We Are So Proud.

BMW VW Topeka RECOGNIZED AS A CARFAX TOP-RATED DEALER

Verified Customer Ratings Used to Name Second Annual CARFAX Top-Rated Dealers in the U.S.

BMW VW Topeka is being honored in the second annual CARFAX Top-Rated Dealer Program. The 2020 CARFAX Top-Rated Dealers received an average of 4.6 out of a possible five stars. The select group of dealers are being celebrated for their commitment to building consumer confidence through exceptional service and customer care.

“CARFAX has more than 2.2 million verified customer ratings and reviews for dealerships around the country,” said Bill Eager, CARFAX Vice President of Dealer Business. “The Top-Rated Dealer program recognizes the best of the best for exceptional service and customer care.”

Our number one goal is to provide exceptional customer service so being recognized by our customers for providing just that makes us extremely proud. It is our staff of sales and service professionals along with our integral office staff that makes our customer experience noteworthy and highly valued by our customers.

2021 BMW 4 Series

Ready to meet modern aesthetics, BMW engineering, and exceptional technology all in one place? The redesigned 2021 BMW 4 Series is built to deliver the ultimate driving experience in an alluring and low-slung package that promises to compete at the top of its segment. Wherever the road takes you, the BMW 4 Series administers a healthy dose of driving adrenaline that makes the most of each mile on the odometer.

If you like BMW vehicles, you’ll love our selection of performance-oriented vehicles. You can explore the various highlights of the All-New 2021 BMW 4 Series when you take it for a test drive at BMW of Topeka. Click on the image above to see our current Series 4 inventory.

The All-New 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe has two core models available, and those are the 430i Coupe and the 430i xDrive Coupe. Both of the core coupes are motivated by a 255-hp TwinPower Turbo I4. The 2021 BMW M440i xDrive is a coupe bred from pure athleticism. The performance-enhanced M440i xDrive is powered by a 382-hp, 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo I6 that lunges for the 60-mph mark in just 4.3 seconds.

Every piece of the 2021 BMW 4 Series is built around a driver-focused cockpit. Newly designed sport seats, a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, and an upswept center console all coalesce to set the scene for an invigorating drive. Other highlights available in the 2021 BMW 4 Series include an intuitive 8.8- or 10.3-inch center display, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, a head-up display, a 12.3-inch digital gauge display, onboard Wi-Fi, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and optional adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode.

Those interested in the 2021 BMW 4 Series in Topeka, KS can contact our team of BMW brand experts here at the BMW of Topeka dealership for more information and personalized assistance. Or, what we’d prefer is if you came and drove one – so schedule your test drive here.

Room for Seven in a Spacious Package.

The Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen’s 1959 “Think Small” ad campaign has
been ranked as one of the best of the century by
Ad Age and defined the company for decades. Fast
forward 62 years, and how things change. “Think Atlas”
might be a better ad for today’s Volkswagen because
it is a popular seven-passenger SUV that is larger
than any other vehicle in the company. Engineered
from VW’s MQB platform architecture, Atlas is 200.7
inches long, 78.4 inches wide, and 70.1 inches high. It
is assembled in Chattanooga, Tenn., and typifies how
the automotive industry has changed and evolved to
suit the needs of families on the go. Carpooling in a
1959 Beetle would be a challenge.
Of course, Volkswagen also builds smaller vehicles,
and, in fact, has recently introduced a 2022 compact
SUV called the Taos that will go on sale in the second
quarter of 2021. A whole family of electric cars is on the
way, as well.
But back to the Atlas. Because it slots into a
segment populated with vehicles such as the Honda
Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Kia Telluride, Ford Explorer,
and Mazda CX-9, the Atlas has three-row seating
and a spacious interior. For folks who want a sportier
version, the Atlas Cross Sport has two rows of seats and
a slightly lower roofline.
The Atlas comes in eight different trim levels. The
base S, with a four-cylinder, starts at $31,555. Add
4Motion all-wheel drive and the base price is $33,455.
Models SE w/Technology and above are equipped
with the VR6 engine. Prices start at $38,345 for front

ATLAS SEL PREMIUM
Engine: 3.6-liter,
276-horsepower VR6
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
4Motion all-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 117.3 inches
Curb weight: 4,614 pounds
Base price: $48,995
As driven: $50,825
MPG rating: 16 in the city,
22 on the highway

wheel drive and $40,245 for all-wheel drive. The model I drove,
an SEL Premium, had a base price of $48,995 and a sticker price
of $50,825.
Before we go any further let’s take a quick look at the two
available engines. The 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder
develops 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque from
a low 1,600 rpm. That should give it good off-the-line throttle
response.
The 3.6-liter, narrow-angle VR6 has direct-injection and it cranks
out 276 horsepower 266 pound-feet of torque. This engine utilizes
a crossflow aluminum-alloy cylinder head design, twin overhead
camshafts, four valves per cylinder, and variable valve timing. It
is capable of towing 5,000 pounds. Fuel economy is rated at 16
miles per gallon in the city and 22 on the highway.
Each engine is coupled to an eight-speed automatic
transmission.
Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system drives the front
wheels under light load, but a center differential adds power to
the rear wheels in a fraction of second, as conditions require. An
advanced control unit activates a multi-plate clutch in the center
differential and quells wheelspin almost before it begins. The
center differential also functions as part of the electronic stability
control and can briefly brake a wheel that is slipping. The 4Motion
system has four settings: On-road, Off-road, Snow, and Custom
On-road.


A generous cabin is the heart of an SUV and the Atlas doesn’t
disappoint. It makes maximum use of its three-row seating layout
to offer space for up to seven adults, boasting a cavernous 154
cu-ft of total passenger volume. Headroom is generous, and rear seat
legroom, at 37.6 inches, is huge. The second-row bench seat
splits 60/40, reclines and can slide forward up to 7.7 inches. The
second row folds and slides forward, even with a child seat in
place, to provide easy entry to the third seat. Maximum cargo
volume is 96.8 cubic feet when all rear seats are folded down.
Cargo capacity is 55.5 cubic feet with the third seat folded and a
smallish 20.6 cubic feet when all seats are up.
Second-row captain’s chairs are an option on models above SE
w/ Technology.
The Atlas interior is classic Volkswagen: clean and functional,
with a premium feel. Driver controls are positioned for ease of
use. A 10-inch TFT instrument display offers 21 viewing options,
including digital gauges, car status, navigation, driving data,
phone information, and driver assistance features. The driver can
even select a full-screen navigation view. A center touchscreen
controls many of the vehicle’s functions as well as smart-phone
connection.
The seat position, shifter height, and the spacing between the
pedals are all designed to suit drivers of all sizes.
Overhead, roof rails are standard should you need to add a rack for cargo. A power tailgate is standard on the Atlas
SE, while on the SE w/ Technology and higher models the
tailgate can be opened with a kick of the foot below the
rear bumper when the key is in range. That’s a huge benefit
when your arms are full of grocery bags.
As one would expect, the Atlas is brimming with technology.
Items such as lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitor,
adaptive cruise control, emergency braking are all available.
But going one step further, the Atlas has “maneuver braking”
that detects static obstacles front and rear while moving
between 1 and 6 miles per hour and applies the brakes. Great
for avoiding bikes in driveways, shopping carts, and such like.
Park steering assist is available on the SEL Premium and
it can automatically steer the vehicle into parallel and
perpendicular parking spaces (the latter both forward and
in reverse).
When it comes to vehicle connectivity, Atlas can connect
to smart phones and has Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and
Mirror Link. Volkswagen Car-Net has several features such
as Remote Access, Safe and Secure, and Hotspot. Safe and
Secure is a subscription service that offers automatic crash
notification, emergency assistance, anti-theft alert, and
stolen vehicle assistance. The price is $99 for one year. The
Hotspot connects through Verizon or T-Mobile for $20 a
month.
Atlas has a four-years, 50,000-mile warranty and the
10,000- and 20,000-mile scheduled maintenance services
are free for two years or 20,000 miles.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR / PHOTOGRAPHER
Tom Strongman has a degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri and was
formerly the director of photography and then the automotive editor of The Kansas City
Star. Tom, a member of the Missouri Press Association Photojournalism Hall of Fame, has
written about and photographed cars for more than three decades.

Drive to End Hunger

FUEL THE DRIVE TO END HUNGER WITH BMW.


From November 17 through November 21, you can help fight hunger simply by taking a test drive at BMW of Topeka. During BMW’s Drive To End Hunger Test Drive Event, for every test drive we will donate $20 to Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity, which will help provide 200 meals to those in need. In addition, you will receive a special $1,000 New Vehicle Credit* to use toward the purchase or lease of a new BMW. This can be combined with the Road Home sales event credit of up to $2,500** on select new BMW models now through November 30 when financed through BMW Financial Services NA, LLC.

For the past three years, BMW has proudly assisted in helping to provide 4.3 million meals to people in need through Feeding America®. With this year’s program alone, we hope to reach 2 million and further build connections with the local food banks in your community.

*$1,0 0 0 offer valid on eligible new model year 2020 and 2021 vehicles in dealer stock delivered and retailed through
February 1, 2021. MINI vehicles and BMW Pre-Owned/CPO vehicles do not qualify. This offer cannot be used for
previously ordered or previously delivered vehicles and is only valid on delivery of in-stock vehicles. Offer valid to
customers – and their family members residing within the same household, attending the Central Region November
Event – Drive To End Hunger and registering on site by November 21, 2020 . Offer valid off MSRP and may be combined
with other applicable BMW offers that are available at the time of purchase. Only one OL number per vehicle may be
used. Offer valid towards purchase price of eligible vehicle. Only valid at participating dealers.

**Offers available to qualified customers with excellent credit history who finance through BMW Financial Services NA,
LLC. Offer is transferable pending credit approval, nonnegotiable and not redeemable for cash. Available credits of up to
$2,0 0 0 off MSRP on a new 2021 BMW 3 Series Sedan, $2,500 off a new 2021 BMW X3 and $2,500 off a new 2021 BMW
X5. Must take delivery by November 30 , 2020 . Offer availability subject to dealer participation. Visit your authorized
BMW Center for important details.

It’s About More Than Cars

It’s about our customers.

It’s about our community.

It’s about our drive.

It’s time for the annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka Donation Drive. Starting October 15 we will be a collection point for the Club’s drive to collect any of the following items:

  • School and/or office supplies
  • Music and/or art supplies
  • Fitness equipment
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Electronic needs
  • Cold weather hats, coats, gloves

Please make sure your donations are either new or only gently used and in good working order.

We believe in our community and during these challenging times, as always, we want to come together and support each other. Members of our community are struggling and we want to help. Being able to partner with an organization that sees the needs of local families and works tirelessly to meet them makes us proud.

If you want more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Topeka visit their website here.

Position Available: Sales Professional

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka is looking for sales professionals who are committed to customer service excellence and have a track record of high success in automotive or luxury goods sales.

Apply at: http://www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers

This is truly a “dream career” for the right candidate looking for a positive, enthusiastic work environment and an opportunity in the exciting and lucrative luxury automobile retail industry.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Provides excellent customer service by helping customers select a vehicle that fits their needs
  • Explains product performance, application, and benefits to customer by describing all optional equipment available
  • Demonstrates new (and used, when necessary) vehicles
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge on new products, features, and accessories available
  • Maintains a prospect development system by following up with active prospects using the Dealership’s Customer Relationship Management System (CRM)
  • Follows up with previous customers for referrals and future sales
  • Works without constant supervision

We offer the following:

  • Guarantee for first 60 days of employment
  • High commission structure
  • 5 day work week – Closed Sundays
  • Closed for most major holidays
  • Opportunities for advancement

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-Off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

Prerequisites: 

  • Minimum 1 year of successful sales experience
  • Excellent work history with references
  • Clean driving record and criminal background

Apply at: http://www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers

Position Available: Finance and Insurance Manager

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka, a high-end, luxury automotive dealership, is looking for a Finance and Insurance Manager with a commitment to customer service and a strong drive to achieve.

Applicants should have previous experience in F&I management with a proven track record of success. Finally, candidates should be able to outline their strategy for success within the organization.

Applicants should apply online at www.SoaveAutomotiveGroup.com/Careers or submit directly to this ad with their resume.

Job expectations include:

  • Sell financing and insurance to customers
  • Responsible for the attainment and gross production of financial services’ goals and objectives
  • Review customer credit applications
  • Present extended service contracts and other owner protection programs available to customers
  • Assess profitability to the dealership of financing arrangements
  • Utilize the menu selling process
  • Ensure necessary documentation for each deal is complete by utilizing a deal checklist
  • Work closely with sales team maintaining effective employee relations
  • Maintain AFIP Certification
  • Act as liaison between the customer and the lending institution
  • Ensures the expeditious funding of all contracts
  • Ensure adherence to F&I reporting requirements of the Company
  • Maintain CSI at or above Company standards
  • Participate in required training
  • Follows Safeguards rules and regulations.
  • Comply with Company policies and procedures

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • High commission structure
  • Professional Live and Web Based Training
  • 5 day work week – Closed Sundays
  • Closed for most major holidays
  • World class beautiful facility
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

The applicant must possess a clean driving record and be able to pass a background check and drug screen.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Position Available: Automotive Service Technician

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka, a high-end, luxury automotive dealership is looking to add a qualified AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE TECHNICIAN to our team! BMW/VW of Topeka offers a unified team environment, great benefits, and ongoing training, and support for its employees.

Apply today or refer a qualified friend. You can apply directly by visiting the following www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers or you can respond directly to this ad with your resume. We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to…

  • Test drive vehicles to test components and systems
  • Ability to use diagnostic tools and special service equipment.
  • Diagnose, maintain, and repair vehicle systems including engine, transmission, electrical steering, suspension, brakes, air conditioning, etc.
  • Perform work specified on the repair order with efficiency and in accordance with dealership policies
  • Communicate directly with the Service Advisor so that customers can be informed if any additional service is needed
  • Provide an estimate of time needed for additional repairs

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional Live and Web Based Training
  • Closed Sundays
  • Paid 10 days of vacation after just the first year
  • Closed for most major holidays
  • Opportunities for advancement

Qualifications

  • All applicants must pass pre-employment testing to include: background checks, MVR, and drug testing in order to qualify for employment
  • Must own hand tools

Due to the growth we are experiencing, the ideal candidate will be located in or willing to move to the Topeka/Lawrence, Kansas market area.

Bonuses may be offered for Relocation, Training certifications, and Longevity.

Soave Automotive is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Position Available: Sales Professional

BMW/Volkswagen of Topeka is looking for sales professionals who are committed to customer service excellence and have a track record of high success in automotive or luxury goods sales.

This is truly a “dream career” for the right candidate looking for a positive, enthusiastic work environment and an opportunity in the exciting and lucrative luxury automobile retail industry.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Provides excellent customer service by helping customers select a vehicle that fits their needs
  • Explains product performance, application, and benefits to customer by describing all optional equipment available
  • Demonstrates new (and used, when necessary) vehicles
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge on new products, features, and accessories available
  • Maintains a prospect development system by following up with active prospects using the Dealership’s Customer Relationship Management System (CRM)
  • Follows up with previous customers for referrals and future sales
  • Works without constant supervision

We offer the following:

  • Guarantee for first 60 days of employment
  • High commission structure
  • 5 day work week – Closed Sundays
  • Closed for most major holidays
  • Opportunities for advancement

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-Off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum 1 year of successful sales experience
  • Excellent work history with references
  • Clean driving record and criminal background

To apply, go to: http://www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers

Bringing Dust to Life

by PATRICIA O’DELL | photos by ANNA PETROW

Chentell Shannon is creating a company and a culture that celebrates community.

It’s possible that Chentell Shannon shouts, but it’s difficult to believe that she would. She’s built Convivial Productions – a company that creates collections of handmade wares for the home, table, and garden – over the last five years with a quiet, steady hand. While she does not pretend to know all the answers of what happens next, she is conscious and careful with her life and her company as she considers what is best using her own definition of success.

While Shannon is passionate about what she does and how she does it, she was not envisioning her future as she made clay pots in kindergarten. Her interest in pottery came much later.

“My older sister is two years ahead of me,” Shannon says. “I was the
quintessential younger sister. I thought she was so cool. I wanted to be just like her.”

Shannon’s sister had enrolled in a ceramics class in high school, so she enrolled in a ceramic class in high school.

“Then, independently, I really started loving it. I took ceramics class-
es every semester that I could. Then I started doing independent study with my professor and learned wheel throwing and hand building.”

She discovered she has a visceral experience working with her hands.

“I think your mind goes into a different state,” Shannon says. “For me it’s therapeutic. It’s a release.”


She followed the same path in college, taking pottery classes and doing independent study. Her senior year, she found that she wanted to share the process and started looking for ways to introduce other people to the craft.

“Art therapy was the path that classified as a career in the arts. Even though I wasn’t really interested in the clinical aspects of art, it was the thing I thought I could make a career out of.”

But the reality of art therapy wasn’t the same as creating. She studied community art, which felt more organic. But after graduation, she became more and more interested in designing, creating, and selling her work. She trusted that all the components of the things that she had learned would come into play and become a career.

“It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately,” she says. “We’re five years in. The first year was just me, then some interns, then part-time people. I think we were in five spaces before here.”

“Here” being the light-flooded space on the fourth floor of one of the old brick buildings in the West Bottoms that accommodates Convivial’s growing team. Shannon said this last move felt significant.

“When we moved here two years ago it felt like we jumped from being an individual studio to an actual company. There was consistency and culture.”

Convivial recently took over the full floor and has committed to the space for three years. Shannon says that the growth and expansion raise questions about who and what Convivial should be.

“I want to be really intentional with our growth. What will our products be like? What will the studio be like? What will our culture be like?”

She’s discerning about expanding the product line and how they will move forward as a company. This conscious movement drives decisions in every aspect of the business, including a recent opportunity to paint a mural on the side of the building.

“We had the opportunity to do the mural and we considered putting our name on it,” Shannon says. “But it’s not our building, so we reconsidered. Recognizing the neighborhood seemed like the right thing to do.”

The mural, which Shannon’s team designed and painted with the help of community volunteers, reads, “Welcome to the Historic West Bottoms.” This result is part of a broader philosophy.


“Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how owning a business is an opportunity. We can either work within the outline of standard business practices or be creative in how we approach growing and sustaining as a business.”

Shannon thinks this applies to where they invest, how they approach sales, as well as their motivation. This thinking is the root of Convivial’s creative, alternative, community-based marketing approaches, such as collaborating on murals, events, and dinners.

“I want to be creative with how we approach partnership and marketing,” she says. “We’re exploring putting those resources toward investing in the culture of our community and the architecture of our city, determining if this works as a more holistic approach for our staff, community, and customers.”


While she moves thoughtfully, Shannon and her team want Convivial to create more pieces, more lines, and, perhaps more importantly, more jobs. But they are careful about growth.

“What we do is not trend based. That’s why we don’t do limited editions. We are being intentional about things that last. We want our customers to know that if they buy dinnerware from us, they will always be able to get it.”

The company is currently exploring creating new concepts. Verdant, a plant and flower shop in the Crossroads that carries planters and candles, is planned for the spring.

Shannon sees Convivial as the parent company, while responding to smart opportunities along the way.

“I would rather keep being creative. This could lead to more variety, which could bring more chaos – or more success. We want to keep things fresh. The questions that I will always come back to is, ‘What will I be proud of?’”