Archive for May, 2018

About the VW Blind Spot Monitor

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
2018 Volkswagen Jetta side mirror

Shop New VW with Driver Assistance Packages

Driving around Beverly Hills can be a hike (sometimes literally), but when you have VW driver assistance features like the VW Blind Spot monitor, things are a bit easier. Find out how the VW Blind Spot Monitor works, and take a look at the various models offered with this safety feature and the entire VW Driver Assistance Package.

How VW Blind Spot Monitor Works

The “blind spot” is the area behind the driver on the left and right side of the car that prevents one from seeing another vehicle. The VW Blind Spot Monitor is a special driver assistance safety feature that’s offered on new VW vehicles, which allows drivers to be aware of vehicles in their blind spot.

The Blind Spot Monitor uses two radar sensors, located on the left and right back bumpers of the vehicle. When these sensors detect that an object is located within the range of the driver’s blind spot, it alerts the driver by flashing a “blind spot” LED light warning signal on the left and right side view mirrors. It works alongside Rear Traffic Alert, which can detect oncoming traffic before it enters the range of your blind spot.

VW Driver Assistance Package

In addition to the Blind Spot Monitor, Volkswagen offers a variety of other sonar- and sensor-based safety technologies via the VW Driver Assistance Package, which includes:

  • Front Assist
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Lane Assist
  • Park Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Park Pilot

VW Vehicles with Blind Spot Monitor

The Blind Spot Monitor is available throughout the new Volkswagen lineup, including models like:

Stay Safer in Beverly Hills with the VW Blind Spot Monitor

Check out the VW Blind Spot Monitor and the rest of the safety features offers on new VW models at Volkswagen Santa Monica.

Best Garden Centers and Nurseries Santa Monica CA

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
Little Girl Watering Some Flowers

Are you hoping to spruce up your house with some plants or create a beautiful garden? Head to one of these Santa Monica-area garden centers or nurseries.  (more…)

What are the trims and pricing of the 2019 VW Jetta?

Thursday, May 17th, 2018
Rear View of Blue 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta has long been a top choice for the compact sedan segment — and with a thorough redesign for the 2019 model-year, with athletic styling, an increase in cabin space, and a plethora of premium features, it raises the bar even higher. (more…)

2019 Volkswagen Jetta First Drive Reviews

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
Blue 2019 VW Jetta with Hilly Landscape in the Background

2019 VW Jetta Specs


There’s a lot of excitement around the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta this year, and that’s because this popular VW sedan has been fully redesigned this year. The 2019 Jetta release date was a big event for the team at Volkswagen Santa Monica, where people came from Culver City and the surrounding areas for the VW Jetta launch party. See what auto publications are saying in early 2019 VW Jetta first drive reviews, and then make your way into our dealership to see it for yourself!

Car and Driver 2019 Jetta Review

“All the pleasure from rowing your own gears is present and accounted for, with progressive clutch takeup and a nicely weighted shifter. The automatic has also been upgraded from six speeds to eight, helping the 2019 Jetta to now earn the same EPA fuel-economy estimates regardless of transmission choice: 30 mpg city**, 40 [mpg] highway**, and 34 [mpg] combined**. While the automatic car is inherently less fun to drive, this new transmission shifts quickly and smartly, plus it offers manual control as in other Volkswagen [models], by sliding the gear lever to the side and pushing fore and aft.”

Motor Trend 2019 Jetta Review

“Driven with just two adults onboard, passing performance feels acceptable and the acceleration rate at medium and wide throttle openings seemed more linear than we’ve experienced with other engines with tiny turbos. […] The new transmission reacts swiftly to throttle inputs, especially in its S mode.

Edmunds 2019 Jetta Review

“As we mentioned in our First Look, the 2019 Jetta has grown in every dimension. The wheelbase is longer, and the car is also taller, longer and wider overall. These increases generally translate into more interior room, bringing the Jetta’s cabin in line with today’s much less economy-size compact cars.”

Check Out the 2019 VW Jetta Today Near Beverly Hills!

Take a test drive in the fully redesigned 2019 Volkswagen Jetta near Culver City at Volkswagen Santa Monica, located at 2440 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA. Give us a call with questions at (877) 831-4355, and stay tuned into the latest VW news with our Volkswagen blog. While you’re at it, why don’t you check out our guide to the 2019 VW Jetta trim levels!

**EPA estimates. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors, including your driving habits and vehicle condition.

Save Big with the Spectacular May Specials at Volkswagen of Santa Monica

Friday, May 11th, 2018
May 2018 VW Specials Title and Red 2018 Volkswagen Passat

May 2018 Volkswagen Specials Santa Monica CA

If you live in West Los Angeles and are aiming to get behind the wheel of a high-quality Volkswagen, then you’ll be thrilled with the spectacular May 2018 specials at Volkswagen of Santa Monica! (more…)

2018 Mother’s Day Events and Activities Santa Monica CA

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
Happy Mother's Day Santa Monica Title and Mother and Baby by the Ocean

Celebrate and honor your mom at a 2018 Mother’s Day event or activity in the Santa Monica-area! (more…)

Volkswagen Electric Microbus Early Test Drive

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

More VW News in Santa Monica

VW I.D. Buzz Concept News

Environmentalists and electric car enthusiasts everywhere have celebrated the buzz around the VW I.D. Buzz autonomous electric microbus. The redesigned microbus, while smaller than the original, has the possibility of multiple configurations, including a camper for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to go an all-new adventure with their electric microbus. Based on a recently-released video showcasing the VW I.D. Buzz in action, it’s clear that Volkswagen is looking to drastically alter its image to deliver a more green and efficient image to car-buying consumers.

Volkswagen Electric Cars

In addition to the recently-revealed I.D. Buzz microbus, Volkswagen offers a host of other electric concept vehicles, including:

  • I.D. Crozz: The I.D. Crozz sports car looks like it belongs in a science fiction movie with its sleek exterior design, Augmented Reality heads-up display, and autonomous driving thanks to I.D. Pilot Mode.
  • I.D. Vizzion: The I.D. Vizzion is the first fully-autonomous concept vehicle designed by Volkswagen. This remarkable vehicle can drive for over 400 miles before stopping for a quick recharge and its smart interior can adjust itself automatically to saved passenger preferences. It also allows its passengers to communicate to the advanced processing system via gestures and voice.
  • I.D.: The I.D. Concept automobile achieves a range of over 370 miles on a single charge and offers an innovative cockpit experience with retractable steering wheel for full-auto driving mode. The future is now.

California Electric Car Rebate

If you’re itching to get your hands on one of these remarkable Volkswagen electric concept vehicles, you’ll find that it’s a lot easier when you take advantage of the great rebate programs available in the state of California. The Clean Vehicle Rebate Project in California is administered by SE for the California Air Resources Board. Eligible participants may receive up to $7,000 in electric vehicle rebates based on the following parameters:

  • Purchase or lease of new vehicles.
  • Vehicle must be an eligible zero-emissions or plug-in hybrid light duty vehicle.

While the Microbus won’t be released for a few years, you can learn more about how you can improve your vehicle’s gas mileage here today.

*Concept vehicle shown. Not available for sale. Specifications may change.