Archive for August 2014

VW to Let You Charge Your e-Golf with Just the Power of the Sun


2015_e-golf_3916Earlier this summer, Volkswagen announced the arrival of the e-Golf, an all-electric version of the popular Golf model. This made Volkswagen the only car manufacturer in the U.S. to offer the same model in both diesel and electric versions, a huge milestone for the green-vehicle movement. However, VW isn’t stopping there –the automaker announced that the e-Golf will be offered alongside an all-solar charging station, meaning that even when you plug it in, it will be saving you money and energy.

VW has partnered with SunPower, one of the largest solar-power manufacturers in the country, to develop the at-home solar charging station. The station works by drawing energy from rooftop solar panels and storing it internally for future use. When you plug in your e-Golf, it will automatically pull from this store of solar energy, meaning you can charge up your car without also charging up your electric bills, saving even more than you would by just forgoing gas fuel. As prices for alternative energy sources continue to fall, buyers can expect to save progressively more as time goes on.

Pricing and availability information isn’t available just yet, as the system is still in its final testing phase. However, it’s expected to be available in early 2015, shortly after the e-Golf itself begins to appear in dealer showrooms. The e-Golf itself will be powered by a 24.2-kWh lithium-ion battery and comes with a 7.2-kW onboard charger that should charge to full in about 20 hours via a standard power outlet, but can be charged in as little as 30 minutes if charged through a CCS/SAE combo socket. It retains the classic Golf design and will offer a roomier interior and more traditional look that is still uncommon in all-electric vehicles.

Stay tuned for more information on this cutting-edge eco-tech as it becomes available. For information about this and all Volkswagen vehicles, visit our Merrimack, NH Volkswagen dealership today!

Honda Fit

The 2015 Honda Fit is KBB’s “Best Back-to-School Car”

Honda FitWith fall rolling around yet again, it’s time to think about heading back to school. For students, this often means driving, whether they’re heading to high school each morning or packing everything up and making that drive to college for the semester.  With so many options, the right car for a student can seem like an elusive thing to find. Well, Kelley Blue Book has done the leg work for you, and the answer is clear: It’s the 2015 Honda Fit.

Honda was the only brand to appear twice on KBB’s list of the top ten back-to-school cars (the Civic came in at #6), and the Fit was the star of the show. KBB cited its amazing gas mileage of 33 city and 41 highway mpg, its affordability, its sportiness, and above all, its one-of-a-kind “Magic Seat” setup. The Magic Seat arrangement allows you to choose from five custom seating configurations: the normal five-person setup; Utility Mode, where folding down the back seat gives you a cavernous 52.7 cubic feet of space; Long Mode, in which the right side of the back seat and the front passenger seat fold flat to accommodate lengthy, cumbersome items; Tall Mode, created by folding the back seat backwards to open up the floor space below it and create almost four feet of height; and, finally, Refresh Mode, which allows you to fold the front  seats flush to create a lounge chair out of the back seats, perfect for a day by the beach or a night at the drive-in theater.

Other highlights of the 2015 Fit, which was completely redesigned for the new model year, include standard features like Bluetooth compatibility, a five-inch LCD screen, and speed-sensitive volume control. Upgrade options, such as a larger seven-inch screen, satellite radio, push-button start and Honda’s LaneWatch lane change assist system, are offered to round out the experience.

When you head back to school this year, make sure it’s behind the wheel of a Honda! Our Manchester, NH Honda dealership can get you into a 2015 Honda Fit, or any other Honda model, in no time, so come down and test-drive your perfect car today!

2015 Ford Fusion Energi

NASCAR COO Drives a Ford Fusion Energi… and Loves It!

2015 Ford Fusion EnergiA NASCAR race brings to mind hyper-powered vehicles speeding along a track and high-performing muscle cars that generate tremendous horsepower. One would reasonably expect the chief operating officer of NASCAR to spend his free time speeding through town in something like a Ford Mustang convertible, chuckling quietly to himself about those zero-to-60-in-11-second hybrids he flies by on the road. As it turns out, quite the opposite is true.

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, NASCAR COO Brent Dewar gushed about the seemingly incongruous car he drives day-to-day: a Ford Fusion Energi (which, incidentally, goes zero-to-60 mph in about 8.5 seconds). Dewar says he has always been fascinated by the new alternative fuel technologies in the automotive industry, and when he saw an Energi on display he couldn’t help himself. He ordered one just to see what it was like– and it was incredible.

The Energi is a plug-in hybrid that can travel up to 19 miles on electricity alone, and charge fully in about seven hours via a standard home outlet (the charger comes standard on all models). It gets 38 combined mpg when running in hybrid mode, and the equivalent of 88 combined mpg when running solely on electricity. Dewar bragged that during his first six months driving the car, he never once went to a gas station.

Dewar gets why being enamored with the Energi comes across as strange to NASCAR fans, but said he’s a big fan nonetheless.

“Some might see a contradiction here, because I’m a race-car guy,” Dewar said. “But that’s my ride, and I love it.”

Follow in the footsteps of one of NASCAR’s head honchos, and visit our Manchester, NH Ford dealership today to check out the 2015 Ford Fusion Energi for yourself!

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