What’s New About the 2018 VW Passat?

By marketing | Posted in VW Passat on Friday, December 29th, 2017 at 3:58 PM

Updated from the 2017 model year, the 2018 Volkswagen Passat offers plenty of exciting new features, from an upgraded base engine to a new GT model and Driver Assistance systems offered on the base trim. Continue reading to delve into the features of the updated 2018 Passat.

Upgraded Base Engine

In the 2017 model year, the VW Passat came standard with a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that delivered 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2018 model year of this sleek midsize sedan features a standard, turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine for 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. This upgraded engine also offers an EPA-estimated 36 highway mpg over the previous model’s 34 highway mpg for greater efficiency.

New GT Model

While the GT trim has not yet hit the showroom and its official debut date is still a mystery, Volkswagen announced that the Passat GT will join the 2018 lineup sometime in the near future. The GT will feature a VR6 engine under the hood, delivering 280 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque for heart-racing performance. This trim was also designed with sport suspension tuning, R-Line bumpers and grille, dual exhausts and red brake calipers, along with other GTI-inspired upgrades.

Driver Assistance Features on Base Trim

Previously only available on the upper-level Passat trims, driver assistance features are now an optional feature on the 2.0-liter turbo base trim. Active safety features include: Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist) and Park Distance Control (Park Pilot).

Take the 2018 Volkswagen Passat for a test drive today – contact Trend Motors Volkswagen by phone at 855-426-2743 to speak with a member of our sales team.

Best Winter Rides from Volkswagen

By marketing | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Friday, December 29th, 2017 at 3:51 PM

As cold air sweeps across the Northeastern U.S., snow- and ice-covered roads can present winter driving hazards to New Jersey motorists. Fortunately, when the roads become slick, a well-equipped Volkswagen with all-wheel-drive (AWD) can give you more traction and control on the road, while other features can keep you comfortable and confident as you get to where you need to go. Here are some of the best winter rides from Volkswagen.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Available on S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium 4MOTION Tiguan models, the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system with Active Control lets you adapt to different road conditions – there’s even a dedicated Snow mode. This system distributes power between the front and rear wheels, optimizing traction and stability when you need it most. The 2018 VW Tiguan also comes standard with heated side mirrors and offers the option of a heated steering wheel and heated front seats for winter driving comfort.

Volkswagen Touareg

The 2017 Touareg comes standard with the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system to boost your confidence in inclement weather. This luxury SUV also features rain-sensing windshield wipers with heated washer nozzles, heated side mirrors, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. For your passengers’ comfort on chilly winter days, select the optional heated rear seats.

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack

Accommodate your budget and your winter driving requirements with the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, a compact car engineered with the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. Heated side mirrors and heated windshield washer nozzles help keep frost and ice at bay, while the heated front seats warm you in chilly weather. Best of all, each of these features come standard.

Be prepared for anything the winter season throws your way with a confidence-boosting, traction-enhancing, comfortable winter ride from Volkswagen. Visit Trend Motors Volkswagen at 221 US-46 in Rockaway, NJ to check out our lineup of VW models built for driving in inclement weather.

Which Tiguan is Right for Me?

By marketing | Posted in VW Tiguan on Friday, December 29th, 2017 at 3:46 PM

Looking at the impressive 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan lineup, you may find yourself wondering which model is right for your budget and lifestyle, as well as your safety, technology and comfort needs. Here, we break down the features included in the S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium Tiguan models, so you can make a well-informed car-buying or leasing decision.

The S

The most budget-friendly Tiguan, the 2018 S model comes equipped with a host of standard features, including LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), automatic headlights with Coming/Leaving Home feature, a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode. Inside, you’ll find a premium color Multifunction Display (MFD), 40/20/40-split folding second row, Composition Color touchscreen with 6.5” display and Rear View Camera System for a Tiguan that’s anything but basic.

The SE

The next model up, the 2018 VW Tiguan SE upgrades your driving experience with Climatronic dual-zone automatic climate control, a three-spoke leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat and V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces. As far as technology goes, the SE features a Composition Media touchscreen sound system with an 8” color display, Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service with a six-month trial subscription and SiriusXM radio with a three-month trial subscription. Driver assistance features include Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Traffic Alert, Front Assist and pedestrian monitoring.

The SEL

Adding on to the features in the S and the SE, the exterior of Tiguan SEL incorporates halogen fog lights, a power-tilting/sliding panoramic sunroof, silver roof rails and a remote opening and closing power liftgate. The technology of the SEL also gets an upgrade with a Discover Media touchscreen navigation system with 8” color display, Volkswagen Car-Net Guide & Inform with three-month SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link trial subscriptions, remote start and Adaptive Cruise Control.

SEL Premium

The most feature-packed model of the 2018 Tiguan is the SEL Premium. On the outside, the SEL Premium boasts LED headlights with LED DRL, power-folding, heated side mirrors with puddle lights and memory, rain-sensing windshield wipers, hands-free Easy Open and Easy Close Liftgate and 19” Victoria Falls alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the SEL Premium features interior ambient lights, a self-dimming interior rearview mirror, a heated steering wheel, three-position memory function for the driver’s seat and leather seating surfaces. To round out this impressive model are a full range of technology features, including a Volkswagen Digital Cockpit 12.3” digital instrument cluster, a Fender Premium Audio System, Park Pilot, Lane Assist, Area View and Light Assist.

If you still need help deciding which Tiguan model is right for you, call or stop by Trend Motors Volkswagen in Rockaway, NJ to speak with a friendly, no-pressure salesperson.

Goodbye Touareg, Hello Atlas

By marketing | Posted in New Models & Release Dates on Friday, December 29th, 2017 at 3:34 PM

Arriving in the U.S. for the first time during the 2004 model year, the luxury, five-passenger Volkswagen Touareg has had a long run on our shores. But as Volkswagen works on expanding its SUV lineup, you may have heard that the Touareg has been discontinued in the U.S. for 2018. Have no fear ­– the all-new Atlas is here to take its place.

Introducing the VW Atlas

With 12 trims to choose from at a wide range of price points, the 2018 VW Atlas should have no trouble filling the void left by the Touareg. Seven seats and 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space come standard, giving your passengers plenty of room to relax and enjoy the ride and offering lots of space to store your precious cargo. Dual-zone manual climate control improves airflow to all three rows of seats, while App-Connect allows you to plug in a compatible smartphone to access apps, play tunes and make calls from the touch-screen display.

Both the 2.0T and V6 models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode, making the Atlas one fun SUV to drive. While the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is a standard feature, you can upgrade to the V6 engine to deliver an impressive 276 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. And when weather conditions get tough, you’ll be able to gain better traction and stability with the available 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system with Driving Mode Selection.

If those features weren’t enticing enough, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas offers a host of available features – like a power panoramic sunroof, rain-sensing windshield wipers, hands-free Easy Open liftgate, heated front and rear seats, leather seating surfaces, keyless access, driver assistance features and much, much more.

Wave Hello to Your New Atlas at Trend Motors Volkswagen

Although the Touareg was dropped from the U.S. lineup, you probably won’t even notice that it’s gone with the exciting new 2018 VW Atlas. To schedule a test drive of this feature-packed, midsize family SUV at Trend Motors Volkswagen­, contact us today.

4 Fun and Affordable Volkswagen Models for 2018

By marketing | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, December 29th, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Just because you’re working with a limited budget doesn’t mean that you can’t buy or lease a car that offers hair-raising performance. Fortunately, Volkswagen offers several affordable 2018 models that don’t cut corners when it comes to fun.

  1. The Jetta

The most compact model of the Volkswagen lineup, the 2018 Jetta packs a serious punch as far as performance is concerned. Anything but basic, the standard trim is equipped with a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, delivering 150 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Plus, the four-corner independent suspension keeps you in control of the ride for a smooth driving experience. For even more fun, seek out the available six-speed DSG performance transmission for flawless acceleration and lightning-quick gear changes.

  1. The Passat

Built for drivers, yet family-friendly, the new 2018 VW Passat comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine, which offers 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Available track-inspired paddle shifters are located near your fingers on the steering wheel for quick shifting without having to take your hands off the wheel. The Passat also features an available DSG automatic transmission that lets you switch between manual-shifting Tiptronic mode and Sport mode.

  1. The Golf

A modern hatch with a zippy spirit, the 2018 Volkswagen Golf boasts a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 170 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque to put more fun in every drive. Look for the available Tiptronic with Sport mode to change gears with a quick tap of the shifter. All this and the 2018 Golf still gets an estimated 36 highway mpg and 25 city mpg.

  1. The Beetle

Sporty and iconic, the 2018 VW Beetle supplies powerful performance. A standard turbo engine offering 174 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode enhance your driving experience. Not to mention, the independent MacPherson struts and rear fully independent four-link suspension offer a super-smooth ride.

Enhance your driving experience with a new VW Jetta, Passat, Golf or Beetle. Contact Trend Motors Volkswagen today to schedule a test drive.

Everything You Need To Know About VW Pre-Owned Cars

By marketing | Posted in FAQ, Tips & Tricks, Used Cars on Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 1:19 PM

Used VW vehiclesVolkswagen cars always have been seen as a budget option when looking for class and power. The German manufacturer offers the same fun-to-drive powertrains as its up-market sibling Audi, but at a more attainable price. It’s no wonder VW cars continue to own the roads.

Some of VW’s best deals are its certified pre-owned cars. VW’s Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) cars combine powertrain warranty with coverage for the rest of the vehicle in a two-year or 24,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that begins on the date of the sale. Other benefits include 24-hour roadside assistance and a 112-point inspection that ensures you’re getting value for every penny spent.

The Benefits in Detail

  • The VW certified pre-owned warranty

The certified pre-owned warranty is perhaps the best thing about buying a pre-owned Volkswagen. VW is aware that things can go wrong no matter how new or old a car is. So, they’ve come up with the perfect plan to keep you covered — a limited warranty that covers the vehicle for two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.

The warranty covers the engine, steering, manual transmission, differential, torque converter, electrical systems, front and rear axles, electrical power supply, heating and air conditioning, antilock brakes, manufacturing defects and more. To put the cherry on top, it has a deductible of only $50!

  • 24-hour roadside assistance

As part of the warranty, Volkswagen also provides 24-hour roadside assistance for two years starting from the date of purchase. If your vehicle breaks down during this time period, you’ll be towed to your preferred Volkswagen dealer or the nearest authorized dealer at no extra fee. You also could receive trip interruption benefits for all reasonable expenses incurred if your vehicle breaks down more than 160 kilometers (about 100 miles) from your home.

Other benefits of the 24-hour roadside assistance program include battery jump-start services, flat-tire services, lockout assistance, fuel delivery in an emergency and emergency winching.

  • The 112-point inspection advantage

In addition to handing you one of the most inclusive warranties you can find for a pre-owned car, the Volkswagen CPO program also includes a 112-point inspection service where 112 parts are tested, studied, reviewed and approved by a factory-approved VW technician. If the technician discovers a malfunction or missing part, he or she will repair or replace it. A vehicle must pass the inspection before it can be sold.

Every buyer also gets a CARFAX vehicle history report so you know more about the vehicle’s past. If your model has satellite radio, you’ll also get three months of complimentary SiriusXM services.

Make it your own

If you’d like to customize your ride, Volkswagen provides genuine accessories that will leave you feeling like you just bought a new car. Whether you’re adding a rear spoiler, special 18-inch alloy wheels, or a roof rack, you’ll always get the perfect fit.

Trend Motors is the premier Volkswagen dealer in Rockaway, New Jersey. Contact us today to get the best deals on pre-owned VWs.

5 Essential Accessories for Your New Volkswagen

By marketing | Posted in Stories of Interest on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 5:02 PM

Volkswagon accessoriesSo you’ve purchased a brand-new Volkswagen. Whether you fell in love with the sportiness of the legendary Golf GTI or found the sheer versatility of the Touareg irresistible, you made an excellent choice. Now, it’s time to accessorize. Read on and we’ll guide you through five different ways to make the most of your new ride.

  1. Wheels/Rims

Purchasing new rims is an easy way to draw attention to your vehicle. From bold chrome to matte black and beyond, rims are available in a range of sizes, materials and designs to suit your vehicle’s aesthetic and your personal style.

  1. Bike Carrier/Other Transportation Equipment

Do you consider yourself the outdoorsy type? If so, a bike or kayak rack makes an excellent addition to your VW. When they’re not being used, these devices tend to be relatively noninvasive. And once it’s time to hit the road, they offer easy transportation of your recreational gear without the need for a truck or trailer.

  1. Window Deflectors

The primary purpose of these relatively affordable accessories is to reduce wind noise when cruising around with your windows rolled down. In addition, window deflectors help prevent rain from entering your vehicle’s window when it’s opened slightly, allowing you to keep fresh air flowing.

  1. Mud Flaps/Splash Guards

Planning to drive on wet or muddy roads? Mud flaps and splash guards are a must-have. They’ll protect your car from water, mud, dust and other debris kicked up by your tires as you go about your adventure.

  1. Cosmetic Accessories

Keep your vehicle looking sharp with cosmetic upgrades. Gear shift knobs and pedal covers are great choices for your vehicle’s interior, while exhaust tips and license plate frames can help spice things up on the outside. Sporty rear spoilers are also a popular option for many VW models.

Get Started Today

With a wide range of models on the market, there’s no doubt that Volkswagen has something that suits your lifestyle. Find your new VW at Trend Motors Volkswagen, located at 221 US-46, Rockaway, NJ.

The Best Distracted-Driving Apps for Greater Safety on the Roads

By marketing | Posted in FAQ, Stories of Interest, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 at 12:19 PM

Distracted drivingDespite distracted driving causing hundreds of deaths and even more injuries every year, many drivers continue to use their laptops, tablets and phones while on the road. To help end this habit, several software developers have created innovative mobile apps aimed at keeping your eyes on the road.

The apps are designed to shut off certain phone and other mobile device functions while on the road so you’re not distracted. Reading a text message, for example, keeps your eye off the road for an estimated five seconds. A lot can happen in five seconds. Distracted-driving apps shut down texting and other possible sources of distraction and generally keep your attention off the phone and on the road.

There are many such apps, which can make selection a bit difficult. However, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles, a great distracted-driving app should:

  • Be compatible with your phone,
  • Be able to block messages and phone calls,
  • Provide notification to parents,
  • Be able to track the miles you’ve driven safely, and
  • Offer rewards for safe driving.

Top 4 Distracted-Driving Apps

Based on the DMV requirements, here are some of the best apps you can choose from:

  • Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

This app works with the automatic link accessory and is extremely effective at silencing incoming texts, notifications and phone calls while you’re driving. It can even be set to auto-reply the caller that you’re behind the wheel. And, in the unfortunate event that you crash, a Crash Alert automatically summons emergency help from local authorities, providing them with the exact location of the accident.

  • LifeSaver

The LifeSaver app uses GPS monitoring and a rewards system to help drivers break dangerous distracted-driving habits. In addition to blocking messaging and calling while you’re driving, it automatically lets loved ones know that you’ve arrived safely at your destination and has a dashboard where parents can adjust a few functions to help guide teens to responsible driving. The app is widely used by fleet managers to monitor driver behaviors on the job.

  • AT&T’s Drive Mode

Available for iOS and Android devices, AT&T’s Drive Mode app is another simple app that is effective at preventing distractions by blocking texting and talking on the phone while you’re driving. Drive Mode is set to automatically start when you drive faster than 15 mph and alerts parents if the app has been disabled or if certain settings have been altered.

  • Mojo

Mojo is a free app that discreetly runs in the background and scores each trip you take. You’ll receive a Mojo score based on how often you’re using your mobile devices. For every minute you drive without engaging in distracting behavior, you score one point. Every time you reach 300 points, you stand the chance of winning a $5 gift card to Amazon, Dunkin’ Donuts, or Starbucks.

Contact Trend Motors to learn more.

The Volkswagen I.D. vs. Tesla Model 3: Experts’ Insight

By marketing | Posted in Dealership News, FAQ, New Cars, Stories of Interest, VW ID on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at 8:51 AM

VW I.D. charging,Of the more than 20 electric vehicles (EVs) that Volkswagen plans to release by 2025, a Golf-sized sport utility vehicle — VW I.D. — attracted the most attention.

There isn’t much to write about the I.D. because it is planned for release more than two years from now. However, many experts have compared it to the Tesla Model 3.

Designed to attain the highest safety standards in every category, Model 3 cars deliver 220 miles of range while starting at $35,000 and can get from zero to 60 mph in less than 5.1 seconds. They come with Tesla’s driverless autopilot features and are fitted with necessary hardware to improve several functions through over-the-air updates. The cars also feature regenerative braking, a technology Tesla uses to harvest energy from the brakes to boost battery life.

VW I.D.’s Are Just As Functional, But Cheaper And More Futuristic

The VW I.D. and Tesla Model 3 are very similar. Both are electric cars designed with the driverless concept in mind. Both are equipped with features that enhance driver and passenger comfort and safety. And both try to minimize energy wastage, always saving any excesses in the battery.

However, while the Model 3 is designed for today, it Volkswagen has one eye on the future with its I.D. There are a few clear-cut differences between the Model 3 and the I.D., including:

  • The I.D. concept

As the name suggests, the VW I.D. is built on the idea of giving each VW driver an ID. The ID is an individual profile in which the personal seat, air conditioning settings, sound system settings, your favorite radio stations and songs, exterior sounds, the type of lighting and many other details are saved. The profile can be securely accessed via the cloud, allowing the car to identify users by their smartphone and know exactly who is getting behind the wheel.

  • Range difference

The 168-horsepower I.D. will have a range of 175 to 265 miles. Going by Tesla’s recent statement, the Model 3, has a range of roughly 215 miles.

  • I.D.’s cost $8,000 less

The four-door I.D. is expected to be up to 25 percent cheaper than Model 3. During the Automobile Forum 2017 in Germany, Thomas Sedran, Volkswagen head of Group Strategy, disclosed the I.D. will cost $7,000 to $8,000 less than the Model 3. Considering that Model 3 prices start at $35,000, it is expected VW I.D.’s will sell at about $28,000.

Trend Motors will be among the first to have the I.D.’s in stock when they are released. In the meantime, feel free to browse our new and pre-owned e-Golf and e-Up EVs.

3 Repairs Best Left to a Professional Technician

By marketing | Posted in FAQ, Tips & Tricks on Monday, September 11th, 2017 at 9:08 AM

Volkswagon repair technicianSure, you may think you’re capable of performing vehicle repairs at home thanks to a wealth of readily available resources on the Internet, like how-to guides and videos. But some repairs are simply too complex or risky to address if you’re not a seasoned automotive technician. Read on to learn which automotive repairs should always be dealt with by a certified professional.

  1. Air Conditioner Repairs

What may seem like a minor air-conditioning issue might indicate a more extensive problem, and you may miss something important if you try to fix it on your own. Plus, even if you think you’ve identified the real issue, your air-conditioning system – which is a closed loop – won’t operate correctly if it’s not under the right pressure. These thermodynamic nuances aren’t always easy to master, so leave the AC repair to a pro for the best results.

  1. Transmission Repairs

Integral to your vehicle’s operation, the transmission comprises complex elements that make it remarkably difficult to repair on your own. And as technology progresses and computers evolve, transmissions are becoming even more complex. Expert technicians, on the other hand, fix high-performing transmissions on a regular basis.

  1. Electrical Work

Whether you’re installing a brand-new sound system or trying to discern why your wipers are randomly activating, electrical work can be overwhelming. There is a huge amount of electrical gear at play within your vehicle, which makes it easy to produce little mistakes that might lead to bigger issues. As with transmission repairs, electrical work in modern vehicles often involves computers, which can amplify the difficulty of an electrical issue for anyone other than an experienced auto technician.

Go to the Pros

While some of these repairs can be done at home, if you’re not well-versed in automotive repair, you’ll save yourself a great deal of time, stress and money by letting a professional technician take care of any AC, transmission and electrical issues. Bring your VW to Trend Motors Volkswagen at 221 US-46, Rockaway, NJ to ensure the safety and longevity of your vehicle.

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