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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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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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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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The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R is the epitome of a dynamic, sporty and elegant compact sedan. The all new model was showcased at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

It comes with a refined light-weight and stronger frame with improved rigidity. Expert critics deemed it the most powerful production Golf ever in the North American market.

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For all you Volkswagen enthusiasts looking for a fun-to-drive experience, the all-new Golf R will be available the first quarter of 2015. For now, here are some of the exclusive features you can expect to find on the new 2015 Golf R.

Refined Exterior Features

You will notice a difference with the new Golf R’s sports-inspired exterior redesign. The following features were added for a more aggressive sports-car feel:

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What do Bob Dylan, The Muppets, Morepheus and Leonard Hofstadter all have in common?

Each starred in a car related Super Bowl XLVIII commercial that helped keep us entertained during a less-than memorable Big Game (unless you’re a Seattle Seahawks fan that is).

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The automakers pulled out all the stops with their commercials this year to keep us amused when the game itself couldn’t – and I took the initiative to compile all the car related commercials from Super Bowl XLVIII right here for your viewing enjoyment.

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Having a recent slate of successful Super Bowl commercials under their belt featuring Eminem and Clint Eastwood, Chrysler turned to the legendary Bob Dylan to talk about American Pride and the 2015 Chrysler 200 – America’s Import.

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