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Park Cities Volkswagen Mobile App is Now Available

We’re very happy to let you know that our Park Cities Volkswagen Mobile App is now available in the iTunes, Android and Blackberry App Store! Please use the QR Codes, or follow the links below to download the app (note: you don’t need iTunes installed to visit the first link). Please download and rate the app.

Park Cities Volkswagen iPhone App – click here!

Park Cities Volkswagen Android App – click here!

Some of the things our app can do for you are:

  • Full Vehicle Inventory integration. Browse or search our entire inventory without ever seeing a slow mobile website. Save the ones you like as favorites. Flip your device sideways while looking at a car to see all the images in cover flow mode!
  • Check out the “Postboard” for new messages, coupons and specials straight from us to your device! You can even reply to these messages directly.
  • Keep track of all your own personal vehicles in “My Garage”. Add a photo of your vehicle and track things like: VIN, Year, Make, Model, License Plate, Oil Type, Tire Size, Date Purchased, Price Paid, Initial Mileage, Insurance Co., Policy No., and add all the extra notes you want.
  • Service History is also available for each vehicle in “My Garage”, see pending service appointments, add them to your calendar, and mark them as completed when finished!
  • The “Toolkit” contains super useful tools for you to use every day: Call Roadside Assistance | One-touch Service Scheduling | Find local gas prices | Parking Assistant with GPS locator and meter timer | Flashlight (includes the flash on the iPhone 4!)
  • Our Twitter feed and Facebook wall is parsed right into the app making it super easy to check out what we’re talking about.
  • Twitter and Facebook integration allows you to retweet and post anything to your own Twitter feed or Facebook wall!
  • Manufacturer news helps you keep up-to-date with all the news and happenings in the VW world!
  • Call and email each department, get directions, view operating hours, get quotes on vehicles, order parts, etc…

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Park Cities Volkswagen serving the Dallas area, has chosen the platform for its primary website at

“The management team at Boardwalk feel strongly about our choice to go with for our online marketing needs,” stated Brian Ongaro, Vice President of Sales and Marketing with Boardwalk Auto Group. “Park Cities Volkswagen believes that provides the best platform to take advantage of all the digital opportunities, while reinforcing our commitment to brand excellence in every area of our organization.” is the global leader in digital marketing solutions for the automotive industry. Because Park Cities Volkswagen is serving a very broad competitive metro area, the dealership needed a partner that had deep roots in advanced marketing technologies including display advertising, inventory management, social media and search engine marketing.’s platform offers stability and easy integration of solutions, delivering an online presence that is powerful and competitive, but easy to manage.

“We are extremely proud to have been chosen by Park Cities Volkswagen and Boardwalk Auto Group to provide a complete online marketing solution,” said Mark Bonfigli, Founder and CEO of “We are committed to continually creating innovative products and solutions that help our customers run their businesses more efficiently and profitably. Boardwalk Auto Group is a great fit to leverage our platform and expertise to greater serve their expanding marketplace.”

About Park Cities Volkswagen

Located in one of the most vibrant auto retailing zones in Dallas-Fort Worth, Park Cities Volkswagen has a portfolio of new and quality pre-owned Volkswagens that is among the best in Texas. It’s “Marketplace” dealership layout was designed to facilitate a more elegant, functional customer experience. Park Cities Volkswagen is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in the Dallas area. From the moment you walk into the showroom, you’ll know that Park Cities Volkswagen’s commitment to customer service is second to none.

About Boardwalk Auto Group

Boardwalk Auto Group is one of the premier auto groups in the nation representing Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, and Volkswagen.

About is the leader in automotive digital marketing solutions – serving automotive retailers, manufacturers and media companies worldwide. The company’s innovative, award-winning digital marketing and advertising platform significantly lowers the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. The company employs over 600 people in its Burlington, VT and Manhattan Beach, CA offices.’s commitment to employee health and wellness makes it one of the country’s most desirable places to work, and in 2011 was named best overall company in the U.S. at the American Business Awards for companies with under 2,500 employees. For more information, visit

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Tour of the Volkswagen Chattanooga Passat Plant

A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to visit the Volkswagen manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, TN, where the 2012 Passat is made. This was a rare opportunity, so to make sure I made the most of the trip, I came loaded with a number of your questions, along with my own. I’ve posted answers to the most popular and unique inquiries at the bottom of this post. Before I get to that, I’d like to take you along as I look back at my tour of the 1,400-acre facility.

The Chattanooga plant can currently produce up to 150,000 vehicles per year. Many of you asked if Volkswagen has plans to expand production to an additional model at the current location; beyond what I outline below, I did find out that the Chattanooga plant location has enough unused acreage nearby for a mirror plant to be constructed in the future. So stay tuned!

Check out the embedded video below to see monstrous machines that transform 4,700 welds into a car, vehicles being started for the very first time, and a clip of me braving my way through the monsoon weather simulator that tests for paint and seal quality. In addition to the monsoon simulator, all new cars receive four-wheel alignment and are driven down a cobblestone road to check the suspension and listen for unwanted interior sounds. To further uphold top-notch quality, two Passats are taken off the line daily and disassembled. Once they’re given the green light, approximately 85 percent of the vehicles are shipped to dealers via train to reduce energy consumption.

On the topic of sustainability, Volkswagen has incorporated a plethora of features into the design of the Chattanooga facility that make it the only LEED Platinum Certified auto plant in the world. What is LEED? Simply put, LEED provides building owners and operators a way to identify and implement energy-efficient, eco-conscious solutions for design, construction and operations.

The plant has implemented a storm water management plan that protects receiving stream channels from excessive erosion, promotes infiltration, and captures and treats the storm water runoff from 90 percent of the average annual rainfall. Volkswagen also installed a highly reflective white roof membrane that minimizes heat by up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Lastly, six-inch mineral rock wool panels insulate the plant walls to reduce building energy consumption by 35 percent.

Even though this is an efficient, eco-conscious plant, the real magic behind the high quality vehicles that roll off the line lies with the employees. Each new employee is enrolled in six to ten weeks of classroom and physical training, including weight-lifting and cardiovascular exercises, before beginning work on the line. What’s more, Volkswagen offers an onsite degree program that includes classes alongside their paid work time for employees who want to earn their BAs and MBAs.

If you could build your own Passat, what options would you select?

Inquiries from Facebook Fans:

Are factory tours available?

Yes, there are eight tours a week, Tuesday to Friday at both 9am and 1:30pm. You can email to set up a time, but keep in mind that it’s usually necessary to book several weeks in advance.

Are there any plans for factory deliveries?

Not at this time, unfortunately. Vehicles can only be picked up at dealerships.

Any other plans for other models to be built in Chattanooga?

Not at the moment, but this is being considered as a future possibility. There are currently plans to increase capacity from 150,000 to 180,000 a year with the addition of a third team.

Is the Passat TDI Premium available with a 6-speed manual transmission?


What is the average rate for completing one full standard model?

In Chattanooga, cars come off the line every minute and 40 seconds, which equals about 35 cars an hour. What’s more amazing is that many suppliers have parts shipping to the plant just two hours before they are actually put on cars.

Why build a plant in the US?

Efficiency. Eighty-five percent of suppliers for the Passat are in North America, which keep shipping costs to a minimum. Additionally, building in the US allows Volkswagen to understand the customer better, react quicker to market needs and bypass fluctuation in currency exchange rates.

I would love more info on Volkswagen’s state of the art paint center.

The state-of-the-art paint shop has new technologies that will make it the most technologically advanced in the world. My favorite of those, which you can see in the embedded video, is the “E-Shuttle.” This new conveyor technology allows carriers to rotate the car bodies in a phosphate bath and electro deposition bath versus dipping them. These carriers can be programmed like robots and can maneuver vehicles 360 degrees. They can also enter the bath at a steeper decline. Because of this, it allows the dip tanks to be smaller, saving chemicals, water, and energy. This process provides the vehicle corrosion resistance and acts as a foundation for subsequent paint coatings.

Is the plant still hiring?

Yes. In March, VW announced it was hiring 800 more employees for a third team by the end of 2012. This will bring employee total to approximately 3,500. VW is looking nationwide for candidates and noted that there is currently a high demand for service/maintenance technicians for the robots.

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Boardwalk Auto Group’s Hot Summer Nights Car Show to Benefit Camp Sweeney

Boardwalk Auto Group is hosting its fourth Hot Summer Nights Car Show on Saturday, June 23rd from 6 pm – 9 pm under the tents between its Boardwalk Porsche and Boardwalk Audi Showrooms in Plano, TX. All of the proceeds will go to Camp Sweeney located in Gainesville, Texas benefiting children with diabetes.

The Car Show will feature everything from new exotic cars from Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Maserati to custom hot rods from the 60’s. Awards will be given out for the best cars in each of the following seven classes – Italian, German, American, British, Japanese, Vintage and People’s Choice.

Mooyah burgers, drinks and snow cones will be available for a small donation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to get their picture taken with an exotic sports car of their choice. Competitive Camera will be on hand to provide 8 X 10 photos on the spot for anyone making a donation.

The Cover Down Band will be providing live music all night and the event is free and open to anyone interested in seeing or displaying their car and helping out a great organization like Camp Sweeney.

Brian Ongaro, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Boardwalk Auto Group said, “Our Hot Summer Nights Car Shows attract great cars, owners and spectators from throughout the Dallas Metroplex. When we have the opportunity to benefit a great organization like Camp Sweeney while sharing our passion for fine automobiles, that makes for an outstanding event.”

About Boardwalk Auto Group

Boardwalk Auto Group is one of the premier auto groups in the nation representing Porsche, Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Volkswagen. Learn more about Boardwalk Auto Group at

About Camp Sweeney

After more than 60 years of operation, Camp Sweeney is regarded as one of the largest and most effective diabetes educational facilities in the world. Camp Sweeney offers the only 3-week residential diabetic life skills training program in the United States. Campers learn to recognize and treat the early warning signs of dangerously high and low blood sugar levels. By coaching the skills necessary to maintain tight control of their diabetes, they are equipping this generation to minimize the complications of diabetes in hopes that they will be good candidates once the cure for diabetes is available.

Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation, was founded in 1947 with the sole purpose of operating a residential camp for children who have diabetes. Camp Sweeney opened in 1950, under the direction of Dr. J. Shirley Sweeney, a Dallas endocrinologist, and has provided a positive turning point in the lives of more than 30,000 children.

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So you can put a price on love: Volkswagen announces pricing for Beetle TDI

Love the Volkswagen Beetle? Love TDI Clean Diesel technology? Then you’ll love this news. Volkswagen announced pricing today for the Beetle TDI, the only Clean Diesel offering in the compact coupe category. The Beetle is the sixth TDI® Clean Diesel model available in the US. The manual transmission model, which starts at only $23,295, boasts an estimated 41 mpg highway and 32 mpg city. Now that’s what we call lovable.

For complete pricing details, read the full press release.

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Announcing the Golf R Ultimate Fan Experience

Oh, what a difference a letter makes. When Volkswagen announced that the all-new 2012 Golf R would be available for the first time ever, enthusiasts rejoiced with a capital R. We’re excited about it, too, which is why we’re celebrating its launch by offering our fans a chance to win the Golf R Ultimate Fan Experience.

With 256 horsepower, a turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI engine, standard six-speed manual transmission, 4Motion all-wheel-drive and a zero-to-60 time of less than six seconds, the 2012 Golf R is sure to please anyone looking for thrills behind the wheel. But we’re not looking for just anyone—we’re looking for the Ultimate Golf R Fan. If that sounds like you, here’s what you could win:

  • A seven-day, six-night trip to Germany
  • A visit to Wolfsburg to tour the Autostadt and Volkswagen headquarters
  • A visit to Nürburg to drive a Golf R on the Nürburgring with instruction from professional drivers
  • A visit to Berlin to enjoy an exclusive sightseeing package

To enter, download the Drivers Forever iPad application. Then tell us, in 256 characters or less, why you want to win the Golf R Ultimate Fan Experience. The contest runs from April 12 through May 14, 2012, so download the app and enter now.

Tell us: what do you love about the Golf R?

See the official rules.

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A mix of blue and green: Passat TDI wins green accolade from Kelley Blue Book’s

Because Earth is our very favorite planet (no offense, Jupiter—you’re super special, too), we prefer to celebrate Earth Day year round instead of just once a year. So you can imagine how happy we were when we heard that the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI was named a 10 Best Green Car by Kelley Blue Book’s

The 10 Best Green Cars announcement comes just in time for Earth Day, perfect timing for a list of eco-friendly cars. And with gas prices well over $4 a gallon in many US cities, there’s never a bad time to drive a fuel-efficient vehicle. The top 10 cars were selected on a variety of criteria, but the Passat TDI was chosen in part because it offers up to 43 mpg with a powerful, responsive engine. The editors went on to state that the Passat TDI is “further proof of how clean and green diesels have become.” We’d like to think that it’s just the beginning.

Read the full article at

Tell us: what do you like best about the Passat TDI?

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