Archive for February, 2011

2011 Best in Class Winner – 2011 Volkswagen Golf

2011 – Best in Class Winner
Under $20,000: 2011 Volkswagen Golf
Sticker price: $18,735 (2dr, manual)
Invoice price: $18,017
Fair Purchase Price: $18,454
Five-year service cost: $3,402
One-year insurance cost: $1,124
Resale value after 3 years: 52%; 5 years: 34%
MPG city: 23; highway: 33

Winning this category’s Best in Class award for the second year in a row, Volkswagen’s Golf features classic German driving dynamics at an easy-to-take price. Redesigned for 2010, the Golf boasts plenty of power, high resale values and a full complement of standard safety features. The four-door is an IIHS top safety pick.


Reviews of VW of Oakland in the San Francisco Bay Area

Customer: Adriano
Response date: 2/14/2011
It was a painless and quick car buying experience that I ever had. I’ll never go anywhere else
Score: 94.4
Customer: Cassaundra
Response date: 2/08/2011
Excellent customer service from the whole Volkswagen team.
Score: 100.0
Customer: Mark
Response date: 2/03/2011
Our salesperson was Talao Sadler. He was truly exceptional in every respect.
Score: 94.1
Customer: Adrienne
Response date: 2/01/2011
The USAA car buying service coupled with the efficiency and competence of our salesperson (Dave Parsons) made our car buying experience enjoyable and effortless. We love our new Tiguan.
Thank you.
Score: 100.0
Customer: Loy
Response date: 1/30/2011
Dave Parsons was great to work with!
Score: 93.5
Customer: Patricia
Response date: 1/24/2011
Score: 100.0
Customer: Brent
Response Date: 1/19/2011
Gary did a great job guiding us to the right vehicle and exhibited a good level of patience with us…we are slow when making big life decisions. He’s been very thorough with making sure we are completely satisfied with Volkswagen of Oakland and VW in general.
Score: 100.00
Customer: Carol
Response Date: 1/17/2011
I was looking for a particular car and that is what I received. I love my new car and so doesw everyone I know.
Score: 100.0
Customer: Nick
Response date: 1/16/2011
Very friendly, knowledgeable, great to work with!
Score: 96.9
Customer: Silva
Response Date: 1/15/2011
Honestly very pleased with purchase of new VW and also very pleased with employees Nick Hadenfeldt and Dave Parsons.
Score: 93.1
Customer: Adele
Response Date: 1/11/2011
Mike Jr was very helpful and continued to follow through with phone calls to ensure my satisfaction with the car. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, not to mention honest.
Score: 97.8
Customer: Leslie
Response Date: 12/12/2010
This was the best car buying experience I’ve ever had. I will definitely refer friends and family to VW of Oakland.
Score: 100.0


VW future camper – Oakland Volkswagen


2014 Volkswagen Microbus Rendered – Future Cars

VW Operations 101: Piëch always gets his way—even if it takes 12 years.BY JENS MEINERS, ILLUSTRATION BY CHRISTIAN SCHULTE
December 2010

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Remember the Microbus concept Volkswagen brought to the Detroit auto show in 2001? Styled under the direction of former VW design chief Hartmut Warkuß and a pet project of erstwhile VW CEO Ferdinand Piëch, it fell out of favor when Bernd Pischetsrieder took over as CEO and installed his own design head. Although the van had moved close to production—VW even had a plant in mind to build it—its lines did not fit former Peugeot and Mercedes designer Murat Günak’s styling language, and the project was cancelled in 2006.

Piëch must have made a mental note, because now the Microbus is back, on the front-wheel-drive platform of the Touran, a Golf-derived compact minivan not sold in the U.S. The retro-futuristic van likely will be just slightly smaller than the original concept, but look nearly identical. It will be unveiled in 2013, and production is expected to start in 2014.

Motivation for the new Microbus will come from several engines in VW’s parts bin, including four-cylinder gas and turbo-diesels. Power will be channeled to the front wheels through a manual transmission or VW’s six- or seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes. All-wheel drive is a possibility, and VW might build a range-extended EV version in the style of the Chevrolet Volt.

U.S. sales are almost a certainty. The New Beetle had its greatest successes here, and the old “Lovebus”—which you can still buy new in Brazil as the Kombi—is still fondly remembered. Production of the Microbus will coincide with the launch of another new, bigger van, a replacement for the Chrysler-supplied Routan to be built in Tennessee on VW’s own platform. It just goes to show that, in its race for world domination, VW will be paying equal attention to mainstream and niche. For that, we are grateful.


Volkswagen Unveils a 260 MPG Car

Volkswagen Unveils a 260 MPG Car
The German automaker claims that its Formula XL1 concept is capable of delivering over 260 miles per gallon. The lightweight, carbon fiber intensive two-seater achieves this incredible efficiency by combining a 47 horsepower, 800cc two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with a 27 hp electric motor and an extremely streamlined body.

As a plug-in hybrid, Volkswagen says that the XL1 is capable of travelling up to 22 miles on battery power alone before switching to a traditional blended hybrid operation, similar to the way that the Chevrolet Volt works. Top speed is limited to 99 miles per hour, and it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 11.9 seconds, not fast, but slightly quicker a Smart Fortwo.

This is the latest in a series of so-called “1-liter cars” that Volkswagen has shown over the past several years. The name refers to the goal of creating a car that can travel 100 kilometers using just one liter of fuel, the equivalent of 235 mpg. The XL1 does it with just .9 liters.

Although there are no immediate plans for production, Volkswagen says the XL1 has been developed to the point that a limited run of cars is possible in the near future.




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