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Can I Buy a Volkswagen Bus?

Friday, February 1st, 2019

I.D. Buzz next to surfer

The Volkswagen Bus is an icon of the Boomer generation and a nostalgic reminder of adventures and life on the road. But where can you find a Volkswagen Bus for sale today? You’ll find lots of new Volkswagen models and pre-owned vehicles for sale near Brentwood at Volkswagen Santa Monica — but you’ll have to wait a bit for the all-new Volkswagen bus to go on sale. See what we know so far, and stop by our dealership in Santa Monica for more details!

The Forthcoming Volkswagen Bus

You won’t find the all-new Volkswagen Bus for sale right now, but we have a timeline for how long you’ll have to wait. Based on the I.D. Buzz concept vehicle, the new Volkswagen Bus is suggested to release in 2022 in the United States, Europe, and China. So what do we know about the 21st century VW Bus? Well, for one thing, we know it’s going to be an all-electric VW Bus. And if it’s anything like the I.D. Buzz, then its electric motors could possibly put out up to 369 hp and offer a driving range of up to 300 miles — more than enough to satisfy your dreams of driving out West in a VW Bus like the Beat Generation. As far as a full profile is concerned, we may have to wait a bit yet.

Feed Your Nostalgia with a Volkswagen Bus Tent

If you’re just itching for the joy of being inside a new VW Bus, you can get close with a Volkswagen Bus Tent. These fun, family-friendly tents look just like the iconic VW Bus when they’re set up and give you plenty of space and cover for everyone for your next camping trip.

Find Out More About the New VW Bus at Our Dealership Near Beverly Hills

The all-new Volkswagen Bus is coming soon to drivers in West Hollywood at Volkswagen Santa Monica. In the meantime, there are other spacious and well-equipped VW models to choose from, including VW SUVs like the Volkswagen Atlas and Volkswagen Tiguan. Stop in and see us today at 2440 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica, CA, or contact our staff at (877) 917-2067.

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.

Grinchmas

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.

Beverly Hills Restaurants

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
high-end restaurant

 

If you’re looking for places to eat in Beverly Hills, rely on Volkswagen Santa Monica! We’ve scoured the city, from West Hollywood to Marina Del Rey to find the best options for delicious meals for any occasion. Check out our favorite restaurants in the area below.

Matsuhisa

The flagship sushi bar that launched Nobu Matsuhisa’s global conquest, Matsuhisa is still a crowd favorite with its reasonable prices, wide variety of tasty dishes, and relaxed feel. Sample the special sushi platter, the sashimi tacos, or explore traditional Japanese favorites in a Bento box lunch.

Location: 129 N. La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

Lawry’s the Prime Rib

Lawry’s is a legendary spot for more than just well-balanced seasoning salts. Lawry’s started making exquisite meats in grand style. Choose from house favorites, such as the prime rib that made the Lawry’s name famous, or opt for lighter dishes like the perfectly prepared Atlantic Salmon.

Location: 100 N. La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

CUT Beverly Hills

Wolfgang Puck’s answer to the steakhouse is alive and well at CUT. The restaurant specializes in delightful cuts of meat prepared with exceptional care. At CUT, you can expect your cut of meat to be prepared with only the finest spices from around the world. Sample maple cured hams, blue crab and shrimp louie, or dive into a ribeye and live large.

Location: 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

The Polo Lounge

Los Angeles’ premier outdoor dining destination offers perfectly prepared breakfasts, Sunday brunch, afternoon tea, and dinners served al fresco – your way. Dive into a signature McCarthy salad, enjoy the smooth jazz, and enjoy a SoCal evening as only the Polo Lounge can present it.

Location: 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

Nate ‘n Al

For something a little less formal, check out this iconic Jewish deli with a 70-year history of bringing the best deli favorite foods around. Grab a classic pastrami on rye, try a more exotic smoked cod plate, or dig into a hearty bowl of gumbo for a meal that will warm you from the inside out.

Location: 414 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA

Explore More of Beverly Hills with the Locals at Volkswagen Santa Monica!

Grab a bite to eat at one of these delightful stops and, when you’re ready to explore Los Angeles further, check out our handy city guides to discover new places to eat in Santa Monica, great attractions around the valley, and our favorite Santa Monica beaches to enjoy with friends. Ready to explore more of the area? Contact us today!

Best Hiking Near Los Angeles

Monday, July 9th, 2018
People enjoying a delightful nature hike

 

Whether you’re a casual adventurer or a hard-core hiker, the Santa Monica and larger Los Angeles area provides plenty of chances for you to get away from the city and enjoy the natural splendor of the region. Here are some of our favorite hikes for residents and visitors in the Beverly Hills or Marina del Rey areas. After you’ve worked up an appetite, check out our Beverly Hills restaurant choices!

Fryman Canyon Park

Nestled in the eastern section of Santa Monica Mountains north of Mulholland Drive is Fryman Canyon Park. This park has a lot to offer visitors, including wonderful views, scenic hiking trails, and a fitness course. You’ll find Dearing Cross Mountain Trail, open to hikers, equestrians, and leashed dogs.

Franklin Canyon Park

Franklin Canyon Park spans a vast 605 acres right smack-dab in the middle of Los Angeles between San Fernando Valley and Beverly Hills. With a beautiful 3-acre lake, lovely duck pond, over 5 miles of hiking trails, and plenty of picnic grounds, Franklin Canyon Park offers something for everyone. You’ll find three main trails at Franklin Canyon Park: Discover Trail (0.3 miles round trip), Hastain Trail (2.3 miles round trip), and Berman Trail (1 mile to Mulholland Drive).

Topanga State Park

If you’re looking for an accessible state park within the city limits of Los Angeles, look no further than Topanga State Park. With 36 miles of trails across grasslands, forests, and stunning Pacific Ocean coastlines, there’s truly a lot to see at this beautiful park. A number of hiking trails are present, including Musch Trail, Eagle Spring, Hub Junction, Temescal Fire Road, Backbone Trail, and Santa Ynez Trail among others.

Getty View Park

At Getty View Park, you’ll find a 2.9-mile trail that offers lovely wildflowers and is accessible to many skill levels from beginner to advanced. You’ll also enjoy the views! Check out Getty View Park if you’re into great views and wildlife.

O’Melveny Park

Last but not least is O’Melveny Park. This park offers picnic tables, a great hiking trail, and a jogging path. It is open Monday through Sunday from dawn to dusk, so be sure to pay a visit today!

What to Do in Santa Monica

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018
couple with arms up in car

Wondering about the best things to do in Santa Monica? Check out this extensive list of great activities you can enjoy at Santa Monica Pier, the beach, and downtown.

Santa Monica Pier

One of the most famous destinations of Santa Monica — and coupled with its beach likely the most iconic — Santa Monica Pier offers a unique set of experiences for locals and tourists alike. Families and those enjoying the sights solo will find a variety of great things to do here, including riding the ferris wheel and roller coaster, visiting the aquarium, enjoying the fairground, and experiencing the historic architecture of the Looff Hippodrome. You’ll also find a variety of outdoor films and musical events in addition to great restaurants.

Santa Monica Beach

Santa Monica State Beach offers a relaxed vibe — assuming you stay clear of the hustle and bustle of the iconic pier. If you’re looking for a great festive setting complete with bathrooms, bike packs, and plenty of parking, Santa Monica State Beach offers a relaxing and enjoyable getaway for those folks just looking for a nice day at the beach. You also don’t want to miss the original muscle beach — a hangout for some of the buffest folks in Santa Monica. Don’t worry, though — these hunks contribute to the overall festive atmosphere on the beach!

Downtown Santa Monica

While most people think of the beach and the pier when they envision Santa Monica, the downtown area isn’t to be missed. With a variety of retail outlets, beauty parlors, arts experiences, and dining options, you’ll be hard-pressed to have a boring time in downtown Santa Monica. Some of the most incredible experiences to be had in downtown Santa Monica include shopping at the Third Street Promenade pedestrian shopping zone, visiting the Santa Monica Place shopping center, discovering the wonders at the Museum of Flying, and more.

Best Restaurants in Santa Monica

Thursday, June 7th, 2018
fine dining table setting

Looking for some of the best eats in the Santa Monica area? Look no further. We’ll take a close look at some of the best restaurants in the area in this special guide compiled exclusively for you by Volkswagen Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Pier Food

Santa Monica Pier is one of the most extraordinary parts of the area. If you’re looking for a bite to eat while visiting, here are a few great choices you should consider checking out:

  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: If you’re looking for a fun place to eat while you’re on the Pier, you should definitely check out Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. With excellent service, high customer ratings, and great family-friendly atmosphere, you’ll definitely enjoy this fishing-boat-turned-restaurant experience!
  • Japadog: Want a savory hot dog while you’re enjoying your time on the Pier? Check out Japadog! These delicious Japanese fusion hot dogs will re-energize your taste buds!
  • Big Dean’s Oceanfront Cafe: If you’re looking for the true sports bar and pug experience with outdoor patios and delicious ice-cold beer, this is your restaurant. With an average of 4.5 stars from 277 reviewers on Google, this is a must-visit.

Santa Monica Blvd Restaurants

Cruising up and down Santa Monica Blvd? Here are some great restaurants to check out:

  • Norah: This chic spot features New American fare in a pleasant, bright setting.
  • Cafe D’Etoile: Enjoy delicious French-American cuisine in an outdoor setting. A great spot for happy hour hangouts, late-night cravings, and drinks.
  • Hugo’s Restaurant: This casual health-focused spot delivers Californian food perfection in addition to a great happy hour.

Ocean Ave Restaurants

If you find yourself on Ocean Ave, here are the top restaurants to experience:

  • Meat On Ocean: Enjoy great surf-and-turf at all hours. The perfect comfort food spot on Ocean Ave.
  • Del Frisco’s Grille: With signature seafood, sandwiches, steaks, and cocktails, this trendy spot isn’t one you want to miss.
  • Water Grill: Raw-bar options and a daily-updated menu make this seafood spot the ideal destination for pescatarians.

Volkswagen Electric Microbus Early Test Drive

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018


 
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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.

Volkswagen Previews: VW Atlas Pickup Concept

Friday, April 27th, 2018
Volkswagen Atlas Pickup Concept

If you’re a driver near Culver CIty who likes the sophistication and engineering of Volkswagen vehicles but has pickup utility needs, then there could soon be reason to celebrate. The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak is a Volkswagen Pickup concept that recently debuted at the New York Auto Show, and a production model could be in the works and coming to your VW dealership in Santa Monica soon.

About the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak

Based on the same design and platform as the Volkswagen Atlas — which already serves up impressive towing and performance — this Volkswagen Atlas pickup concept riffs on VW style to accommodate drivers in the American market who need truck capabilities. While the Atlas Tanoak is a concept model right now without a full list of features and specs, here are some of the important specs we have so far:

  • 214.1-inch length

  • 128.3-inch wheelbase

  • 50.4-inch width

  • 9.8-inch ground clearance

  • 3.6L V6 engine with 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque

As of this time, Volkswagen hasn’t released any official towing or payload numbers for the Atlas Tanoak, but we can likely expect it to meet or surpass the 5,000-pound towing capacity of the current VW Atlas SUV.

VW Atlas Family

It appears that Volkswagen in in the midst of developing plans for a full lineup of Volkswagen Atlas models. In addition to the current midsize SUV and VW Atlas Tanoak concept, there is also a 5-seater concept version of the Atlas called the Atlas Cross Sport, which is expected to be released for production sometime next year.

Stay Up to Speed on the Latest Volkswagen News

FInd out everything that’s coming for Volkswagen before it arrives to drivers in Beverly Hills by following the VW Newsroom at Volkswagen Santa Monica.

If you’re a driver near Culver CIty who likes the sophistication and engineering of Volkswagen vehicles but has pickup utility needs, then there could soon be reason to celebrate. The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak is a Volkswagen Pickup concept that recently debuted at the New York Auto Show, and a production model could be in the works and coming to your VW dealership in Santa Monica soon.

About the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak

Based on the same design and platform as the Volkswagen Atlas — which already serves up impressive towing and performance — this Volkswagen Atlas pickup concept riffs on VW style to accommodate drivers in the American market who need truck capabilities. While the Atlas Tanoak is a concept model right now without a full list of features and specs, here are some of the important specs we have so far:

  • 214.1-inch length

  • 128.3-inch wheelbase

  • 50.4-inch width

  • 9.8-inch ground clearance

  • 3.6L V6 engine with 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque

As of this time, Volkswagen hasn’t released any official towing or payload numbers for the Atlas Tanoak, but we can likely expect it to meet or surpass the 5,000-pound towing capacity of the current VW Atlas SUV.

VW Atlas Family

It appears that Volkswagen in in the midst of developing plans for a full lineup of Volkswagen Atlas models. In addition to the current midsize SUV and VW Atlas Tanoak concept, there is also a 5-seater concept version of the Atlas called the Atlas Cross Sport, which is expected to be released for production sometime next year.

Stay Up to Speed on the Latest Volkswagen News

FInd out everything that’s coming for Volkswagen before it arrives to drivers in Beverly Hills by following the VW Newsroom at Volkswagen Santa Monica.

What do the Volkswagen Model Names Mean?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
2018 VW Atlas and Tiguan Cars.com Car Seat Check Honor Roll Award

At Volkswagen Santa Monica, we’ve got a wide inventory of vehicles with distinct names in our Venice area showroom, but what do they mean? Volkswagen, itself, means “the people’s car” in German, and speaks to the popularity of this brand. Many of the current model names also have interesting, unique meanings:

  • Beetle: This iconic VW vehicle received its current name from its unique shape resembling the bug — although most don’t know it was originally called the Volkswagen Type 1.

  • CC: The recently retired VW CC is one of the more straightforward VW names, meaning “Comfort Coupe”.

  • Eos: This convertible is named after the Greek goddess for dawn, since the convertible offers unbeatable views of our mountainous skyline.

  • Golf: The Golf is named for the natural occurring Gulf Stream.

  • Jetta: This name translates to “jet stream,” hinting at its sporty performance.

  • Tiguan: This spacious SUV’s name comes from a combo of “tiger” and “leguan”, which means “iguana” in German.

  • Touareg: This VW SUV was named after the nomadic Tuareg people of the Saharan desert — encouraging you to go on adventures to new destinations.

Find the Volkswagen That Best Fits You

At Volkswagen Santa Monica, we have a great selection of new and used Volkswagen models for drivers from Culver City to Silver Lake and throughout the surrounding LA areas. Contact us to schedule a visit to our showroom, so you can test drive these Volkswagen models and learn about how to finance your new vehicle.