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The Petersen Automotive Museum in LA Features an Electrified 1972 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
Side view of electrified 1972 VW Type 2 Bus_o

The Volkswagen Type 2 Bus has a loyal following of passionate automotive enthusiasts, with its iconic styling and association with the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Recently, Volkswagen has been making a major push for electrification, with many planned electric-powered vehicles in the upcoming years. To showcase the possibilities of automotive electrification, Volkswagen partnered with conversion specialist EV West to modify a 1972 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus with an all-electric powertrain. 


2020 Volkswagen Atlas Release Date

Friday, November 22nd, 2019
Blue 2019 VW Atlas SEL Premium with 4MOTION AWD

Santa Monica drivers and Volkswagen customers around the world have anxiously awaited the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas release date. It looks like the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas is late to its own party. Volkswagen still can’t commit to a specific date, but the popular SUV crossover will be available sometime soon. In hopes of keeping Volkswagen fans interested, it’s reduced the launching price to around $31,500* and is offering a remarkable warranty to compensate for it. Volkswagen Santa Monica will keep you posted on the 2020 Volkswagen release date, and in the meantime, here’s what we know about it.

2020 Volkswagen Engine and Performance

Although most Atlas trims will come with a V6, the entry-level models still come standard with a 2.0L turbo that provides 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The V6 option is a 3.6L and kicks it up 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of rotational force and is available in both front and all-wheel drive. Properly equipped, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas can tow around 5,000 pounds, perfect for those road trips around Los Angeles.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Interior

The interior of the 2020 Atlas is spacious and stylish, just what Manhattan Beach drivers want. With more than 117 inches in wheelbase, it’s one of the most spacious models in its class and provides plenty of legroom in all three rows. Even the third row can comfortably accommodate adult passengers. There is also plenty of cargo space for all of your gear. With about 20.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and an overall cargo capacity of up to 97 cubic feet, you can easily stash away all of that camping and fishing gear.

Find Your Next Volkswagen at Volkswagen Santa Monica Today

If you’re tired of waiting for the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas release date, we understand. There are plenty of 2019 Atlas models still available, and many other great Volkswagen models. Take a look at our new car specials and then head into Volkswagen Santa Monica near Los Angeles for a test drive. We’ll help you select the right Volkswagen for you and then do everything we can to get you a payment you can afford. Contact us today.

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

**2019 model shown.

Volkswagen “Building an Electric Future” Exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
Building an Electric Future logo for a Volkswagen exhibit at the Peterson Automotive Museum

Volkswagen is making a major push for automotive electrification, with many electric vehicles planned for the upcoming years. To emphasize its lofty EV goals and to help educate the public on the future of electric mobility, Volkswagen collaborated with the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles for a “Building an Electric Future” exhibit. (more…)

2020 Volkswagen Jetta Release Date

Thursday, October 31st, 2019
2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium silk blue


The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta has been anticipated since the release of the redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. Although few visual and technological changes are expected, the 2020 Jetta still offers safety and technology upgrades from the 2019 version. Currently, the release date and the pricing for the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta remains unknown, however with its similarity to the 2019 Jetta model, the MSRP pricing is expected to be between $20,000 – $29,000. Read our guide to learn about the updates for the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta and then contact us to shop our Jetta inventory!

2020 Volkswagen Jetta – Safety Features

Part of the redesign for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta was an overhaul of its safety features and technology. The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta continues with this tradition by upgrading its Car-Net infotainment system and in-car wifi abilities. Additionally, a cold-weather package will be optional for the SE and SE R trims, and standard in the SEL and SEL Premium trims. The cold-weather package offers drivers in Beverly Hills:

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Heated windshield washer nozzles
  • Remote start

The IIHS crash test and emergency braking system ratings for the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta are expected to mirror the “Good” and “Superior” ratings of the 2019 Jetta.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta – Performance

The 2020 Volkswagen Jetta will offer the same 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the 2019 model. With 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, this standard six-speed manual transmission engine will excel on the roads of West Hollywood.

2020 Volkswagen Jetta – Style

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta took on the competitors by completely redesigning its interior and exterior features, and the updated 2020 Jetta does not disappoint either. Keeping with the 2019 redesign, the 2020 Jetta offers new 17-inch aluminum wheels on its SEL and SEL Premium trims. This is coupled with a streamlined cabin design, removing distracting designs and offering drivers in Brentwood premium comfort and amenities.

See The Entire Volkswagen Lineup at Volkswagen Santa Monica!

Although the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is not available for purchase yet, you can learn about the features offered on the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta – or read about the release date for the 2020 Volkswagen Passat or 2020 VW Atlas. Schedule a test drive with our friendly staff today and learn more about everything the Volkswagen Jetta has to offer!

*2019 model shown

The Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion Electric Concept

Thursday, February 28th, 2019
I.D. VIZZION Driving

Volkswagen envisions a future where toxic fossil fuels and human error are removed from your automotive journey, leaving behind only the pleasure of the voyage. The automaker plans to make that vision a reality with the I.D. Vizzion. The Vizzion is Volkswagen’s sleek, futuristic concept sedan that has neither a steering wheel nor pedals, controlled instead by a smart brain that can navigate the busy streets of Beverly Hills while you sit back and enjoy the ride in comfort and peace. (more…)

2019 Volkswagen Arteon Release Date

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
2019 Volkswagen Arteon Driving in Street

Lots of Volkswagen enthusiasts in Brentwood have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the 2019 VW Arteon, and it’s no wonder why. With a sleek modern design, coupe feel, and sporty driving dynamics, this midsize sports sedan has plenty of appeals to go around. However, the Volkswagen Arteon release date has seen a little bit of a delay, and drivers can now expect it to arrive at Volkswagen Santa Monica sometime in the early part of 2019. See how the VW Arteon beats the Ford Fusion, and get ready for its arrival at our dealership in Santa Monica. (more…)

Holiday Events, Downtown LA 2018

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
Los Angeles at night

At Volkswagen of Santa Monica, we love to tell you about places you can take your new VW to have a good time. Read on to learn about the 2018 Christmas activities in Downtown LA guaranteed to show you and your new car a good time.

The Grove

For a Christmas celebration worthy of a West Hollywood Saturday night, try The Grove. This year’s winter Wonderland in LA happening now through Christmas Day 2018, includes a 100-foot Christmas tree, nightly snowfall at 7:00 and 8:00 PM and live entertainment. Pet lovers can drop by on December 11th from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM for pictures of your furry friend with Santa.

A Queen Mary Christmas

For a truly elegant Christmas experience that might make Beverly Hills shopping seem bland, venture down to the Queen Mary between now and January 6, 2019, for indoor ice skating, a holiday dinner show, and of course, pictures with Santa himself.

Holiday in the Park

Six Flags Magic Mountain is just a short drive from Culver City and well worth it to check out holiday in the park. This year they’ll have more than two million lights and seven uniquely themed areas perfect for the whole family. Drop by daily from December 15 through 30th 2008 for live caroling and holiday-themed acrobatics.

Snow Wonder

On December 8th Burton chase park in Marina del Rey transforms into a magical Winter Wonderland. Stop by from noon to 6 PM for tons of real snow, alive DJ, food, arts and crafts, and so much more. Entry is free with food purchase.


Venture in from Brentwood to grab a picture with the Grinch himself and feel your heart grow three sizes too! Enjoy the Whoville carolers, catch the lighting of the splendid Whoville Christmas tree, and relax and let Cindy Lou Who lull you into the holiday spirit with story time.

We love LA!

These wonderful activities are only the beginning of Santa Monica’s offerings. Check out our other city pages to see what attractions there are for visitors our favorite Santa Monica beach restaurants and the best places to take Fido for a run and socializing.

The Environmental Media Association

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
environmental media group

Whether you live in West Hollywood or you make your home in Culver City, you and your family rely on your environment to provide the food, water, and air that keeps you healthy, whole, and safe. That’s why we support the Environmental Media Association and all they do to help keep our world green.

Who Is the EMA?

The Environmental Media Association in Beverly Hills, CA is one of a handful of Los Angeles non-profits whose focus is on protecting the environment. The EMA is made up of entertainment personalities, green icons, entrepreneurs, and technology icons, each devoted to spreading the message of environmental protection and the importance of living a more sustainable lifestyle.

What Does the EMA Do?

Like all sustainable non-profits, EMA spends a portion of their time raising funds for their many programs, some of which include:

  • Green My School: EMA garden program aims to teach children about the importance of organic gardening and helping to bring community gardens to schools across the country. These gardens not only provide an essential teaching tool, but they also give the children access to fresh fruits and vegetable as well.
  • EMA Green Seal: The EMA Green Seal program honors sustainable production and those companies ready to go the extra mile to ensure their productions help, rather than harm the environment.
  • Impact Summit: EMA brings together corporations, scientists, influencers, start-ups, and public personalities to brainstorm new ways to bring innovative solutions to environmental problems to the public.
  • Messaging: EMA uses the latest messaging platforms, including social media, podcasts, and PSAs to connect with the public and drive home the message of sustainability and spread the message that our efforts are having a positive impact.

Since the Environmental Media Association was founded in 1989, their message of hope and help has reached millions worldwide. And, with more high-profile faces joining the cause every day, they will continue to be a major influence on environmental issues for decades to come.

We Love LA!

To learn more about the Environmental Media Association, and to learn how you can help, visit them here. When you’re done, visit our other city pages to learn more about life in LA and the activities available from Brentwood to Marina del Rey. Our latest pages cover the best dog parks in LA, our favorite restaurants in Santa Monica, and attractions and activities to keep you active year-round.

5 Great Brentwood, CA Restaurants

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
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If you’ve been wondering where to eat in Brentwood, we have a few suggestions to tickle your taste buds and give you another good reason to hop into your new Volkswagen and head out on the road today.

Winston Pies

Because who doesn’t love pie? Winston Pies creates flaky, decadent treats in every flavor you can imagine, including hard-to-find Southern favorites like the Chocolate Cowgirl — a fudge and caramel confection on a salted oatmeal crust. Grab a full-sized pie to share or hoard a 2.5-inch baby pie for yourself. We won’t judge.

Location: 11678 San Vincente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Contact: (310) 207-5PIE


In keeping with our dessert theme, we recommend Compartes. They serve up some of the finest organic chocolate truffles, bars, and other treats you’ll find outside of Beverly Hills, as well as custom-printed chocolates perfect for gift-giving.

Location: 912 S. Barrington, Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Contact: (310) 826-3380


An upscale steakhouse with some of the finest, freshest seafood you’ll find outside of Marina Del Rey, Baltaire is the perfect restaurant to visit when you want to impress your date. Choose any of the chef-inspired creations off the menu or have the Dover Sole prepared at your table for an extra touch of pizzazz.

Location: 11647 San Vincente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Contact: (424) 273-1660


A great little brunch place in Santa Monica, Farmshop is an artisanal restaurant, bakery, and market all in one. Sit down with friends and enjoy the homey atmosphere then grab some fresh bread and aged cheeses. Take some home to Culver City and prepare a second course for later!

Location: 225 26th St, Suite 25, Santa Monica, CA
Contact: (310) 566-2400

Il Piccolo Verde

Il Piccolo Verde is an Italian eatery that serves pizza and pasta to hungry diners as late as 3:00 a.m. Hit the clubs in West Hollywood then wander in for a plate of carbs and rich sauce. The food is authentic and filling and the prices are reasonable, so there’s no reason to deny yourself a treat.

Location: 140 S Barrington Place, Los Angeles, CA
Contact: (310) 472-4939

Learn More About Brentwood, CA Restaurants with Volkswagen Santa Monica!

Indulge yourself with something flavorful and, when you’re done, check out our other city guides to find great places to hike or Santa Monica attractions guaranteed to make you smile.

2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
2019 Volkswagen Tiguan Interior

The 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan interior is all at once spacious, tech-savvy, and comfortable, making it an excellent SUV for Beverly Hills families. VW Car-Net® App-Connect allows you to sync your smartphone with the infotainment system, while the cargo area offers plenty of storage for luggage, grocery bags, and more. Explore more of the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan interior below, and check out the 2020 VW Tiguan interior as well!

Interior Design & Cargo Space

The Volkswagen Tiguan design includes ample legroom and a series of color options to suit your style preferences. A few feature highlights include:

  • V-Tex leatherette seating
  • Carpeted cargo area with tie-down hooks
  • Unique Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line badging
  • Available Vienna leather seats
  • Available Panoramic Sunroof Package (Volkswagen Tiguan SE and above)

Need extra space in the cargo area? Fold the split-folding rear seats down to reveal up to 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The VW Tiguan SUV can comfortably seat passengers and carry their belongings with ease.


The Volkswagen Tiguan is chock-full of technology features to help you stay informed and connected as you cruise through West Hollywood. Standard technologies include VW Car-Net® App-Connect, a Composition Media with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, and a Rear View Camera System. Other available features include the following:

  • VW Car-Net® Security & Service
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Light assist
  • Lane assist area view
  • Park distance control
  • Front assist
  • Automatic post-collision braking
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Available pedestrian monitoring
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Overhead view camera


In every respect, the VW Tiguan SUV works to make your life easier. Its various convenience features make taking on Brentwood and Culver City roads less of a hassle. The Tiguan comes with features like a handsfree easy open and easy close liftgate, seat release levers in the cargo area, a versatile third row, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

Step Inside the New Tiguan Interior at Volkswagen Santa Monica!

Experience the Volkswagen Tiguan interior from the driver’s seat at Volkswagen Santa Monica! Schedule a test drive near Marina del Rey to explore the Tiguan trims and comfort features for yourself. While you’re here, ask about our Volkswagen Tiguan lease and lease and finance specials!