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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 VW 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 all-new 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
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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 new Volkswagen Tiguan interior below!

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!

What Are Some Popular 2019 Volkswagen Passat Accessories?

Monday, November 26th, 2018
2019 Volkswagen Passat Interior

The 2019 Volkswagen Passat is available with a wide range of accessory options to help you customize your car’s interior and exterior. From alloy wheels to floor mats to mudguards, you can buy all sorts of genuine Volkswagen accessories to spruce up your driving experience. Beverly Hills drivers don’t need to look far! Volkswagen Santa Monica offers a fully stocked inventory of the latest parts and accessories for the Passat.

Accessory Options

The Volkswagen Passat offers three types of accessories: Protection, Convenience, and Style. Whether you’re looking to protect your car’s interior and exterior, add a few clever features, or change the style, Volkswagen Passat accessories can make it possible.


  • VW Passat Rear Bumper Protector Film
  • Mud Guards
  • VW Roadside Emergency Kit
  • VW First Aid Kit
  • VW Passat Rubber Floor Mats


  • VW Passat Cargo Mat with Organizing Blocks
  • VW Universal Tablet Holder
  • VW Passat Sun Shade
  • VW Roof Rack Bike Carrier
  • VW Trunk Organizer
  • VW Passat Rain Guards


  • VW Slim Black License Plate Frame
  • VW Car Coasters
  • VW Slim Polished License Plate Frame
  • VW Wolfsburg Graphic
  • VW Valve Stem Caps

Passat Exterior Accessories

True, many of the Volkswagen Passat accessories were designed for the interior, but you can also find upgrades for the exterior. Whether your end goal is a more stylish appearance or higher functionality, there are plenty of options from which to choose. Some examples of Passat exterior accessories include spoilers, trailer hitches, chrome accents, wind deflectors, custom hoods, and car covers.

Customizing Your Passat

In addition to accessory upgrades, there are a variety of ways to customize the appearance of your Volkswagen Passat. You can personalize virtually any aspect of your vehicle with a new dash cover, a steering wheel, or gauges. Replacing the pedals, shift knobs, and front and rear seats can also help you achieve the right look for your car.

Shop Passat Accessories at Volkswagen Santa Monica Near Culver City!

If you’re shopping for Volkswagen Passat accessories, Volkswagen Santa Monica is a reliable source near Marina del Rey. Our team of experts can help you choose the right accessories for your car’s model and trim. We can also assist you if you’re searching for a new Volkswagen Passat for sale. Our inventory is one of the largest in the local area, and we’re always offering new car specials.

Best Ice Skating Rinks in LA and Santa Monica

Monday, November 19th, 2018
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If you find yourself filled with despair because there are no ways to enjoy traditional winter activities in Sunny California, have we got news for you! Check out our top picks for places to go ice skating this winter in LA and Santa Monica. And, when you’re done, drop by Volkswagen of Santa Monica to see which new VW can get you there the fastest.

ICE at Santa Monica

ICE at Santa Monica is just north of Marina Del Rey and features an 8,000-square-foot rink, concessions, skate rentals, private cabanas, and an enclosed tot spot to help keep your littlest skaters safe. The rink is open from early November until mid-January.

Location: 1324 5th St., Downtown Santa Monica

Contact: (310) 260-1199

Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

If you’re not interested in running out to West Hollywood to find your winter wonderland, why not try Pershing Square Park in the Business District instead? The outdoor rink is one of the biggest in the city and offers skate rentals — just in case you don’t have a pair laying around. They also have special events throughout the season, including curling lessons and Ice Disco!

Location: 1532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles

Contact: (213) 624-4289

Chill at the Queen Mary

The legendary ship transforms into a winter vision, complete with a 300-foot-long zip line, a 100-foot long ice slide, an ice bar, and yes, ice skating. It’s a one-of-a-kind event that’s just a quick drive down from Culver City in Long Beach — and well worth the effort.

Location: 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

Contact: (877) 342-0752

LA Kings Holiday Ice LA Live

Looking for an excuse to leave Brentwood or Beverly Hills for some winter fun? Check out the massive ice rink complete with LED light shows sponsored by the LA Kings. They have three locations this year: Westfield Topanga, LA Live, and the Pike Outlets for your convenience.

Location: Varies

Contact: (877) 234-8425

Learn More About LA and Santa Monica Events with Volkswagen Santa Monica!

Ice skating near Los Angeles is always an unforgettable experience! For more inspiration this holiday season, check out our other guides on the best hiking spots in LA and Santa Monica attractions you shouldn’t miss.

Heal the Bay

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
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At Volkswagen Santa Monica, we’re well aware of the ecological importance and natural beauty of our waters. That’s why we’re proud to work with organizations like Heal the Bay, to help protect, restore, and maintain our coastal waters, so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. Learn about Heal the Bay here at Volkswagen Santa Monica, an LA Car Guy Dealership.

What is Heal the Bay?

Heal the Bay is one of Los Angeles’ most active nonprofits, dedicated to the protection of the region’s water assets. Heal the Bay protects the region’s water assets by fighting for stricter, more effective environmental protections and by educating the public on the benefits of using water resources wisely. Heal the Bay’s current projects include:

  • Advocating for Water Recycling. By processing and recycling wastewater, cities can reduce their ecological footprint.
  • Monitoring Water Quality. Heal the Bay monitors 450 Santa Monica-area beaches each week, testing for the presence of bacteria that could be harmful to human life or sea life.
  • Empowering Communities. By teaching communities about the importance of local watersheds and campaigning for sensible restoration of damaged habitats, Heal the Bay aims to empower the people of greater Los Angeles.
  • Beach Clean Up. Heal the Bay has helped remove more than 2 million pounds of waste from local beaches.

With these and other projects, Heal the Bay seeks to make real change and help keep local Los Angeles beaches safe for people and wildlife.

How Can You Help Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay is a remarkable organization, but they can’t do it alone. In order to keep projects going, they need help from volunteers like you. Some of the ways you can help with their mission include:

  • Organize. Helping to organize or participate in cleanup projects can keep tons of trash out of the water and off the beach.
  • Donate. 81 cents of every dollar donated to heal the bay goes to pay for programs that help to spread the word and build a cleaner L.A.
  • Speak. Whether you live in West Hollywood or in Brentwood, you can still spread the word by speaking to friends, sharing on social media, and passing the word.

Give Back to Santa Monica by Joining Heal the Bay

If you love Santa Monica as much as we do, you can help by donating your time and energy to organizations like Heal the Bay. If you need more inspiration, or you just want to explore the Los Angeles area, check out our other city guides and find the dog parks, Santa Monica Beach restaurants, and attractions we all love. Further questions about how to help? Contact us today!

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Your Guide to the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior Dimensions & Features

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Interior

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas is a three-row SUV with seating for seven people — perfect for large families and their belongings. Starting at $30,895*, the new VW Atlas offers the comfort and technology features Beverly Hills families expect from a brand-new SUV. Notable standard features include LED headlights, Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect, and a Blind Spot Monitor with Front Assist. Read on to learn more about the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas interior space and features!

Volkswagen Atlas Interior: Seating & Cargo Space

The VW Atlas interior dimensions leave nothing to be desired. Inside, you’ll find plenty of passenger and cargo space, plus thoughtful touches like underfloor cargo-area storage. Here’s a closer look at the VW Atlas SUV’s interior dimensions:

  • VW Atlas Seating Space: Travel with up to seven passengers.
    • When equipped with 2nd-row captain’s chairs, the VW Atlas interior seats six.
  • VW Atlas Passenger Volume: Spread out with 153.7 cubic feet.
    • Standard 3rd-row easy entry lets you make the most of this cabin.
  • VW Atlas Cargo Space: 
    • 20.6 cubic feet with seats upright
    • 55.55 cubic feet with 3rd row flat
    • 96.8 cubic feet with all rear seats flat
    • A hidden underseat storage compartment comes standard.

In addition to offering a 50/50-split folding 3rd-row seat and a 60/40-split folding 2nd-row seat, the VW Atlas interior has room for three child seats, right in the second row! 

Diamond-quilted cloth is the standard upholstery, but soft-touch upholstery and true leather are available in upgraded trims. Ready to take a closer look? The Volkswagen Atlas reviews are full of praise for its design and comfort: Edmunds describes the interior as “simple and sophisticated,” while the U.S. News calls the seats “comfortable and supportive.” 

Volkswagen Atlas Interior: Standard Features

The Atlas’ cabin includes all of the luxurious amenities and technology features that you could want for your West Hollywood drives. Here are a few of this VW SUV’s standard features:

  • Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect
  • Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and MirrorLink
  • 6.5-inch color touchscreen infotainment system
  • Bluetooth® and USB connectivity
  • 6-speaker stereo system
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Three 12V power outlets
  • 17 cupholders
  • Multi-function steering wheel

Volkswagen Atlas Interior Upgrades

The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas price leaves Brentwood drivers plenty of room to maneuver, so you’ll be able to customize and upgrade as you see fit! 

If you decide that you’re deserving of more advanced comfort and connectivity features, you’ll have a ton of options to consider! Upgrading to a mid-range or upper-level trim will allow you to access the following VW Atlas interior features:

Connectivity and Entertainment

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Up to four USB ports, including two rear USB ports
  • 480-watt Fender® Premium Audio System
  • HD Radio
  • Satellite Radio

Comfort and Luxury

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated/ventilated front seats
  • Heated 2nd-row seats
  • Second-row captain’s chairs
  • Climatronic® three-zone automatic climate control
  • Panoramic sunroof for an even roomier cabin feel


  • Overhead view camera
  • Front/rear parking sensors
  • Parallel park assist
  • Hands-free power liftgate

What is the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit?

Chances are, you’ve been in dozens of vehicles with traditional, analog gauge clusters. There’s nothing wrong with a little old-fashioned charm, but what if you’re looking for something more modern? Make sure that your VW Atlas interior contains the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.

As you drive around Marina Del Rey and Santa Monica, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit allows you to view your speed, fuel economy, driving range, navigation instructions, and so much more–all on one convenient, high-resolution display! Here’s what to expect:

  • You’ll benefit from a 12.3-inch digital high-resolution display, which replaces the traditional instrument cluster.
  • Up to four drivers can set up their own customizable profiles, selecting the gauges and features that matter most to them.
  • With the easily-adjustable wide map navigation view, you can stay on course and browse points of interests, while avoiding the distractions of older systems.

In the VW Atlas interior, the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit is standard on the SEL and SEL Premium trim levels.

Test Drive the New Atlas at Volkswagen Santa Monica!

Explore the Volkswagen Atlas interior at Volkswagen Santa Monica! Schedule a test drive near Culver City to get behind the wheel of the 2019 VW Atlas and learn more about its brand-new driver assistance systems! Don’t forget to browse our new vehicle specials for opportunities to save on a new VW SUV.


*Starting MSRP of $30,895 for a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas S 2.0L TSI® with 8-speed automatic transmission. Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.