Bye Bye Beetle

A red VW beetle in an alley

I guess you could say it’s the end of an era. Volkswagen has announced they will stop production of the iconic VW Beetle in 2019. 

 

I have great memories of roaring around town as a child in my mum’s VW Beetle. Roaring is certainly the right word to describe the loud rear-engine bug of a car. Any conversation had to be yelled over the noise of the engine coming in through our open windows. Hot summer days meant we’d stick to the leather seats and have to peel ourselves out of the car once we’d reached our destination. In fact, the seats were so low, my mum needed a cushion to see over the steering wheel. Those were the days!

 

Volkswagen’s Beetle: The Great ‘People’s Car’

 

The Beginning

The Beetle started its life in Germany in the 1930s – the vision, as commanded by Adolf Hitler, was to produce a cheap car that could be mass produced and sold to the German people. It was designed by Ferdinand Porsche (yes, the founder of the Porsche car company).

 

The outbreak of World War II saw the commercial production of the Beetle stopped – only 210 had been made. Through the war, a few variants were produced for the military elite, but an air raid damaged the factory and all production halted in 1944.

 

Mass Production Begins

Post-war the British took over the damaged factory. Instead of destroying it, a strategic thinking British Army Officer, Major Ivan Hirst, realised that the factory might benefit both the British and the war-torn Germans. There was a desperate need for jobs in Germany and the British Army needed vehicles. He got the factory running again and saw that the British Army approved the commission of 20 000 cars. This new outlet of cheap cars quickly led to the establishment of sales and export networks across Europe and by 1955 the one-millionth car rolled off the production line.

 

‘The Bug’ steals our hearts

As they say, the rest is history. The Beetle, affectionately known as ‘The Bug’, is a car that has many stories to tell. It helped Germany promote a more positive image after the war and it afforded many a student and young family a means of transport. Its enduring popularity and iconic status are a testimony to our fondness for this fun, little car. It will be missed but definitely not forgotten!

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Fun Facts

  • The original Beetle stayed in production for 6 decades.
  • A jaw-dropping 21 529 464 Beetles have been produced
  • It’s the most-manufactured car of a single platform ever
  • It was voted the 4th most influential Car of the 20th Century in 1999

 

Volks Affair – German Car Service Specialists in Melbourne

The future of Volkswagen lies in electric cars and family cars. If you’re a VW owner, make sure your car is serviced by a reputable service centre. Volks Affair is an independent German Car Service Centre in Melbourne. We love keeping our customers’ cars in top condition. Give us a call today to book a service.

The Rising Popularity of Hybrid Cars in Australia

The Rising Popularity of Hybrid Cars in Australia

Hybrid cars are here to stay and if you are the eco-conscious owner of a hybrid German vehicle then you’ll need a trusted electric and hybrid car service team.

 

Our favourite German brands – BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi – are all producing hybrid cars for the Australian market.

 

Hybrid Cars and the Australian Market

Australia hasn’t seen the incentives, such as tax rebates, offered by other countries to convert to more environmentally friendly low-emissions vehicles. But us Aussies have been embracing the green lifestyle anyway – opting for cleaner and more fuel-efficient technology. It would be wonderful to see the local and state governing bodies take a more proactive approach and introduce incentives for people to reduce their carbon footprint. It is estimated that road traffic in Australia in responsible for about 13% of greenhouse gas emissions. With the fluctuating and ever-increasing fuel price, green vehicles are a wise choice.

 

Snapshot of Popular Hybrid Cars in Australia

 

  • BMW iPerformance

 

BMW have a number of hybrid vehicles on the Australian market already with plans to launch more electric models in the future. The iPerformance vehicles are described as a marrying of combustion engine engineering and modern battery technology. The aim is to reduce carbon emissions but still have the luxurious feel and drive that is distinctly BMW. You can use a public charging station to charge the battery or a household socket. The BMW i3 (2013) will get you 130 km on battery and 100km from petrol.

 

  • Audi e-Tron

A popular model is the Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron (2014). This is a petrol-electric hybrid with great fuel efficiency and keeps its sporty shape.

 

 

  • Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is keeping up with their competitors, but their 2015 C-class only offers 31km electric range.

 

Hybrid cars are something to keep our eye on. Although Australia has been slow in adopting them, it is certainly something that is only going to be enhanced by future technology.

 

Car Service Specialists

 

At Volks Affair our speciality is German car service and repair. Our mechanics are professionals and experts in the field. We keep up to date with all the latest in car technology and can offer standard servicing on hybrid vehicles. Volks Affair is an independent car service and repair centre. We pride ourselves on the personal service we give to our customers and the open and honest way in which we communicate. If you own a German vehicle, hybrid or not, and live in Melbourne then look no further than Volks Affair.

Melbourne Car Mechanics – Top 5 Reasons to Drive a German Car

If you love your performance vehicle – and let’s face it – who doesn’t, then you need to ensure it is serviced by the right car mechanics.  Our skilled mechanics are experts when it comes to BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Skoda and Mercedes Benz. They know what it takes to keep these superior vehicles in top condition. Today they’re going to give us their top reasons for investing in a German engineered car, be it new or used.

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Built for Performance

German engineering is highly sought after. If you’ve ever had the privilege of driving on the speed limitless autobahn, then you’d know how important it is to have a smooth ride at top speeds. Driving a dependable and performance orientated car allows for a luxurious and comfortable journey no matter what your speed. There’s no shaking or jostling – just a quiet, smooth ride – you’ll hit top speeds before you know it.

Tested at Speed

All cars go through safety tests – it’s critical. German cars are tested with the Nürburgring track in mind. In fact, the Nürburgring and automotive development go hand-in-hand. The track puts our favourite German cars through the paces of speed, performance and handling. The track’s range of altitude, turns and steep ascents and descents make it a firm favourite to test car performance and handling.

Design

Always cutting-edge and setting the pace for style and design. BMW, VW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are all instantly recognisable.

Innovation

Along with huge brand reputations comes the need to stay ahead of the pack. German vehicle manufacturers are constantly innovating to ensure they are not only up-to-date with the latest technology but also driving it forward.

Tradition

As cutting-edge and innovative as they are, German cars are also steeped in history. These long-known brands have risen up to become a part of our modern culture. The history of German cars started with the invention of the four-stroke internal combustion engine by Karl Benz and Nikolaus Otto in 1870. From the outset, these famous brands focused on reliability, functionality and quality. These are still the pillars upon which they are built.

 

Volks Affair

 

The need for German cars to constantly innovate and adapt to the changing demands of consumers means that German car service specialists must also have the latest diagnostic tools and know-how to deal with these advancements. At Volks Affair, we ensure our car mechanics have the technical expertise to repair and service all German brands.

Mercedes-Benz Car Mechanics: 2019 A-Class Sedan

A man holding Mercedes-Benz car keys

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class is a fabulous entry level vehicle for those wanting a dependable luxury brand. Our Volks Affair Mercedes-Benz service and repair specialists in Melbourne are excited to see the 2019 A-Class Sedan will be offering some cutting-edge technological features.

Spotlight on the 2019 A-Class Sedan

German car specialists say that Mercedes-Benz is continuing on its mission to attract young, tech savvy drivers by offering sleek, sporty and tech packed vehicles. The latest models will meet consumer expectations by including advanced features such as driver-assist and voice-controlled infotainment systems.

Mercedes-Benz manufacturers have proudly claimed that the new A-Class Sedan

is the most aerodynamic production car in the world. Consumers are used to the A-class hatchback, but Mercedes-Benz has revised the A-Class and is launching an A-Class sedan (due to launch in Australian in 2019). This classy addition to the Mercedes-Benz brand is set to attract a younger demographic and pit itself against Audi and BMW drawing first-time buyers with this entry-level model.

‘Hey Mercedes’

Voice controlled technology is a must for a luxury vehicle. Our Mercedes-Benz service specialists are happy to see the A-Class will come with MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). This infotainment centre has advanced voice recognition software to interpret natural speech patterns. It has a dual screen 7-inch high-resolution setup. Mercedes-Benz is definitely keeping on trend with the inclusion of this intuitive technology.

This compact sedan will have the distinguishing large front grille. It is 4549mm long, 1796mm wide and 1446mm tall. It will have a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and dynamic driving options. You can choose between sports, eco, comfort or individual driving modes.

Driver-Assist

With driver-assist fast becoming an expected feature in luxury vehicles, our Mercedes-Benz service mechanics list some of the features we can expect with driver assist.

  • Lane-change assist
  • Lane-keeping assist (the steering wheel pulsates to warn you)
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Rear collision detection when the car is still (this means that brakes will be automatically applied if rear collision is detected. This will prevent you from being pushed into traffic if a car misjudges the stopping distance at a traffic light.)
  • Vehicle to Vehicle communication – cars can share data in real time

Independent Mercedes-Benz Service Specialists

If you’re in the market for a luxury German vehicle or you’re already the owner of a top German brand, then you need to ensure your car is kept in good condition. Volks Affair is an independent vehicle service and repair centre in Melbourne. We are German car specialists who offer a genuine Mercedes-Benz dealership alternative. Our car mechanics are experienced and dedicated to keeping up-to-date with the latest German engineering. If you would like to know more about our service, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Audi and BMW Service Specialists Spotlight on Luxury SUVs

 

Blue BMW service at Volks Affair

Australian Consumer Choices

Known for their reliability, superior engineering and comfort – choosing between luxury SUVs can be an exciting but daunting task. There are plenty of factors to consider, including who will service your vehicle. Here at Volks Affair- our Audi and BMW service teams – are always keeping an eye on vehicle trends and we’re delighted to see our favourite German SUVs are becoming increasingly popular in Melbourne.

According to ACA Research the upward trend in SUV sales is continuing on from 2017. SUVs seem to be the preferred vehicle of choice amongst Australians and luxury German vehicles are a fashionable and attractive option. The BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 are fast becoming top luxury family SUVs, the BMW X3 is especially popular with its signature double kidney grille front and sleek body.

2018 – BMW X3 and Audi Q5: At a Glance

Both the BMW X3 and the Audi Q5 have turbocharged four-cylinder engines with the option to upgrade to a more performance-oriented model.

Both cars have sleek, well-fitted interiors and make perfect family vehicles. They fit 5 people comfortably and have enough boot space for all the family vacation baggage.

Both cars offer high resolution digital screens, but an interesting difference is that BMW X3 only supports Apple CarPlay whereas Audi Q5 supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That may be a deciding factor for many.

BMW X3 2018

  • iDrive – for natural navigation, just speak.
  • Heads-up display – speed limits, navigation and collision warnings are projected onto the windscreen so you can keep your eyes on the road
  • Driver Assist – will give you warnings if an accident risk is detected
  • All wheel drive
  • 6 airbags

Audi Q5

  • Voted Carsales best SUV over $50000 2017
  • Sports models offer virtual cockpit
  • Safety technology – includes rear cross traffic alert and side-assist (you’ll be warned if you’re about to open your door onto a cyclist)
  • All Wheel drive
  • 8 airbags

As with most cars it’s really a personal choice and a case of test driving both models. If you are planning to invest in a new car this year – our advice is to opt for one the superior luxury German models. Just make sure you have a top-quality service centre that can service and repair your vehicle to keep it in top condition.

Audi Service and BMW Service

At Volks Affair our highly skilled BMW and Audi mechanics will service your car with the latest diagnostic equipment. If you want your car serviced by experienced and trusted technicians, then look no further. We offer competitive pricing and we’re conveniently located in South Melbourne. We welcome all new and returning clients, so contact us today!

Mission: Impossible – Fallout: A showcase for performance BMWs

While Tom Cruise fans are enjoying his latest appearance as Ethan Hunt in the next instalment from the Mission Impossible franchise, the Volks Affair BMW service team is looking forward to watching those BMWs in action. BMW has partnered with Paramount Pictures since 2011 in the amazingly popular Mission Impossible movies.

Mission to Thrill – BMWs perfect advertisement

“Mission to Thrill” is the name of BMWs new marketing campaign and the movie is a spectacular display of thrilling car chases and vehicle stunts.

The cars showcased include:

  • BMW M5
  • BMW 5 series sedan (1986)
  • BMW 7 series sedan

And for a bit of fun the BMW RnineT Scrambler – because what would a Mission Impossible movie be without some daring motorbike stunts?

The Head of Brand Communications at BMW – Uwe Dreher said:

” BMW and Mission: Impossibleare a perfect fit. This provides the ideal stage for our most dynamic business athlete: the BMW M5.”

An ‘athlete’ it certainly is – it’s a sleek, high performance sedan with a 4.4 litre V8 biturbo engine with TwinPower Turbo technology. It is going to deliver some edge of the seat, fast-paced sequences.

Also making an exciting appearance is the 1986 BMW 5 series sedan (E28) – proving that even older models of German engineered vehicles still have what it takes. This was the first of the 5 series to come with an anti-lock braking system (ABS).

If you’re a BMW fan, make sure you find some time to see German vehicles pushed to the limit in Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

BMW Service

If you’re a BMW driver, ensure your car is serviced by an independent automotive workshop like Volks Affair. Our service technicians are VACC-certified and use the latest BMW repair tools. We use genuine BMW or approved parts and we are committed to providing quality service.

An important part of our quality service assurance is to provide fair and transparent quotes. We pride ourselves in the level of communication between our technicians and our customers. You will be involved in the decision making and we will let you know our recommendations and prices before the work is done.

All of our services include fluid and oil changes, safety checks and an on-road test. You are welcome to discuss any concerns with us. For further information, please visit our BMW Services page or give us a call.

Autonomous Audi: Six Levels of Autonomous Driving

Autonomous Audi: Six Levels of Autonomous Driving

Driverless cars are getting closer. In fact, a lot of autonomous tech is already on our roads. We service a number of Audi vehicles with varying degrees of autonomy every day. With the first Level 3 vehicle set to be released this year, it might not be too long before we see a fully self-driving car arrive at our workshop for a service!

So this week, we thought we’d look at the six different levels of autonomous driving, as set out by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Where possible, we’ve given an example of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) already on our roads. (more…)

Volkswagen’s New Logo

Volkswagen’s New Logo

Volkswagen announced that they will be updating their logo next year. How it will change is a mystery: the company is remaining tight-lipped. What we know so far is that the badge will look “as good on a smartphone as it does on a car”.

Volkswagen are focusing more on electric vehicles — the brand want to have an electric version of their entire fleet by 2030. We imagine that the new logo is being designed to reflect VW’s electric future. (more…)