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Volkswagen Technology Leaves Competitors Looking Analog

Drivers have certain expectations of a modern car, and while retro is certainly back in style around Lawrence, nobody wants retro tech. Volkswagen technology features like these help keep the VW Passat and other Volkswagen vehicles at the front of the pack:

  • VW Car-Net
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • MirrorLink
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Fender Premium Audio
  • Discover Media Touchscreen Navigation

Whether you’re a Methuen driver needing to stay entertained on your drive or an Haverhill parent whose kids will want the latest tech when they’re behind the wheel, Commonwealth Volkswagen has a vehicle waiting for you. See what each of these features has to offer as we break them down below.

VW Car-Net

Volkswagen has developed their own software to better integrate your smartphone with their vehicles, and it’s called VW Car-Net. This suite of applications makes it easier to get where you’re going, stay connected, and stay aware of your vehicle’s needs.

  • App-Connect: Available on select models, VW Car-Net App-Connect allows you to select certain smartphone apps directly from your vehicle’s dash – like maps, music, messaging, and more.
  • Guide & Inform: This available VW Car-Net application features handy satellite navigation, traffic updates, and weather reports, and it links up with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.
  • Security & Service: Forget where you parked? VW Car-Net Security & Service can help you find your last parked location, check to see if your vehicle’s doors are locked, receive vehicle health reports on your phone, and even call for help in an emergency.*
Learn More About VW Car-Net


Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink

VW Car-Net App-Connect does more than bring your familiar apps to the dash of your vehicle, it integrates directly with popular connected car technologies like:

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • MirrorLink

Simply plug your smartphone in to App-Connect and these services will do the job of translating between the car and your compatible phone.** Your familiar apps can be broadcast right to the dash, keeping you connected without needing to learn a new interface – just plug in and go.

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

In addition to offering over 175 stations of music, comedy, news, talk, and entertainment radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio has Traffic and Travel Link services for enhanced navigation in the VW Tiguan and other models.

On SiriusXM Satellite Radio, enjoy

  • Commercial-free music
  • Exclusive entertainment and talk
  • World-class news and local traffic and weather
  • Live sports play-by-play and expert talk
  • Family and kids’ programming

SiriusXM Traffic includes

  • 24/7 coast-to-coast, best-in-class traffic information
  • Incident coverage of most major roadways nationwide
  • Alerts on major accidents, construction and road closings
  • Color-coded roads on your screen show traffic speed in major metro areas

SiriusXM Travel Link features

  • Detailed weather info—see 5-day weather forecasts, maps and alerts
  • Fuel prices for gas stations in the area
  • Local movie theatre listings, start times and ratings
  • Sports scores and schedules for your favorite teams

SiriusXM lets you listen from anywhere, not just in your car. The All Access trial subscription includes streaming from online and the SiriusXM app.***

Fender Premium Audio

Drivers seeking to upgrade their ride have plenty of options on a new Volkswagen, but one of our favorites is the available Fender Premium Audio system for increased audio fidelity to your driving soundtrack. The foundation of rock-n-roll, Fender is a name known across the world for developing the gear musicians rest their careers on, and now select Volkswagen models are available with that same dedication to quality audio, including

  • Fender Deluxe Tweeter
  • Fender Twin Speaker
  • Fender Bassman Subwoofer
  • and more

Discover Media Touchscreen Navigation

In addition to VW Car-Net App-Connect bringing your smartphone navigation to the cabin of your Volkswagen, models are available with the Discover Media Touchscreen Navigation system, which includes:

  • 6.5-inch or 8-inch display
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Software upgrades for up-to-date maps
  • Multiple route options (fast, short, and eco-friendly)
  • Points of interest

*VW Car-Net® services provided by Verizon Telematics, Inc. Available on select models. Automatic Crash Notification may be enabled for up to six months with no trial or paid subscription; Manual Emergency Call feature and all other VW Car-Net® features require trial or paid subscription. VW Car-Net® services require vehicle cellular connectivity and availability of vehicle GPS signal; certain services may collect location information. See Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and other details at Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted.

*Requires VW Car-Net® Mobile Application. iPhone® only. Android app not available at time of publication. Standard text and data rates apply.

* Remote door lock available only on model year 2016 and newer vehicles.

*Automatic Crash Notification may be enabled for up to 6 months without activating a trial or paid subscription; Manual Emergency Call feature and all other VW Car-Net® features require trial or paid subscription.

*Refer to your vehicle’s warning and indicator lights for the most current diagnostic information. Always consult owner’s manual for maintenance guidelines.

** Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect requires a smartphone capable of supporting Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, or MirrorLink®. Refer to the compatible devices resources below to make sure your device meets the necessary requirements.

** Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted. Not all features available on all operating systems. Standard text and data usage rates apply. App-Connect features require compatible device, operating system, and mobile apps. See mobile device and app providers for terms and privacy. Android Auto is a trademark of Google Inc. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. MirrorLink is a registered trademark of the Car Connectivity Consortium LLC.

***SiriusXM audio and data services each require a subscription sold separately, or as a package, by Sirius XM Radio Inc. Your SiriusXM service will automatically stop at the end of your trial unless you decide to subscribe. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at All fees and programming subject to change. Not all vehicles or devices are capable of receiving all services offered by SiriusXM. Current information and features may not be available in all locations, or on all receivers.

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