Archive for the ‘Volkswagen Innovation’ Category

What’s the fuel economy of the 2022 Volkswagen Taos?

Saturday, May 15th, 2021
Blue 2021 Volkswagen Taos cruises along a freeway

2022 Volkswagen Taos Fuel Economy Figures

The Volkswagen Taos will soon be birthed kicking and screaming into an intense battleground of a market segment. The subcompact SUV class is the largest, most crowded segment of vehicles in the United States, which means that Taos has some work to do if it wants to set itself apart from its many competitors.

We here at Elgin Volkswagen believe that the Taos is up to this lofty challenge. One area where it has a chance to excel is in fuel economy. What are the 2022 Volkswagen Taos fuel economy ratings?

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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!

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What is the process of recycling an EV battery?

Saturday, March 27th, 2021
Two employees work to recycle EV batteries in the Volkswagen pilot plant

Volkswagen EV Battery Recycling Plant and Breakdown Process Video

Last month, we at Elgin Volkswagen wrote about how our favorite automaker is using a really cool newly developed method for disposing of EV batteries. Not only are we excited by this innovative procedure, but we’re delighted at the way in which it addresses the growing concern of how to handle EV batteries at the end of their lives, as well as how to reliably obtain the precious minerals needed to build them.

To follow up, we wanted to share this intriguing video of both the new EV recycling plant that Volkswagen has built, as well as footage of the battery itself being ground down and recycled. It’s one thing to read about it; it’s another to see this process in action. Enjoy!

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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?

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What is “Project Trinity”?

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
Side profile of a silhouette of a mysterious vehicle

New Volkswagen Platform and Technology Announcement

Volkswagen is making waves throughout the automotive world again with whisperings of a new cutting-edge undertaking on the way, simply termed, “Project Trinity.” This name doesn’t give much indication as to what the project actually entails, but it sure sounds exciting. What exactly is “Project Trinity?”

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Volkswagen ID.4 Regenerative Braking Vs. Coasting

Sunday, January 24th, 2021
Side view of a 2021 Volkswagen ID.4

Volkswagen ID.4 Regenerative Braking Vs. Coasting

The Volkswagen ID.4 is getting a lot of attention, and for good reason: the model is the brand’s first all-electric SUV and first electric world car. In its effort to be the ultimate electric vehicle for the people, the Volkswagen ID.4 utilizes an array of existing electric car technology as well as freshly developed innovations.

One element falling into the former category is regenerative braking. Regenerative braking, which is utilized in many current EVs, causes a vehicle’s brakes to apply gradually and automatically the moment one takes their foot off the accelerator. The electricity generated by the braking friction is then used to recharge the battery.  

The downside, for some, is that regenerative braking takes away a vehicle’s ability to coast. Does the Volkswagen ID.4 use regenerative braking?

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What’s the difference between the Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4?

Thursday, December 24th, 2020
2021 Volkswagen ID.4 side profile

Volkswagen is on the cusp of unleashing its own electric revolution onto the masses. Leading the “charge” (pun intended) are two similarly named machines: the Volkswagen ID.3 and Volkswagen ID.4. Besides one notch on the number line, what sets these two models apart?

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What is the Budack cycle?

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
Close-up view of the machinery inside a car engine

Budack Engine Cycle Explanation and Definition

Volkswagen is continually innovating, whether with design, technology, or mechanics. One impressive innovation they’ve created is a new type of engine cycle that bestows unique benefits on their vehicles. This is referred to at the Budack cycle. What is it?

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What unique videos does Volkswagen make about their models?

Monday, April 27th, 2020
An old beat-up VW bus that played a role in the civil rights movements rests in a white environment. A small film camera is tastefully placed in the upper-left.

“Volkswagen Presents” Short Film Compilation

In addition to more traditional commercials and a plethora of helpful “how to” videos, Volkswagen has a unique series of videos they put out called “Volkswagen Presents.” These lovingly crafted shorts focus on the unique meaning particular Volkswagen vehicles have had in the lives of individuals over time. The result is an inspiring overview of how VW machines have been (and continue to be) interwoven with American culture through the years.

For your easy perusal, we’ve compiled the four currently-available Volkswagen Presents shorts below. Enjoy.

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VW I.D. CROZZ Release Date

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
ID. CROZZ from front view in the city

When will the I.D. CROZZ be available?

Back in 2017, Volkswagen released a lineup of electric concept vehicles that have created a lot of buzz. These include the I.D. CROZZ, I.D. BUZZ, I.D. VIZZION, I.D. Buggy, I.D. ROOMZZ and the I.D. Not only does the lineup contain slick and futuristic concept cars, but each model is expected to have a range of more than 250 miles from one charge. The I.D. lineup provides an alternative to producing carbon emissions and spending money on gas, and the best part is, buyers don’t have to compromise on comfort, speed or horsepower. If you are curious about when the crossover SUV I.D. CROZZ will be available, stay tuned, because we’ve got the answers you’re looking for! (more…)

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