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Toronto Autoshow

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The Toronto Autoshow came to an end on February 21. During the show’s 9-day run, the GTI Roadster Concept Car and the 2016 Beetle Dune made their Canadian debuts.

The Beetle Dune takes its design inspiration from the vintage Baja Bugs of Southern California in the 1960s. A powerful 1.8L TSI® engine, and an array of off road features like rough road suspension, a wider track, and protective side mouldings, made this rugged special edition Beetle a hit.

If you’re a fan of the racing game Gran Turismo, you’ll already be a bit familiar with our exciting concept car, the GTI Roadster. Sporting a 503 HP 3.0L V6 twin-turbocharged TSI® engine, this Roadster generated buzz online and at the show.

To help make the Toronto Autoshow more accessible to families, the GTA Volkswagen Dealers sponsored a professional daycare service—the Volkswagen Playcare Centre. Cars and crafts—what’s not to love?

Next up is the Quebec City Autoshow. Swing by the Expocité from March 1-6 as we continue to showcase everything Volkswagen has to offer in 2016.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook for live updates from the floor.

Volkswagen Canada Partners with JUNO Awards

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AJAX, ON – February 2, 2016 –– Volkswagen Canada  has long been a supporter of great Canadian music, and this year is pleased to be recognized at the official automotive partner of the 2016 JUNO Awards.
Anticipation for the event kicks off today as nominees for this year’s awards will be announced at the JUNO Nominee Press Conference in Toronto.
The celebration of Canadian music culminates during the week of March 28th as Calgary plays host to the 45th annual JUNO Awards, to be handed out on Sunday, April 3rd during a star-studded, nationally-televised event.
“One of the first things most people do in their cars is turn on the radio,” stated Peter Blackwell, Director of Marketing for Volkswagen Canada.  “Volkswagen is keen to support the Canadian music industry, because it brings so much life to the drive.”
For 2016, the carmaker has introduced “App-Connect” on all of its models, allowing for seamless integration of compatible smartphones across Apple CarPlay®, Google Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®.
With the power of App-Connect, Volkswagen drivers can now access their music from multiple platforms at the touch of a button.  Music and mobility are now in perfect harmony!

Read more: Volkswagen Canada Partners with JUNO Awards

Montreal Autoshow

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The Montreal Autoshow wrapped up on January 24, and what a show it was. With over 196,000 attendees since it opened on January 15, we’ve had the opportunity to chat with fans and show Canadians what’s new with Volkswagen for 2016.

We launched two new models in Montreal: the 2016 Beetle Denim Convertible and the 2017 Golf Alltrack.

The 2016 Beetle Denim Convertible was inspired by our classic “Jeans Bug” introduced in the 1970s. With features like a Stonewashed Blue chassis, Heritage alloy wheels, and two-tone interior with a distinct denim appearance, the Beetle Denim Convertible was an instant hit with old and new fans alike.

2017_SportWagenALLTRACK_Exterior_24The 2017 Golf Alltrack is a more rugged take on the Golf Sportwagon. Its sporty chassis and standard 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive make this wagon everything you and your family will need to tackle any adventure.

2016_Passat_EL_Front_Exerior_2Attendees to the Montreal Autoshow also had the opportunity to experience the redesigned 2016 Passat. Have a look at the new two-tone leather interior we’re offering – it was a hit!

This year we took to Periscope – a live video streaming service – to give those who couldn’t attend the opportunity to see our launches live. We’ll be using Periscope again for the upcoming Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto – keep an eye out.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates from Toronto.

The 2015 Tiguan

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It should come as no surprise that the compact sport utility segment is one of the fastest growing in the entire Canadian automotive market.

Combining excellent interior space for passengers and cargo alike with a “go-anywhere” personality has made these vehicles a favourite, and this year’s brutal winter weather in much of the country has made their all-wheel-drive capabilities all-the-more desirable.

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Celebrating the 2015 Volkswagen Golf

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What a week it was for Volkswagen and its icon, the Golf.

The annual Auto Show season kicks off in Detroit each January and this year’s show was special for Volkswagen as the all-new, 7th generation Golf was named “North American Car of the Year”.  The honour was bestowed by the 57 Canadian and American judges of the annual award.

Just four days later, at the Montreal Auto Show, the accolades continued with the Golf being named “Best of the Best” by the Canadian Automotive Jury, a panel of well-known Canadian Auto journalists.

Later that same day, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) named the Golf as one of the finalists for their annual “Car of the Year” award.  The announcement of the outright winner will take place at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

All-in-all, it was a very busy… and extremely rewarding week for the Golf. Since its introduction last summer, the Golf has set all kinds of sales records.  Journalists have noted the Golf’s refinement, fun-to-drive character and solid value, and we are quite proud that Canadian consumers seem to agree!