What would you like to see Utah do with it’s VW Settlement money?


Utah will be receiving approximately $35 million dollars as part of the VW Tdi Emissions settlement. According to KSL.com Donna Kemp Spangler, the communications director at the Utah Department of Environmental Equality, says that Utahns can help decide where the large settlement goes.

Utah’s portion of the money will be used to offset the nitrogrn oxide emissions from the approximate 7,000 Volkswagen, Audi, and Porche automobiles. The agency has hinted at the money going to projects such as FrontRunner technology upgrades to reduce emmissions. Governor Herbert has also allocated $7.87 million for the replacement of diesel school buses from a separate 2016 partial settlement for VW violations of unfair trade, deceptive acts, and consumer protection laws.

You can read more about the settlement and how it effects Utahns by clicking HERE at the DEQ website. You can also read more about the most recent update by Liesl Nielsen at KSL.com.

From the DEQ Website:

Public Input

Beginning November 1, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will seek public input on which eligible vehicle/equipment categories should be included in the final Environmental Mitigation Plan (EMP) for the State of Utah. The public comment period will go through November 30, 2017.

The public is encouraged to use the interactive calculator (Excel) to learn which categories will achieve the needed NOx reductions while staying within the funding limits.

Reviewing the advisory committee’s suggestions is also encouraged. The public is invited to comment on their recommendations as well.

At the end of the public input period, the public’s selections and comments will be summarized and made available on this website.

You can watch the DEQ recently held a Facebook live session below:

TDI Emission Buy Back Resource


We like to offer our VW customers as many resources as possible. VW Southtowne was directed to a Reddit  and a VW Group forum site regarding the TDI Buy back process and discussions of what other VW TDI customers are going through.

Since VW dealers are only facilitators for TDI buy back appointments and drop off’s, we don’t have answers to your questions. We do try to keep an ear out to direct you to good resources for the emissions settlement q&a’s.

You can visit that REDDIT page by clicking HERE

Or you can visit the VW Group Forum by clicking HERE

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2017 IIHS Top Safety Picks include six Volkswagen Models


Dec 8, 2016

Jetta earns TSP+ rating, Golf 4-door and Passat models earn TSP

Herndon, VA (December 8, 2016)  — Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced that several of its 2017 models have earned 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):

  • The 2017 Jetta, when equipped with optional Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist) and Bi-Xenon headlights, has earned TOP SAFETY PICK+
  • The 2017 Volkswagen Golf 4-door, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI 4-door and Golf SportWagen, when equipped with optional Front Assist, have earned TOP SAFETY PICK
  • The 2017 Passat, featuring standard Front Assist, has earned TOP SAFETY PICK

The 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK award is issued to vehicles that have earned good ratings in IIHS tests evaluated in five categories: frontal impact moderate overlap; frontal impact small overlap; side impact; roof strength; and head restraints. It must also offer an autonomous emergency braking system (AEB) that earns at least an advanced rating for front crash prevention.

The 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating is issued to vehicles that have met all of the TOP SAFETY PICK criteria and must offer headlights that earn at least an acceptable rating for visibility and lack of excessive glare.

“At Volkswagen, we strongly believe that the latest advanced driver assist technologies can be delivered without being in the premium segment,” said Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy. ”The IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings awarded to a variety of Volkswagen models compliments our ongoing commitment to offering these features .”

Volkswagen’s Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking system (Front Assist) driver assistance system uses one or more radar sensors combined with a camera to help monitor the distance of traffic ahead of the vehicle. Within physical system limits, Forward Collision Warning helps alert the driver of critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a clear warning symbol in the instrument cluster above 19 mph, and, if necessary, braking is initiated to slow the vehicle in the system speed range. If the driver fails to apply the brakes, the system autonomously applies them; if the pedal is engaged but the driver brakes too lightly, the pressure is increased by the system (targeted braking).  Front Assist is optional on 2017 Jetta and Golf models and standard on the 2017 Passat.

Other available driver assistance features on the 2017 Jetta, Golf family and Passat include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, an active Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist), and Bi-Xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). Availability depends on model and trim.

All Volkswagen models offer a combination of both passive and active safety systems that are engineered to meet or exceed current crash regulations. The 2017 Jetta, Golf models and Passat are equipped with the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard.

IIHS launched its front crash prevention rating program in 2013 to help consumers sort through the maze of available technologies and zero in on the most effective systems. For more information on IIHS, visit www.iihs.org. All IIHS ratings are available at http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings.

See VW Southtowne’s IIHS Top Safety Pick Models by clicking HERE

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VW 3.0L TDI Update 12.20.2016



VW announces that they have come to a settlement for those waiting to hear about their 3.0L diesel Volkswagen and Audi’s. Judge Breyer ruled on 80,000 3.0L, which includes newer 3-liter vehicles — such as the 2013-2016 Volkswagen Touareg, 2013-2015 Audi Q7, 2013-2016 Porsche Cayenne, and 2014-2016 Audi A6 quattro, A7 quattro, A8, A8L and Q5 — a fix is possible, so buybacks won’t be offered. There will be about 20k models that will be bought back because the fix is too complicated and the other’s will be offered a fix.


U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco announced it will include the option of a buyback for at least 20,000 vehicles and will give all the car owners substantial compensation on top of any repairs or a buyback. Breyer didn’t include any numbers in his announcement.

The 2.0L buybacks are in full swing.

To read more from the AP click HERE

VW LSR Beetle IS the World’s Fastest Beetle!


This is pretty cool and it’s even in our back  yard!


Sep 19, 2016

Automobile magazine contributing Editor Preston Lerner scorches across the salt in Volkswagen of America’s Beetle LSR


Herndon, VA (September 19, 2016) – Volkswagen of America, Inc., today announced that its specially tuned Volkswagen Beetle LSR, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder TSI® gasoline engine, has achieved 205.122 mph over a flying mile—the fastest speed ever recorded for a Beetle. The car was driven by Automobile magazine contributing Editor Preston Lerner on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA) 2016 World of Speed event.

To achieve the horsepower needed to run above 200 mph at Bonneville, while adhering to Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) G/BGC rules, the powertrain was specially modified by THR Manufacturing, based in Santa Paula, Calif. With new turbochargers, pistons, camshafts, connecting rods, and head modifications, it produced 543 horsepower and 421 pound-feet of torque at the wheels: at the flywheel, that would be more than 600 hp and nearly 500 lb-ft.

“We are completely thrilled with the Beetle LSR’s performance at Bonneville,” said Dr. Hendrik Muth, Senior Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “The Beetle is not the most aerodynamic car in our portfolio, so running 205 mph is a testament to the power that can be made from the EA888 TSI four-cylinder engine. This feat truly underscores the sporty and pugnacious spirit of the Beetle.”

Obviously, the Beetle had many other changes. The suspension was lowered, special Salt Flat wheels and tires fitted, a limited-slip differential added to aid traction, and the interior was stripped and outfitted with full safety equipment, such as a rollcage, racing seat and harness, and a fire suppression system. Plus, to help slow the car down, the Beetle was fitted with a pair of parachutes.

“Exceeding 200 miles per hour in the Beetle LSR was a serious thrill,” said driver Preston Lerner, a contributing Editor at Automobile Magazine. “We had enough power to go even faster if the salt hadn’t been so sketchy. But seeing 208 miles per hour briefly on the digital readout was an experience I’ll never forget.”

Volkswagen’s stock Beetle R-Line® coupe model features a EA888 turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter TSI engine that makes 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque (achieved using premium fuel), enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds and to reach an electronically governed top track speed of 130 mph. The engine delivers peak torque from as low as 1700 rpm, giving smooth, effortless acceleration in all the gears. The R-Line comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a dual-clutch DSG® six-speed automatic transmission is optional.

What is really covered in a warranty and do I need gap?


You’ve spent all day at the dealership, you’ve picked out the perfect car, and now you are sitting in the finance office of the dealership getting ready to sign for the car of your dreams. Your finance manager will go through options that may or may not be required to carry on your new loan (generally if it is a lease or a high risk loan it is required); an extended warranty and gap. *gasp* Don’t worry, they really aren’t as scary as they sound and actually can be beneficial to your loan and vehicle purchase in the long run.

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The first question you should ask yourself as a buyer is, “what is important if my car breaks down,” and “do I have cash readily available if my car does break down or need repairs?” Each dealership has their own programs and will offer different levels of coverage as far as an extended warranty is concerned.

Warranty prices depend on many different factors including but not limited to, the loan type and terms, the vehicle, and the miles on the vehicle. Here are some examples of the break downs on some warranties that can be offered (each may have a different name depending on dealership):

  • Key replacement warranty. This gives a key replacement for up to a year at most dealerships. Dealership keys are very specific and can only be replaced by the dealer because of programming.
  • Complete care can provide repairs for cosmetic damages such as dents, scratches, headlight reconditioning, etc. As with any plan, double check with the carrier and dealer on exactly what is covered because these vary depending on plan.
  • Wheel and tire package is generally a no out of pocket expense for repair or replacement of tires from road hazard damages. Again, double check with carrier on what is covered, generally full tire replacement isn’t included unless it is completely unrepairable.
  • Glass package covers windshield replacement/repair. Double check what coverage is and if there are stipulations as with any plan.
  • Carefree maintenance is a plan that many dealerships offer that will cover a certain amount of oil changes, tire rotations, car washes, and multi-point inspections.
  • Gap waiver. Drivers who have never had to use gap don’t always understand the purpose that it serves. Gap is generally an average of $12 a month during the term of your loan depending on the loan terms, etc. In the case that you total your car, it covers the difference between the current value of the car and the loan balance. Your car is constantly losing value (sorry) and the Gap insurance, is basically that, an insurance policy that will cover the amount between your vehicles value and what an insurance company will pay you if you total your car. Of course you don’t WANT to total your car but you can’t control other drivers either.

There are plenty of other options just depending on the dealer. Some of the other options a dealer may offer include Term care and Complete care which may also be referred to as Interior/Exterior protection. The term care may provide coverage for mechanical breakdown, brake pads, belts and hoses, fluids, diagnostics, and wheel alignment.

Most car buyers don’t understand the cost that each of these items may add up to. When considering these packages and adding them to your loan, ask yourself, if your car needed new belts and hoses right now would you have the $150-$200? What about brakes? That can be $200-$400 depending on how much needs to be replaced. If your actual headlights break? Did you know generally you have to replace the whole casing, that can be upwards of $300 minimum just to replace that. That extended warranty is looking pretty swell… Think of the warranty and GAP as peace of mind.

A little more on the purpose of GAP coverage. When customers are told they need to carry GAP they get concerned and sometimes frustrated. That it is generally because they are mis-informed along the way or there is a lack of communication about the benefit. Here at VW Southtowne, there are different types of GAP policies that are offered, some policies that other companies offer may only cover up to 150% of the wholesale book, where as the company that VW Southtowne uses will cover the whole amount. Besides totalling your car, if you do trade in your car and have GAP coverage on your loan, that amount is generally pro-ratable and you will receive a portion back. Many of our customer on a retail purchase, because like all installment loans you pay primarily interest, will keep an eye on the book value and will keep gap only during the first half of the loan. Although taking it off isn’t a big difference in your payment. Keep in mind, this is a protection for you as a driver. As mentioned above you may be a good driver, but there are still thousands on the road around you. This is just an extra insurance policy as your car is losing value, you are protected. Remember, peace of mind.

As with any paper work you sign, ask questions. It never hurts to take an extra couple of minutes to make sure as a consumer you fully understand the contract you are entering into. We cannot speak for every dealer, but the high majority are really not trying to pull wool over your eyes. They legitimately want to make sure you and your car protected properly for the life of ownership.

Volkswagen Diesel information; when news breaks


We are aware that two major news stories broke this afternoon. We are aware that Utah AG Sim Gill has filed a civil suit suing Volkswagen for air quality. We are also aware that Volkswagen may have come to an agreement with the US Regulators regarding the diesel fix before their deadline of April 21st (that is tomorrow). Please keep in mind while reading news stories that a VW spokeswoman, the EPA, and the Justice Department declined to comment Wednesday.

We don’t want to be sending out mis-information to our customers and will make sure to keep you updated as we are.

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