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Volkswagen headlines September PAPA meeting

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Posted 17 Sep 2014 — by Sam Haymart
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Our September meeting on the 16th was hosted by Volkswagen who brought five of their 2015 models out for test drives and gave an in-depth presentation over dinner. The company presented facts and figures about their new for 2015 Volkswagens and background on their latest sales performance.

After some housekeeping and general business, PAPA President Cathy Luebke turned the meeting over to Volkswagen West Coast Manager of Brand Public Relations, Darryll Harrison. He was on hand to present the feature presenters Manny Jesus and Megan Garbis.

papa091614-2In the 40 minute outline, product information and background information was given on the vehicles we had for a test drive earlier in the evening. These included the refreshed 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI “Clean Diesel” and TSI turbocharged gasoline models as well as the 2015 Golf GTI.

Manny Jesus, Volkswagen Regional Sales Operations Manager, discussed the brand’s sales growth both locally and nationally. Based in the Valley, he gave color to the dynamics of how certain models sell here at home versus other regions in the U.S.

Megan Garbis who is part of the Volkswagen Academy is primarily responsible for training and educating dealer sales and service personnel on the Volkswagen models and brand culture.

Her presentation discussed all of the models previously mentioned as well as the coming 2015 Golf Sportwagen which arrives early next year and refreshed 2015 Touareg which launches late this fall.

Their presentation in its entirety is presented below in the video which lasts approximately 40 minutes.

PAPA 2014-15 officers/directors announced

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Posted 19 Jun 2014 — by Cathy Luebke
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The Phoenix Automotive Press Association has announced the lineup of new officers and directors for 2014-15.

The first board meeting of the new group will be in September.

In the meantime I will be working with the new folks on transition, said President Cathy Luebke “It’s good to see some new faces on the board, but I appreciate the participation over the past year of the outgoing officers/directors. To the new group, welcome.”

All positions run from September 2014 to September 2015, except for president, which will change over at the end of the calendar year 2014:

Cathy Luebke, President, communication backup – director; Tim Sharp, Program assistant – director; Sam Haymart, VP Communication – director; Tyson Hugie, VP membership – director; Al Tracy, Assistant VP membership; Larry Edsall, Treasurer – director.

Chrysler to sponsor PAPA day at ALV awards

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Posted 19 Jun 2014 — by Cathy Luebke
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Chrysler is sponsoring a PAPA preview and drive day Friday, Oct. 17, as part of the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Awards, which will follow that Saturday with final judging by athletes from around the country and award presentations.

This will be the 11th year for the ALV program, co-founded by long-time Phoenix Automotive Press Association member Nina Russin. The goal, she says, is to recognize the cars and trucks that best meet the needs of people with active lifestyles, and to give the automakers a better understanding of what people who run, cycle, swim and so forth need vehicles to do.

There will be a lunch and time for PAPA members and other journalists to drive and evaluate ALV entries. There also will be a walk-around of the new Jeep Renegade.

“We also will be looking for volunteers to help out with the program, so if you think you can help let me know,” said PAPA President Cathy Luebke (

Click on the link below for more information on the ALV program. Details of the Oct. 17 Chrysler-PAPA event will follow late this summer.