Volkswagen Begins Battery Recycling Pilot Project in Salzgitter

Volkswagen Begins Battery Recycling | Lewisville, TX

Volkswagen has started a project that will ultimately benefit both the environment and communities around the world, including our own Lewisville, Texas. Their goal: create an in-house, circular process in which more than 90 percent of their EV batteries is recycled.

When Stella Konietzko, a doctoral candidate at the Technical University of Braunschweig, wanted to investigate ways that lithium, cobalt, steel, and aluminum could be recovered, she invited Volkswagen Group to participate in the project. After years of research surrounding lithium ion recycling protocols, the project group selected the LithoRec process, which is being tested as part of Volkswagen’s pilot program.

As part of the circular economy, components of lithium ion batteries can be recovered and used to make new batteries. Volkswagen aims to recycle these raw materials, as well as reuse the batteries elsewhere after their first life cycles are complete. Since a normal car life cycle is between 200,000 to 300,000 kilometers, the battery can still be useful later on. 

The pilot program at Volkswagen’s Salzgitter factory represents the start of a process that is economically and ecologically sustainable. This project will ultimately provide Lewisville Volkswagen and our customers with better, cleaner, and more efficient vehicles in the future.

The VW ID.4’s Coasting Feature Lets You Brake Naturally

VW 1D.4 Coasting Feature | Lewisville, TX

Volkswagen’s new all-electric SUV is a game changer for the future of electric vehicles. On top of its many unique features, one thing that makes the Volkswagen ID.4 stand out is how it uses regenerative braking by applying a coasting function.

The concept of regenerative braking is common in electric vehicles. When a driver lifts their foot off the accelerator pedal, the system detects the loss of pressure, triggering the recovery of electricity and automatic deceleration. However, the Volkswagen ID.4 functions differently.

Volkswagen designed the ID.4’ braking system to function similarly to a standard gas-powered vehicle. When a driver moves their foot from the right pedal, instead of applying regenerative braking, the ID.4 will coast. The ID.4 does still feature regenerative braking, although it activates when the left or brake pedal is used. This gives the driver a feeling of deceleration similar to that of a gas vehicle.

Volkswagen created the ID.4’s coasting and braking function like this in order to make the driving experience more predictable. By emphasizing predictability, familiarity, and driver comfort, the Volkswagen ID.4 SUV will power the way for electric vehicles in the future by normalizing the experience.

For more information on the exciting ID.4 electric SUV, visit us at Lewisville Volkswagen today.

Volkswagen Announces EV Infrastructure Developments for 2021

VW EV Infrastructure Developmens in 2021 | Lewisville, TX

With the electric Volkswagen ID.4 now hitting the market and many more EVs on the way, VW is setting itself up to have an impressive EV lineup in the future. To make this lineup possible, VW has announced that an array of new EV infrastructure developments are on the way.

Volkswagen Group of America’s Chief Operating Officer, Johan de Nysschen, said, “It’s important that the infrastructure supporting our products continues to grow in the U.S. as we aim to deliver more vehicles designed in the market, for the market at the right time and at the right price.”

At the VW Innovation and Engineering Center California facility located in Silicon Valley, the automaker will install a sizeable charge park. Up to 51 EVs will be able to charge here at one time, making the facility one of the largest charge parks in the Bay Area.

VW is also working to create a new battery engineering lab at the VW Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Once the lab is finished, this facility will become the central hub for the production of VW EVs in North America. Additional EV-based expansions will take place at facilities in Arizona, Virginia, and other states.

If you’d like to learn more about the latest VW vehicles or find one for yourself, check out our current inventory at Lewisville Volkswagen.

VW EVs Will Gain the NXP Battery Management System

Volkswagen EV Gains NXP Battery System | Lewisville, TX

With plans to offer multiple electric vehicles in the next few years, Volkswagen intends to add new technologies to these vehicles to make them more powerful. According to the automaker, one of the first innovations it wants to add is the NXP battery management system.

At the NXP Connects developer conference on Oct. 20, 2020, NXP CEO Kurt Sievers revealed that the company would be partnering with VW. The companies will work to integrate the NXP battery management system into the VW MEB electric vehicle platform.

This updated technology will ultimately increase the driving range and battery life of VW EVs. Currently, the VW ID.4 has an estimated range of 250 miles, so you can take daily commutes and small road trips without worrying about charging.* However, with the new system, this range could be even better and the SUV could be even stronger.

Head of Development for Vehicle Energy Supply and High Voltage Systems at Volkswagen AG, Dr. Holger Manz, also said, “Incorporating a functionally safe battery management system that can scale across many car models makes it easier to achieve the full power potential of a battery, optimized range, and the extension of the battery’s lifetime.”

We at Lewisville Volkswagen are excited about these new VW models and technologies. If you’re interested in learning about the current and upcoming VW models available, be sure to give us a call.

*The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition EPA estimated total range is 250 miles. Actual mileage and range will vary and depend on several factors including driving and charging habits, accessory use, temperature and topography, battery age, load, and vehicle condition. Battery capacity decreases with time and use. See owner’s manual for details.

Understanding Volkswagen: What Are GLI and GTI?

What are GLI and GTI? | Syracuse, NY

You’ve probably heard of the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Volkswagen Jetta GLI, but what exactly are these vehicles? Briefly, they are high-performance models that embody the heart and soul of Volkswagen, combining high quality, advanced technology, and exceptional driving dynamics at a great price. However, there’s much more to the story than that. Read on to find out what makes these two models so special.

GTI stands for “Grand Tourisme Injection,” while GLI stands for “Grand Luxe Injection.” The GTI and GLI names symbolize a higher level of performance and a focus on luxury and comfort. Back when these models were first introduced, the names referred to a rare direct fuel-injection system. Now, every car has fuel injection, so GTI and GLI simply refer to a more powerful engine and additional high-end features not available on the base models.

Volkswagen GTI and GLI models enhance the exhilarating performance qualities on its sedans. The Golf GTI’s athletic appearance and quick acceleration make it a favorite among those looking for a sporty hatchback. The GLI is also the sportier version of the Volkswagen Jetta, delivering exciting handling and power in a practical, comfortable interior.

If you’re a fan of Volkswagen sedans and want to take yours to the next level, both the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Jetta GLI provide exciting upgrades you won’t want to miss. Test drive both at Lewisville Volkswagen today.

New Awards For The Volkswagen Golf and Jetta

Volkswagen Golf and Jetta Awards | Lewisville, TX

Car and Driver magazine has added the 2021 Volkswagen Golf GTI and Jetta GLI to its prestigious “10Best” list for 2021, marking the 15th consecutive year that the GTI has received the honor. The annual “10Best” list names the 10 most favored new vehicles based on value, fun, and mission fulfillment.

Noted for their playful and premium driving experience, the Golf GTI and Jetta GLI excel as performance sedans. The GTI and GLI combine high-tech features with high-quality driving dynamics at an affordable price. The sporty compacts include a turbocharged engine that generates 228 horsepower paired with a standard six-speed manual and a quicker, available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Both models also achieve great fuel economy.

Now in its seventh generation, the 2021 Golf GTI includes painted side-view mirrors and a rear-lip spoiler in glossy black. The SE and Autobahn trims welcome a new MIB3 infotainment system and new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. The 2021 Jetta GLI also comes in two trims replete with upscale features, including the new MIB3 infotainment system and Adaptive Cruise Control. When it comes to their interiors, the GTI and GLI both provide plenty of passenger and cargo space, boasting great practicality on top of their powerful performance.

You can give both of these award-winning vehicles a test drive when you visit Lewisville Volkswagen today.

What’s So Great About the Volkswagen Arteon?

Volkswagen Arteon | Lewisviile, TX

The Volkswagen Arteon combines practicality and a bold design, making it a fun-to-drive, spacious, and capable hatchback to drive in Lewisville, Texas. Why is the Arteon getting so much praise? Here’s a look at its highlights.

The latest audio and connectivity features

The new MIB3 infotainment system in the 2021 VW Arteon is easy to use and boasts seamless smartphone integration via wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability. The system utilizes enhanced voice recognition, allowing you a safer way to make calls and sift through entertainment options. The capacitive-touch sensor on the system’s touch screen lets you zoom in and swipe for a more responsive experience.

Impressive space

The attention-getting VW Arteon sets itself apart from its sibling, the Passat, thanks to its expansive cargo space. The 2021 VW Arteon boasts 27.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row. Cargo space increases to 55.0 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. The VW Passat maxes out at 15.9 cubic feet of trunk space.

Plenty of sporty options

The latest Arteon is available now for a test drive. It’s available at three trim levels: SE, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium R-Line. Each version offers a variety of performance enhancements that make it a joy to drive.

The 2021 Arteon features an updated exterior, interior refinements, and advanced tech that helps keeps you connected, entertained, and on the right path. Find it now at Lewisville Volkswagen.

How to Take Better Care of Your Volkswagen in 2021

Take Better Care of Your Volkswagen | Lewisville, TX

Have you neglected maintenance tasks on your Volkswagen recently? Are you driving aggressively or pushing your VW to its limit? What about washing and waxing — when was the last time you cleaned and polished your car? With 2021 on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to start taking better care of your VW sedan or SUV.

Drive more carefully

It’s easy to become aggravated behind the wheel, but doing so has negative effects on your Volkswagen. The faster you brake and the more aggressively you accelerate will wear your car out much faster. This year, exercise patience behind the wheel and be gentle with your car. It’ll preserve the engine, tires, and brakes. Speaking of tires…

Monitor the tires

Every month in 2021, check your Volkswagen car’s tires for proper inflation, cracks, bulges, damage, or signs of wear and tear. The pavement around Dallas and Fort Worth can be hazardous and damage your car’s tires, so it’s important to catch any problems before they become emergencies. Plus, the temperatures can rise and fall dramatically throughout the year here in Lewisville, and those fluctuations can cause your tires to deteriorate more.

Wash and wax regularly

The Texas heat, pollutants in the air, and debris on the road can severely damage your Volkswagen’s exterior over time. Give your sedan or SUV a protective shield with a thorough wash and re-waxing every couple months.

Schedule an oil change

Clean, fresh oil protects your engine, helps it run well, and promotes fuel efficiency. This year, check the quality of your engine’s oil every month and refer to your owner’s manual for recommend oil change intervals. A change in season is a great reminder to schedule an oil change at Lewisville Volkswagen.

We want you to get the most value out of your VW and keep it running well for as long as possible. Our trained service technicians are happy to give your VW sedan or SUV a check-up and tune-up to help you start 2021 off right. For all your Volkswagen maintenance needs, contact Lewisville Volkswagen in Lewisville, Texas.

Volkswagen Taos Will Have Fuel-Efficient Engine

Volkswagen Taos | Lewisville, TX

The all-new Volkswagen Taos is set to arrive at dealerships in the summer of 2021 and feature a new fuel-efficient engine. This engine is the latest example of the automaker’s continuing innovation of technology and is another milestone as the automaker strives for excellence in engineering.

The Taos comes with a new variant of the EA211 turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which is currently standard on the Jetta. For the Taos, this gasoline engine grows from 1.4 to 1.5 liters as well as delivers 158 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.

The powertrain has a modified version of the Miller cycle, closing the intake valves early in the induction stroke to improve fuel economy. A high-pressure injection system with a maximum of 350 bar, a map-controlled cooling module, APS coated cylinder liners, and Variable Turbine Geometry technology further enhance efficiency.

On front-wheel-drive models, the engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission with a Sport mode. All-wheel-drive models have a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, making for smooth drives no matter where you venture around Lewisville, Texas.

The new engine of the VW Taos is just one of the many innovative features that will make the model stand out in the competitive compact SUV segment. If you’d like to test-drive this model after it makes its way to Lewisville Volkswagen, be sure to give us a call.

Safety Features in the Passat and Jetta

Passat and Jetta Safety Features | Lewisville, TX

If you’re looking for a reliable daily driver in Lewisville, Texas, look no further than the Volkswagen lineup of sedans. Models, like the 2020 Passat and Jetta, have durable designs and loads of helpful safety tools so you can have peace of mind, even when driving in rush-hour traffic.

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System

The Passat and Jetta each come with the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, which slows down the sedans after a collision.* Accordingly, this technology helps prevent you from getting into a second collision.*

Forward Collision Warning

Another standard feature, Forward Collision Warning uses visual and audible alerts when there’s a possible rear-end collision with the vehicle in front of you.** If you don’t act to prevent the collision, Automatic Emergency Braking will apply the brakes.**

Lane Keeping System

Available Lane Assist can detect if you’ve drifted out of your lane without turning on your turn signal.** It can even keep your sedan in between detected lane markings.** When you do put on your turn signal, the Blind Spot Monitor will warn you when a car is in your blind spot so you know when to switch lanes.*

With all these safety technologies and more, the VW Passat and Jetta are able to protect you and your passengers on the road. Take these models out for test drives at Lewisville Volkswagen to try out their safety tools and other innovative features.

*The features discussed are designed to help mitigate the effects of certain collisions, and are not a substitute for attentive driving. Please see Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.

**Driver Assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details and important limitations.