Archive for December, 2019

Goodbye to the 2010’s – Goodbye 2019 – Goodbye to an Icon

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

We are closing in on the end of a decade, and Volkswagen has kept their promise in providing top of the line, quality products to their loyal consumers. Imagine at the beginning of the decade; our customers were demanding innovations like remote start and back up cameras in their vehicles. Now, we look forward to full navigation, push-button start, entertainment systems, and WiFi as additional – or standard features. We have welcomed an exterior look that has clean, sleek features with bold accents to classic models and even introduced a few new staples to our line-up. As 2020 quickly approaches, there a many more exciting changes to come and new concepts to be introduced. Instead of the old saying everything old becomes new again, Volkswagen strives to create the idea that new is new- again! With that idea in mind, major changes needed to be made, and new roads need to be paved. So, to close out a decade, it’s only appropriate we say farewell to a Volkswagen icon – the Beetle – the Bug – the Punch Buggy – Good Old Herbie the Love Bug. The last VW Beetle rolled off the production lines in late summer, and now, to close out its final year in production, Volkswagen presents ‘The Last Mile.’

Volkswagen Joins Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium

Monday, December 16th, 2019

In an effort to continue keeping Volkswagen some of the safest vehicles on the road Volkswagen Group of America has a new partner.

Last week Volkswagen Group of Americans joined The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium (AVSC). The group, which includes automakers and technology companies, is focused on jointly developing standards and best practices for testing and deploying highly automated vehicles for the future.

“It’s important that the industry work together in the development of standards and best practices for automated driving,” said Wolfgang Demmelbauer-Ebner, chief engineering officer for Volkswagen’s North American Region. “That process begins with efficient testing criteria and we’re excited to begin working with the AVSC to ensure those are defined and adopted across the board.”

This is part of Volkswagen taking steps in the future of driving mobility and automated driving, the direction in which Volkswagen is looking to head in the next few years. In the past six months Volkswagen Group of America has made significant investments into AI and autonomous driving companies to make this advancement possible. 

The AVSC, a program of the SAE Industry Technologies Consortia, launched in April 2019. It includes leading OEM and technology member organizations committed to the development of best practices through which AV technology can be responsibly developed, tested and adopted prior to mass deployment.

VWGoA joins Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Lyft, Toyota and Uber ATG as members of AVSC.

Gift Guide for your Car Enthusiast

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For some of us, it’s the most dreadful time, too. We all have that special someone who is impossible to buy for this holiday season. Here is our gift guide for your family car enthusiast, or if you’re really lucky, your Volkswagen enthusiast.

In 2019 we saw the boom of the subscription box and car lovers were not left out!

Mancrate – offers the essential auto care box; this one is great for anyone in the family or your friend who enjoys keeping their interior and exterior top notch. This is probably the least specific box out there but can come in handy for just about anyone when their car needs some extra shine.

 

Autobox– Provides 5 monthly products and accessories for your favorite car lover. Anything from luxurious LED light wash and a plush wash mitt, to an emergency hammer for the car! Offering both annual and tri-monthly subscriptions.

 

Diesel Crate – This one is nice for the auto enthusiast who likes to wear their pride! It comes with items like hats and hoodies and car accessories, or you can pick up a box full of decals! Something else that sets Diesel Crate above the rest? You can choose a specific brand!

 

RPM Crate– This one will give you tools, swag, and more! If you are looking for something that covers cleaning, cranking, and style, this box is sure to wow your favorite enthusiast!

 

Turner Crate – Is for the hands-on enthusiast; this pack features a variety of tools and limited edition items. They offer an array of sizes for boxes and a variety of what they call editions, including seasonal and gender-specific.

 

Glove Box – This one is for those who love to see their beauty shine! This one is known as the detailer’s box and offers a variety of products to help keep your car pristine. They offer a range of subscriptions, too, from one time to monthly and more!

Stocking Stuffers

Drop Wipes – For those who can’t keep their car indoors, sometimes drops happen. Keep them prepared with these cleaning wipes.

 

Legos– Lego has expanded into ever territory, some of your favorite VWs are even Legos now!

 

CupPhone– Have a traveler who often needs a co-pilot? This device can help them out when they don’t have a second set of hands.

 

ABC’s for Future Racecar Drivers – Is your favorite car guru a new parent? Help them raise the next generation of driver!

 

Volkswagen Store

Of course, we can’t think of anything better than getting them some VW gear and more!

Hoodies, gloves, and caps for the VW lovers of the world.

Strollers for the next gen VW driver.

Swag for your furry friends!

And the perfect white elephant gift.

 

Hurry and get gifting there are only a handful of days left! If you’re short for time, you can stop into Three Rivers Volkswagen and check out our swag next to the service area.

And feel free to browse the showroom too! Brand new cars make the best gifts of all!

 

Mad About Plaid – Volkswagen Golf GTI

Friday, December 6th, 2019
Volkswagen Golf GTI

 

Volkwagen Golf GTI plaid interior with golf ball gear shift.

Volkswagen Golf GTI – Not just a car, a sense of style.

Volkswagen’s are often known for their sleek and flashy exteriors, but, more often, the real eye-catching looks can be found in the details. Well known for their interior red stitching of various models, the Golf GTI steps up the game setting it apart from all of the other interiors, even the new all-digital 2020 Passat.

When the Golf redesigned in the early 70s, Volkswagen sought to find something to stand out against the competition. At that time, the automotive industry well known for being a male-dominated industry; however, Volkswagen had Gunhild Liljequist on board since the mid-60s. She was fueled by her desire to design and creating perfection in the Volkswagen brand.

Gunhild’s vision for the Golf GTI

The Volkswagen Golf GTI’s debut in 1976 caused a sensation. Even though only a few details distinguished it visually from the original Golf, Volkswagen—influenced by one of the company’s first female designers—succeeded in transforming the compact car into an affordable sports car for the masses and capturing the mood of the era.

Gunhild Liljequist—a porcelain painter and chocolatier candy-box designer by trade—was hired on to Volkswagen’s Germany-based Department of Fabrics and Colors in Wolfsburg in 1964 when she was just 28. Her work focused on paint hues, trims and interior detailing, so when the first Golf GTI came into production in the 1970s, she was tasked with designing various elements of its interior from a sporting angle. Liljequist’s genius centered on giving the GTI two distinct, but simple, textile elements: a tartan seat pattern and a golf ball-style gear knob.
“Black was sporty, but I also wanted color and quality,” Liljequist said. “I took a lot of inspiration from my travels around Great Britain, and I was always taken by high-quality fabrics with checked patterns … you could say that there is an element of British sportiness in the GTI.”

Gunhild goes on to say how the idea of the golf ball-style gear knob was just a spontaneous idea but, they ran with it. As confident as Volkswagen is with her design now, she did face some resistance at first with the idea that it didn’t fit the image of the typical sporty solid black. Fortunately, since they were willing to take a chance on a young women’s impeccable sense of style, Volkswagen still has their, now, iconic interior four decades later!

Are you loving the idea of setting yourself and your vehicle apart on the road? Three Rivers Volkswagen has a featured White Golf GTI with the plaid interior- come see this icon for yourself.

Get Driving this Winter

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Often it’s too late when we realize something we should have done, something we know is important but never as important as when it’s too late. If you are anything like me, winterizing your car is one of those things. With the thoughts of the first snow of the season closing in on western Pennsylvania, there is no better time to get this process started. Yes, that is precisely what it is, a process.

It may seem almost archaic with all of the technological advancements that our cars, trucks, and SUVs offer us but, much like humans machines error as well. Sure your vehicle will tell you when your air pressure or washer fluid is low but, sometimes this isn’t exactly the fair warning we need. Not to mention, some of us don’t change windshield wipers every time we get an oil change or twice a year like necessary, even with a calendar in our pocket daily. While you are trying to remember all of these little things, don’t forget to check your battery too! Our list below will provide you will all the crucial steps to make sure your vehicle is ready to face any winter blast that comes your way. (more…)