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What does the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Sit to Start feature look like in action?

Monday, April 26th, 2021
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 side profile

Unique Feature of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Sit to Start

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is playing a role in ushering in an exciting new era of technology: that of the electric automobile. In addition to an excellent electric powerplant, Volkswagen has loaded this SUV with unique, cutting edge technological features, some of which were not possible with gasoline-powered vehicles.

One of these new innovations is the Sit to Start function. We at Elgin Volkswagen are really excited about it, as are a lot of drivers. Check out the Volkswagen ID.4 sit-to-start function, along with some other nifty new gizmos, in the video below!


When will self-driving cars be available?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
Man meditates while his self-driving car maneuvers through the cosmos. A calendar wonders, "When?"

Anticipated Future for Autonomous Cars

We here at Elgin Volkswagen are big fans of the idea of “saving time” for ourselves by letting our car drive us to our destination. Having a vehicle drive on its own would be a great opportunity to read, nap, surf the internet, play video games, meditate, or just plain chill.

We’ve been hearing about self-driving cars being worked on for a few years now, and original optimistic predictions said they’d be here by 2020. Well, 2020 has come and gone, and we still have to put our feet, hands and brains to work piloting our vehicles to the dealership each morning. When will self-driving cars actually be available?


Where can I find genuine Lao food in Elgin, IL?

Friday, February 19th, 2021
Temple in Luang Prabang, Laos

Elgin’s Lao Restaurants

Among many other things, Elgin is known for its sizeable Lao community. Since 1967, in fact, Elgin has been the sister city to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Having this population here in Elgin brings a delightful dose of cultural diversity to the (literal and figurative) table.

Today, we’re focusing primarily on the literal aspect of that statement. What are some delicious Laotian restaurants in the Elgin area?


Where are some good spots to go hiking in the fall near Elgin, IL?

Monday, October 19th, 2020
Cartoon women joyfully hike through autumn woods

Great Spots to Appreciate Autumn in the Elgin Area

With turning leaves and just-as-rapidly cooling weather, fall is in full swing here in Illinois. The cycle deepens by the day, blessing us with a beautifully visceral demonstration of the inherently impermanent nature of the universe.

If you find yourself with a spot of free time, why not get out and see it in action? To that end, we’ve provided some of our favorite hiking areas to observe, feel, experience and accept the continual fading and rebirth process of our planet.

Peruse below, and happy exploring!


Where can I pick my own pumpkin near Elgin, IL?

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
A bunch of pumpkins

Elgin-area Pumpkin Patches for Halloween Fun

Autumn has arrived, and the best way to take advantage of this fleeting season is by taking part in a few rituals that really help one enjoy the fall vibes. One tried-and-true activity is picking one’s own pumpkin at a pumpkin patch.

So pick an Elgin-area patch from below, and then pick a pumpkin (don’t be slow)!


Where can I find soju in the Elgin, IL area?

Friday, August 28th, 2020
Cartoon of a cat creature leaning on a giant soju bottle on its side

Korean Markets and Restaurants with Soju near Elgin

Soju is the single most consumed type of liquor on the planet. This popularity is owed to a variety of factors, including the heavy drinking culture of Korea and the growing international success of K-Pop and Korean media. It also has a low alcohol content compared to other liquors, which not only lends itself to a delightfully smooth taste, but allows the beverage to be sold at restaurants that hold a beer and wine license but no liquor license.

Trying out some Soju is a way to experience a bit of culture from home, which is especially valuable in this COVID-era wherein almost all international travel is a no-no for Americans. Where can one find it in the Elgin area?


How does Rain-X work?

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
Beaded up raindrops on a windshield

Solving the Magical Mystery of Rain-X

Rain-X seems almost like a magic chemical. Treating a glass surface with the substance works wonders in the way water reacts. How does it repel water in the way that it does? Join us as we take a dive into the workings of Rain-X on a chemical level.


Where are the best places to have a picnic in Elgin, IL?

Sunday, June 21st, 2020
A picnic themed background with black text fronting it that reads, "Best Picnic Spots in Elgin, IL"

Elgin Area Top Picnic Spots

Having a nice picnic in the park is, for many, a near-essential summer activity. Luckily, the Elgin area is flush with great places to do so. From neighborhood parks to forest preserves, we’ve got it all. Whether you want to make the picnic part of a day trip with hiking included, or just walk down the block with the kids, the options are available for you in this Cook county region.

So scroll on down to reach into the grab bag of parks we’ve compiled below. Click whichever one happens to draw your finger, or go through them to make a methodical choice. Either way, you’ll be able to get out into nature, refresh the body, mind and soul. Chakras will be aligned, and third eyes will be cleansed; whatever vibes with you.


What movies were filmed in Elgin, IL?

Sunday, May 31st, 2020
Close-up on two big wheels of film tape

Cinema Filmed in Elgin: Trailer Compilation

It’s a special thrill to see somewhere you recognize onscreen. While Elgin doesn’t appear in as many films as, say, Chicago, it’s still made appearances through its fair share of popular cinema.

Sorting through the vast sea of existent films to find glimpses of Elgin can be an exhausting undertaking, however. That’s why we’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile six popular films below that feature Elgin as a filming location. Enjoy the trailers, see if you recognize anything (or anyone), and search the movie out on streaming services if it really captures your liking!


Why does VW make sausages?

Saturday, May 16th, 2020
A woman wonders how a car and a sausage can be related.

Reasons Behind the Volkswagen Currywurst

You may have heard tales of infamous Volkswagen currywurst. The sausage is manufactured at the main VW plant in Wolfsburg, and sold in all six Volkswagen factories in Germany. It’s availability has also spread to supermarkets and football stadiums across Europe. And when European customers purchase a new VW, a free package of currywurst is commonly included.

Currywurst has been branded as an official “Volkswagen Original Part,” being designated with the number 199 398 500 A. There were 6.81 million of them manufactured in 2018; the automaker makes more sausages than cars. VW also produces a special ketchup and line of cutlery specifically made to accompany the currywurst.

But why?

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