It’s a saying. Go on and give it the “old college try”. Well, we believe in higher education and Volkswagen takes it even a step further and rewards those who are pursuing their college dreams with a College Grad Bonus.
The Volkswagen College Graduate Program* offers a $500 Contract Bonus** for qualified college graduates who lease or purchase a new, unused Volkswagen vehicle through Volkswagen Credit.
How to qualify: • You graduated within the last 24 months or will graduate in the next six months from a U.S. or Canadian college or university • You are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident • You have a full-time (permanent) job or written commitment from your future employer
*College Graduate Program is subject to credit approval and is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who graduated from an accredited U.S. or Canadian college/university no more than 24 months prior to credit application or will graduate within the next six months. Applicant must be employed in a full-time permanent position or have a written commitment from a future employer. References, proof of income, copy of degree or official transcript, and contact information for college/university required. Credit history is not required, but existing credit must be in good standing and have no previous derogatory credit marks. Program runs from January 5th, 2021 – January 3rd, 2022. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. See your local Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-Drive-VW. **Volkswagen of America, Inc. will pay a $500 Contract Bonus when customers are eligible for the College Graduate Program lease or purchase a new, unused Volkswagen vehicle through participating dealers and finance the lease or purchase through Volkswagen Credit from January 5th, 2021 – January 3rd, 2022. Excludes Certified Pre-Owned vehicles and ID.4. May not be combined with VW TDI programs (79L and 81R). Subject to credit approval by Volkswagen Credit. Bonus must be applied toward customer lease or purchase and is not redeemable for cash. Offer not valid in Puerto Rico. See your local Volkswagen dealer for details or, for general product information, call 1-800-DriveVW.
Let’s be more specific, do you need a car, truck, or SUV? Well, we’ve got them all. New car inventories are tight everywhere so it’s the perfect time to think past new and take a look at our pre-owned lot. We’ve got over 90 cars there RIGHT NOW so we’ve got something for everyone.
Want something sporty? Well how about this 2016 Chevy Camaro in bright yellow? A car that would command attention no matter the circumstance. All this sport for under $25,000.
Need something with a little more “family room”? Well then, here’s your 2017 Toyota Sienna XLE. With all the practicality that comes with a mini-van at an even more practical price.
Is it not kids, but gear you need to haul? Then ride on in for this 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.
Need to update your SUV? The Atlas is one of the best on the road and one of the most popular, the Vdolkswagen Atlas. Might be a challenge to find one at some dealerships but we’ve got plenty.
Did none of those grab your attention because you want a car that will grab everyone else’s? Well check out this Audi. A 2012 Audi Premium it’s just what you need to grab attention this summer.
The moral of the story is – don’t assume we don’t have what you need or want, stop in or stop by online to shop our lot, even when we aren’t there you can shop 24/7 online at our Express Store.
Meet Shelby. He’s our internet sales manager and resident Dad. Why is it Dad with a capital “D”? Because not only is Shelby dad to 4 adopted sons; Jonathan, Jordan, Lloyd & Chantez and daughter Tasia he’s fostered over 50 kids. So, he’s EARNED the capital “D” in Dad.
A few of Shelby’s favorite things include watching professional sporting events, listening to R&B and gospel music, spending time with family (including his dachshund Reno), taking cruises, travelling to international destinations, Camping or watching the Kansas Jayhawks. If Shelby won the lottery he’d build a orphanage for at risk youth and have the biggest family reunion bash ever. Both equally valuable endeavors.
Shelby’s favorite vehicle? His 1978 Cadillac Seville
Shelby handles our internet sales for the dealership, so if you are chatting with him via email or if you see him in the showroom say “HI!” but be ready with some US Presidential trivia as he’s an expert on it.
When we claim our team is approachable we have the proof to back that up. Approachable sales specialists are a mix of outgoing and knowledgeable, no one has this combination on lock more than Victoria. Let us introduce you to our VW Specialist and dealership spitfire…Victoria Gerry.
“Hi! I’m Victoria. I am a VW Specialist here at BMW|VW of Topeka and I absolutely love what I do.”
When not driving around in her favorite 2020 VW Jetta SEL…
you can find Victoria enjoying live music – her favorite being alternative/grunge or being active outdoors with her border collie Ace/her cat Logan and soon with her new Cavapoo puppy. In her quieter moments you might find her reading a self improvement book or watching a movie, including her favorite “The Hobbit”. She is married to her husband, Matt and they have one daughter Natalie.
A fact some may not know about Victoria is that she served 12 years in the Army National Guard as a recruiter and operations sergeant. We appreciate her service to our country and the work ethic she’s carried over to her role with us.
When we asked her to explain how she came to work for us here in Topeka and how she views her role she responded, “I am a Client Advisor and Volkswagen specialist at BMW|VW Topeka. I help with Service to Sales for customer retention. My husband was assigned to Ft Riley as his duty station so we moved from Charleston, SC to Topeka, KS. I worked for 3 years in North Charleston, SC for a Volkswagen dealership so it was a simple transfer.”
If Victoria were to win the lottery she would buy a house with a movie theatre, eternity pool and hot tub, buy a new Porsche Macan, and purchase a BMW M3 for my husband. We aren’t sure where she’d buy this fancy house but we sure hope it’s local. We are proud to have Victoria representing both VW and our dealership and hope you’ll come by and introduce yourself soon.
Our team is as approachable as they come, and that doesn’t just mean the sales staff is friendly and helpful – but our service team knows there way around exceptional customer service as well. From the top down it’s our mantra to provide the kind of service that creates a long-term relationship with our customers. Once the car is sold it’s the service department’s role to keep that car on the road and keep our customers happy. That all begins with the guy at the top, our Service Manager – Isaac Nichols.
This is Isaac, he’s our BMW|VW Service Manager, he joined our team just recently but he has hit the ground running and has over 15 years of experience in servicing the brands we sell.
Let’s get to know a little more about Isaac so next time you bring your car in maybe you can chat for a few about KU, The Royals, or The Chiefs!
His favorite colors: Blue & Black
His favorite teams: KU, The Royals and The Chiefs.
And as for his favorite movies & music – he’s a man of many tastes – too many to list.
He’s a husband to his wife, Amy and dad to two boys – Miles and Tucker. Along with their dog, Pippi and a leopard gecko named, Elliot.
He’s a man of relaxed tastes choosing to spend his free time with his kids’ baseball teams or at the lake with his family.
If he won the lottery he’d pay of all his own bills, his parent’s bills, and put his kids through college. And maybe, just maybe he’d score a new BMW M5 as it’s his favorite car to drive.
His favorite part of his job is helping people whether it be his co-workers or customers. We couldn’t agree more, our favorite part of our job is helping as well and we’d like to help you get to know Isaac and his impeccable team of service advisors and technicians. Schedule your next service soon and stop in and say hi to Isaac while you’re there.
We’d love for you to meet our team. We have brand new management along with some of the best long-time employees in the business. Today let’s meet one of those BRAND NEW managers, Kris Nielsen.
Hi, my name is Kristopher Nielsen. I am the brand new General Manager of BMW|VW of Topeka.
Let’s learn a little something personal about Kris:
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movie: Coming to America
Favorite Sports Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Favorite Type of Music: I have eclectic taste
Kris is married to his lovely wife, Brooke. They just recently had their first child, a boy named Max. They also are proud pup-parents to two Portuguese Water Dog/Poodle mixes named Penny and Pepper.
Outside of work Kris enjoys cycling and hanging with his dogs. A lesser known fact about Kris is that he has a photographic memory and can recall obscure song lyrics or movie quotes having only seen or heard them once.
His favorite car… his much missed 2014 Porsche Cayman S (stock image – neither actual vehicle or driver pictured here.)
At BMW|VW of Topeka Kris is the General Manager, the top dog, the buck stops here guy. What is his favorite part of this role?
“My favorite part is helping our team members succeed and interacting with the customers.”
How did Kris wind up the Top of Topeka? After 10 years of working for the company in various roles he was always working towards this.
Lastly, what would Kris do if he won the lottery? He’d tell no one, he’d enjoy the spoils of fractional jet ownership which of course would lend itself to lots of travel.
Well, stick around awhile Kris we’ve got lots to do together. Our dealership has amazing staff and a customer experience worth travelling for, but we can always get better and BE better and that’s why he’s here. Cheers Kris!
Team RWB’s mission is to enrich veterans’ lives. Every year, more than 250,000 active duty service members transition out of the military, joining the 3.5 million post-9/11 veterans already living in communities nationwide. They face many challenges including isolation, weight gain, lack of purpose, and other health issues.
Team Red, White & Blue is the antidote to the isolation and health challenges they face. By forging America’s leading health and wellness community for veterans, service members, and their families, we strive to make tomorrow better. Together, we will find strength and success.
The local chapters and the Team RWB App deliver virtual and local, consistent, and inclusive opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity. Volunteers host regular fitness activities, social gatherings, and community service events, and facilitate building strong local connections with members and organizations within the community.
BMW believes very strongly in supporting our military both with discounts to military families as well as monetary donations made via initiatives like the FUEL THE MISSION TEST DRIVE EVENT.
Starting Monday May 17th, 2021 and ending Saturday May 22nd, 2021 BMW will be donating $20 for every test drive to Team RWB. Once you test drive and fall in love with your next BMW they are also offering $1,000 towards the purchase of a new BMW during this event. Follow this link for more details and to sign up for a test drive and help us support out troops through Team RWB.
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.
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.
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.