Volkswagen ID.BUZZ Electric Microbus Slated for U.S. Debut in 2023

Volkswagen ID.BUZZ Electric Microbus Slated for U.S. Debut in 2023 | Lewisville, TX

According to Volkswagen CEO Scott Keogh, the Volkswagen ID.BUZZ is coming to the United States. Keogh said earlier this year that “the reaction’s been huge” to the ID.BUZZ electric Microbus since its debut in 2017, and that will lead to a production version coming stateside in 2023.

Keogh told Automotive News in January that 2023 will mark the long-awaited return of the Microbus to America.

“I wish it was coming next year,” Keogh said. “It’s not going to come quite as soon as that; it’s going to be a little bit later than that.”

But when it does arrive, the Volkswagen ID.BUZZ will almost certainly have been worth the wait if you’re a fan of the classic Microbus. The ID.BUZZ concept that debuted in 2017 boasted 369 horsepower from its dual-electric motors — a far cry from the 30 horsepower of the first VW Bus sold in America back in 1950. On top of that, the 111-kilowatt-hour battery pack enables a maximum range of around 300 miles, making it a great choice for groovy road trips.

Speaking of groovy, the ID.BUZZ looks the part with a chic look that’s inspired by the classic Volkswagen Microbus. The two-tone V-nose, sloped windscreen, and rectangular windows all hearken back to an American classic associated with road trips and making memories.

The all-new Volkswagen ID.BUZZ looks poised to help a new generation of adventurers when it arrives sometime in 2023. Until then, keep your eyes and ears on the Lewisville Volkswagen blog for more updates.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Arrives at Lewisville Volkswagen

2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Arrives at Lewisville Volkswagen | Lewisville, TX

Last fall, we announced that the all-electric future of Volkswagen had arrived with the upcoming ID.4 electric SUV. That future is now well and truly here — the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is now available at Lewisville Volkswagen in Lewisville, Texas.

The first electric SUV for everyone, the new ID.4 is an all-around dynamo. With a bold look that’s future-forward yet distinctively VW, the ID.4 is unmistakable and unmissable. It’s also exceedingly luxurious and futuristic on the inside, boasting cool features like ID.Light and a level of quality that earned it a spot among Autotrader’s Best Car Interiors Under $50,000. And with space for four passengers and 64.2 cubic feet of max cargo volume, the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is as versatile as it is groundbreaking.

If you’re struggling with range anxiety, worry not with the ID.4. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition both boast an EPA-estimated range of 250 miles, giving you more than enough power to cover most daily driving needs.* On top of that, you get three years of complimentary access to Electrify America’s expansive network of DC Fast Chargers, where you can recover about 60 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes.**

And if you’re asking yourself whether the 2021 ID.4 is fun to drive, just remind yourself that it’s a Volkswagen at heart. But don’t take our word for it. You be the judge. You can reserve your Volkswagen ID.4 through Lewisville Volkswagen and schedule a test drive to experience this revolutionary EV for yourself.

*2021 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.

**ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition equipped with fast charging capability maximum rate of 125kW. Based on charging at a 125kW or higher charger. Charging times will vary and depend on a variety of factors, including ambient temperature, charger type, battery condition and initial state of charge, vehicle condition and others. Frequent and consecutive fast charging can permanently decrease battery capacity.Top of Form

Talking Cars Are No Longer Science Fiction Thanks to the VW ID.4

Talking Volkswagen ID.4 | Lewisville, TX

Many outdated depictions of life in modern times would have you believe that our vehicles should be commuting through the clouds and making appointments on our behalf. While we’re still a few years out from flying cars, Volkswagen’s new ID.4 lets you communicate with your vehicle in ways previously unheard of.

Though you won’t be having conversations with your Volkswagen any time soon, VW introduced a sophisticated dash light feature into the new ID.4. The dash light fixture is comprised of 54 miniscule LED lights that illuminate in different hues to communicate vital information to the driver and passengers.

When you sit in the driver’s seat of the ID.4, the dash light row will display a series of blue and white LEDs to welcome you and indicate that you are free to commence your drive. Upon standing up to exit the car, the ID.4’s light bar displays the reverse color scheme to wish you well.

Volkswagen also included a number of other dash light communications, including alerts for incoming phone calls, safety warnings, battery charge level, and navigation. Many more messages are expected to be rolled out.

Interested in trying out this futuristic tech for yourself? Give Lewisville Volkswagen a call today to reserve your VW ID.4.

Car Maintenance Tips for Spring

Car Maintenance Tips For Spring | Lewisville, TX

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get your car ready for the warmer temperatures and road trips that lay ahead. To help you get your vehicle in tip-top shape, the service technicians at Lewisville Volkswagen have put together some helpful spring car maintenance tips.

Check your alignment and suspension

Texas experienced an unprecedentedly cold winter this year, which can put stress on your vehicle’s suspension and alignment. Bring your vehicle in to Lewisville Volkswagen to have your struts and shocks inspected.

Inspect your wiper blades

After dry, frigid winter temperatures, your windshield wipers might be too worn to keep April showers out of your vision. Stay safe and make sure your wiper blades are free of cracks or tears. If you spot damage, it time to replace them.

Top off your fluids

As the weather starts to warm up, make sure your engine fluids are appropriately full. If you run out of coolant, your engine could overheat during Texas’ trademark scorching summers.

Monitor tire pressure

Tire pressure fluctuates in tandem with temperature changes, which becomes problematic during spring’s indecisive weather. Stay safe by checking to make sure that your tires are inflated to a PSI within the manufacturer’s suggested range,

If you’d rather leave this maintenance to the pros, call Lewisville Volkswagen to schedule a spring tune up.

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.