan has hit our lot. In anticipation of the redesigned model to be released sometime in the next couple years, VW spiced up the last year of its first generation charmer.

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VW’s all-new MIB II modular infotainment system is the first of its kind, and brings a pretty big update to the Tiguan’s technological specs. It involves a larger 6.3″ Touchscreen LCD with improved graphics and the ability to phone-mirror with software like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

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All trim levels of the 2016 Tiguan now all come standard with USB and Auxiliary ports and SD card slots, which is a vast improvement over the previous VW specific hookups that required additional adapters for smartphones.

Also standard is a push button start, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Higher trim levels also offer navigation, Sirius radio, and a power panoramic sunroof.

These upgrades may not seem like much on the outside, but as far as internal technology goes, they’re pretty major. Plus everyone is using their phones for music and navigation these days. These upgrades make that easier and more efficient.

Check out our website’s inventory to see all your Tiguan options and grab one before they disappear!


Which Volkswagen Superlative Are You?


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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.”

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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
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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.