Volkswagen made a global debut at this year’s Detroit Auto Show with an all new model for the U.S. and Canada market – the VW CrossBlue.

Let me tell you a bit about it.

The CrossBlue features a highly innovative hybrid powertrain that mates a Clean Diesel engine with two electric motors. It has an estimated fuel economy rating of 89 mpg combined in electric mode and 35 mpg as a hybrid. As well as offering excellent economy for a mid-size crossover SUV, it has impressive power. The CrossBlue produces up to 305 horsepower and goes 0 to 60 mph in just 7.2 seconds.

The interior is a key part to any crossover utility vehicle and the CrossBlue’s is very luxurious. The concept car has six individual seats in three rows but in a production version, the second row would have the option of three seats to make it a full seven seater. Behind the third seating row is a spacious cargo area. With a fully folding front passenger seat along with the third and second row stowed, you can accommodate objects up to 118 inches long. This is perfect for the weekend run to the home improvement store.

Also inside you’ll find leather and wood to help finish the interior. Positioned on the center console is a 10.2 inch touchscreen that is used to control all infotainment functions. The screen accesses the status of the hybrid system as well. Back to the entertainment system…to ensure that second and third row passengers can fully enjoy audio, video, and online entertainment, the CrossBlue has done something special. IPad mini devices have been integrated as monitors in the front row head restraints. Second and third row occupants also have full control over the climate-control system in their part of the vehicle.

One last thing.

As soon as the driver releases the accelerator pedal, the engine and electric motors are decoupled from the drivetrain and the engine is shut off. This is provided that the battery is sufficiently charged. This is also referred to as ‘coasting’ and no emissions are generated.

The CrossBlue, in concept form, will offer better efficiency than anything else like it on the market.

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You may think you’ve seen the Beetle but you haven’t seen the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible. It’s different than the cars that have come before it.


First you have a choice of engines.

The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible comes standard with a 2.5L 170-hp engine that gets great gas mileage…27 highway/21 city. Also available are two other engines–the 2.0 TDI 140-hp Diesel that gets even higher gas mileage…41 highway/28 city. This is the first diesel convertible available in the U.S. And if you want some muscle with your Beetle, get the 2.0L 200-hp Turbocharged gasoline engine. The gas mileage is 30 highway/22 city and it goes 0-60 in 6.3 seconds. That’s quicker than the Mercedes Turbo SLK250.

The power convertible top stows itself in just 9.5 seconds at the touch of a single button. Best of all, it’s strong enough to open or close at speeds of up to 31 mph. It also has a rear glass window defrost function for when the top is up.

The interior adds welcome rear seat space and the wider body adds shoulder room. The instrument panel is crisp and clean and you’ll notice that VW has brought back the color matched dashboard. If you get a red car, you can have a red dash. Same with yellow, blue, silver, black or whatever color you choose. The extra sporty multi-function steering wheel is available with integrated controls for the entertainment system. It also has a control for average trip speed and miles to an empty gas tank. The available touchscreen stereo has an in-dash 6 CD changer, AM/FM radio, eight speakers and a three month trial subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Safety is an important concern for the 2013 Volkswagen Convertible. Behind the head restraints are two hidden metal beams. They’re automatically deployed as soon as a rollover situation is detected. Airbags are part of the safety feature and after they have been deployed in a collision, the Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) automatically unlocks all doors, disables the fuel pump, and turns on the hazard lights.

One last thing, the Beetle Convertible will launch with three ‘decades’ special editions. The ‘50’s’ (black over tan leather with moon-look wheels), ‘60’s’ (denim blue over two-toned blue-accented black leather), and ‘70’s (toffee brown over tan leather with chrome-disc wheels).

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Volkswagen “Think Blue”

Always looking to the future innovatively, Volkswagen has developed a new campaign geared towards the environment and how it affects American drivers and the economy in the most positive way possible. This new campaign is called “Think Blue.”

Think Blue is a Volkswagen campaign of sustainable transportation, and focuses on designing and producing cars that are environmentally sound and a pleasure to drive. The ‘Think Blue Factory’ is proof of Volkswagen’s worldwide commitment to the environment.

In 2008, Volkswagen of America made the announcement to build a new state of the art
manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The plant opened in May 2011 and serves as Volkswagen’s North American manufacturing headquarters. With this project Volkswagen was not only committed to building a high quality product, but to build it in a remarkably innovative green facility.

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Why Chattanooga?

In the late 1960s, early 70s, Chattanooga was deemed one of the dirtiest cities in the United States. The country, city and state worked very hard to turn their green program around to be one of the greenest cities now in the US. Volkswagen wanted to be part of this location and their green thinking.

How has Volkswagen impacted on Chattanooga’s economy?

Volkswagen has created more than 3,500 jobs at the plant. It is expected that some 9,500 jobs will be created within the supplier pipeline and as a result of secondary employment in the region. According to independent studies, the plant is expected to generate $12 billion in income growth.

What are some of the things that this Volkswagen plant does to help the environment?

Decreasing energy and fresh water consumption are priorities. They use the most efficient electronic motors throughout the facility which is a 10% energy saving compared to a standard plant. They also use rechargeable battery powered as opposed to air powered tools. Rainwater is collected in several areas on the roof. This water is then used to help in cooling the welding process in the body shop. The painting process has already helped to cut the CO2 emissions by around 20%. Wastewater treatment, waste disposal and groundwater restoration are all performed in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines.

In addition, there are designated areas for protecting wetlands and native vegetation on the plant

All of this passion for environmental planning and execution was recognized and awarded with a Platinum status for their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

This is the top certification of LEED, which is even more impressive considering the Chattanooga site is the first manufacturing facility in the world to receive such a status.

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