Get ready, the collaboration you’ve been waiting for is in the works. As an industry-leader in tech innovation, it’s no surprise that reports are coming out about a possible collaboration between Apple and Volkswagen. The goal? To take Apple’s self-driving car project to the next level by turning existing T6 Transporter vans into self-driving shuttles for Apple employees.
The Beginning Works
The New York Times report explains that the entire Apple car team is fully committed to getting the shuttle service up and running, though can’t confirm plans of what will come after. Though here at Elgin Volkswagen, we suspect that the powerhouse mash-up will lead to many more modern projects in the future. And while we’ve known that Apple’s vision for self-driving cars began last year with a few other partnerships in mind, it was no doubt Volkswagen’s similar dedication to pushing the boundaries that led to the partnership.
What We Know So Far
Start getting excited! As the partnership continues, so will the details on what the service will look like. What we know so far is that the shuttle service project, proposed to be developed in the not-so-distant future, is known as PAIL (Palo Alto to Infinite Loop, the name of the street the company’s previous main campus was situated on), and VW will be the company providing Apple with those said vehicles.
If you happen to be in the Palo Alto area, you may be able to spot the Apple prototypes cruising around the area. In the meantime, stop by Volkswagen Dealer Elgin to take your pick of some of VW’s very best. It’s an exciting time to be a VW buyer, the future is looking bright with refreshing tech and innovative plans in the works.
Stop on in at 2630 Auto Mall Dr. in Elgin, IL 60124 to see our selection of new Volkswagen and pre-owned vehicles nearby! We are happy to help you find your future Volkswagen model and look forward to serving you!
2018 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior Paint Color Options
Spacious and sporty, it’s no surprise that drivers are turning to the new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. Offering power and versatility, this practical three-row SUV is a must-have for drivers in the Elgin, IL area. Adding to its widespread appeal is the stylish good looks of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, which can be credited in part to its seven distinct exterior color options. Read the rest of this entry »
To put it simply, we do it bigger here. Even when it comes down to our own models, Volkswagen is always in the drawing room crafting up bigger and better vehicles than our lasts to serve up only the best in our field. And over the past few years, Volkswagen has been transitioning from transverse engine models to our top-of-the-line MQB construction. The latest to make waves? The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.
Out of all the 2018 Volkswagen models for sale, the Atlas is a commanding SUV whose sheer size beats out similar competing models—almost with a six-inch difference! But it’s not all about looks here. The VW nameplate has stolen the spotlight for its dependability and attraction to American families over older models like the Tiguan and Touareg.
An Attractive, Functional Design
The 2018 Atlas boasts a sleek, cohesive design with rounded, hefty features and pristine proportions to evoke a sense of movement and speed. Unlike the smaller Tiguan, the Atlas feels sophisticated without losing the familiar and accessible look of a standard SUV.
Inside, the Atlas is roomy, inviting and on par with competitors like the Highlander and Pilot. Take advantage of high-tech features with blind spot monitors, radar adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. The Atlas offers comfortable seating and a steering wheel and column positioned at an easy, natural angle for smooth driving.
And those family roadtrips? The Atlas is here to accommodate the whole family with plenty of room in both the rear and front rows with second-row shift control depending on your needs. And if you’re bringing a tow trailer along for the ride, the SUV boasts a tow range from 2000 – 5000 pounds.
Fresh Engineering and Dependable Drive
Don’t let its size fool you, the Atlas offers strong fuel economy and sleek engineering. The V6 all-wheel drive is rated 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 combined and the four-cylinder is rated at 22 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 24 combined. Under its hood, the Atlas is home to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder like its Tiguan sibling—just with 50-hp more. For those seeking a more unique construction, there is an option for a 3.6-liter VR6 with the signature narrow VW layout. With 276-hp and 266 pounds-foot of torque, the power matches the strength and stature of the 4500-pound Atlas.
Ready to make your new Volkswagen purchase? Search for a “Volkswagen dealership near me” and let our automotive specialists at Elgin Volkswagen help you find your dream car. Stop in today at 2630 Auto Mall Drive in Elgin, IL 60124 or give us a call at (877) 797-6424. We look forward to serving you!
Father’s Day 2018 in Chicago
Father’s Day is coming up, and we know it can be a difficult thing to plan for. That’s why we’ve put together a list of great activities for the whole family or for just you and your dad to enjoy. Take a look at our list and start planning your Father’s Day 2018 in Chicago.
2019 Volkswagen Jetta Exterior Color Options
Stylish and modern, the new 2019 VW Jetta is a must-have for drivers of all ages throughout the Elgin, IL area. Featuring a variety of exterior colors that range from sporty to sophisticated, it’s easy for car shoppers to find the one that suits them. Read the rest of this entry »
2018 SOWO Volkswagen Concept Cars
SOWO: The European Experience is an annual enthusiast’s meet for, you guessed it, European brands. Typically, you see not only owners with their own modified vehicles, but a variety of automakers with their own unique spin on their production vehicles. Volkswagen is no different, as the automaker brought five concept cars to SOWO 2018. Read the rest of this entry »
2019 Volkswagen Jetta Availability Elgin IL
Sometimes when a new vehicle is announced, it can take up to a year before it actually enters showrooms. Or even longer. It hasn’t quite been that long of a wait for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, but we know some of you in the Elgin, IL area have been waiting to hear about its availability. Well, the time has finally come. The model has arrived here at Elgin Volkswagen. We have five vehicles in stock and they are so new we haven’t even had time to photograph them yet. Read the rest of this entry »
2018 Volkswagen Memorial Day Savings Event Elgin IL
Memorial Day is a different holiday for many because it’s not one that is about celebration so much as it is about honoring our troops. Still, it is also appreciated as it is one of the first holidays we see after a long, bleak winter and spring. As the weather warms up, we’re able to appreciate the hard-earned freedom we have more than ever. What better way to appreciate it than with a bit of travel? Here at your Elgin, IL Volkswagen dealership, we’re proud to announce our Memorial Day Savings Event has already launched and is running all month long. Read the rest of this entry »
Here at Elgin Volkswagen, we’re excited to soon be offering the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta to shoppers in the Chicago, IL area. Naturally, with a complete design underway, the model is highly anticipated. Not only are there a whole host of new features, including standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, but the new look is sure to turn heads. See for yourself at the below photo gallery of the upcoming release. Read the rest of this entry »
Volkswagen releases information on new Atlas Cross Sport Concept
Vehicles are getting bigger and bigger every year. While having the capacity and capability that comes from a large vehicle can be useful, there are many drivers who are simply looking for a vehicle that will fit their family and friends comfortably without being overly large. Volkswagen is working to create a five-passenger Sport SUV in the Atlas family, that will provide drivers with everything that they want without being too massive. Read the rest of this entry »