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New Passat is larger, cheaper, than previous model

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Volkswagen has unveiled their 2012 Passat, set to debut in the fall, and it appears that the vehicle will be selling at a much cheaper price point than its predecessor.

With an expected MSRP of around $20,000, the new Passat represents a major change for the German automaker – the midsize sedan is nearly $7,000 less expensive than the previous version. This should help the car compete in the highly-competitive midsize segment, which includes best-sellers like the Toyota Camary, Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Hyundai Sonata.

In addition, Volkswagen has also made the car quite a bit bigger, taking into account the criticism leveled at the previous model for being a bit too snug. The car is now three inches longer, with the wheelbase sporting an extra four inches (presumably they shortened the front or rear end to get to three inches total). The result is an extra six cubic feet on the interior, making the car quite roomy.

"The 2012 Passat is a true Volkswagen, offering German engineering, class-leading standard features, and superior fuel economy, all for a remarkable value," said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO of Volkswagen's American branch.

The new Passat might be cheaper than its predecessor, but drivers who are really looking for value would do well to wait until the model hits the used car market. In the meantime, New Jersey State Auto Auction offers a wide variety of cars for sale at reasonable prices.

The cars women love

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Although making up over 50 percent of the US population, women only account for 36% of new car sales. A recent study by TrueCar.com revealed what women are looking for when they buy a car.

The answer appears to be a mix of style, fuel efficiency, affordability and space, according to the Los Angeles Times. Although the top seller for women was the Volkswagen Beetle, small crossovers led the way in the rest of the study – the Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, for example.

Stereotypically, cars are still thought of as a “male” interest, and in many ways they are, especially among exotic car buyers. The study put most pickup truck purchasers at over 80 percent male, and brands like Ferrari and Lamborghini rise to around 95 percent male, with Bugatti actually at 100 percent.

The study looked at the registrations of over 13 million new US vehicles to determine the statistics. Other popular models among women included the Nissan Sentra and Volvo S40. The top female brand was Kia with 45.8 percent, followed closely by Suzuki and Mini, clearly illustrating the desire for affordable vehicles.

Women who want to save on their vehicle purchase should look on the used market. Late-mode used Nissan models like the Rogue, for example, can be found at a steep discount off the manufacturer’s sticker price.

Volkswagen Touareg and Suzuki SX4: Two of the best winter cars of the road today

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The recent snowstorms that have hammered the east coast are a nagging reminder that winter is still very much upon us. However, consumers in the market for a used car in New York or New Jersey should know that winter driving doesn’t need to be a bore.

The folks at AutoWeek.com recently unveiled their Top 10 Best Snow Cars list, reminding us all that with the right equipment, winter traveling can still be a safe, yet exciting adventure.

One of the cars at the top of that list is the Volkswagen Touareg TDI, the German automaker’s first entry into the sports utility vehicle segment.

The Volkswagen Touareg offers a unique mix of luxury, exceptional road performance and remarkable off-road capability. The 2006 model received a 3.6-liter FSI V6 engine, replacing the 3.2-liter V6 that came standard in the previous year, according to MSN Autos.

Those looking to do some off-road driving in winter conditions may want to check out the Touareg TDI, which is powered by a 5.0-liter V10 twin-turbocharged diesel engine that is capable of delivering 310 horsepower and 533 pound-feet of torque.

All Touaregs are equipped with an all-wheel-drive system that is designed for severe road conditions. Anti-lock brakes and an anti-skid system both come standard on each 2006 model. Also, each seating row includes front and curtain side airbags.

The 2006 Touareg possesses a strong physiology, say Edmunds.com. “Not strong in the old-fashioned, live-axles-at-either-end, give-me-your-worst sense, but strong as in carefully engineered using today’s technology to take on such conditions as rush-hour traffic in the city, steep off-road trails in the mountains and everything in between in an unflappable manner.”

For those car buyers that are looking for a smaller, less expensive used car that can handle the winter roads, the Suzuki SX4 might be the right vehicle for you.

The 2007 Suzuki SX4 replaced the previous year’s larger and more costly Aerio SX. It is equipped with a four-cylinder engine capable of producing 143 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the more powerful subcompacts in its class.

“For those on a tight budget, Suzuki happily points out that the SX4 is the least expensive new car you can buy with all-wheel drive,” said Edmunds in 2007. It also has plenty of interior room, a long powertrain warranty and available stability control.

Miata, Mustang and Beetle: The most affordable used convertibles on the road today

Friday, January 29th, 2010

With spring just around the corner, the national interest level in convertible vehicles is sure to rise. Consumers in the market for a moderately priced used convertible in New Jersey may want to take a look at the Volkswagen New Beetle, the Mazda Miata and the Ford Mustang Convertible, three of the most affordable drop top cars manufactured in 2003.

The Volkswagen Beetle is the most moderately priced car in its class. The long-awaited convertible version reappeared on the scene in 2003 after a 6-year hiatus. It features a power-folding cloth top, a rollover protection system and a six-speed automatic transmission, the first of its kind in convertibles costing less than $30,000, according to Edmunds.com.

The New Beetle is more of a cruising vehicle. With a standard 115-horsepower, ULEV-certified 2.0-liter V4 engine, it goes from 0-60 miles per hour in about 11 seconds, Inside Line reports.

For car buyers looking for a bit more power, the convertible can be purchased as a performance-oriented 180-horsepower Turbo S, which is available as a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

“The Beetle offers a unique combination of safety, fun and upscale features for its price range,” reports the news source. In 2003, a brand new Beetle convertible was priced at $21,025, making it the least expensive drop top on the market.

The 2003 Mazda Miata is a 2-seat sports car that comes standard with a manual folding soft top, although a removable hard top is available.

Introduced in the late spring of ’03 were three new versions of the Miata. The Club Sport, which is designed for racing enthusiasts, has no power steering or air conditioning. Mazda also rolled out the Shinsen version and the LS – two higher end models with unique trim.

All three Miatas come with a 142-horsepower 4-cylinder engine with a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic.

“It is more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow,” says Edmunds. “The Miata defines the spirit of the modern roadster.” In 2003, a new Mazda Miata cost $22,363.

Falling just behind the Miata in terms of price is the 2003 Ford Mustang Convertible, which is “an absolute hoot to drive,” says Automotive.com. “The Mustang is fun to drive, fun to be seen in, quick, fast, and pretty loud, with excellent handling.”

The base Mustang comes with a 190-horsepower 3.8-liter V6, but the higher end GT model is available with a 260-horsepower 4.6-liter V8, making it one of the most powerful convertibles in its class. Car buyers can choose from a five-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic.

The 2003 Ford Mustang Convertible is a bit dated in the interior and isn’t as easy on the eyes as the Miata or Beetle, but it offers a stronger on-road performance. Brand new Mustangs in 2003 cost just over $24,000.

Volkswagen unveils last edition of new Beetle

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Used Volkswagen Beetles in New Jersey are sure to become collector’s items after last month’s LA Auto Show where the final edition of the vehicle was unveiled.

Volkswagen said goodbye to the current generation Beetle with the production of 1,500 models with “final edition” badges and individually numbered plates, according to Inside Line.

The new Beetle was introduced in 1998 and has attracted a strong audience over the last decade.

In 2006, Volkswagen made several improvements to the line including new front and rear bumpers and a totally redesigned console, according to Edmunds.com.

Under the hood, the ’06 Beetle has a 150-horsepower, 2.5-liter, five cylinder engine that was adopted from the Jetta. It can be purchased with either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.

The 2006 model is also available as a TCI hatchback, which comes with a 1.9-liter, four-cylinder diesel-fueled engine that gets approximately 40 miles per gallon.

Used Volkswagen models in New Jersey may become more popular following the recent news that the Beetle has been discontinued.

Passat earns prestigious award, used Volkswagen models in New Jersey may attract additional attention

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

The Volkswagen Passat has recently been named the Large Used Car of the Decade by the car valuation specialist CAP. This piece of news should greatly benefit used Volkswagen models in New Jersey.

The fifth generation Passat, produced between 1996 and 2005, set a new benchmark for refinement, style, performance and quality, according to EasierCars.com.

“The Volkswagen Passat is a byword for quality, and the model launched in 1996 was a quantum leap forward in every area most important to the trade and the used car buyer,” said Mark Bulmer of CAP Black Book, quoted by the news source.”Volkswagen’s attention to detail meant that this Passat offered the sense of a prestige vehicle but at a mainstream purchase price.”

The 2005 model is one of the more popular mid-size sedans in its class. According to Edmunds.com, it is fun to drive, has an upscale interior and a wide range of features. The ’05 Passat has terrific handling and comes with a diesel engine option that has a unique combination of performance and economy.

The Passat’s recent attention may increase sales of used Volkswagen models in New Jersey.

Used Volkswagen Touaregs in New York could benefit from Twitter

Monday, December 14th, 2009

When car shoppers looking for used Volkswagen Touaregs in New York start reading Mark Miller’s tweets, the SUV could begin enjoying more attention.

Miller, VW’s driver for the Dakar Rally, will be tweeting all throughout the race according to Who?Won. The event, which many enthusiasts consider to be the Super Bowl of rally racing, begins on January 1 and ends on January 17, according to Dakar.com.

“I have been participating in off-road racing of various forms for most of my life, and there’s not a more prestigious or challenging race anywhere than the Dakar Rally,” Miller told the news source. “Volkswagen’s 1-2 finish last year was one of the proudest moments in my racing career, but this year, I’m hoping to land on top and take that feeling of accomplishment to the next level.”

News of Miller and his Touareg on Twitter could have a positive effect on sales of used Volkswagen models in New York. Many Americans enjoy watching the Dakar, so the SUV could become more popular elsewhere too.

VW expresses interest in F1 racing

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Used Volkswagens in New York could benefit from the attention that VW has attracted by announcing it might be interested in the world of Formula One (F1) racing.

Volkswagen says it isn’t interested in partnering up with any F1 teams, although it was involved with Red Bull Racing several years ago, according to AutoBlog. Instead, VW would like to begin supplying different teams with engines for their cars.

The German manufacturer has been involved with racing in the past, reports the publication. Audi, a VW subsidiary, has a number of Le Mans wins under its belt, and a Touareg won the Dakar Rally in 2009.

The 2006 Volkswagen Touareg SUV was available with a 310-horsepower V8, according to Automotive.com. The 4.2-liter motor got 18 miles per gallon on the highway and 14 in the city.

Although VW has not yet made any sort of official announcement that it will soon be entering the world of F1 racing, enthusiasts of used Volkswagens in New York could be getting excited about the rumors that are beginning to form.

Safety rating could help sell used Jettas in New Jersey

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

A certain Volkswagen sedan has established a reputation of safety over the last few years, and recent praise from an authority in the matter could help sell used Jettas in New Jersey.

The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta is one of the 19 cars the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says is very safe, according to USA Today. This may not come as a big surprise to some, as this generation Jetta has been an IIHS favorite since its inception in 2005.

VW refers to its latest generation Jetta as the Mark 5 because this model has been redesigned four times since it was first manufactured in 1979. The Mark 5 began rolling out of the plant about four years ago, and IIHS has given the sedan its top safety rating in front, side, roof and rear crash protection every year since, according to the institute’s website.

Performance-wise, the Jetta is no slouch, either. The top trim level for the 2007 Mark 5 was the GLI – a Jetta that came with a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produced 200 horsepower and got to 60 MPH in about 8 seconds, according to Edmunds.com.

Another favorable rating from the IIHS could help sell used Jettas in New Jersey and elsewhere to people who see safety as a top priority.

Used Passats in New Jersey might enjoy VW’s recent success

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Now that Volkswagen (VW) is the world’s largest car manufacturer, some auto buyers might start looking for used Passats in New Jersey instead of other makes.

On November 11, USA Today published an article that claims VW is now the world’s biggest car company. Toyota held the title last year and General Motors had it for 80 consecutive years before that.

VW went through a period during which consumer confidence was not working in its favor. People saw Volkswagens as relatively poorly-made cars that fell somewhere in between the Datsuns and Hondas of years ago. But now Volkswagen, Datsun (now Nissan) and Honda are some of the best cars out there.

The 2003 VW Passat W8 illustrates just how much progress the manufacturer has made since the 1980s. The alphanumeric label W8 comes from the configuration of this Passat’s motor. Many people have heard the term V8, which refers to an engine with eight cylinders whose bases come together and whose heads face apart. The W8 employs the same basic idea, except the engine resembles the letter W. Motor Trend says the W8 produces about 270 horsepower, attesting to the superior performance of the configuration.

The W8 Passat is only one of the used Volkswagens in New Jersey that might become more popular when people learn VW is the biggest name in the industry. If the manufacturer can hold on to its title next year, Volkswagens could enjoy even more success.

Recovered Microbus could draw attention to used Eurovans in New Jersey

Friday, November 6th, 2009

A Volkswagen Microbus that went missing in 1974 has just been found and the story could get buyers interested in used Eurovans in New Jersey.

Before the Eurovan, Volkswagen made the Microbus. Most people think of the vehicle as an icon of the 1960s and many refer to it as the Hippie Bus because it was popular among young people several decades ago.

A beautiful example of the Microbus was recently found in Los Angeles after having been missing for 35 years, according to The Daily Breeze. Customs agents found it packed into a container on a ship bound for the Netherlands. This amusing story might get people interested in other Volkswagen models such as the Eurovan.

The Eurovan is a lot like the Microbus, just more modern. Like the bus, the van has a pop-top roof and can seat a big family comfortably. It’s great for cross-country trips because the third row of seats converts into a bed and the passenger area features a folding table. Indeed, used Eurovans in New Jersey could make the perfect vehicle for drivers who like to hit the open road.

Used GTIs in New York can make hot hatches

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

German car lovers looking for used Volkswagens in New York might be interested to know that driving a hatchback has its advantages.

Mike Olson had a Jetta before he got his 2003 GTI, according to Eurotuner Magazine. But he didn’t take to the longer chassis.

“I never did like the Jetta body style so I went back to a hatch,” said Olson to the publication about his decision to switch to a smaller model.

VW has been making the GTI since 1974 and it has been redesigned several times since its original release. Olson’s is a fourth generation model and although it’s equipped with a turbo-charged engine, Volkswagen offered several other types of motors in the GTIs of this era. A naturally-aspirated four cylinder and a 2.8 liter six cylinder were also available.

People looking for used Volkswagens in New York should know that driving a hatchback can be very convenient, especially in the city where parking is limited. Backing into a tight spot can be much easier when you’re not driving a sedan.

Frankie Muniz’ tweet could spark purchases of used Volkswagens in New Jersey

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Eagle-eyed Twitter followers may have noticed that Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz decided to take out a specially-modified Jetta for a spin, and the actor’s buying activities could spur interest in used Volkswagen Jettas in New Jersey.

Muniz bought a pre-owned Jetta that played a supporting role in the initial Fast and the Furious movie, where a side character used it in a drag race against one of the bad guys. He has more than one used car, however, also owning a Porsche made popular by James Dean that appeared in an episode of the MTV show Punk’d.

Buyers who share the actor’s willingness to consider pre-owned vehicles and like the look of a Volkswagen may want to take a look at used Jettas in New Jersey that generally come with a more sedate paint scheme than the Fast and the Furious customized version.

The 2005 model is larger than earlier models so occupants have more space, and product strategist Paul Spaveltz told Cars.com at the car’s launch that a new front fascia was designed to provide an “intense and predatory look.”

Buyers looking to match government mandate may drive sales of used Volkswagens in New York

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

A new federal fuel standard will require the nation’s automobiles to have an average fuel mileage of 35.5 miles per gallon by the 2012 model year, but buyers who consider used Volkswagen Jettas in New York powered by diesel engines may already be ahead of the curve.

The new initiative was announced by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation and will be the first nationwide standard to include the effects of emissions, according to the agencies.

“These proposed standards would help consumers save money at the gas pump, help the environment, and decrease our dependence on oil – all while ensuring that consumers still have a full range of vehicle choices,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood during the announcement.

People in the market for a car won’t have to look at either more expensive new cars or hybrids if they want to match the government’s goals, since used Volkswagen Jettas in New York may offer similar fuel efficiency.

The 2006 model had an EPA estimated city fuel mileage of 36 mph, and 41 mpg in highway driving in a “fairly quiet package,” notes a Cars.com review.

Executive: Used cars in New York make more sense than new Chevy Volt

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

The Chevrolet Volt has received a lot of press attention for the way General Motors marketed the new electric vehicle, but one competing automaker has said that the price and relative economy don’t match up against diesel-power used Audi cars in New York.

“No one is going to pay a $15,000 premium for a car that competes with a (Toyota) Corolla,” Johan de Nysschen, Audi of America president, told MSN Autos. “So there are not enough idiots who will buy it.”

He adds that while electric vehicles represent the future of the automotive industry, they are currently targeted at the “intellectual elite,” while clean diesel vehicles may already be able to offer improved fuel mileage compared to regular gasoline and reduce carbon emissions.

Mr. de Nysschen does have a vested interest in advocating diesel technology, as his Audi cars are available with engines that run on the alternative fuel, but other industry officials have also advocated the use of diesel-powered vehicles.

Although older Audis were not available in the U.S. with diesel engines, parent company Volkswagen has several models that use the engine, and buyers could be interested by used Volkswagen Jettas in New York.

The 2005 model can cost one-fourth the sticker price of a new Volt, and “with wholly predictable handling, it’s simply masterful through curves,” according to a Cars.com review.

Used Audi TTs in New Jersey don’t have transmission problems of new models

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Buyers who considered upgrading to a 2009 model Audi TT because of the DSG gearbox that offered semi-manual operation may want to take a look at used Audi TTs in New Jersey instead.

Audi and parent company Volkswagen are initiating a voluntary recall of roughly 20,000 vehicles with Audi’s S Tronic and Volkswagens DSG transmissions because instead of offering easier shifting without the need for a clutch pedal, reports from motorists indicate that the cars occasionally don’t shift at all.

The notice comes after an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that registered complaints from drivers of the 2009 model year vehicles including: the Volkswagen Jetta, GTI and EOS along with the Audi TT and some A3 models.

In either coupe or convertible trim, a used Audi TT in New Jersey may attract buyers because of it “offers an appealing blend of gearing and clutch behavior” in the 2005 model, according to a Cars.com review. The website also noted the excellent handling characteristics and styling cues as reasons to purchase the vehicle.

Automaker’s offices raided in development of interest to drivers of used cars in New Jersey

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Drivers of used Volkswagen cars in New Jersey may be wondering what’s going on with the prospective merge or sale between the German automaker and Porsche. Authorities are demonstrating the same curiosity, having recently raided Porsche corporate offices.

German prosecutors executed search warrants at Porsche headquarters this morning on suspicions of securities law infractions and market manipulations, reported Bloomberg. Porsche had originally been trying to execute a purchase of Volkswagen, but is now selling its stake to Qatari investors.

“Based on evidence provided by [german regulators,] we have opened a preliminary investigation into suspected market manipulation and unauthorized leaks of insider information,” Claudia Krauth, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, told the wire service.

The saga began when former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking attempted to gain a voting majority of Volkswagen shares, plunging the luxury maker into debt before Porsche turned to the Middle East to sell it’s majority stake in Volkswagen, reported Reuters.

The price of shares during the takeover skyrocketed to more than 1,000 euros each, but the end result was that Volkswagen owns Porsche because of the debt accumulated before the financial downturn, according to the news provider.

Chevy Volt realities could point buyers to used Volkswagen Golfs in New Jersey

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

They may be working together on a separate educational program to develop hybrid technologies, but buyers considering used cars in New Jersey may be interested in learning that the Environmental Protection Agency is distancing itself from General Motors’ claim that its new Chevrolet Volt hybrid could get 230 miles per gallon in certain situations.

“The EPA has not tested a Chevy Volt and therefore cannot confirm the fuel economy values claimed by GM,” an administration spokesperson said in a statement. The official did go on to say that the EPA was glad that the automaker was making efforts to develop fuel efficient technology.

There may be one other problem for buyers looking at the Volt, slated to go on sale later next year: it’s expected to cost $40,000, and is not much more efficient than some diesel cars after 200 miles.

For example, used Volkswagen Golfs in New Jersey can get more than 50 miles per gallon, dependent on driving style, not far off from the Volt’s estimated mileage over 200 miles and many are priced at less than half of the price of a new Volt, reported the Atlantic.