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VW Ups Competition In New SUV/Crossover Warranties

Volkswagen has increased competition among SUV and crossover manufacturers by upping the length and transferability of the warranties for the new Atlas SUV and crossover Tiguan.

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Volkswagen has flipped the script on new SUV warranties as the automaker will equip each 2018 three-row Atlas and the compact crossover Tiguan with the best new vehicle warranty in their segments. According to the automaker, each Atlas and Tiguan will carry a six-year or 72.000-mile (6/72) “bumper-to-bumper” new vehicle limited warranty that beats all their peers.

One key to this warranty is its transferability. While other, more expensive makes – BMW, for example – feature transferable new-car warranties other SUVs and crossovers do not. VW says the new warranty shows the automaker’s commitment to best-in-class value.

Another key to the warranty is its transferability. The warranty remains with the Atlas or Tiguan and is transferable beyond the first owner. “We specifically designed and built the all-new Atlas and Tiguan for American customers,” Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and chief executive officer of Volkswagen Group of America, said in New York, before the start of this week’s New York International Auto Show.

“We’re confident the reliability and workmanship of these SUVs, and we want our customers to be confident in their purchase. We believe this warranty will lead to reduced cost of ownership for Volkswagen owners,” he continued.

The new limited warranty includes coverage for the vehicles:

  • Engines
  • Transmissions
  • 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system

Another key to this new warranty is its length. Among Atlas’ competition -- Ford’s Explorer, Honda’s Pilot, Toyota’s Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder – the standard industry warranty is 3/36 (three years/36,000 miles) with a 5/60 powertrain warranty. Competitors in the compact crossover Tiguan’s class include Ford Escape, Honda’s CR-V and Toyota’s RAV4. They also carry industry-standard 3/36 style and 5/60 powertrain warranties.

It is true that Kia and Hyundai offer 5/60 warranties with a higher time and mileage limit on their limited powertrain warranties, if a vehicle is sold a second owner the limited powertrain warranty is not transferable beyond the 5/60 limits. The warranties date from the original sale date.

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Source: Volkswagen

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