The History of the Volkswagen Beetle

By avirgilio | Posted in Volkswagen Beetle on Friday, October 20th, 2017 at 12:28 AM
2016 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Details

The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most recognizable cars in automotive history, and it’s certainly a familiar sight on Chicago roads. Explore the journey of this iconic small car from its beginnings to its current status as an American icon, and see why the Beetle is a favorite of among drivers from Glenview to Evanston.

Post-War Struggles

Although production of the Volkswagen Beetle began in 1938, it was sidelined for a time during World War II as the factories turned their attention to munitions and providing vehicles for the war effort.

In the late 1940s, the Volkswagen Beetle made its way to American shores, and slowly but surely, it gained popularity among drivers in the U.S.

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2016 Beetle Convertible in the sun

Advertising History

Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle began to pick up in the 1950s as the Beetle worked its way into American hearts. This is in part because the manufacturers hired a new advertising agency people started to pay attention.

In the 1960s, the Volkswagen Beetle received improvements in design and greater horsepower output, and then this car really began to take off. Interest was further increased in the late 1960s with the release of the classic movie Herbie the Love Bug, about an autonomous VW Beetle who was a star at the racetrack and a pretty good matchmaker. With that film, the Beetle became an icon, and America’s love affair was solidified.

An End to an Era

Throughout the 60s and into the 1970s, Volkswagen continued to improve the Beetle. With the introduction of the Super Beetle in 1971, drivers had access to 60 hp, almost double the original, as well as a larger trunk, more modern electronics, and MacPherson struts that improved ride and stability.

The vintage Beetle design would not remain a top seller forever. As new competitors entered the market, the popularity of the original Beetle began to wane.

In 1998, the world once again saw a demand for this small car, and so the updated Beetle was introduced with innovations that would lead to the affordable, stylish designs drivers still love today.

Explore the VW Beetle at Jennings Volkswagen

It’s little wonder Chicago and Evanston drivers still clamor to get behind the wheel of one of these instantly recognizable compact cars. Experience it yourself when test drive the VW Beetle at Jennings Volkswagen. Contact us or stop by our showroom to choose your favorite trim and learn about the financing options available

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2016 Beetle Dune interior seating

What do the Volkswagen Model Names Mean?

By avirgilio | Posted in New VW Models on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 11:48 PM
2017 Volkswagen Beetle SE

At Jennings Volkswagen, we’ve got a wide inventory of vehicles with distinct names in our Glenview showroom, but what do they mean? Volkswagen, itself, means “the people’s car” in German, and speaks to the popularity of this brand. The current model names also have interesting, unique meanings:

  • Beetle: Originally dubbed the Volkswagen Type 1, this iconic car received its current name from its unique shape resembling the bug.
  • CC: This acronym stands for “Comfort Coupe”.
  • Eos: The Greek goddess for dawn is the namesake for this convertible that offers unbeatable views of the sky.
  • Golf: Many VW names come from natural occurrences, and the Golf is named for the Gulf Stream.
  • Jetta: Hinting at its sporty performance, this name translates to “jet stream”.
  • Tiguan: The family-friendly SUV takes its name from a combination of the words “tiger” and “leguan”, which means “iguana” in German.
  • Touareg: Encouraging new destinations, this SUV was named after the nomadic Tuareg people of the Saharan desert, who were a tribe of nomads.
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2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Find a New Volkswagen Vehicle to Take Home Today

At Jennings VW, we have a great selection of new and used Volkswagen models for drivers from Chicago to Evanston and throughout the Chicagoland area. Contact us to schedule a visit to our showroom, so you can test drive these Volkswagen models and learn about how to finance your vehicle.

Help Carpool Run Smoothly with Back-to-School Vehicle Maintenance

By avirgilio | Posted in Safety on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 7:08 PM
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The kids are returning to school around Evanston and life is getting hectic again. Before things too chaotic, make sure you’re fully prepared for the morning car pool by visiting your Chicago-area service center to make sure your vehicle is in solid working order. Check out our guide to some of the most important back-to-school vehicle maintenance tips, and make your way to Jennings Volkswagen in Glenview for service today!

1. Seatbelt Check

The drive to school can sometimes be hectic, but there’s no reasons it shouldn’t be safe. Make sure everyone is secure this school year by making sure every seatbelt works properly. And when you step in the car, check beside and behind you to make sure everyone is actually using theirs.

2. Heater and Defroster Maintenance

You’re in the Midwest, so you know that Chicago winters are no joke. Make sure your vehicle is ready for the changing weather by checking your heater and defroster.

3. Tire Check

If your tires are underinflated or excessively worn, you could be putting yourself and your entire school carpool at risk. Make sure your tires are in good condition, and get them replaced if needed.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack interior

4. Basic Maintenance

Have you had your oil changed recently? Do your tires need to be rotated? Is it time to get a filter replaced? Get all of your basic maintenance taken care of before the chaos of the school year takes over, and check out our current service specials for some great deals on basic maintenance.

5. Battery Check

The last thing you want to do is get everyone into the car before school only to realize the car won’t start. Dramatically decrease the chances of that happening by making sure your car battery is in good working order. If it’s old or on it’s last legs, but sure to get the battery replaced.

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Get Your Vehicle Serviced This Fall at Jennings VW

The team of automotive specialists at Jennings VW has the skills, expertise, and high-end equipment to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape this school year. Make your way to our Chicagoland VW dealership today at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL, or contact us with questions at (844) 742-1086.

Why Should You Consider Leasing a Volkswagen?

By avirgilio | Posted in Buying and Leasing on Friday, September 29th, 2017 at 12:33 AM
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If you’ve been thinking about getting a new Volkswagen near Chicago, you’re certainly not alone. There are lot of new VW models that people have been considering, like the VW Golf hatchback, the VW Passat sedan, and the all-new VW Atlas SUV. Before you decide to take out a loan, though, it’s a good idea to consider the benefits of both financing and leasing. Here, we’ll take a close look at some of the reasons folks in Evanston and Glenview might consider leasing their next Volskwagen.

Benefits of Leasing a VW

There are plenty of good reasons to purchase a vehicle, and we have lots of good deals available at Jennings Volkswagen. However, there are many times when it actually makes more sense for drivers to lease a vehicle. Here are just a few:

  1. Good Deals – When you decide to lease a vehicle instead of financing it, you’ll usually have a low down payment (and sometimes no down payment!) as well as lower monthly payments. You can either pocket that extra money, or scale up to get a more high-end model with more premium features and performance capabilities.
  2. The Latest Features – In general, lease terms are notably shorter than they are if you finance a vehicle. If you like the idea of enjoying the latest infotainment and performance features, as well as interior and exterior updates, you’ll be able to enjoy these more often if you lease, as the average lease terms is around three years.
  3. No Hassles at the End of Term – If you finance your vehicle, it will be your responsibility to figure out what to do with the vehicle once your loan is paid off. When you lease, all you have to do is return your vehicle to your VW dealer and take out a shiny new lease. In fact, you’ll usually even have the opportunity to purchase your lease at the end of the lease term if you’ve loved driving it!
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Lease a New Volkswagen at Your Chicago Area VW Dealer

Whether you know you’re going to lease a new VW, or you are currently considering your financial options, make the trip to Jennings Volkswagen at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL for a test drive. We’re open Monday through Saturday, and our staff is happy to answer any of your questions in person or by phone at (844) 742-1085.

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2018 volkswagen atlas

What Type of Gas is Recommended for Volkswagen Vehicles?

By avirgilio | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 2:54 AM
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Whether you’re the owner of one of the new Volkswagen models or one of the pre-owned VWs from Jennings Volkswagen, it’s important to understand what fuel type you should use for your vehicle. While all of the diesel models in the lineup obviously require diesel fuel, Volkswagens powered by traditional gasoline engines may require different grades of fuel based on the amount of octane in the gasoline. Get a brief explanation of what octane is, and check out what kind of fuel type you should use for your VW when filling up the tank around Chicago and Evanston.

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2018 Volkswagen atlas interior

How is Fuel Type Decided?

Fuel grades are rated based on the amount of octane in the system, with premium fuel rated at 91 to 93 and regular octane rated at 87. Octane is measured based on a vehicle’s ability to resist pre-ignition, or the premature ignition of the mixture of air and fuel in the engine. We know it sounds complicated, but you can leave the more involved details to the experts.

OK, So What Do I Use for My Volkswagen?

For many years, most Volkswagen engines were designed to use premium grade gasoline. For engines that recommend premium fuel usage, it’s important to do so in order to maintain optimal functionality. In general, most pre-2016 model year Volkswagens with traditional gasoline engines should use premium octane gasoline. Most of the Volkswagens that are model year 2016 and later with gas engines can use regular octane gasoline. This can lead to a lot of savings for newer Volkswagen owners without sacrificing the premium engineering that has led to so many VW loyalists over the years.

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2017 Volkswagen passat rear

Get Your Next VW Vehicle at Jennings Volkswagen

There are plenty of regular-octane, high-quality, and fuel-efficient Volkswagen models available right now at Jennings Volkswagen, located in the Chicago suburbs at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL. Count on us for key advantages like our full-service service center. Our dealership’s doors are open Monday through Saturday, and you can contact us for more information about your VW’s gas recommendations at (844) 742-1085.

Where can I Go Apple Picking Near Glenview This Fall?

By avirgilio | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 2:33 AM
Apple picking in orchard

Fall is here! That means football, pumpkins, Halloween, and most importantly, apples. It’s time to dust off those apple recipes and bake something delicious. Of course, fresh picked apples are the best, so we’ve compiled a list of apple picking places near Glenview. Some are strictly apple picking and some have all the fixin’s. Pile the family into your new or used Volkswagen from Jennings VW and visit one of these fine establishments.

Apple Picking and So Much More

Harvest Times Orchard – Twin Lakes, WI

Harvest Times Orchard has a huge selection of pick-your-own apples with more than 13 varieties! In addition to apples, they also have a tart cherry and pumpkin orchard. Once you’ve picked your peck of produce, head on over to one of our many other attractions like the Brat Shack, The Cider Barn, or The Donut Shop. Also, the Red Barn has already picked apples and produce and is home to our Craft Corner, apple sorting room, Sweet Shoppe, and our Country Smoke House.

  • Hours of Operation: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Phone: 262-877-4831

Prairie Sky Orchard – Union, IL

Prairie Sky Orchard is a family-run business located on 5 beautiful acres in Union, IL. It originally started as a pumpkin patch but quickly grew to add apples, Asian pears, pumpkins, and squash. They’ve recently added a Koffee Kiosk where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of freshly baked apple pie. Prairie Sky also sells apple cider, apple cider donuts, frozen pies and more.

  • Hours of Operation: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • Phone: 815-923-4834
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girl with apples

County Line Orchard – Hobart, IN

County Line Orchard offers a whole range of activities for all ages. The have more than 30 varieties of apples to pick as well as pumpkins and sunflowers. Did you work up an appetite picking? County Line has a kitchen and grill with lots of grub. Got a sweet tooth? Make sure you visit the bakery or the sweet shop. You must try the donut parfait! County Line has plenty to do for the kids. They have a corn maze, the Moo Choo Train, kid’s animal farm, and bee yurts. County Line also has a gift shop where you’re sure to find that special something.

  • Hours of Operation: UPick is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
  • Phone: 219-947-4477

Apple Holler – Sturtevant, WI

The Apple Holler is perfect for a day trip of apple picking, train riding, and farm animal petting. They have 70 acres of orchard offering different varieties of apples, peaches, pumpkins. The Apple Holler used to be a working dairy farm until the 1990s when it was converted to an orchard. There’s also a restaurant with “good mood” food and plenty of activities for the kids.

  • Hours of Operation: M – F 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Weekends 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Phone: 262-884-7100
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couple with apples

Start Your Fall Adventure with a Vehicle from Jennings Volkswagen

While you’re close to Glenview, make sure to visit Jennings VW. We don’t have apples but we have plenty of Beetles! We also have Jetta sedans, Tiguan SUVs, and a bevy of other new and used vehicles. Come see us at 201 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 60025 and bring the family. If you’re too full on apples, contact anytime online.

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Interior Features

By avirgilio | Posted in Volkswagen Golf on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 2:37 AM
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack interior

European luxury and generous space are yours with the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack interior features. A sophisticated infotainment system makes driving more fun, sophisticated seating makes commutes more comfortable, and a generous cargo bay allows you to make big shopping trips or take weekend getaways. Learn more about the interior features of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack below, then test one out for yourself at Jennings Volkswagen near Chicago today!

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack tech
2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack tech

Design and Comfort

You’ll enjoy your time spend inside of the new Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, as premium materials and a thoughtful use of space makes every drive more pleasurable.

  • Leatherette Seating: Plush and inspiring, you’ll love the leatherette upholstered seating available in sophisticated colors, such as Marrakesh Brown.
  • Cargo Area: There’s 30.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, or you can fold down the second row with easy release levers to expose 66.5 cubic feet of max cargo space.
  • Panoramic Sunroof: A wide view of the night sky on clear nights or a generous opening for the sunshine to pour in is yours when you opt for the SE or SEL trims that offer this feature standard.

Luxury and Entertainment Technology

Some of the smartest features available are offered inside of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, keeping you connected and allowing you to enjoy your favorite music with ease.

  • VW Car-Net App-Connect: A touchscreen display allows you to access Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, select social apps, and more for all of your entertainment needs.
  • Fender Premium Audio System: Enjoy the deluxe sound delivered by Fender so you can listen to your favorite songs with crisp quality.
  • Discover Media Navigation: Turn-by-turn directions make life easier as you venture out of the Evanston area for a day trip!
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2017 VW Golf Alltrack seats

Explore the Cabin of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Today

Schedule a test drive of the 2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack at Jennings VW, so that you can experience the impeccable design and innovative features inside of the cabin. You’ll find our dealership at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL. Make an appointment by calling us at 844-741-1086, or contact us online today!

Jennings Volkswagen Provides Support for Misericordia

By avirgilio | Posted in Community on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 at 2:25 AM

The team at Jennings Volkswagen understands that we’re part of a larger community, so we’re happy to give back. We serve the community in a variety of different ways, including donations to organizations like the Wright-Way Rescue Fundraiser and participation in events like the Edgebrook Community Association 4th of July Parade. One of the organizations that is dearest to us is Misericordia, which provides an important community and resources for individuals with mild to profound developmental disabilities.

About Misericordia

Located on the North Side of Chicago, Misericordia is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that provides individuals with developmental disabilities in Evanston and throughout greater Chicagoland with essential support. Under the leadership of the Catholic Archdiocese and Sisters of Mercy, Misericordia includes more than 600 residents from a wide range of social, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds. In addition to offering essential human services like food, shelter, and community, Misericordia also provides skilled medical services from their nursing residents.

Thanks to the support they receive, Misericordia is able to help individuals with disabilities achieve a life of maximum independence in an environment that is respectful, challenging, and spiritually fulfilling, which helps them achieve their fullest potential.

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Jennings Volkswagen Does its Part

While Misericordia receives support from the Illinois Department of Human Services and other state-based entities, it also depends on private funding to keep its operations and services strong. Jennings Volkswagen provides a level of support for this organization, and we’re proud to say that some of the members of Misericordia work right here at our dealership.

Find out more about Misericordia and the essential work they do from the team at Jennings Volkswagen. We’re here to serve the community in a variety of different ways, which is just one of the many reasons people choose to work with our dealership. We’re located just a short drive from Evanston at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL. Our doors are open Monday through Saturday, and you can contact us online or give us a call at (844) 742-1085.

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How to Tell if Your Volkswagen Needs an Oil Change

By avirgilio | Posted in Service on Thursday, August 17th, 2017 at 3:26 PM
How Often Do You Need to Change the Oil in Your Volkswagen


Having an oil change is one of the easiest, yet most important, services for your vehicle to ensure that you get the longevity expected of your Volkswagen engine. Our experienced service technicians can have you back on the road in no time when you’re in need of maintenance, so find out when it’s time to have your Volkswagen’s oil change performed below, then have your service done by us at Jennings Volkswagen today!

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2017 Volkswagen passat rear

Determining When to Have Your Oil Changed

Life is hectic, but it’s important to make sure you have an oil change performed on your Volkswagen at regularly scheduled intervals to make sure that the engine continues to run smoothly and properly for years to come. When you don’t have your oil changed regularly, oil can turn to sludge, making it difficult for the engine to stay lubricated and work efficiently to deliver the proper fuel economy.

There are other signs of needing an oil change than just having your check engine or oil check light on. You may notice that your engine is making a louder noise than usual under the hood. It might also be moving rougher, meaning it’s working harder to use sludgy oil inside of the engine. If your vehicle is in idle and making a loud shaking or knocking noise, this could be an indicator that it’s time to have an oil change immediately. Keeping up with the time or distance intervals dictated in your manual is the easiest way to make sure you keep up with regular oil changes.

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack performance

Why You Should Have Your VW Oil Change at Jennings VW

At Jennings VW, our team of specially trained service technicians works to ensure that each and every repair you have done is of the highest quality, from an oil change to more complicated work like transmission repair. We stock most parts so that we can have you back on the road efficiently and with your vehicle in peak quality. Our customers are our number one priority, which is why so many Chicago area drivers come to us!

Schedule an Oil Change at Jennings VW

You can schedule an appointment to have your oil change or any other maintenance performed by calling our service department at 844-742-1086. You’ll find our service facility at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL. We’re here to answer your questions or take your feedback, so don’t hesitate to leave a message online today!

The Volkswagen Atlas Brings an Exciting Option for the American Family

By avirgilio | Posted in New VW Models on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 at 6:24 AM
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The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is the newest SUV in the Volkswagen family, and it was designed specifically for the U.S. market. As the largest model in the VW lineup, you’ll be impressed with the spacious cabin and its thoughtful design that brings an enticing choice for those looking for premium passenger accommodations in Evanston and Glenview. Read below to find out what makes this SUV such an exciting addition to the VW family, then meet us at Jennings Volkswagen to take it for a test drive in the Chicagoland area today!

The Target Audience for the VW Atlas

Many of the best-selling American SUVs offer a spacious three-row cabin to offer room for family and friends, and we’re excited to see that Volkswagen has entered this area of the market with the new VW Atlas. Seating for seven gives you 20.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 55.5 cubic feet with the third row folded flat, and an impressive 96.8 cubic feet with the second tow folded as well. The all-new model is also being built right here in America, offering new jobs in production and design.

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas interior

Features and Specs of the 2018 VW Atlas

Like other Volkswagen models, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas offers many luxury features that make vacations or rides around Evanston or Glenview with the family even more fun.

  • VW Car-Net App-Connect: A 6.5-inch touchscreen is standard on the S trim while higher trims offer an 8-inch display for VW’s seamless infotainment interface with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and more.
  • Deluxe Seating: You can opt for second-row captain’s chairs to seat six passengers for the VIP experience no matter where your passengers choose to sit in this vehicle.
  • Driver Assistance Technology: Front Assist, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more make it easier for you to make safer driving decisions for peace of mind as you drive around your family in the greater Chicago area.
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2018 Volkswagen Atlas tail light

Get Your Own 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Today

You can meet the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas at and see how it accommodates the American family at Jennings Volkswagen. We’re open Monday-Saturday at 201 Waukegan Road in Glenview, IL. To make an appointment with a sales specialist, give us a call at 844-742-1085. You can also leave a message online if you have any questions, and we’ll be in touch shortly with more information!