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Volkswagen extends New Vehicle Limited, Certified Pre-Owned Limited warranties through July

The Atlas Cross Sport and Atlas are two of the three SUVs Volkswagen is selling now in the U.S.

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Volkswagen will extend its New Vehicle Limited Warranty and its Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty by three additional months for all vehicles for which coverage would have ended between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020.

"Getting to the dealership for service or warranty work may not be an option for our customers right now," said David Durant, Senior Vice President, After Sales for Volkswagen of America. "We want to give our customers flexibility and this is just another example of Volkswagen's commitment to putting our customers first."

2020 Volkswagen Tiguan Tiguan has passed six million in sales, becomes best-selling Volkswagen ever. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The extension is good for any owner who has a new or certified pre-owned vehicles whose warranty is set to expire between March and May 2020. For example, if the limited warranty would have otherwise expired on April 20, it will be extended until July 20. The extension is automatic and requires no action by the owner.

There is one important caveat, however. If the New Vehicle Limited Warranty or Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty expire due to mileage rather than time, no extension will be provided.

Volkswagen is also extending its payment relief options that were initially put in place at the beginning of the pandemic. The program remains in place through June 1. In addition to deferring new vehicle payments for 90 days, lease extensions up to six months, and waiving past maturity fees in certain circumstances.

Volkswagen recently launched its 2020 Atlas Cross Sport and is set to bring its 2021 Atlas to market this summer. There is also a new Basecamp accessory line for the Atlas.

Volkswagen is committed to an electrified future. The company recently announced that its I.D. Crozz concept vehicle will come to life as the all-electric ID.4 crossover. While some EV models in the VW lineup are exclusively for overseas market, the ID.4 will be built and sold in the U.S.

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The all-electric ID.4 will help its pilot and navigator tackle the grueling race route.

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Off-road racing and endurance races are nothing new, but the Rebelle Rally's approach is unique. The event is the first all-women event of its kind in the U.S. and takes participants through severely challenging terrain with no electronic aids allowed for navigation. This year, Volkswagen is bringing its new ID.4 EV to the event to be piloted by driver Mercedes Lilienthal and navigator Emily Winslow.

Volkswagen ID.4 Mercedes Lilienthal and Emily Winslow will pilot the ID.4.Volkswagen

Tanner Foust Racing and Rhys Millen Racing modified the VW with new suspension system, tubular control arms, fabricated skid plates, battery protection, and other off-road-ready kit. The crossover has also been fited with a Thule roof rack and Yokohama Geolandar A/T tires.

The ID.4's battery and electric motor will remain untouched. That means a combined output of 295 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The 82 kWh battery can deliver an EPA-estimated range of 249 miles on a charge, but keep in mind that the terrain the team will be tackling will have an impact on that number.

The 2021 event marks the sixth year for the all-women rally raid. Teams are faced with 1,400 miles of desert in Nevada and California, and must navigate the racecourse without the use of electronic guides, such as GPS or cell phones. From the start in Las Vegas to the finish in Glamis, CA, participants must use maps, compasses, and their own skill to navigate.

Volkswagen ID.4 Several modifications were made to the suspension and other components.Volkswagen

Even though it's the ID.4's maiden year on the market, the electric crossover has already had a successful run in motorsport. Earlier this year, another modified version of the vehicle competed in the NORRA Mexican 1000. It was also massaged by Tanner Foust Racing and Rhys Millen Racing, and VW notes that the ID.4 that we'll see in Rebelle Rally vehicle was improved using data from its first races.

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Interesting backstory

Volkswagen Bus part inspired popular dog toy

The classic VW Bus inspired one of the most popular dog toys of all time.

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Product designs sometimes take inspiration from the places we expect the least. Moments of genius are driven by finding solutions to unique problems, and as it turns out, that's exactly how we ended up with KONG. The beefy, durable dog chew toy is modeled after a Volkswagen Bus part.

Joe Markham's shop Markham needed a dog for security, but he unexpectedly got a chew-crazy pet.Volkswagen

KONG's inventor, Joe Markham, adopted a German Shepherd to help with security at his auto repair shop in downtown Denver, CO. The dog, while a great addition to the shop, came with a few bad habits. The dog's most worrisome hobby was chewing, which he would do with almost anything he could find, especially rocks. As you might imagine, chewing on rocks is not good for the dog's teeth. Markham needed a durable chew toy, but nothing seemed to work, from animal bones to radiator hoses.

The solution came from an unlikely place: While working on a 1960sVW Type 2 Bus, Markham discovered that the rubber axle stop made a perfect chew toy. The dog had gotten ahold of the rubber stop, and while he was chewing viciously, neither the stop nor his teeth were damaged.

The discovery led Markham to spend the next six years experimenting with various rubbers, sizes, and shapes for his dog toy. After working with rubber experts in Germany, the design was finalized and the KONG was born. The shape for the toy ended up being very close to that of the axle stop. The funky, bulbous design meant that the toy wouldn't bounce like a ball, and would instead flop around randomly, which is similar to the way that small animals run away from predators.

VW Bus axle stop The axle stop from a VW Bus inspired KONG's shape.Volkswagen

It's worth noting that you should not intentionally let your dog chew on any part of your vehicle. Even unused automotive parts can contain chemicals and other harmful materials that could make your dog sick or worse. This isn't a pitch to buy a KONG, just a warning about the hazards of car parts being used as dog toys.

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