Charity

U.S. Soccer teams with Volkswagen to support 9 charities

Volkswagen is upping its commitment to U.S. Soccer.

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Volkswagen is committing to growing the sport of soccer on and off the field. The company has partnered with 10 of the sport's top U.S. players to support charities as part of the company's "Drive Bigger" campaign.

All the partners are members of the U.S. Women's and Men's National Soccer Teams and join Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe as brand ambassadors for the sport as part of Team Volkswagen.

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"Volkswagen welcomes our teammates from the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams, and we're thrilled to donate to organizations that our athletes are passionate about," said Duncan Movassaghi, executive vice president, sales and marketing at Volkswagen of America. "Building the game at the grassroots level while giving back to our communities is the essence of what we mean by Drive Bigger."

The players and the charity they have chosen for Volkswagen to support include:

Tyler Adams (MNT), Crystal Dunn (WNT): America SCORES, which uses soccer as an outlet to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and build confidence for a better future.

Abby Dahlkemper (WNT): Grassroot Soccer, which leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth to overcome their greatest health challenges, and be agents for change in their communities.

Ali Krieger (WNT): Women and Girls in Soccer (WAGS), which has a mission of empowering women and girls from all over the world through soccer to realize their full potential, supports six unique programs that promote confidence, strength, character and leadership in a variety of ways.

Carli Lloyd (WNT): The Women's Sports Foundation, whose goal is to ensure that every girl and woman has the opportunity to unlock her potential through the benefit of sports and physical activity. It supports girls' and women's soccer dreams via community programs and travel and training funding and advocacy for gender equity at the professional level.

Samantha Mewis (WNT): Hidden Gems, which connects girls who play soccer in low-income areas of the U.S. with professional athletes. The goal is to use the power of teamwork and soccer as an equalizer to increase young girls' perceptions of their ability on and off the field.

Weston McKennie (MNT): The Steve Nash Foundation (SNF), which works to increase access to critical needs, health, and education resources for underserved children. McKennie made his first splash with SNF when he was named the Most Valuable Player of the Steve Nash Foundation Showdown charity soccer match in 2018—the youngest in the event's 12-year history. Showdown and the annual SNF Charity Shield soccer tournament both raise funds for SNF's community programs and services for kids.

Jordan Morris (MNT): The Jordan Morris Foundation, whose goal is to educate, inspire, and support the lives of children with Type 1 diabetes. Soccer is used as the main vessel to achieve these goals.

Kelley O'Hara (WNT): The Kelley O'Hara Scholarship Fund, created by Kelley's youth club, AFC Lightning in Peachtree City, GA, in honor of winning the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The scholarship fund aims to support two female players at the club to ease the financial constraints of playing at the collegiate level.

Gyasi Zardes (MNT): The Columbus Crew SC Foundation, which focuses on changing young lives in the Columbus, OH area through their many programs focused in soccer.

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Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.

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After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen


Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.


2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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The VW ID.4 sounds futuristic

The ID.4 is VW's first electric crossover in the U.S.

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The Volkswagen ID.4 is finally here. The electric crossover offers compelling features, decent all-electric range, and a reasonable price. On top of all that, Volkswagen focused heavily on the electric experience with the ID.4, down to the sounds it makes in everyday operation.

Where many automakers seek to humanize electric vehicles with familiar gas engine sounds, Volkswagen hasn't bothered with any of that. Instead, the automaker's ID.4 electric crossover features several sounds that embrace the EV's place in the future of transportation.

On startup, drivers are greeted with a sound that Volkswagen says will alert them that the vehicle is ready to go. It's not at all unlike the flying saucer sounds heard in sci-fi movies decades ago, but it's a nice reminder of the ID.4's future-forward drivetrain.



In motion, VW gave the ID.4 what is known as an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System, which helps alert people to the presence of a moving electric vehicle. Since the drivetrain doesn't make the same noises that a gas engine does, EVs can move almost silently at low speeds, so it's important to have some kind of warning sound.

Even the turn signal sounds received scrutiny in the ID.4's design, and while they're still fairly traditional, the sounds are subtle and pleasing overall. Beyond that, VW says it developed a library of sounds for typical vehicle control buttons and other functions that are exclusive to its electric vehicles. The goal, according to the automaker, is that the sound aligns with the vehicles' character, visual design, and features, and that people will be able to recognize a VW EV by its unique sound.

The ID.4 is just the first of several EVs that Volkswagen plans to release here in the United States. Larger family vehicles are on the horizon, and we may even see an electric revival of the legendary VW bus.

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