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May 10, 2018

Northwest Automotive Press Association members recognize the three-row SUV’s
confident handling and excellent interior space


HERNDON, VA (May 10, 2018) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was named  Best Family SUV by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) at the 2018 Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year competition. For more than 20 years, NWAPA has held the event to evaluate the best SUVs, crossovers, and pickups available to consumers. Vehicles are tested on closed courses that replicate conditions active buyers in the Northwest might encounter in their daily and weekend travels and adventures.

“We are delighted that the journalists of NWAPA picked the Atlas as their Best Family SUV for 2018,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “In a very competitive segment, the Atlas delivers a winning combination. Its spaciousness, configurability, and capability make it an ideal vehicle choice for buyers all over the U.S.”

“The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas hit all the marks for NWAPA media professionals, with excellent on-road manners, confident handling off-the-pavement, plus excellent passenger and cargo space,” said NWAPA President John Vincent of U.S. News & World Report.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was introduced in 2017 as the brand’s first three-row SUV. Designed specifically for the American family, the 2018 Atlas is available with two engine options—a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6—and in five trim levels: S, SE, SE w/ Technology, SEL, and SEL Premium. The 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system is available on a variety of trims and Atlas is assembled in Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the Atlas starts at $30,750.


About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Tiguan Limited vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

About the Northwest Automotive Press Association:
NWAPA is a professional trade organization of automotive journalists from throughout the Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia. Founded in the early 1980s as the Northwest Auto Writers Group, it became the Northwest Automotive Press Association in 1991. NWAPA includes more than 40 members who represent more than 75 newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, media groups, and online publications in the Northwest and throughout North America. Outlets include Car and Driver, Autoweek, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, MSN Autos, The Oregonian, and many more.

This press release and images of the 2018 Atlas are available at Follow us @VWNews

“4Motion”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This information is preliminary and subject to change. The Atlas tested was a SEL trim level vehicle.

Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

Starting MSRP of $30,750 for a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas S 2.0L TSI with 8-speed automatic transmission. Price excludes transportation taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.


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