When it comes to the vehicles used to get up the mountains and to the top of the slopes for the snow sports enjoyed during the winter months most of us would think the right vehicle and partnership would come from a company that offers a variety of SUV models. These SUVs would also need to have AWD as part of the setup which means they can handle the challenges of the ride on the mountain roads going up to the slopes. With this in mind the most unlikely partnership with the Professional Ski Instructors and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) is Volkswagen for their sponsor vehicle.
The Volkswagen Golf used to simply be a hatchback that had the style and spunk to be a vehicle we wanted to drive, but it’s elevated the lineup to become something more. Now we have the e-Golf, an all-electric model, a pair of high performers in the GTI and R models, and even a new wagon that is offered this year. The Golf has gone from being the hatchback that looks cute and has the drive that can give you a lot of fun to being a car that offers something for nearly everyone who drives on the road to enjoy.
Do you remember when cars could only be opened by using a key? Not an electronic key fob that allows you to simply push a button, but a key that was similar to the one you use to open the door of your home. With the information that’s been revealed by a research team from the University of Birmingham in a collaboration with the German engineering firm of Kasper & Oswald over 100 million Volkswagen models can be hacked into with a device that costs no more than $40 for all the parts.
Last September most of the world was shocked to find out that Volkswagen had been cheating on emissions tests for many years. The discovery in August by a university in West Virginia and then the reveal to the world in September showed the diesel engines in Volkswagen models were fitted with a cheat device that activated the emissions control unit whenever the vehicle was hooked up to be tested. When the vehicle was not being tested the ECU would not function and the vehicle could emit up to forty times the allowable emissions into the atmosphere.
For years any car with four doors had to be put in the sedan category but over the past several years that has changed. The Volkswagen CC offers the original look of a four door coupe which looks a lot like a Passat with a body change that allows for frameless glass and a build that is perfect for those of us who want a car that is a great drive and offers a sportier look than most sedans. The CC gives you more of the higher end features than the Passat to give you a great car with the features you want to enjoy.
BMW has led the charge for great driving sedans since the 1980s when they showed up with the M3. Others have followed with their own performance variants, but we often don’t think of them because of the notoriety of the M3 and the AMG performance models from Mercedes-Benz. Even though these might not be your typical choice for a performance sedan, they can all give you the drive and performance you want in order to be great cars to own. With that in mind I offer you ten sedans you should consider although many are going to be models of the past, but it’s still worth a look.
For years the front of the car, its face, looked either serious, playful or even determined, but more often than not the descriptions of your vehicle at the front was not of anger. The face of the car resembled its character in many ways, offering you a certainty about what the car would be an how it would feel to drive. Not only could you find cars that seemed genuinely happy to be driven you could buy cars in a wide variety of colors in order to show some of your own personality that would go along with the car. Now if you want the color to be a personal reflection you need a niche or sports car and sometimes have to pay for the color change. Continue reading
The Volkswagen Passat has been one of the most popular and highly lauded sedans on the market for us to enjoy. Volkswagen has always found a way to make the Passat and other offerings great by having driver engaged cockpits and dynamic systems that make the drive more engaged than in most other sedan. With a newly redesigned Passat there are certainly new and better features that you should get yourself familiar with in order to understand what the car has become and what it will offer you for the best drive during your daily commute, for your trip to the grocery store or even when you want to head out for a drive in the country. Continue reading
Volkswagen continues to stay at the forefront of innovative engineering, especially as it relates to their diesel engines. The newest of these innovations in the great line of Volkswagen automobiles is to add TDI to the engine, but what is TDI?
TDI is the acronym for Turbocharged Direct Injection and meant for the diesel engines of Volkswagen to allow both turbocharging and cylinder-direct fuel injection. The main difference from the older diesel engines is the direct injection part of the TDI format. In older model diesel engines the fuel is sprayed in to a pre-combustion chamber rather than directly into the main combustion chamber, which is what the TDI format delivers.