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Volkswagen Introduces New American 7-Passenger SUV – This Week in Automotive News

Darrek Olson
2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Introduces New American 7-Passenger SUV

Volkswagen unveiled the 2018 Atlas Thursday. Available in Spring 2017, the seven-passenger SUV Atlas has two engine choices; a 238 hp, 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, or a 280 hp, 3.6-liter V6. Both have eight-speed automatic transmissions. Atlas will come with third-row seating and folding second row seats, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Volkswagen plans to offer several driver assistance features, typically offered in premium SUVs:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist)
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning and active steering (Lane Assist)
  • Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist)
  • Automatic Post-Collision Braking System

The move is a step in the right direction for Volkswagen, particularly in joining the exploding SUV market in the United States. The vehicles will be produced at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant, and pricing is not yet available.

Portland Woman’s Car Accidentally Stolen, Returned with Gas Money and Apology Note

Erin Hatzi of Portland, Oregon, reported her Subaru stolen Wednesday morning. A security camera captured the incident from the night before, showing a woman walking up to the car and warming it up before leaving the driveway with it. Police stopped the woman outside of Hatzi’s home Wednesday afternoon when she had come back to return the vehicle. Police found an apology note inside, with $30 for gas money. The note reads:

“Hello, So sorry I stole your car. I sent my friend with my key to pick up my red Subaru at 7802 SE Woodstock and she came back with your car. I did not see the car until this morning and I said, ‘that is not my car.’ There is some cash for gas and I more than apologize for the shock and upset this must have caused you. If you need to speak further, with me, I am ******* and my number is ……….
So so sorry for this mistake.”

A truly bizarre incident, further escalated by an off chance that the keys for both vehicles are interchangeable, which is possible in some older Subaru models.

The right Subaru was a block away, and no charges were filed.

Apology Letter
Source: Facebook

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Darrek Olson
Darrek Olson

Darrek is an enthusiast driver who values the journey more than the destination. A self-proclaimed Miata fanboy, his obscure knowledge of cars sometimes prevents him from remembering what he had for breakfast.

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