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    Cadillac Heads To The Drawing Board To Solve CTS Sales


    • How To Fix The Slumping Sales Of The CTS

    Despite rave reviews, the Cadillac CTS has been slipping in sales. Sales in July slipped 29 percent, while August saw another 35 percent drop. This is a the opposite of what is happening in the luxury marketplace as sales are currently up six percent. A possible cause to this is the base price of the CTS has climbed $6,000 from the previous model.

    “While it may have been a terrific car, it may not have been perceived as having earned its stripes for that kind of pricing against the Germans. Cadillac has just not earned its way to charge the kind of premium that the Germans can get,” said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst with Autotrader.com.

    Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac's chief marketing officer said in a recent interview that the brand may have been too ambitious” in raising prices on the CTS. To fix this, Ellinghaus considering adding more standard features or offering some features like heated seats as stand-alone options.

    "These are things that we can do relatively quickly," Ellinghaus said.

    Also being changed is Cadillac's ad campaign. Ellinghaus explained that company will move away from the current messaging of comparing Cadillac to Germans, and instead focus on on its American roots.

    “We definitely cannot build a brand on being as good as,” “We are not German -- and that’s a good thing. We are American. We need to build this brand on what differentiates Cadillac from our German competitors,” said Ellinghaus.

    Source: Bloomberg

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    The price is an issue but this car lacks the look and appeal of the last model.  People can argue that the front is great and the lights are very dramatic and they might be correct.  I'm on the fence myself regarding the front.  The rear however is another story it has the look and appeal of a tired full size Asian sedan.  The first time I saw the rear of the new CTS with my wife she and I both thought it looked like a car her grandfather would drive and it made us glad we had our 2010 CTS vs. this design.  The last CTS had a design that people wanted to have, including my wife and this one is just flat.  The engineer side of me thinks the work done to create a world class car is awesome but you need a cutting edge design to go along with all that engineering work.  The current CTS misses the mark and it makes me sick to my stomach because I wanted Caddy to do well on this one.

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    Problem #1 is the Wreath and Crest (now just the Crest) was neglected and dragged through the mud for too many years.  Current buyers probably don't even remember the Cimarron or Allante, but I do think a lot of people have the image of Devilles/DTS that grandpa drives and that is how they see Cadillac.  Cadillac has a weaker brand image than Lexus or the 3 Germans.

     

    Problem #2 is marketing.  Ellinghaus makes a good point that they need to focus on Cadillac's roots and what makes Cadillac Cadillac, and not just compare them to the Germans as they have the past couple years.  Other brands are guilty of this too, they run ads like "more standard horsepower than a C300" but who cares their car isn't better than a C300.  Notice Mercedes or BMW never talk about other brands in their commercials, they talk about themselves and their brand.

     

    Problem #3 is lack of focus.  Ellinghaus says they need to focus on roots and being American, but Cadillac admitted to basically tearing apart a 3-series and reverse engineering from that to make the ATS and they copied almost every measurement and dimension.  Ellinghaus also says Cadillac's future is RWD, but you have a front wheel drive XTS and SRX, the next gen SRX is confirmed front drive already.  So which is it?   I don't think Cadillac has a vision of what they want to be, they see the Lexus RX sell well, they think let's copy it, they 3-series and E-class sell well, they think let's copy it. 

     

    Problem #4 is the CTS itself.  They are priced $6,000 below the E-class and you get $3,000 more cash back right now, so price isn't the problem.  Styling is subjective, I don't love the front end, but some people might like it, the rear of the CTS looks dull as dirt.  Equipment levels need work too, if you get the standard trim, it lacks content, you need the luxury package and then so much of what is on are driver nannies like blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist.  Heated/ventilated seats leather seats, rearview camera and HID lights, ambient lighting should be standard even if that means another $1,000 or so added to base price.  All the driver nannies go into one package, this is supposed to be a driver's car after all, half the buyers might not care less about radar cruise control and lane keep assist.  Performance upgrades like magnetic ride control, bigger brakes, etc go into a package, multimedia or technology upgrades can be a package.   There can be a premium package also that has basically what the current premium trim level has, for those that want all the bells and whistles.   Makes is easier for the buyer to get what they want.

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    the styling is an issue from some angles, the original CTS had a sports sedan look.  It even lacked the upright rear lights that Caddy keeps foisting on the world.  It looked lean and purposeful.

     

    The 08 CTS got porky looking but still had some sleekness to it.

     

    Now Caddy tried to copy the long hood / short greenhouse windhshield too far back / 'hey i'm a rear drive car' look this go round and then mated a very disconnected looking grille to the front.  It has no sportiness compared to the original CTS and it looks like its meant for older people than the last CTS.

     

    I think Caddy either needs to completely change the character line on the side of the car, or make the front fonder flares more distinct, articulated, whatever....the car lacks shoulders.......

     

    The overall 3 box proportions of this latest CTS don't match the last two, you can't make a visual connection between them.  The new CTS maybe should have been called STS.........

     

    Most of the interior is pretty good on the new CTS, i think they can get it tweaked where it needs to be.

     

    The pricing and option packaging is a problem.  Heated seats should be standard on a CTS.  Heated / cooled as an option, rear heated seats option.

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    Hello! Price is the main issue here. Sorry to say, as good as the CTS is, the 3 series is still different people/mindset. It's going to take a while to change that mindset...

     

    Go back to your roots. Drop the price, be the best bang for buck.

     

     

    It really is that simple.....

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    ^ CTS doesn't compete with the 3-series.

     

    2014 BMW 528i : MSRP : 49500, average paid : 44997, diff: 4503

    2014 CTS base : MSRP : 45100, average paid : 42616, diff: 2484

     

    The CTS IS the best bang for the buck, even with less off sticker.

     

    YTD 5-series U.S. sales : 37761

    YTD CTS U.S. sales : 20639

     

    Perfect. We need to break the mindset that used to say 'Cadillac is part of GM, therefore it should outsell every one of it's competitors'. Neither necessary nor desirable.
    I would like to see the CTS coupe & wagon continue on the current 3rd gen, tho, regardless of the sales volume. Especially the coupe!

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    Cadillac ran an average incentive of $7700 last month and their sedan sales are still down. I don't think lower prices are the answer, they are already low. Better product and more importantly better marketing is needed.

    The thing is Lexus, BMW and Mercedes buyers are loyal, so to get people that spend $60k on a car they need to make something so amazing that those people switch loyalties, or get trade ups form Infiniti, Acura, Lincoln etc. And I suspect the type of people that buy an Acura or Lincoln are never trading up to something expensive.

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    The thing is Lexus, BMW and Mercedes buyers are loyal.

    You are incorrect. BMW & MB repeat ownership figures are between 30-35%, that's way less than, for example, Ford (which I believe is close to 50%). Terrible numbers, actually.

     

    And as I posted above, CTS transaction prices are CLOSER to MSRP than the 5-series, so MB & BMW are pulling some sort of slippery money 'laundering' in that their ATPs are much farther off of MSRP, regardless what the 'official' numbers they report.

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    According to CNBC Ford is #1 in customer loyalty at 64% and number 2 is Mercedes at 57.8%.  Toyota was in 3rd, BMW and Lexus are in the top 10.  Chevy is the only GM brand in the top 10, my guess is the Silverado drives that, just like the F150 drives Ford's number.

     

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101800143/page/10

     

     

    This year Lexus, BMW, Audi and Mercedes all have 9-16% growth (Lexus leading the way), and Cadillac is down.  And even worse is the ATS and CTS which are their new products are down the most.  The current strategy isn't working, this is like the CTS-STS-DTS trio of 2006 that wasn't working, so they scrapped 2 of those and put the CTS in a different class.  They have the same results with ATS-CTS-XTS.  Cadillac marketing is I think worse now than it was 10 years ago, and I don't think they have the money to really go toe to toe with the Germans or Lexus, even though most Lexus product isn't that good considering how much money Toyota spends.

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    I was thinking of Germany retail buyers for mercedes, my bad.

    Growth aspirations are fine for toyota, Chevy, nissan…. and mercedes. Mercedes has been unable to create a viable 2nd brand, hence the FWD appliance down marketing.
    Cadillac is NOT about volume because it does not HAVE to be, a huge boon to luxury/exclusivity. 

     

    Chevy is the only GM brand in the top 10

    Ya; according to that link it's 56.4%, or the same as mercedes. In the case here vs. mercedes, clearly it's product that talks louder at Chevy, whereas it's reputation instead that gets mercedes repeat customers. Unless you think Chevy's rep is comparable to mercedes'.

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    ^ CTS doesn't compete with the 3-series.

     

    2014 BMW 528i : MSRP : 49500, average paid : 44997, diff: 4503

    2014 CTS base : MSRP : 45100, average paid : 42616, diff: 2484

     

    The CTS IS the best bang for the buck, even with less off sticker.

     

    YTD 5-series U.S. sales : 37761

    YTD CTS U.S. sales : 20639

     

    Perfect. We need to break the mindset that used to say 'Cadillac is part of GM, therefore it should outsell every one of it's competitors'. Neither necessary nor desirable.

    I would like to see the CTS coupe & wagon continue on the current 3rd gen, tho, regardless of the sales volume. Especially the coupe!

     

     

    Only if you compare it with the 5 series. At some point, it did compete with the 3 series. Problem is that it has got "fatter" and "stale" by going upmarket with it.  It would have been better if they left the CTS where it was (and known), and maybe out the ATS name (or some new name) to compete higher.

     

    The Current CTS is boring to me.....

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    Everything gets fatter over time. 5-series used to be the size of the current 3-series- it's the way of the industry… because marketing must give you 'more'.  
    Reminds me of Raisin Bran; it's been getting "more" raisins since 1960. However, at least with the ATS & CTS, they have kept relatively svelte.

    Few new vehicles catch (& hold) my eye out in the world, but the current CTS front end is dynamite. I have no problem with the rear; could be more expressive but I don't have a problem with it.

     

    But Cadillac is like the only OEM who has figured out what to do with LEDs, whereas everyone else is merely pasting mail-order LED strips in nonsensical outlines in the headlamp lens.

    Look at everyone else; this is plain awful, zero thought, 4 hard angles in an otherwise completely amorphous, bland shape:

    mercedes-benz-e63-am-10_600x0w.jpg

     

    This is so unique, echoes the long-running vertical tails :

    2014-cadillac-cts-headlight.jpg

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    CTS should have been the STS.  The looks of the car is mature and not youthful.  CTS did very well as the entry level Cadillac.  As the CTS grew in size in the latest generation and bumped up in price, there is sticker shock.  ATS is too tight.  The stretched version of the ATS should have been the CTS.

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    I don't know why so many people have a problem with the rear of the CTS.  It looks fine.. and is certainly more distinctive than the others. I see a lot of vintage Eldorado and Deville in that trunk.

     

    I agree with Balth that Cadillac is the only brand to get LED light-pipes right.  They inspire a heritage look that goes back decades and remind you of the vertical blades from years ago.  What do the light-pipes on any of the Germans remind you of?  Nothing, because they don't have that kind of visual heritage.

     

    As far as pricing, Cadillac should hold firm on the current pricing but be more aggressive and targeted with the incentives. People turning in a lease or trade in of a competing luxury brand should be given a bonus, or they should do something like the Experience Buick leases that are being offered.  Cheap, 2 year, low mileage leases that include everything.

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    Part of this could be the naming... ATS should have been named CTS and the current CTS should have been named STS as I think there's sticker shock factor going on here; people got used to CTS being the least expensive Cadillac.

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    I think many folks are getting tired of the current trends of rubber band tires, undersized hard to see out of windows, plain look alike side styling, LED lights sprinkled about, cramped interiors with reduced legroom, hard harsh rides over bumpy streets, uncomfortable seats, hard to get in and out of interiors, gimmicky dashes and worse hard to use touch screens and last but not not least higher and higher prices with resulting higher insurance costs. Where does it end? When a mid size car is being priced into the 70 grand territory you have for sure lost many an average consumer. The higher end snobs are all buying Bimmers and Mercedes and Lexus because in there minds those are more prestigious brands. The former sedans buyers that used to buy Cadillacs and Lincolns are now buying larger and more comfortable SUV/CUV's.

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    So I know that my thoughts on the appearance of the new CTS are an opinion and therefore there will be many others that have all kinds of different views.  regfootball - noted in a much more complete statement what is wrong with the appearance.  There are a number of others who noted that they liked the look because it reminded them of certain older Caddy's.  Those cars were fine for that time but that is exactly why I dislike like the car now.  This is a market of sportly luxury cars... The new CTS may act the part of both but it does not look sportly from the side or the rear, it looks OLD.  When it is sitting parked it should make mothers want to grab their children and pull close them for safety because it looks like it could attack something sitting still.  That is what makes people want to by a car, the last CTS-V had that look.

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    ^ CTS doesn't compete with the 3-series.

     

    2014 BMW 528i : MSRP : 49500, average paid : 44997, diff: 4503

    2014 CTS base : MSRP : 45100, average paid : 42616, diff: 2484

     

    The CTS IS the best bang for the buck, even with less off sticker.

     

    YTD 5-series U.S. sales : 37761

    YTD CTS U.S. sales : 20639

     

    Perfect. We need to break the mindset that used to say 'Cadillac is part of GM, therefore it should outsell every one of it's competitors'. Neither necessary nor desirable.

    I would like to see the CTS coupe & wagon continue on the current 3rd gen, tho, regardless of the sales volume. Especially the coupe!

     

     

    The CTS pricing is actually not bad for the car, just bad for the name OUT THE GATE. If Cadillac solidifies the stance that the CTS is now the MID-CAR by popularizing the ATS in it's position of "entry" then CTS sales will do fine. A Coupe is necessary to push sales up as the last CTS did have the coupe that did account for a documented 30% of total sales. HAving that extra 30% would have put CTS sales up about 800 units to 3400.
     
    Interesting tidbit is that the higher priced CTS is still #3 behind the 5series and EClass, but ahead of the A6, GS, XF, Q70, and RLX
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    Part of this could be the naming... ATS should have been named CTS and the current CTS should have been named STS as I think there's sticker shock factor going on here; people got used to CTS being the least expensive Cadillac.

     

     

    ^^^ This. But Cadillac has to figure out how to get people to see that the ATS is that "least expensive" vehicle. 

     

    Again I have to ask what the gauge is for CTS sales? 

     

    EClass  6,481      (has sedan, coupe, wagon, convertible, diesel, hybrid, and AMG)

     

    5 Series   4468 + 6 Series 468 =   4,936

     

    XTS     2,972 + CTS     2,592 =  5,564

     

     

    GS       2,537

    A6        1927

    Q70      174

     

    The only thing I see that GM screwed up was having the XTS avail as well and not understanding that the XTS, priced almost EXACTLY the same as the CTS. No one will call the XTS a true "large car" thus it is a tweener and taking some of the CTS sales. Furthermore when will Cadillac/GM wise the eff up and realize that the Germans sell in big numbers for the simple reason that they cater to all desires of the segment? Just like my ATS argument a few weeks back... if I want a coupe, wagon, convertible, diesel, hybrid, or Hi-PO model.. I have to go to Benz or BMW. Sales reflect that too. Look at the other competitors sales numbers compared to BMW and BEnz and U will see that variants help push numbers up. 

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    I think many folks are getting tired of the current trends of rubber band tires, undersized hard to see out of windows, plain look alike side styling, LED lights sprinkled about, cramped interiors with reduced legroom, hard harsh rides over bumpy streets, uncomfortable seats, hard to get in and out of interiors, gimmicky dashes and worse hard to use touch screens and last but not not least higher and higher prices with resulting higher insurance costs. Where does it end? When a mid size car is being priced into the 70 grand territory you have for sure lost many an average consumer. The higher end snobs are all buying Bimmers and Mercedes and Lexus because in there minds those are more prestigious brands. The former sedans buyers that used to buy Cadillacs and Lincolns are now buying larger and more comfortable SUV/CUV's.

    so much of that is spot on.

     

    One reason I think Mercedes is flourishing is it is using lots of deeply sculptured features on their bodies and they are bold and interesting.  That is why a POS like the CLA seems exotic.  

     

    Fast forward to Cadillac, the sedans are basic wedges now and just the run of the mill falling to the front character line.  Its hardly bold and its been done over and over now.

     

    Even BMW's flame surfacing crap is getting tired and old.

     

    Post crash, people who could actually get a new car were flocking to the new cheap subcompacts with big mpg.  We are almost a full trade cycle beyond that now and so many people who forced into smaller cars due to budget or the oppressive arm of the feds shoving tiny displacement and 23 speed trannies down our throat may be moving towards going back to bigger and not giving too much of a $h! about mpg, at least deciding that room and space may be more important than fuel economy again.

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    So I know that my thoughts on the appearance of the new CTS are an opinion and therefore there will be many others that have all kinds of different views.  regfootball - noted in a much more complete statement what is wrong with the appearance.  There are a number of others who noted that they liked the look because it reminded them of certain older Caddy's.  Those cars were fine for that time but that is exactly why I dislike like the car now.  This is a market of sportly luxury cars... The new CTS may act the part of both but it does not look sportly from the side or the rear, it looks OLD.  When it is sitting parked it should make mothers want to grab their children and pull close them for safety because it looks like it could attack something sitting still.  That is what makes people want to by a car, the last CTS-V had that look.

    Yeah, i myself could give a $h! if I see any of the old Caddy trunk lids in the current CTS trunk lids.  Although the hood of the new CTS has some really good lines that harken to old Cadillacs but are not so contrived as on the rear.

     

    Think of the last CTS coupe.  There really are no references to old Caddies on there at all.

     

    Think of the original CTS.  I liked that it didn't have cliched old Caddy references, and that the taillights were a modern interpretation instead of reverting to the easy tall thin Caddy taillight look.  The fricken turn signals on the CTS were Orange and it was cool!

     

    2nd CTS had 'fins' a little, but it was tastefully done.

     

    The picture at the beginning of this thread actually is one of the most revealing new CTS photos; you can see some of the most appealing tie ups of the car and it has really interesting surfacing, proportions, solids and voids, and features.  But almost no one sees the top of the car in normal everyday life! (note, the CTS coupe is also extremely interesting in top view).  So why are the sides and rear of this new CTS so bland?  Aside from the front fender bulges, there is not much dramatic about the basic 3 box or the greenhouse on the CTS............

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    Interesting tidbit is that the higher priced CTS is still #3 behind the 5series and EClass, but ahead of the A6, GS, XF, Q70, and RLX.

    And this sort of factual nonsense is continually brushed aside as if insignificant.

    I will state it again, Cadillac is NOT here to push volume, but still people -clinging to Old World Think- believe Cadillac needs to outsell every competitor or it's 'floundering/failing'… yet no such talk about the A6 or GS, for example. Wonder why the standards are so different for some people??

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    Ponchoman is pretty spot on.  I agree with what he says.

     

    As far as the sales advantage the Germans have with multiple body styles and engines, why isn't Cadillac doing that?  It isn't like this is some new strategy they just thought up, there have been 3-series and E-class sedan, coupe, convertible, wagon since the 1980s or early 90s.  They have been doing it for 25 years.  Lexus has been doing hybrids for 10 years or so, the Germans have been pushing diesels big time for the past 5 years.   Cadillac only has to blame themselves for not offering more body styles or engines.

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    Interesting tidbit is that the higher priced CTS is still #3 behind the 5series and EClass, but ahead of the A6, GS, XF, Q70, and RLX.

    And this sort of factual nonsense is continually brushed aside as if insignificant.

    I will state it again, Cadillac is NOT here to push volume, but still people -clinging to Old World Think- believe Cadillac needs to outsell every competitor or it's 'floundering/failing'… yet no such talk about the A6 or GS, for example. Wonder why the standards are so different for some people??

     

    I think it is because in the case of Audi they have had growing sales, up about 10% per year for what seems like 5 years in a row now.  Only 30% of Audi sales are A6 and higher, so 70% of their sales come from A3, A4/A5 and Q5.  They are selling well on the bottom end, which if those are younger buyers that trade up could mean Audi has a bright future.  If they can't get people to move to A6 and higher then the future isn't so bright, I don't think they'd be in trouble, but they'd always be seen a bit as a 2nd tier brand if they can only sell in that $30-45k range.

     

    Lexus GS and LS sales are crap, but they sell so many RX and ES, the overall brand numbers look good.  But Lexus has sold a lot of those 2 cars for years, and they haven't been able to get people to trade up to a GS or an LS, in fact LS sales are probably worse now than they were 10 years ago.  The IS has been a bright spot for them, sales of that really picked up this year.   If the RX and ES sales dropped 20% and the brand got in trouble, people would be saying the GS isn't carrying its weight and make a deal out of it.

     

    The problem for Cadillac is they don't have an 8 or 9 vehicle lineup, and the ATS and CTS are 2 of their newest products and both are down.  Cadillac needs the ATS and CTS to survive, Lexus could sell zero GS350's and it wouldn't really matter.

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      Bolt EV buyers will find range, cargo space, technology and safety features standard in a great vehicle with crossover proportions. The thrill of driving an EV, along with the sales and service support of a nationwide network of Bolt EV certified Chevrolet dealers, makes the Bolt EV a smart buy for any customer.
      The well-equipped LT trim starts at $37,495 and comes with standard features that include, among others, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle, rear vision camera, 10.2-inch diagonal color touch screen and MICHELIN™ Self-sealing tires (in certain circumstances). The top trim Premier includes all LT equipment plus additional standard features such as leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround camera and rear camera mirror. Pricing includes destination and freight charges and excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. The Bolt EV will be available at select dealerships in late 2016.
    • By William Maley
      Volkswagen has announced pricing and various details on the upcoming 2017 Golf Alltrack this week.
      The Golf Alltrack differs from the Golf SportWagen with 0.6-inch higher ride height, underbody guard for the front bumper, a larger gas tank (14.5-gallon for Alltrack vs. 13.2-gallon for Golf SportWagen), and 4Motion AWD as standard. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.8L four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 22 City/30 Highway. 
      Pricing begins at $26,670 for the Golf Alltrack S with the manual and $27,770 for the DSG (prices include an $820 destination charge). The S gets leatherette seats, heated front seats, cruise control, an eight-speaker audio system, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen with a backup camera.
      The Golf Alltrack SE starts at $30,250 with the manual or $31,350 with the DSG. SE models feature a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry with push-button start, and a Fender audio system. Wrapping up the Golf Alltrack lineup is the SEL which kicks off at $33,710 for the DSG. SEL models come with a 12-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, and navigation.
      S and SE models can be equipped with an optional Driver Assistance package that adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, parking steering assist, and rear park distance control for $845. SEL models get all of these features along with high beam control and bi-xenon headlights with adaptive front lighting for $1,995.
      The 2017 Golf Alltrack arrives at dealers in a few weeks.
      Source: Volkswagen
      Press Release is on Page 2


      2017 GOLF ALLTRACK: VOLKSWAGEN’S STYLISH AND SOPHISTICATED WAGON IS READY FOR ADVENTURE
      Sep 11, 2016
      MSRP ranges from $26,950 for the S model to $32,890 for the top-tier SEL trim 4Motion® all-wheel drive, Hill Descent Control, Alltrack-exclusive “Off Road Mode,” and increased ground clearance provide exceptional performance on a variety of road conditions Available advanced driver assistance systems include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist), and High Beam Control (Light Assist) Golf platform offers the utility of a compact SUV—cargo volume, roof rack—without compromise in road manners High-tech features include a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen with rearview camera, Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect and an available Off-Road HMI section for the MIB infotainment platform Herndon, VA – The Golf Alltrack, the eagerly awaited derivative of the Golf SportWagen, marries that vehicle’s practicality and fun-to-drive nature with the capabilities of 4Motion® all-wheel drive and rugged exterior styling. The Alltrack offers an affordable yet upscale alternative to existing all-wheel-drive wagons that are on the market.
      The Alltrack uses Volkswagen’s powerful yet fuel-efficient 1.8-liter TSI® turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine, which makes 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. The TSI engine will initially be offered with a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, with a six-speed manual transmission available later in the model year. The latest generation 4Motion all-wheel-drive system features a fast-acting center differential. Golf Alltrack will be available in three trims—S, SE and SEL—and will be in dealer showrooms in October.
      Exterior
      The Golf SportWagen body shape is immediately evident in the Alltrack, but there is absolutely no mistaking the two. Despite the overall length and width remaining roughly the same at 180.2 inches and 70.8 inches, the overall height has been increased because ride height is elevated by 0.6 inches. This change in proportions helps to make for a bolder, more capable appearance without compromising the pillars of Volkswagen design DNA—tight, crisp lines and understated-yet-modern surfaces.
      From the front, the Alltrack’s rugged character becomes even more apparent, with a redesigned bumper and added underbody guard, a matte-aluminum low-profile radiator grille crossbar extending into the headlights, a lower silver crossbar that incorporates standard foglights and unique black honeycomb grilles.
      The Alltrack’s profile also provides differentiation from the SportWagen, with body cladding on the side sills and around the wheelarches that carries over to the lower areas of the redesigned bumpers. Unique accenting can also be seen in the silver roof rails, Reflex Silver side mirrors and lower window chrome molding. A panoramic sunroof is standard equipment on SE and SEL grades. Also obvious from the side are the standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy “Valley” wheels (18-inch “Canyon” on the SEL) and the impressive ground clearance of 6.9 inches.
      At the back, the Alltrack sports dark-red taillights and a new bumper that is highlighted by dominant silver underbody protection, matching the style of the side sills and incorporating chrome exhaust outlets on either side. “Alltrack” and “4Motion” badging also make it clear this is a distinctly different vehicle than its Golf brethren.
      In addition to the standard foglights and LED Daytime Running Lights (all trims) with automatic headlight activation (SE and SEL only), a Driver Assist & Lighting Package is available for the Alltrack SEL that adds automatic headlight adjustment and replaces the halogen headlights with Bi-Xenon units.
      Interior
      Inside, the Alltrack offers the same spacious 94.3 cubic feet of passenger volume as the SportWagen, as well as 30.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 66.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Headroom also remains the same at 38.6 inches, as does the front and rear shoulder room of 55.9 and 53.9 inches and front and rear legroom of 41.2 and 35.6 inches.
      Despite having the same measurements, there are some notable differences that make the Alltrack’s upscale cabin stand out. V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces—including a unique “Marrakesh” brown color option—are standard equipment across the line, along with heatable front seats. A 12-way power driver seat is standard on the SEL trim. The unique interior equipment of the Alltrack adds a black headliner, a 4Motion-branded chrome strip on the center console, stainless-steel door kickplates with the Alltrack logo, and custom aluminum-look pedals.
      In addition to the expansive interior space, driver controls are positioned to help optimize ergonomics and usability. The seat position, height of the shifter and the spacing between the pedals are fine-tuned for increased driver comfort. This driver-centric design focus is evident from the center stack, which is angled towards the driver, a feature frequently seen in premium luxury or performance vehicles. Ambient lighting further highlights this upscale character, as well as the use of premium materials throughout, such as the soft-touch plastics and leather-wrapped handbrake, shifter knob and multi-function steering wheel.
      An equal amount of attention has been paid to helping to optimize comfort and convenience throughout the lineup. The Alltrack comes equipped with a long list of modern comfort, convenience and entertainment features, including power windows, locks and mirrors, rearview camera, Bluetooth® technology and Volkswagen Car-Net® Security and Service. KESSY® keyless access with push-button start is standard equipment on SE and SEL trim levels, as is the Fender® Premium Audio System, while Climatronic® automatic dual-zone climate control is standard on SEL models. The Alltrack S is equipped with an eight-speaker audio system.
      As standard equipment across the Alltrack line, the MIB II infotainment system not only creates the foundation for the next generation of Volkswagen’s Car-Net connected vehicle services platform, but also offers one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive industry today. The Composition Media unit is standard in S and SE trims, while the Discover Media navigation unit is found in the SEL trim. Both MIB II units are anchored around a 6.5-inch, 800x480 capacitive color touchscreen display with proximity sensor.
      The Alltrack SEL also features the Discover Media unit, which upgrades the 6.5-inch touchscreen with 2.5D Navigation, one-shot voice destination entry, predicts possible destinations based on often used routes, and Destination Entry with Quick Search and Auto-complete, and Car-Net Guide & Inform.
      Compatible smartphone integration is a key part of this system, offering users the ability to run certain smartphone apps directly on the vehicle’s display through services like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirroLink®.  Alltrack’s infotainment system also offers AUX-in, SD card and USB multimedia interfaces with Apple iPhone® and iPod® compatibility, as well as a rearview camera display and Bluetooth technology with audio streaming for compatible phones. Other features include the ability to sync two phones simultaneously, along with a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, HD Radio and support for lossless audio file format (Free Lossless Audio Codec FLAC).
      Security & Service
      With the Car-Net Security & Service suite, owners can access their VW remotely through vw.com/carnet as well as a smartphone app, providing access to the features available from virtually anywhere your mobile device is connected to wireless internet.
      Available security related features include Automatic Crash Notification, which can automatically notify an operator who can contact first responders in the event of an collision; Manual Emergency Call, a feature that allows for quick access to customer specialists at the touch of a button; Roadside Assistance, for added peace-of-mind in the event of trouble on the road; and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which uses VW Car-Net Security & Service to assist law enforcement with locating your vehicle in the event that it is stolen.
      In addition, Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service offers layers of convenience, such as remote vehicle access, remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash (of lights), last parked location information, and remote status check (doors and windows).
      The Car-Net Security & Service also offers Family Guardian, a suite of features that help families. Features including speed alert, which can notify the owner of the vehicle when the preset maximum speed limit is exceeded; and boundary alert, which can alert you if the vehicle has traveled outside of a pre-set virtual boundary.
      Diagnostics and maintenance information is also available through VW Car-Net. A Vehicle Health Report allows Volkswagen customers to check to see an overview of vehicle diagnostics. When it’s time for scheduled service, Car-Net Security & Service can not only alert the customer, but also provide a simple way to schedule a dealer visit. It can even identify the closest dealer in case you need a recommendation.
      Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped with Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service connected vehicle services (not including App-Connect) will receive a no-charge trial for six months after purchase. To extend the benefits of this connectivity system, customers can choose from a number of Volkswagen Car-Net payment options: 1 year, for $199; 2 years for $378; 3 years for $540; or, month-to-month, for $17.99.
      Guide & Inform. Car-Net Guide & Inform offers an enhanced navigation and infotainment experience for Volkswagen customers. Volkswagen has incorporated technologies that enhance existing navigation offerings while adding an additional level of information that empowers owners.
      Satellite navigation is refined with Car-Net Guide & Inform, which incorporates several layers of information right onto the screen. MIB II-equipped Volkswagen models with in-vehicle navigation systems feature real-time fuel prices, sports scores, movie information and weather data as part of the three month SiriusXM Travel Link trial. Volkswagen customers will also enjoy real-time traffic information and a complimentary three-month SiriusXM Traffic trial.
      Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped with Volkswagen Car-Net connected vehicle services (not including App-Connect) will receive a no-charge trial for six months after purchase. To extend the benefits of this connectivity system, customers can choose from a number of Volkswagen Car-Net payment options: 1 year, for $199; 2 years for $378; 3 years for $540; or, month-to-month, for $17.99. App-Connect can be used free-of-charge and is not included as part of the subscription-based services. Car-Net Guide & Inform services are provided by SiriusXM, and following the three-month trial period of SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Traffic, customers can contact SiriusXM at www.siriusxm.com to learn how to initiate paid subscriptions to these services.
      Powertrain
      The Alltrack shares its 1.8-liter TSI engine with other members of the seventh-generation Golf lineup. This four-cylinder gasoline unit is a member of the latest EA888 engine family, utilizing turbocharged induction and direct fuel injection to help achieve excellent efficiency while still delivering impressive power. Output is rated at 170 horsepower at 4500 rpm and a stout 199 pound-feet of torque beginning at just 1600 rpm.
      Across all grades, Alltrack is launching with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission will be available early in 2017 on the S and SE trimlines. Regardless of transmission, power is routed to all four wheels via the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
      Also unique to Alltrack is a large 14.5-gallon fuel tank, which offers a greater range for adventure than SportWagen’s 13.2-gallon tank. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 30 mpg highway and 22 mpg city.
      4Motion all-wheel-drive system
      One of the Alltrack’s key features is the 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive system. The latest-generation 4Motion system is activated before any wheelspin occurs, helping eliminate nearly all traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on specific driving conditions. When operating under a relatively low load or when coasting, the front wheels are driven and the rear wheels are decoupled, which can help save fuel. However, the rear wheels can be engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary via the center differential, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.
      A control unit continually calculates the ideal drive torque for the rear wheels and controls how much the multi-plate clutch should be closed by activating the oil pump. The oil pressure increases the contact pressure at the clutch plates in proportion to the torque desired at the rear axle. So, the amount of pressure applied to the clutch plates can be used to continuously vary the amount of torque going between the front and rear wheels, up to a maximum of 50 percent at the rear axle.
      In addition to the center differential that acts longitudinally, electronic differential locks (EDL) that are a function of the electronic stability control system act laterally. The system can briefly brake a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side.
      Chassis
      As a member of the modern Golf lineup, Alltrack is built on the same MQB chassis architecture as the rest of the line. The unitary construction chassis has two solid-mounted subframes with bolt-on front fenders, and utilizes new technologies such as laser clamp welding, which produces “wobble seam” welds in a wave pattern to help maximize strength in a limited space, offering up to four times the strength of a traditional spot weld.
      The stamped steel body and chassis boasts a large percentage of high-strength, hot-formed steel. This technology, along with the use of newly developed ultra-high-strength steels, allows much of the chassis and body to be constructed from thinner and lighter parts without any loss in strength. Additionally, thanks to the use of selective thickness for parts, a single component can be tailor-rolled to have as many as 11 zones of varying thicknesses.
      Thanks to the extensive use of modern construction techniques and high- and ultra-high strength steels, Alltrack’s chassis manages to remain lightweight despite its upscale features and enhanced crash structure. Throughout the car, incredible attention to detail has optimized components—such as the seats, air conditioning system, and even the electrical architecture—to help save weight.
      The Alltrack has its own, unique suspension tuning, with a ride height that is raised by 0.6 inches. Up front, a strut layout uses coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar, with a multilink arrangement with coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar at the back.
      The Golf Alltrack’s braking system features 11.3-inch vented front discs and 10.7-inch solid rear discs with standard three-channel ABS with electronic brake pressure distribution. The rack-and-pinion steering features electric power assist and features a 13.6:1 ratio that allows for 2.76 turns from lock to lock and a vehicle turning circle of 35.8 feet.
      The Alltrack features a unique Driving Mode Selection that enables an Off Road Mode setting. This driving profile alters the ABS system and accelerator pedal character and activates the hill descent function, helping Alltrack deliver exceptional performance off the beaten path. The available Off-Road HMI that is part of the navigation system displays compass, steering angle, and altitude when driving off-road.
      Alltrack is also equipped with the XDS+® Cross Differential System—a feature originally developed for the performance-oriented GTI model. This technology acts somewhat like an electronic substitute for a traditional mechanical limited-slip differential, working by actively monitoring data from each wheel sensor. If the suspension becomes unloaded, the system automatically applies braking to the driven inside wheel as needed to help reduce understeer (the tendency for the front wheels to run wide). This not only helps stability, but can also help improve handling and cornering performance.
      Safety
      Like the rest of the Golf line, Alltrack provides an intelligent combination of both passive and active safety systems. The 2017 Alltrack has been given a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
      A standard feature on all 2017 Alltrack models is the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping to reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
      The Alltrack also includes Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions. All Alltrack models are equipped with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
      Driver Assistance Systems
      The Alltrack S and SE are available with the Driver Assistance Package (MSRP $845) that adds Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist). The Alltrack SEL can be equipped with the Driver Assistance & Lighting Package ($1,995), which includes the above-listed systems and adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist), and Bi-Xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS).
      Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses forward facing radar to maintain a set speed while helping maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. The driver sets the speed and the desired spacing via buttons on the multifunction steering wheel and can use the accelerator, brake pedal, or steering wheel to cancel or override the ACC function. All system messages appear in the central multifunction display.
      When the roadway ahead of the vehicle is empty, the system maintains the set speed. Alltrack models fitted with automatic transmissions and ACC can match the speed of a vehicle in front and come to a stop, as well as resume ACC control after the driver presses the accelerator pedal or the “resume” button on the steering wheel. On manual transmission Alltrack models, the ACC ceases to operate below 19 mph.
      Within physical system limits, Forward Collision Warning helps warn the driver of critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a warning symbol in the instrument cluster, and, if necessary, Autonomous Emergency Braking is activated to slow the vehicle if the driver fails to brake. If the brake pedal is applied but the driver brakes too lightly, the brake pressure is increased by the system.
      If there is an indication that the vehicle is unintentionally straying from its lane, an available Lane Departure Warning system can actively countersteer to help keep the vehicle in the lane above 40 mph. The system’s camera can recognize visible lane markings (one side can suffice) and, using a special algorithm, calculates the risk of the car leaving the lane. If the driver takes their hands off the wheel for a defined period of time, or the vehicle crosses a lane marking without use of a turn signal, the system countersteers and later provides an audible warning and a visual signal in the instrument cluster, asking the driver to take over steering.
      The system works in the dark and/or in fog, but will not engage if it cannot properly detect lane markings. If the turn signal has been set before crossing a lane marking, the Lane Departure Warning system will not engage or give a warning. The driver can “override” the system at any time by applying minimal force, and is not relieved of responsibility to make conscious driving decisions.
      Park Distance Control uses ultrasonic sensors located in the front and rear bumpers to monitor a range of up to five feet in front or behind the vehicle. The system is activated when reverse gear is engaged or below a speed of 9 mph and helps provide guidance when parking or in tight situations. The system has audible and visual warnings when the car starts to approach parked cars or static objects from the front or rear.
      Park Assist can automatically steer the car into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces in reverse. After pressing the Park Assist button – once for parallel and twice for perpendicular – the driver only needs to activate the accelerator pedal and brake once a gear is selected.
      The driver can override or deactivate the steering assistance at any time by turning the steering wheel, disengaging reverse gear or pressing the button. Below 25 mph, the system can scan both the left-hand and right-hand sides of the road, for example in a one-way street, for any parking spaces as it drives past. By activating the turn signal, the driver stipulates which side of the road they wish to park on.
      Limited Warranty
      2017 Golf Alltrack models are offered with Volkswagen’s standard five-year/60,000-mile (whichever occurs first) powertrain limited warranty and three-year/36,000-mile (whichever occurs first) new vehicle limited warranty.
      Model Line-up
      Destination on all Golf Alltrack models is $820
      Alltrack S
      $25,850 with manual transmission (late availability)
      $26,950 with automatic transmission
      Alltrack SE
      $29,430 with manual transmission (late availability)
      $30,530 with automatic transmission
      Alltrack SEL
      $32,890 with automatic transmission
      Competitive Set
      Subaru Outback
      Subaru XV Crosstrek

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    • By William Maley
      Volkswagen has announced pricing and various details on the upcoming 2017 Golf Alltrack this week.
      The Golf Alltrack differs from the Golf SportWagen with 0.6-inch higher ride height, underbody guard for the front bumper, a larger gas tank (14.5-gallon for Alltrack vs. 13.2-gallon for Golf SportWagen), and 4Motion AWD as standard. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.8L four-cylinder with 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is rated at 22 City/30 Highway. 
      Pricing begins at $26,670 for the Golf Alltrack S with the manual and $27,770 for the DSG (prices include an $820 destination charge). The S gets leatherette seats, heated front seats, cruise control, an eight-speaker audio system, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen with a backup camera.
      The Golf Alltrack SE starts at $30,250 with the manual or $31,350 with the DSG. SE models feature a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry with push-button start, and a Fender audio system. Wrapping up the Golf Alltrack lineup is the SEL which kicks off at $33,710 for the DSG. SEL models come with a 12-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, and navigation.
      S and SE models can be equipped with an optional Driver Assistance package that adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, parking steering assist, and rear park distance control for $845. SEL models get all of these features along with high beam control and bi-xenon headlights with adaptive front lighting for $1,995.
      The 2017 Golf Alltrack arrives at dealers in a few weeks.
      Source: Volkswagen
      Press Release is on Page 2


      2017 GOLF ALLTRACK: VOLKSWAGEN’S STYLISH AND SOPHISTICATED WAGON IS READY FOR ADVENTURE
      Sep 11, 2016
      MSRP ranges from $26,950 for the S model to $32,890 for the top-tier SEL trim 4Motion® all-wheel drive, Hill Descent Control, Alltrack-exclusive “Off Road Mode,” and increased ground clearance provide exceptional performance on a variety of road conditions Available advanced driver assistance systems include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist), Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist), and High Beam Control (Light Assist) Golf platform offers the utility of a compact SUV—cargo volume, roof rack—without compromise in road manners High-tech features include a standard 6.5-inch touchscreen with rearview camera, Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect and an available Off-Road HMI section for the MIB infotainment platform Herndon, VA – The Golf Alltrack, the eagerly awaited derivative of the Golf SportWagen, marries that vehicle’s practicality and fun-to-drive nature with the capabilities of 4Motion® all-wheel drive and rugged exterior styling. The Alltrack offers an affordable yet upscale alternative to existing all-wheel-drive wagons that are on the market.
      The Alltrack uses Volkswagen’s powerful yet fuel-efficient 1.8-liter TSI® turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine, which makes 170 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque. The TSI engine will initially be offered with a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, with a six-speed manual transmission available later in the model year. The latest generation 4Motion all-wheel-drive system features a fast-acting center differential. Golf Alltrack will be available in three trims—S, SE and SEL—and will be in dealer showrooms in October.
      Exterior
      The Golf SportWagen body shape is immediately evident in the Alltrack, but there is absolutely no mistaking the two. Despite the overall length and width remaining roughly the same at 180.2 inches and 70.8 inches, the overall height has been increased because ride height is elevated by 0.6 inches. This change in proportions helps to make for a bolder, more capable appearance without compromising the pillars of Volkswagen design DNA—tight, crisp lines and understated-yet-modern surfaces.
      From the front, the Alltrack’s rugged character becomes even more apparent, with a redesigned bumper and added underbody guard, a matte-aluminum low-profile radiator grille crossbar extending into the headlights, a lower silver crossbar that incorporates standard foglights and unique black honeycomb grilles.
      The Alltrack’s profile also provides differentiation from the SportWagen, with body cladding on the side sills and around the wheelarches that carries over to the lower areas of the redesigned bumpers. Unique accenting can also be seen in the silver roof rails, Reflex Silver side mirrors and lower window chrome molding. A panoramic sunroof is standard equipment on SE and SEL grades. Also obvious from the side are the standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy “Valley” wheels (18-inch “Canyon” on the SEL) and the impressive ground clearance of 6.9 inches.
      At the back, the Alltrack sports dark-red taillights and a new bumper that is highlighted by dominant silver underbody protection, matching the style of the side sills and incorporating chrome exhaust outlets on either side. “Alltrack” and “4Motion” badging also make it clear this is a distinctly different vehicle than its Golf brethren.
      In addition to the standard foglights and LED Daytime Running Lights (all trims) with automatic headlight activation (SE and SEL only), a Driver Assist & Lighting Package is available for the Alltrack SEL that adds automatic headlight adjustment and replaces the halogen headlights with Bi-Xenon units.
      Interior
      Inside, the Alltrack offers the same spacious 94.3 cubic feet of passenger volume as the SportWagen, as well as 30.4 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 66.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Headroom also remains the same at 38.6 inches, as does the front and rear shoulder room of 55.9 and 53.9 inches and front and rear legroom of 41.2 and 35.6 inches.
      Despite having the same measurements, there are some notable differences that make the Alltrack’s upscale cabin stand out. V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces—including a unique “Marrakesh” brown color option—are standard equipment across the line, along with heatable front seats. A 12-way power driver seat is standard on the SEL trim. The unique interior equipment of the Alltrack adds a black headliner, a 4Motion-branded chrome strip on the center console, stainless-steel door kickplates with the Alltrack logo, and custom aluminum-look pedals.
      In addition to the expansive interior space, driver controls are positioned to help optimize ergonomics and usability. The seat position, height of the shifter and the spacing between the pedals are fine-tuned for increased driver comfort. This driver-centric design focus is evident from the center stack, which is angled towards the driver, a feature frequently seen in premium luxury or performance vehicles. Ambient lighting further highlights this upscale character, as well as the use of premium materials throughout, such as the soft-touch plastics and leather-wrapped handbrake, shifter knob and multi-function steering wheel.
      An equal amount of attention has been paid to helping to optimize comfort and convenience throughout the lineup. The Alltrack comes equipped with a long list of modern comfort, convenience and entertainment features, including power windows, locks and mirrors, rearview camera, Bluetooth® technology and Volkswagen Car-Net® Security and Service. KESSY® keyless access with push-button start is standard equipment on SE and SEL trim levels, as is the Fender® Premium Audio System, while Climatronic® automatic dual-zone climate control is standard on SEL models. The Alltrack S is equipped with an eight-speaker audio system.
      As standard equipment across the Alltrack line, the MIB II infotainment system not only creates the foundation for the next generation of Volkswagen’s Car-Net connected vehicle services platform, but also offers one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive industry today. The Composition Media unit is standard in S and SE trims, while the Discover Media navigation unit is found in the SEL trim. Both MIB II units are anchored around a 6.5-inch, 800x480 capacitive color touchscreen display with proximity sensor.
      The Alltrack SEL also features the Discover Media unit, which upgrades the 6.5-inch touchscreen with 2.5D Navigation, one-shot voice destination entry, predicts possible destinations based on often used routes, and Destination Entry with Quick Search and Auto-complete, and Car-Net Guide & Inform.
      Compatible smartphone integration is a key part of this system, offering users the ability to run certain smartphone apps directly on the vehicle’s display through services like Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™ and MirroLink®.  Alltrack’s infotainment system also offers AUX-in, SD card and USB multimedia interfaces with Apple iPhone® and iPod® compatibility, as well as a rearview camera display and Bluetooth technology with audio streaming for compatible phones. Other features include the ability to sync two phones simultaneously, along with a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, HD Radio and support for lossless audio file format (Free Lossless Audio Codec FLAC).
      Security & Service
      With the Car-Net Security & Service suite, owners can access their VW remotely through vw.com/carnet as well as a smartphone app, providing access to the features available from virtually anywhere your mobile device is connected to wireless internet.
      Available security related features include Automatic Crash Notification, which can automatically notify an operator who can contact first responders in the event of an collision; Manual Emergency Call, a feature that allows for quick access to customer specialists at the touch of a button; Roadside Assistance, for added peace-of-mind in the event of trouble on the road; and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, which uses VW Car-Net Security & Service to assist law enforcement with locating your vehicle in the event that it is stolen.
      In addition, Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service offers layers of convenience, such as remote vehicle access, remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash (of lights), last parked location information, and remote status check (doors and windows).
      The Car-Net Security & Service also offers Family Guardian, a suite of features that help families. Features including speed alert, which can notify the owner of the vehicle when the preset maximum speed limit is exceeded; and boundary alert, which can alert you if the vehicle has traveled outside of a pre-set virtual boundary.
      Diagnostics and maintenance information is also available through VW Car-Net. A Vehicle Health Report allows Volkswagen customers to check to see an overview of vehicle diagnostics. When it’s time for scheduled service, Car-Net Security & Service can not only alert the customer, but also provide a simple way to schedule a dealer visit. It can even identify the closest dealer in case you need a recommendation.
      Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped with Volkswagen Car-Net Security & Service connected vehicle services (not including App-Connect) will receive a no-charge trial for six months after purchase. To extend the benefits of this connectivity system, customers can choose from a number of Volkswagen Car-Net payment options: 1 year, for $199; 2 years for $378; 3 years for $540; or, month-to-month, for $17.99.
      Guide & Inform. Car-Net Guide & Inform offers an enhanced navigation and infotainment experience for Volkswagen customers. Volkswagen has incorporated technologies that enhance existing navigation offerings while adding an additional level of information that empowers owners.
      Satellite navigation is refined with Car-Net Guide & Inform, which incorporates several layers of information right onto the screen. MIB II-equipped Volkswagen models with in-vehicle navigation systems feature real-time fuel prices, sports scores, movie information and weather data as part of the three month SiriusXM Travel Link trial. Volkswagen customers will also enjoy real-time traffic information and a complimentary three-month SiriusXM Traffic trial.
      Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped with Volkswagen Car-Net connected vehicle services (not including App-Connect) will receive a no-charge trial for six months after purchase. To extend the benefits of this connectivity system, customers can choose from a number of Volkswagen Car-Net payment options: 1 year, for $199; 2 years for $378; 3 years for $540; or, month-to-month, for $17.99. App-Connect can be used free-of-charge and is not included as part of the subscription-based services. Car-Net Guide & Inform services are provided by SiriusXM, and following the three-month trial period of SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Traffic, customers can contact SiriusXM at www.siriusxm.com to learn how to initiate paid subscriptions to these services.
      Powertrain
      The Alltrack shares its 1.8-liter TSI engine with other members of the seventh-generation Golf lineup. This four-cylinder gasoline unit is a member of the latest EA888 engine family, utilizing turbocharged induction and direct fuel injection to help achieve excellent efficiency while still delivering impressive power. Output is rated at 170 horsepower at 4500 rpm and a stout 199 pound-feet of torque beginning at just 1600 rpm.
      Across all grades, Alltrack is launching with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission will be available early in 2017 on the S and SE trimlines. Regardless of transmission, power is routed to all four wheels via the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
      Also unique to Alltrack is a large 14.5-gallon fuel tank, which offers a greater range for adventure than SportWagen’s 13.2-gallon tank. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 30 mpg highway and 22 mpg city.
      4Motion all-wheel-drive system
      One of the Alltrack’s key features is the 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive system. The latest-generation 4Motion system is activated before any wheelspin occurs, helping eliminate nearly all traction losses. The system achieves this by using an advanced control function based on specific driving conditions. When operating under a relatively low load or when coasting, the front wheels are driven and the rear wheels are decoupled, which can help save fuel. However, the rear wheels can be engaged in fractions of a second whenever necessary via the center differential, which is activated by an electro-hydraulic oil pump.
      A control unit continually calculates the ideal drive torque for the rear wheels and controls how much the multi-plate clutch should be closed by activating the oil pump. The oil pressure increases the contact pressure at the clutch plates in proportion to the torque desired at the rear axle. So, the amount of pressure applied to the clutch plates can be used to continuously vary the amount of torque going between the front and rear wheels, up to a maximum of 50 percent at the rear axle.
      In addition to the center differential that acts longitudinally, electronic differential locks (EDL) that are a function of the electronic stability control system act laterally. The system can briefly brake a wheel that is slipping, enabling uninterrupted and stable transfer of drive power to the wheel on the opposite side.
      Chassis
      As a member of the modern Golf lineup, Alltrack is built on the same MQB chassis architecture as the rest of the line. The unitary construction chassis has two solid-mounted subframes with bolt-on front fenders, and utilizes new technologies such as laser clamp welding, which produces “wobble seam” welds in a wave pattern to help maximize strength in a limited space, offering up to four times the strength of a traditional spot weld.
      The stamped steel body and chassis boasts a large percentage of high-strength, hot-formed steel. This technology, along with the use of newly developed ultra-high-strength steels, allows much of the chassis and body to be constructed from thinner and lighter parts without any loss in strength. Additionally, thanks to the use of selective thickness for parts, a single component can be tailor-rolled to have as many as 11 zones of varying thicknesses.
      Thanks to the extensive use of modern construction techniques and high- and ultra-high strength steels, Alltrack’s chassis manages to remain lightweight despite its upscale features and enhanced crash structure. Throughout the car, incredible attention to detail has optimized components—such as the seats, air conditioning system, and even the electrical architecture—to help save weight.
      The Alltrack has its own, unique suspension tuning, with a ride height that is raised by 0.6 inches. Up front, a strut layout uses coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar, with a multilink arrangement with coil springs, telescopic dampers and anti-roll bar at the back.
      The Golf Alltrack’s braking system features 11.3-inch vented front discs and 10.7-inch solid rear discs with standard three-channel ABS with electronic brake pressure distribution. The rack-and-pinion steering features electric power assist and features a 13.6:1 ratio that allows for 2.76 turns from lock to lock and a vehicle turning circle of 35.8 feet.
      The Alltrack features a unique Driving Mode Selection that enables an Off Road Mode setting. This driving profile alters the ABS system and accelerator pedal character and activates the hill descent function, helping Alltrack deliver exceptional performance off the beaten path. The available Off-Road HMI that is part of the navigation system displays compass, steering angle, and altitude when driving off-road.
      Alltrack is also equipped with the XDS+® Cross Differential System—a feature originally developed for the performance-oriented GTI model. This technology acts somewhat like an electronic substitute for a traditional mechanical limited-slip differential, working by actively monitoring data from each wheel sensor. If the suspension becomes unloaded, the system automatically applies braking to the driven inside wheel as needed to help reduce understeer (the tendency for the front wheels to run wide). This not only helps stability, but can also help improve handling and cornering performance.
      Safety
      Like the rest of the Golf line, Alltrack provides an intelligent combination of both passive and active safety systems. The 2017 Alltrack has been given a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
      A standard feature on all 2017 Alltrack models is the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping to reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.
      The Alltrack also includes Volkswagen’s Intelligent Crash Response System that shuts off the fuel pump, unlocks the doors, and switches on the hazard lights if the car is involved in certain types of collisions. All Alltrack models are equipped with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
      Driver Assistance Systems
      The Alltrack S and SE are available with the Driver Assistance Package (MSRP $845) that adds Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), front and rear Park Distance Control (ParkPilot), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist). The Alltrack SEL can be equipped with the Driver Assistance & Lighting Package ($1,995), which includes the above-listed systems and adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Lane Departure Warning system (Lane Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist), and Bi-Xenon headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS).
      Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses forward facing radar to maintain a set speed while helping maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front. The driver sets the speed and the desired spacing via buttons on the multifunction steering wheel and can use the accelerator, brake pedal, or steering wheel to cancel or override the ACC function. All system messages appear in the central multifunction display.
      When the roadway ahead of the vehicle is empty, the system maintains the set speed. Alltrack models fitted with automatic transmissions and ACC can match the speed of a vehicle in front and come to a stop, as well as resume ACC control after the driver presses the accelerator pedal or the “resume” button on the steering wheel. On manual transmission Alltrack models, the ACC ceases to operate below 19 mph.
      Within physical system limits, Forward Collision Warning helps warn the driver of critical front-end collision situations, both acoustically and visually by a warning symbol in the instrument cluster, and, if necessary, Autonomous Emergency Braking is activated to slow the vehicle if the driver fails to brake. If the brake pedal is applied but the driver brakes too lightly, the brake pressure is increased by the system.
      If there is an indication that the vehicle is unintentionally straying from its lane, an available Lane Departure Warning system can actively countersteer to help keep the vehicle in the lane above 40 mph. The system’s camera can recognize visible lane markings (one side can suffice) and, using a special algorithm, calculates the risk of the car leaving the lane. If the driver takes their hands off the wheel for a defined period of time, or the vehicle crosses a lane marking without use of a turn signal, the system countersteers and later provides an audible warning and a visual signal in the instrument cluster, asking the driver to take over steering.
      The system works in the dark and/or in fog, but will not engage if it cannot properly detect lane markings. If the turn signal has been set before crossing a lane marking, the Lane Departure Warning system will not engage or give a warning. The driver can “override” the system at any time by applying minimal force, and is not relieved of responsibility to make conscious driving decisions.
      Park Distance Control uses ultrasonic sensors located in the front and rear bumpers to monitor a range of up to five feet in front or behind the vehicle. The system is activated when reverse gear is engaged or below a speed of 9 mph and helps provide guidance when parking or in tight situations. The system has audible and visual warnings when the car starts to approach parked cars or static objects from the front or rear.
      Park Assist can automatically steer the car into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces in reverse. After pressing the Park Assist button – once for parallel and twice for perpendicular – the driver only needs to activate the accelerator pedal and brake once a gear is selected.
      The driver can override or deactivate the steering assistance at any time by turning the steering wheel, disengaging reverse gear or pressing the button. Below 25 mph, the system can scan both the left-hand and right-hand sides of the road, for example in a one-way street, for any parking spaces as it drives past. By activating the turn signal, the driver stipulates which side of the road they wish to park on.
      Limited Warranty
      2017 Golf Alltrack models are offered with Volkswagen’s standard five-year/60,000-mile (whichever occurs first) powertrain limited warranty and three-year/36,000-mile (whichever occurs first) new vehicle limited warranty.
      Model Line-up
      Destination on all Golf Alltrack models is $820
      Alltrack S
      $25,850 with manual transmission (late availability)
      $26,950 with automatic transmission
      Alltrack SE
      $29,430 with manual transmission (late availability)
      $30,530 with automatic transmission
      Alltrack SEL
      $32,890 with automatic transmission
      Competitive Set
      Subaru Outback
      Subaru XV Crosstrek
    • By William Maley
      Before too long, the G90 will be hitting Genesis showrooms. Hence why Genesis has announced pricing for their flagship model.
      When it hits dealers at the end of the month, the G90 will carry a base price of $69,050 (includes a $950 destination charge). For that, it will net you a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 with 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, leather interior, power seats (22-way for the driver, 16-way for the passenger); Lexicon 7.1 surround-sound audio system with 17 speakers, 12.3-inch infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and more.
      Wanting a bit more oomph? Then step up to the 5.0L V8 which comes with 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Pricing for this model begins at $70,650. The G90 V8 also adds power adjustments for the rear seats with memory function, full LED headlights, and more.
      All-wheel drive is available for both engines for only an additional $2,500 
      Source: Genesis
      Press Release is on Page 2


      GENESIS ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR ITS G90 LUXURY FLAGSHIP SEDAN
      G90 pricing starts at $68,100 with an all-new powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine Standard suite of world-class safety technology and premium features including the industry’s first Amazon Alexa skill integration Genesis Experience provides stress-free ownership with unprecedented levels of convenience and customer care programs  FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 2, 2016 – Genesis today announced pricing for its G90 flagship luxury sedan, which will compete at the top of the premium luxury car segment with world-class technological innovations and the highest levels of refinement, convenience and dynamic performance. Starting at $68,100, the Genesis G90 comes well-equipped with an all-new powerful 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, an uncompromised suite of driver safety technologies, plus best-in-class standard features. One of these innovative features includes the industry’s first Amazon Alexa skill that allows owners to send remote voice commands to the G90 through Genesis Connected Services. The G90’s available 5.0-liter V8 GDI engine is priced at $69,700 and adds premium amenities for the ultimate in passenger comfort and luxury refinement. Like all Genesis vehicles, the G90 takes luxury to another level with the Genesis Experience, a comprehensive owner program providing first rate customer assurance with enhanced maintenance programs and an industry-leading warranty.
      “The Genesis G90 not only presents a compelling product offering, but also a unique ownership experience to create value for our customers,” said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. “The G90 embodies all the hallmarks of a modern luxury vehicle with timeless design, performance engineering and innovative technology, while offering owners an unprecedented level of choice, convenience and customer care.”
      The G90 will be available in Genesis retailers at the end of this month, and is offered in both rear-wheel and all–wheel drive to meet customers’ varying performance needs and vehicle demands.
      2017 GENESIS G90 – PRICING STRUCTURE
      2017 Genesis G90
      Engine
      Powertrain
      MSRP
      G90 3.3T Premium
      3.3L Twin-Turbo V6
      RWD
      $68,100
      AWD
      $70,600
      G90 5.0 Ultimate
      5.0L V8 GDI
      RWD
      $69,700
      AWD
      $72,200
      *MSRP excludes $950 freight charge
      In addition, the G90 is equipped with an uncompromised level of standardized safety technology, unrivaled in the premium luxury class. This comprehensive suite of standard safety features works to minimize risk and maximize protection for the driver, passenger and other road users.
      Standard Advanced Safety & Technology Highlights:
      Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection Driver Attention Alert (DAA) Smart Blind Spot Detection (SBSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) and High Beam Assist Pre-safety seat belt and nine airbags Smart Cruise Control with Stop/Start Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Vehicle Hold Multi-view and forward-view cornering camera Front and rear parking sensors  Furthermore all Genesis vehicles, including the G90, launch with consumer-centric programs as part of the Genesis Experience. From service valet appointments scheduled using the Genesis mobile app to complimentary maintenance and Genesis Connected Services, the ownership experience is designed to provide time-saving conveniences.
      3 years/36K miles Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance 3 years/36K miles Complimentary Service Valet 3 years Complimentary Genesis Connected Services including Connected Care, Remote, and Guidance 3 years Complimentary SiriusXM® Travel Link (Traffic & Data) 3 years Complimentary Map Care – Annual Map Updates Best-in-Industry Warranty with Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Concierge Services
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