Volkswagen's midsize sedan not only offers European-style and handling, a willing turbocharged engine and plenty of room for under $24,000 but blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and forward-collision warning (with automatic emergency braking) are baked in.Ditto its six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and sport mode, rear camera system with independent brightness control and VW Car-Net, VW's telematics and smartphone integration bundle.Just one step up from the base Passat, the R-Line is VW's designated sport version with 235/40 19-inch all-season tires on double-spoke alloy wheels.Unfortunately, there's no manual gearbox but the R-Line does get its own bumpers, grille, brushed stainless steel covers for the gas and brake pedals, and R-Line scuff protectors for the doorsills.Volkswagen also packages the R-Line with standard automatic headlights, heated, foldable side mirrors, heated front seats (eight-way power with lumbar support for driver/manual passenger), dual-zone climate control, tilt telescoping steering column, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and shift lever handle, one-touch power windows, three 12-volt power points and USB and auxiliary inputs.In addition to the driver-assist technology, VW added high-strength steel to specific places, including foot wells and door sills to improve stiffness without adding weight.The 3,263-pound Passat was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and has earned a five-star overall rating from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration.Volkswagen notes that while both engines operate fine on regular unleaded gas, the published horsepower specs were attained on premium.VW's Car-Net and "App-Connect" technology is standard, so compatible mobile devices can take advantage of the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink smartphone integration systems.
NYS Entity Status
NYS Filing Date
JUNE 02, 2014
NYS DOS ID#
NYS Entity Type
DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION
2014 - GAS SAFETY SYSTEMS, INC.
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By Jeff Yip, Autos Correspondent - Friday Jun 9, 2017
Chrysler, the inventor of the minivan, is riding a wave of awards and rave reviews from diverse corners for its all-new 2017 Pacifica.The chart-topping Platinum model used at the Houston Auto Show was put into our hands for a weeklong trial right after the April event and we can report the plug-in hybrid is just as quiet and just as comfortable as its conventional siblings.Like other hybrid vehicles, a gasoline internal combustion engine and motor-generators power the Pacifica's drive wheels and, during deceleration, the latter create electricity, which is sent to a battery pack.Where the Pacifica takes a detour is that under certain driving conditions, a one-way clutch enables the motor typically used only as a generator to also drive the wheels.The plug-in Pacifica has a 16.5-gallon fuel tank (2.5 gallons smaller than the gas models) and a lithium-ion battery pack composed of 96 cells under the second-row seats.Even though the Pacifica's 0.30 coefficient of drag helps with fuel efficiency and wind noise, the vehicle's fluid bodywork - sleek for a van - is eye pleasing and suggests inspiration from a European aesthetic.All Pacifica Hybrids come with a hefty list of standard features, including remote start and keyless entry, security system, rear air conditioning and heater, three-zone climate control, a hybrid version of Chrysler's lauded Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a 7-inch digital driver information display, leather-trimmed seats (heated front row), power sliding doors and liftgate, blind spot and cross-path detection and ParkSense rear camera and park assist.The Pacifica Hybrid Platinum comes standard with the Advanced SafetyTec group that helped the electrified minivan take home that top IIHS rating.The package includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, full-speed forward collision warning and lane departure plus, advanced brake assist, parallel and perpendicular parking assist and automatic high-beams.The upgraded UConnect system features a 506-watt amplifier, 13 Alpine speakers, seatback video screens, Blu-Ray/DVD player, more USB and HDMI ports and a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet.
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