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As you may have heard by now, Volkswagen recently admitted that a ‘defeat device’ designed to cheat emission testing systems was installed on over 11 million VW cars equipped with the EA 189 engine worldwide.

Volkswagen EA 189 TDI Diesel Engine

The software that is installed on the EA 189 engine can detect when a car is undergoing EPA emissions testing and turn on the vehicle’s full emissions controls to ensure the vehicle passes the test. When the vehicle is operating under normal driving conditions, the software is turned off resulting in the emission of nitrous oxide at levels 10 to 40 times greater than what is permitted by law.

LaFontaine Volkswagen in Dearborn has been getting quite a few calls and emails from concerned customers regarding this issue, and we wanted to make sure we let you know what to do if you own or lease one of these vehicles.

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Today I think we’re all familiar with the award winning Volkswagen Passat. But did you know the Passat was originally known in North America as the VW Dasher?

The very first Passat came to be in 1973, and was one of the most modern European family vehicles one could buy.

1975 Volkswagen Dasher Vintage Magazine Ad

But here in the US, the Passat launched as the Volkswagen Dasher – available in three and five door hatchback and station wagon models.

Ok, now that you’re loaded up with a brief history of the Passat / Dasher, let’s throw it back to 1975 and take a look at this vintage magazine ad for the 1975 Volkswagen Dasher.

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When the 2015 North American International Auto Show (known as the Detroit Auto Show in these parts) opens to the public on January 17th, attendees will be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of vehicles that will be on display.

With so many cars, trucks and SUVs vying to capture your attention, it’s almost impossible to see them all in one day.

The last thing we want to happen is for you to go to the Auto Show and miss out on some of the coolest production and concept vehicles that are on display.

The FamilyDealBlog.com team was lucky enough to be invited to see the vehicles firsthand during the Auto Show Press Preview. After taking it all in, we’ve highlighted these nine vehicles that you’ll definitely want to check out when you head to Cobo for this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

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On behalf of the entire team at LaFontaine Volkswagen, I’m excited to let you know that the 2015 Volkswagen Golf was recently named the Motor Trend Car of the Year.

Motor Trend, which came in to being in 1949, was the first publication to ever recognize a specific vehicle as a Car of the Year.

Meet the team at LaFontaine Volkswagen

From left to right: Josh Pruett, John Rolig, Chris Dugan, Khary Fanning & Brandon Kaplan at LaFontaine Volkswagen

So it’s quite understandable why we’re so excited to see the Golf to win this award.

John Rolig, Sales Manager at LaFontaine Volkswagen said,

When it comes to the 2015 Volkswagen Golf family of vehicles, you can’t find a bigger bang for the buck. From it’s performance to it’s efficiency, the Golf is more than deserving to win the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award.”

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Each year, Consumer Reports issues a comprehensive study that tracks the reliability of all vehicles sold in the United States covering brand new models to models up to ten years old.

Known as the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey, the information that they gather and organize is always a welcome resource to consumers looking to make an educated decision when purchasing a new or used vehicle.

This year Consumer Reports sent out over 8 million surveys to its subscriber base asking about the experiences with their vehicles over the previous 12 months.

Over 1.1 million people responded to the survey, making it one of the most useful and data-rich studies about vehicle ownership for 2015 and beyond.

I wanted to highlight a few of the vehicles and manufacturers that earned the highest reliability rankings to give you an idea of what the Consumer Reports Reliability Survey is all about.

Toyota: Most Reliable Non-Luxury Auto Maker

Toyota comes in at number 2 for overall reliability (their luxury arm, Lexus, holds the number 1 spot) and continues to enjoy a comfortable lead for most reliable non-luxury auto maker.

One of the reasons Toyota manages to do that, we believe, is that they introduce new technologies slowly and on proven platforms.

While their vehicles may seem to some as plain, you can’t deny the fact that the Toyota line-up has some the most impressive and reliable mainstream vehicles in the industry today.

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Love driving and saving fuel? Then the all-new 2015 Golf TDI Clean Diesel is the car for you! Volkswagen offers the cleanest diesels of any car brand in America.

Thanks to the 2015 Golf TDI’s Clean Diesel engine, you’re going to save money at the pump all year round.

[Update 9-23-2016: Click here if you’re looking for information on the issues involving the Volkswagen EA 189 Diesel Engine]

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The 2015 Golf TDI comes with an all-new 2.0-liter Clean Diesel engine made with lightweight ultra-high strength steels.

The same lightweight materials are used throughout the hatchbacks body; lowering the car’s overall weight by 79 lbs. The Clean Diesel engine delivers an average of 35mpg and about 236 lb-ft of torque; significantly better than most gasoline-powered cars.

Because Diesel

Going hybrid is not the only solution to the CO2 problem. The TDI Clean Diesel technology produces fewer emissions than 93% of other vehicles.

Not only is it environmentally friendly, but you can bet the 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI will live up to it’s prior reputation of being sporty and fun to drive as well.

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Now I know what you’re thinking….aren’t TDI’s known for being a bit more pricey? Volkswagen addressed this issue head on by lowering the entry point of the Golf TDI over $3,000 to $21,995 – thus making it an affordable and fun car to drive.

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The hard working and dedicated professionals at the LaFontaine Import Super Center in Dearborn, MI would like to introduce to you, our dear customers a term that sums up the experience you can expect when you do business at one of our fine retail establishments.

It’s a little something we like to call #Enjoyability.

Enjoy!

Here’s the reality when it comes to the vehicles our teenagers drive. Too often, budget takes precedence over safety.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting parents don’t care about their children’s safety. Of course they do. Probably more so than their own.

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That being said, a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that more than half of all used cars purchased for teenage drivers were 2006 or earlier model year vehicles.

Also, the study found that two-thirds of teenagers who drove a vehicle already in the household were driving models from 2006 or earlier.

What Changed After 2006?

I know what you’re thinking. “What is it about cars from 2006 and earlier that make them less safe?”

The fact is that vehicles from 2006 and earlier aren’t likely to have safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Side Airbags – both proven in their ability to help keep drivers and passengers of all ages safe and sound.

Electronic Stability Control (sometimes referred to electronic stability program, stabilitrak or vehicle stability program) is a technology that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction.

When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually, such as the outer front wheel to counter oversteer or the inner rear wheel to counter understeer.

A pretty impressive technology and I’m sure if you had the choice, you’d prefer your children were driving a vehicle that came with some form of ESC, right?

Once a feature that was mostly found on European Luxury cars, the technology quickly trickled down to all automakers by the mid-2000’s.

It became such an effective technology in preventing accidents, that in 2008 some form of Electronic Stability Control was mandated to be a standard feature on all vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds.

Budget AND Safety

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We’re living in a world where technology is rapidly evolving and converging every single day.

New ground-breaking technologies are being released and our lives are irrevocably changed, even if we don’t realize it at the time.

On June 25, 2014 at Google’s annual developers conference, Android Auto was announced, promising to connect our phones and our cars for a seamless user experience.

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It’s certainly an exciting time as technology converges, especially for enthusiasts of Android smartphones and the auto makers who will support the platform (full list below).

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After four (or more) long years of studying all night, eating a steady diet of frozen pizzas and taking exam after exam, it’s finally paying off. You’re graduating college!

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At LaFontaine Volkswagen, we know just how big a deal it is to join the “real world.” So we’re celebrating you, the new college grad, with our College Graduate Program.

It’s no secret that you’ll be spending a lot of time in your new car, from job interviews to rush hour traffic. You’ll need a dependable ride, so we’ve made it easy to buy or lease a new Volkswagen.

Volkswagen College Graduate Program

With the College Graduate Program, no credit history is required. And we’ll even pay your first month’s payment, up to $800.

Plus, if you’re buying a new Volkswagen, no co-signer is needed. Or if leasing is more your style, there’s no need to pay a security deposit. All that and guaranteed great rates – sounds like a win-win to us.

Do You Qualify?

To qualify for the College Graduate Program, the following must be true:

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