VW Receives Nine 2011 “Top Safety Picks” from IIHS

News just released from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards Volkswagen with the most “Top Safety Picks” for 2011 vehicles.

The Routan is the latest Volkswagen to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK rating for 2011, the highest possible from the non-profit safety research organization. This means that Volkswagen now has no fewer than nine TOP SAFETY PICKS, giving the brand leadership in the U.S. industry.

The annual rating recognizes those vehicles that perform best in protecting passengers in the Institute’s front, side, and rear crash test evaluations, and the newly required roof-strength test evaluations. The Institute only awards TOP SAFETY PICK ratings to vehicles that are fitted with electronic stability control and head protection airbags.
The other 2011 Volkswagen models to receive the IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK rating are: CC 2.0L TSI®, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Tiguan, Touareg, and four-door Golf and GTI models.

For more information visit www.vw.com or media.vw.com.

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Oprah Winner Receives the 2012 VW Beetle at David Maus Volkswagen

David Maus Volkswagen welcomes the 2012 Beetle to its showroom floor, and hands over the keys to one local Oprah Winfrey Show fan on October 13th, who received free 2.5L 2012 Beetles as giveaways on Winfrey’s “Ultimate Favorite Things” episode that aired November 17, 2010.

Redesigned for only the second time in history, the sportier 2012 Beetle is a modern interpretation of the iconic Beetle design. It balances classic beauty with modern edge and no-compromise German engineering, offering enhanced performance and fun-to-drive dynamics that define the Volkswagen driving experience. Available 2012 models include the 2.5L Beetle and 2.0L Turbo Beetle.

“David Maus Volkswagen is thrilled to offer Central Florida residents one of the most highly anticipated vehicles of the 21st century. We know Beetle fans have been eagerly waiting for this day,” said Randy Dulaney, General Manager of David Maus Volkswagen “Yet, with its fierce and sporty design, extra cargo space and improved fuel economy, the 2012 Beetle is sure to gain a new generation of admirers as well.”

The 2012 Beetle was built to perform—it features a lower, more aggressive stance. The increases in width and length allow for better handling and increased interior space. These modifications complement Beetle’s vintage characteristics, including its unique shape. The second skin program allows customers to design their 2012 Beetles with an array of accessories for interior and exterior personalization.

The 2.5L Beetle has a starting MSRP of $18,995 plus destination fees, and comes standard with a split folding rear seat, aux-in for portable audio players, a leather steering wheel, unique and customizable17-inch alloy wheels, and an eight-speaker audio system. Attractive options include a kaeferfach additional glovebox, Bluetooth® technology, iPod® connectivity, heated front seats, three-color interior ambient lighting, a panoramic sunroof, 18-inch alloy wheels, the Fender® Premium Audio System, and leatherette seating surfaces.

The 2.0L Turbo Beetle, which has a starting MSRP of $23,395, comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, with the option of Volkswagen’s DSG© dual-clutch automatic transmission. In addition to the standard equipment found on the Beetle, this model adds Bluetooth® technology, iPod® connectivity, three-color ambient lighting, larger brakes with red calipers, the kaeferfach additional glovebox, sport seating surfaces, 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, foglights, three additional gauges n the dashboard, and alloy pedals.

The Beetle is covered under the no-charge Carefree Maintenance Program. All scheduled maintenance is covered for the length of the New Vehicle Warranty—three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

For more information on the 2012 Beetle models, including additional trim options, vehicle specifications and images, visit http://media.vw.com/models/beetle.

VW Touareg Receives 2011 Motorist Choice Award

Notable automotive industry research companies, IntelliChoice and AutoPacific, today announced the 2011 Motorist Choice Awards. Now in its sixth year, this venerable award series is designed to recognize those vehicles that deliver the compelling combination of high consumer satisfaction and lower-than-expected ownership costs over time.  This year, IntelliChoice and AutoPacific continued categorizing the winners into a collection of 15 popular lifestyle segments that shoppers could easily identify with.

Volkswagen took home the High Tech award with the Volkswagen Touareg.

“The Motorist Choice Awards are designed to assist consumers by using a categorization scheme other than traditional vehicle classes. Our research has shown that buyers often shop in more than one vehicle segment based on their needs and uses, rather than simply choosing a segment and then comparing models within it,” said George Peterson, president of AutoPacific.

Each year, AutoPacific performs the broadest and most widely followed owner satisfaction survey in the U.S. with a record of over 72,000 responses in 2011. This study solicits consumer feedback on a recently purchased 2011 vehicle using 48 key attributes covering the entire ownership experience. From these data, AutoPacific compares overall buyer satisfaction between individual models and vehicle classes and announces its annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSAs) based on the findings.

Meanwhile, IntelliChoice constantly monitors and adjusts cost of ownership metrics for over 1,800 model trim lines to provide consumers with valuable insight into the financial impact of ownership over a five year time horizon.  This analysis is the foundation of the IntelliChoice Best Overall Value of the Year (BOVY) awards announced each January, and its interim Best Bets awards which were recently announced for the upcoming 2012 model year.

To test drive the Touareg visit David Maus VW on South Orange Blossom Trail. For more information visit www.AutoPacific.com.

Volkswagen Reveals New Beetle Design

Volkswagen Auto Group unveiled its redesigned Beetle yesterday, and as expected it looks a bit sportier and more aggressive than the previous model, which has been around since the 1998 model year.

The 2012 Beetle come with a 2.5-liter five cylinder gasoline engine, a 2-liter diesel or a 2-liter turbocharged gas engine. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic or 6-speed dual-clutch version, depending on the model.

The new redesigned Beetle is scheduled to hit showrooms late summer – early fall.

 

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2012 VW Eos Redesign Displays Quiet Elegance

The all new 2012 Volkswagen Eos gets a fresh look with slimmer accessories and more subtle details to allow the view of the entire vehicle to take precedence on the road. The interior remains the same with upgraded versions displaying real walnut wood trim and lush leather upholstery. Intelligent key system will now be offered, as well as HD radio. The engine has no major changes which is good since the turbocharged engine gives drivers 200 horsepower. One of the novel and interesting features of the new Eos is the glass sunroof integrated within the power-folding hardtop mechanism. Overall the look of the Eos is a beauty and will be in showrooms by early 2012.

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David Maus Volkswagen Showcases Top Safety Pick Winners

Volkswagen named a front runner in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety ?IIHS? Top Safety Pick Award for 2011 with 9 winner s that performed well in front, side, rollover, and rear crashed based on available electronic stability control – a crash avoidance feature that significantly reduces crash risk.

One of the stand-out vehicles for Volkswagen is the new designed Touareg which was the only large SUV to earn the Top Safety Pick in that category for 2011. The Institute does not normally evaluate SUV?s of this size but Volkswagen requested crash tests to demonstrate the Touareg?s crashworthiness, establishing it as a winner.

In the last year IIHS has toughened the criteria for all qualifiers by requiring vehicles to earn a good rating for performance in roof strength to assess protection in a rollover crash. The outlook for side-impact protection has increased as well, in part because of the stronger side structures and standard side airbags not in protection of new vehicles to protect the head and torso.

The winners include:
Small cars: Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen GTI
Midsize Cars: Volkswagen Jetta Sedan*, Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
Small SUV: Volkswagen Tiguan
Large SUV: Volkswagen Touareg*

*Indicates New 2011 Winners

To test drive the IIHS Top Safety Pick winners, visit David Maus Volkswagen in two Central locations to anywhere in Orlando, David Maus Volkswagen South on South Orange Blossom Trail and David Maus Volkswagen on Lee Road in Winter Park. David Maus Volkswagen is a full-service dealership selling new and pre-owned vehicles and servicing all makes and model vehicles.

Volkswagen Introduced Final Edition New Beetle

Volkswagen America announced the Final Editions for the 2010 New Beetle and New Beetle Convertible, which will mark the last of Volkswagen’s current generation of the iconic models. Available at either David Maus VW Showroom this spring – the Final Editions will be limited to only 1,500 units each. The Final Editions will receive a host of unique upgrades and touches that will truly set them apart from others cruising across the country.

The New Beetle was launched in 1998 with the convertible following a year later and both have become an iconic vehicle of the VW line-up. For the Final Editions VW decked out the exterior in special Aquarius Blue paint with a painted black roof on the coupe and a two-tone Aquarius Blue and Campanella White paint on the convertible.

The interior showcases a few new touches such as the steering wheel, special interior paint, and much more.

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