Breana Noble The Detroit News Published 10:34 AM EST Jan 14, 2019 Detroit — Volkswagen of America said the car maker is packing its largest sedan with technology, as Americans turn to SUVs and trucks. The only European automaker to make a showing at this year’s Detroit auto show unveiled its new 2020 Passat on Monday, eight years after a complete overhaul in design. Although the new midsize sedan keeps the same bones, almost everything else is different inside and out. As U.S. automakers leave the sedan market and Asian companies introduce new vehicles, VW is giving the Passat a new feel without shifting it to the modern MQB chassis of the Golf and Jetta. A coupe-like roofline and a “tornado” line give the car a sportier edge. A dominant grille provides a bold face to the new vehicle. It got a new fascia and standard slim LED headlight and taillights, as well. More prominent Passat lettering hangs along the trunk lid. Seventeen-inch wheels come … [Read more...] about VW introduces restyled, tech-ified 2020 Passat at Detroit auto show
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When you're a spoiled-rotten car reviewer, you spend a lot of time in cars you didn't pay for. That's obvious. What might not be obvious is that automakers seldom go out of their way to grant reviewers access to their full telematics functionality in loaner vehicles. I'm talking about the kinds of subscription-based, cellular-enabled systems like GM's OnStar and Hyundai's Blue Link that let you fire up a smartphone app or open a web portal that communicates with your car. They can do some compelling things, like lock or unlock the car, remote-start it when the weather's foul, or even drop a dime on your speeding teen or cheating spouse by monitoring vehicle speed and location. Related: Is the 2018 VW Atlas' Fender Stereo Worth the Cost? Some of these things are worth checking out, and thanks to the purchase and yearlong testing of our Best of 2018 award-winning Volkswagen Atlas, we had a six-month free trial in which to put its telematics system, Car-Net, through its paces. … [Read more...] about Should We Renew the Car-Net Subscription for Our Volkswagen Atlas?
Volkswagen of American says it's adding new features to its VW Car-Net Security & Service mobile app starting today. They include alerts to let owners know when their Volkswagens are being driven past a set curfew or taken for a spin by an unscrupulous valet attendant and a service that finds off-street parking spaces. New curfew alerts arm parents in the war with teenagers by notifying them if their vehicle is being driven after a set curfew time, without their permission. When activated, the features sends an email or SMS text alert, or both. A valet alert sends similar notifications any time the owner's vehicle goes more than 0.2 miles from the last parked location — a service presumably developed after software developers viewed the below valet scene from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Lastly, the parking information feature is powered by Parkopedia and operates though the Navigate tab in the app. Users click a "P" icon to show available parking locations in the … [Read more...] about Volkswagen’s Car-Net mobile app gets alerts, parking features
(NAPSI)—Recent research suggests drivers may be behind the wheel of more than 325,000 previously flooded vehicles. That’s a 20 percent increase from 2016 and a stark reminder to consumers to do due diligence when used-car shopping.One Woman’s Story“I bought a car last year and the seller never told us anything about it being a flood car,” said Charlene Geiger from Pennsylvania. “When we got home and ran a Carfax, there it was—a flood car from Hurricane Sandy. It showed that the seller bought it as a salvage car and the title was washed when he brought it to Pennsylvania. We lost $16,000 over all of it.”Where To Be Most WaryVehicles reported as flood damaged by a state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), insurance companies and more have washed up in every state. These 10 have the most:1. Texas—51,0002. Louisiana—29,0003. Pennsylvania—20,0004. Florida—19,0005. Kentucky—16,0006. Illinois—15,0007. … [Read more...] about America Is Seeing A Flood Of ‘Flood Cars’
In Europe these days, it's all but de rigeur to fit auto-show concept vehicles with plug-in hybrid powertrains. Most of the Volkswagen SUV concepts that previewed what is now the Volkswagen Atlas seven-seat crossover, on sale today, sported plugs—though no such version emerged into production. Tuesday evening, before the New York auto show media days began, VW revealed a "near-production" concept for a shorter, five-seat version of the current Atlas, to go on sale next year as the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. DON'T MISS: Volkswagen Tiguan Plug-In Hybrid Concept Shown In Detroit (Jan 2016) Predictably, it was fitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, albeit a new one that hadn't previously been shown by Volkswagen. It adds a 40-kilowatt (54-horsepower) electric motor to the 276-hp 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 now used in the Atlas, powering the front wheels through a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. A second and more powerful electric motor—85 kw (114 hp) and 199 … [Read more...] about 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport concept shows plug-in hybrid possible in future