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Sound system highlight of Tiguan's new features

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Volkswagen's 2015 Tiguans are beginning to arrive at Manitoba dealerships. The new model, notes Knight Automats Volkswagen sales rep Ray Levesque, is largely a carryover from last year's model.

The major changes to the smaller crossover SUV will be coming next year, Levesque says. That will include a new diesel model, he adds.

The model is still powered by an Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0L engine producing 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque, Levesque says. Front-wheel drive is standard -- with Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive system available as an option.

The Tiguan is available in four different trims - the S, SE, SEL, and R-Line. There are also three different upholstery materials used. Base models get cloth while mid-line models have a vinyl 'leatherette' and top-of-the-line models get true leather. Most versions also have seats with adjustable lumbar support and height.

Levesque notes one new feature is the Fender premium-audio system (which has been previously introduced to several other Volkswagen models) in the R-Line model.

What is attracting customer interest, he says, are the new technology options. For 2015, Volkswagen has once again increased the level of standard equipment on the Tiguan. A rear-view camera, roof rails, Volkswagen's Car-Net connected services, and satellite radio are now standard on all models. A large panoramic sunroof is now included on SE models with the appearance package, while all SE models receive heated front seats bundled with heated windshield-washer nozzles.

EL and R-Line models provide a level of equipment on par with entry-level luxury-brand models. The 2015 Tiguan includes 19-inch wheels, a sport suspension system, leather seating surfaces, a power driver seat, pushbutton start, keyless entry, a power panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, LED daytime running lights, and a navigation system. The base price is about $26,000 including freight and pdi.

New look for Ledingham GM

Ledingham GM in Steinbach is completing an exterior refreshing and refurbishing to bring the building up to the current General Motors image requirements. Kent Ledingham, the dealership's dealer principal, reports the building was last renovated in 2008. "It gives our building a nice, new look to it," he says.

New sales managers at Murray Chevrolet and Waverley Chrysler

Waverley Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Murray Chevrolet recently welcomed new sales managers to their teams. Ian McIntyre joined the Murray staff just a couple of weeks ago. He has been in the industry for the past eight or nine years, largely in management, with a smaller import store. "This just fell into my lap," he says. "It is a tremendous opportunity. Murray Chevrolet has a great sales team. It's exciting being here. I am looking forward to contributing to this store's continued success."

Ron Krahn has been in auto sales since 1993. For the most part, he has worked at Chrysler stores. "I was looking for a new opportunity and Steve (Waverley Chrysler dealer principal Steve Dennis) gave me a call and invited me to work here," Krahn says. Although Krahn starting working at Waverley Chrysler in January, he was just appointed new car sales manager at the beginning of August. "This is a great place to be," he says. "The sales team is solid."

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2014 E3

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