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.

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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



FACT: Socks are the clothing item that wears out the quickest.

FACT: Socks are the #1 requested and least donated item for homeless shelters.

What do you do when your socks are wet from the snow or rain? You walk in your house and take them off and either change them or put on slippers. While we have the luxury of doing that, the men, women, and children that are homeless, do not.

VW Southtowne is collecting socks for The Road Home and local shelters!  We will “match a pair” for every pair that we take in from December 13th to January 13th


VW Southtowne wants to make sure that the toes and soles of the Utah homeless are warm this winter.

Please spread the word and help us keep those feet dry!

We will have a drop box at the front of our store until January 13th, 2017!

Thank you for your warm heart this winter.


VW Emission Settlement Update 10.25.16


At 9am, October 25, 2016 Judge Breyer in San Francisco made a final ruling for 2.0L Volkswagen TDI customers. The $14.7 billion dollar settlement had been approved and buy backs will start taking place the beginning to the middle of November.

After a 3 hour hearing on October, 18th the Judge had asked for an extra week to take into consideration some of the objections.

Volkswagen agreed to make up to $1.21 billion in payments to 652 U.S. VW brand dealers and $600 million to 44 U.S. states to address some state claims.

To date, nearly 340,000 owners have registered to take part in the settlement, and only about 3,500 owners have opted out. Volkswagen must fix or buy back 85 percent of the 475,000 vehicles under the agreement within two years or face additional costs.

November 3rd, 2016 will be the next hearing for the 3.0L VW TDI’s. Make sure that you are registered at vwcourtsettlement.comWe will keep you updated on all news regarding the Volkswagen Settlement and buy backs

Nathan Bomey, reporter for USA Today, had a great twitter feed updating on the ruling today:

VW emissions Update 2016

Patrick McGee, correspondant from the Financial Times, also kept his feed current with Judge Breyer’s ruling:


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.

VW Emission Settlement Update


Volkswagen is about a month out from the final court approval hearing (October 18th). There hasn’t been much in updates since the original press release in June. We wanted to provide you with contact information, as the dealerships are unable to answer specific questions at this time. VW Dealerships have been instructed to direct customers to the VW Diesel Emission Settlement hotline, 844-98CLAIM(25246). This hotline will be able to answer your questions regarding updated information and what you need to do for your TDI.

There are some new tools on the vwcourtsettlement.com page. This includes a couple of instructional videos, such as how to use the online portal. There is also an updated timeline. Don’t forget to go through the steps and make sure you are registered so you can get up to date information regarding your VW TDI. There is no information regarding the 3.0L models yet.

vw tdi emission timeline



We know there are many of you that want to sell. Just a reminder: If you owned an eligible vehicle on June 28, 2016 and sell, trade or otherwise transfer ownership of your vehicle before the Court grants final approval of the Class Action Settlement, you will lose your rights to any benefits under the Class Action Settlement.



2016 Utah VW Classic Pre-Party!


We at, VW Southtowne, are always so excited to host the pre-party for the Utah VW Classic and 2016 was no different! We hosted about 30-35 VW’s at VW Southtowne in front of our store and had Bumblebee Korean BBQ serve their amazing food. It was SO good, they even sold out!! (if you missed out you can visit their store on 7962 S State in Midvale)

We want to thank the Utah Transporter Association for allowing us to host here and for all the VW’s that show up each year!

Next year we will have a new parking lot, which means more space! (that is the idea anyway)

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