What are the best waterfront restaurants in Santa Monica CA?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community Events & Info on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at 7:31 PM
Sunset at Santa Monica Beach with the Santa Monica Pier in the background

With the wide stretch of sand, historic pier, and sweeping vistas, Santa Monica has one of the most iconic beaches in the world. Enjoy a great view of the beach and the Pacific Ocean at these waterfront restaurants in the Santa Monica-area. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Star Alex Morgan Has a Volkswagen Brand Ambassador Role

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Media, Volkswagen News on Monday, July 15th, 2019 at 5:36 PM
US Soccer star Alex Morman wearing a blue soccer kit with a Volkswagen logo

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team recently won its 2nd-consecutive FIFA World Cup. One of the leading performers for Team USA was Alex Morgan, with six goals during the tournament. Alex Morgan is also sharing her talents for Volkswagen, with her recently taking a Brand Ambassador role. Read the rest of this entry »

Is the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon now available in Santa Monica CA?

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Arteon on Friday, July 12th, 2019 at 5:20 PM
White 2019 Volkswagen Arteon driving on a country road

Do you desire a stylish, luxurious, and fun-to-drive midsize sedan that won’t annihilate your bank account? Do you live in Santa Monica or elsewhere in West Los Angeles? Check out the 2019 Volkswagen Arteon at Volkswagen of Santa Monica! This wonderful sedan is now available to buy or lease! Read the rest of this entry »

What is the 2020 Golf R Release Date?

By Volkswagen Santa Monica | Posted in Volkswagen Model Features on Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at 1:50 PM
2019 VW Golf R Rear

Volkswagen started issuing early reports on the 8th-generation Golf model back in late 2018, and right away, reports of a soon-to-be-released Golf model with more than 400 horsepower started to generate tons of buzz. After a brief scare, where it looked as though the model would be scrapped, Volkswagen confirmed some of our wildest hopes in April of 2019. While we still don’t have the final 2020 VW Golf R release date, we now know for certain that a new, more powerful Golf will hit the roads near Santa Monica in 2020.

What Do We Know About the 2020 Volkswagen Golf R?

The current Volkswagen Golf is the “Mk 7,” part of a generation that has run from 2012 to the present. We know that Volkswagen has planned to introduce the Golf Mk 8 (MKVIII) for the new year, and from the start, this means that changes to the new 2020 VW Golf R will be difficult to identify this far in advance. In the 2019 model year, the VW Golf R was offered in a single trim with a 288-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and a 0-60 track time of less than 5 seconds, making it even faster than the well-loved Golf GTI.

The 2020 VW Golf R price is not yet known, but some expect it to cost around $45,000.

Preview the 2020 VW Golf R Performance

With that said, we’re not averse to making some predictions. Recent reports suggest that the 2020 Volkswagen Golf R will be offered in two trim levels, and we expect that at least one will carry a modified version of the current 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The lower end trim is expected to offer around 300 hp, while the top-level trim is likely to breach 400. We wouldn’t be surprised if it offered a 0-60 track time of less than 4 seconds.

When VW first started floating rumors of a Golf with more than 400 hp, some skeptics responded that such an option borders on the impractical. They pointed out that some comparably-powerful vehicles can be expensive to maintain, but they may not have realized that the 2020 Golf R will start up with a more powerful 48V electric motor. With this extra power under the hood, the new Golf R could reach more than 40 mpg in the right conditions. EPA estimated fuel economy will be announced closer to launch.

How Will the 2020 VW Golf R Look?

The old Golf was known for its subdued looks, which appealed to many drivers but left others searching for a model with a bit more panache. We think the new Golf R will offer the best of both worlds, playing on the self-evident practicality of German engineering while adding more flash for your drives around Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.

The new model will probably feature a slim-line grille, standard LED headlights, a more sharply-defined bumper, and of course, unmistakable R-Line Badging. Wheels will be available in several different sizes, and since a 19-inch option was available in 2019, we expect to see the same in the new year.

In 2019, the Golf R was offered in more than 40 colors. We’re not sure if we’ll see the same range of options this year, but we think you can expect more than a few striking choices.

Unique interior touches and sporty seats will continue to give the Golf R interior a distinctive look. We expect both trims to feature a touchscreen infotainment system and a built-in Navigation system, as well as all of the technology features you’ve come to expect from VW.
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Find Your New VW Golf for Sale at Volkswagen Santa Monica

Volkswagen Santa Monica is proud to be a go-to source for drivers near Brentwood and Marina Del Rey. Whether you’re looking for a new Golf model or the most up-to-date news on the 2020 Golf R USA release date, you can count on our team. Although the eighth generation of this hot hatchback won’t arrive until 2020, we think you’d be well served by taking a look at our new VW inventory today! Contact us today if you’d like to set up a test drive.

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How to Use the Volkswagen Keyless Entry System

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Technology on Monday, July 8th, 2019 at 4:57 PM
A man pressing the Push-Button Start button in a VW Golf

Volkswagen vehicles provide a high level of convenience, especially with their helpful technologies. This includes the Volkswagen Keyless Entry System with Push-Button Start/Stop, which does away with the inconvenience of using keys. To learn how to use the Volkswagen Keyless Entry System, view here. Read the rest of this entry »

2019 4th of July Events and Fireworks Shows

By Volkswagen Santa Monica | Posted in Local on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 2:17 PM
Firework Show

The 4th of July is a special time of year in all fifty states, and for many, it’s the holiday that best symbolizes the height of summer. Find out how to make the most of this special occasion with our guide to the 2019 4th of July Events and fireworks shows in Santa Monica.

Independence Day Celebration – June 29th

This year, the biggest fireworks in Santa Monica will be seen at the Independence Day Celebration on June 29th. Folks will gather from 5:00 to 10:00 P.M. at Corsair Field, on the campus of Santa Monica College, but you can start tailgating in the parking lot as early as 4:00. The live music and entertainment will go on at 6:00, and the 4th of July fireworks will start flying over Santa Monica at 9:00.

Parking is $5, but the event is otherwise completely free! Animals, alcohol, and chairs with pointed legs are all prohibited. 

Looking for a place to grab a drink or a meal after the show? Check out our guides to the best restaurants in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, or West Hollywood.

4th of July Parade in Santa Monica

On Independence Day itself, the city of Santa Monica will collaborate with the Ocean Park Association to put on the 13th annual 4th of July Parade. This family-friendly holiday event will start at 9:30 A.M, at the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Main Street. From there, the red, white, and blue participants will travel down Main, to the point where Marine meets Barnard Way. The parade will end near Ocean View Park.

After the morning parade, we wouldn’t be surprised if you were looking for more fun things to do on the 4th of July in Santa Monica! Although the city won’t be putting on its own fireworks show that day, you may still want to head down to Santa Monica Beach or Ocean Avenue. Both are great places to watch any displays that happen to light up the sky.

Plan Your Next Adventure with Volkswagen Santa Monica!

Our city is full of exciting events and celebrations, and not only on the 4th of July! Before you plan your next night out or gear up for an exciting holiday, you’ll want to check in with the Volkswagen Santa Monica blog for ideas, tips, and information. If you had a fun time with one of our recommendations, or if you want to share some news with your friends and neighbors, we hope that you’ll contact us today!

What IIHS safety rating did the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI get?

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Golf GTI on Friday, June 21st, 2019 at 3:08 PM
Grey 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI with mountains in the background

In addition to its quick acceleration, excellent driving dynamics, and stylish and versatile hatchback design, the 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI delivers high-level safety with its high-strength and crash-optimized body, advanced airbag system, and many safety-enhancing driving assistance technologies. This safety prowess was recently confirmed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), with the organization naming the 2019 VW Golf GTI a TOP SAFETY PICK. Read the rest of this entry »

2019 4th of July Events and Fireworks Shows Santa Monica CA

By Product Expert | Posted in Community Events & Info on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 5:07 PM
The Statue of Liberty, an American flag, and fireworks

Show your American pride this Independence Day and head to any these 2019 4th of July events and fireworks shows in the Santa Monica-area! Read the rest of this entry »

June 2019 Volkswagen Specials Santa Monica CA

By Product Expert | Posted in Dealership Information, Sales on Friday, June 7th, 2019 at 4:22 PM
June Volkswagen Specials title and a silver 2019 Volkswagen Atlas

Are you shopping around for a great deal on a Volkswagen car or SUV in the West Los Angeles-area? Take a look at our June 2019 VW specials at Volkswagen of Santa Monica! Read the rest of this entry »

How to Use the Volkswagen Tire Pressure Monitoring System

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Technology on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 at 3:40 PM
Tire Pressure Monitoring System in 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen makes it easy to ensure that your tires are adequately inflated with the Tire Pressure Monitoring System. There are multiple reasons why the tires on your car should have the recommended tire pressure. Underinflated tires decrease vehicle control, along with reducing the life of the tire and fuel economy, while overinflated tires also decrease vehicle control and can cause an explosive flat. View here to learn how to use the Volkswagen Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Read the rest of this entry »