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For $100 Less, VW’s New Jetta Gives You More Room, Tech And MQB Platform 15
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, VW, VW Jetta on 01 15th, 2018


Volkswagen has updated all of cars in its US lineup except for the Passat, which continues to be offered with the same outdated styling and platform since 2011.

Now, consumers can opt for the bigger and more modern in many ways Jetta, which unlike its North American Passat sibling, rides on the VW Group’s lauded MQB architecture that underpins a boat load of models, including several Audis.

Presented in front of the international media at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Jetta has a larger footprint riding on a 105.7 inch wheelbase (vs 104.4 before), more attractive styling on the outside, and a modern cabin that offers pretty much everything one would want from a car in this class, including a digital display instead of the analogue dials on better-equipped models.

Motivation comes from the same 1.4-liter four-banger of its predecessor, which continues to develop 148hp (150PS) and 184lb-ft (249Nm) of torque, married to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. Those who would rather have an automatic will be glad to know that a new and more efficient 8-speed unit replaces the old 6-speed DSG.

By sharing its platform with the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3, and TT models, the new Jetta has the potential to offer some excitement on the road with the right (powerful) engine and chassis tune, though we’ll have to wait for a higher performance model.

For now, US consumers should know that the order books for the new Jetta will open this spring. Prices will start from $18,545 without the destination charge, which makes it $100 more affordable than its predecessor, and $4,450 more economic than the slightly larger Passat.

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A New VW Jetta Arrives To Win You Back After Dieselgate 15
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, MQB, new cars, VW, VW Jetta on 01 15th, 2018


The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the automaker’s most successful vehicles in the brand’s lineup and the new one carries a rap sheet that’s better in every single way. The 2019 Jetta made its debut today at the Detroit Auto Show and the vehicle sports some upgrades that should increase its popularity.

The seventh-generation of the Jetta now sits on VW’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, which gives the sedan better everything, claims the automaker: more interior space, better fuel-efficiency figures, the ability to wear a more modern design, and the opportunity to tack on more high-tech features.

On the outside, the 2019 Jetta sports a look that’s not as mundane as the previous model, but it’s not radically different. A new enlarged grille dominates the front fascia that’s flanked by C-shaped LED headlights. The creased hood is also a nice touch at the front. Along the side, the sloped roof gives the sedan a coupe-like silhouette – again, it’s nothing crazy – while the changes to the rear end are much more minor: new taillights, exhaust outlets, and a chiseled rear fascia.

Moving to the MQB platform has given the Jetta new dimensions, as well. It’s longer, wider, and taller than before. The front overhang is shorter, while the overhang at the back has grown, which one would expect would allow the sedan to carry more stuff, but cargo capacity remains the same. The growth in overall size, though, has allowed Volkswagen to create a more spacious cabin, which has also been redesigned.

The Jetta’s cabin has gone from clinical to more upscale thanks to higher-quality materials, 10-color ambient lighting that wraps around the interior, and funky trapezoidal design pieces – like the vents. The redesigned center stack now features a larger screen – exact dimensions haven’t been released yet – that’s angled towards the driver and perched higher up on the dash. VW’s new, highly-configurable Digital Cockpit replaces the sedan’s regular instrument cluster on high-end trims.

Despite the coupe-like roofline, VW claims the Jetta offers more room on the inside. Head room, knee room, and shoulder room have all increased from the previous model. In addition to the more spacious interior, the Jetta’s list of safety features has grown too. Things like autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring with rear-traffic alert, and a lane keeping system are all available.

While the Jetta sports a new look and a classier interior, the engine under the creased hood goes unchanged. Power for the sedan comes from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The old sedan’s six-speed automatic gearbox has been ditched in favor of an eight-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission is standard.

In spite of all the changes, the Jetta’s price tag has decreased, though not substantially. The 2019 Jetta, which will go on sale in the United States in the second quarter of the year, will start at $18,545 before destination. That’s $100 less than the outgoing model. The vehicle will be available in six different trims when it goes on sale: S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium, and R-Line.

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VW Celebrates Record Year With More Than Six Million Vehicles Produced 30
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, VW, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Passat, VW Polo on 12 30th, 2017


It appears that 2017 will be a record year for Volkswagen, as the core brand of the VW Group will, for the first time ever, have manufactured more than six million vehicles by year’s end.

VW’s success was driven mainly by its long-standing best-sellers, namely the Jetta, Golf, Passat and Polo, as well as the popularity of the Santana in China and the growing demand for its newer models like the Tiguan, the T-Roc and the Arteon.

“More than six million vehicles produced in 12 months – there is one thing that this shows above all: our plants and employees are continually improving their production competence,” said Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen. “We have top teams in production which successfully master growing demand from customers.”

The VW brand has more than 50 plants in 14 countries, and its global product portfolio now including over 60 models.

In 2017, VW launched more than 10 new models globally and is expected to renew its entire product range within the next few years. By 2020, it will offer 19 SUVs around the world, with the share of SUVs and crossovers in its overall range to be increased to around 40 percent.

From 2020 onwards, the brand plans to build a family of all-electric models based on a new bespoke architecture, including the I.D., the I.D. Crozz and the I.D. Buzz. VW expects to have sold one million electric vehicles by 2025.

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Detroit Auto Show Is Shaping Up To Be Truckapalooza, New Ford Ranger Could Bow Too 15
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Detroit-Auto-Show, Ford, ford ranger, GMC Sierra, Hyundai Veloster, Mercedes G-Class, RAM, Reports, Toyota Avalon, VW, VW Jetta on 12 15th, 2017


The North American International Auto Show kicks off on January 14th and a handful of automakers have already announced plans to stage some major introductions in the Motor City.

At least seven models have already been confirmed for the show and they include the Ram 1500, Toyota Avalon, and Volkswagen Jetta. We will also get a glimpse at the all-new Hyundai Veloster as well as the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept which could preview a flagship crossover. Mercedes will also have a strong showing as the company will unveil the CLS53 and the luxurious new G-Class.

Of course, there will also be a handful of other models making their debut in Detroit and Autoweek is reporting we can expect an onslaught of pickups. We’ve already mentioned the Ram 1500 and it will reportedly be joined by the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. If three trucks isn’t enough, you’ll be happy to know Ford could also to showcase the new Ranger.

On the performance front, there have been constant rumors that Chevrolet will unveil the mid-engine Corvette in Motown. That remains uncertain and so do rumors that Ford will showcase either the Mustang Bullitt or Shelby GT500.

Speaking of uncertainties, Infiniti has hinted it could unveil a flagship concept at the show but little is known about it at this point.

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VW Confirms A Passat GT And Two New Crossovers For America 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Reports, VW, VW Arteon, VW Jetta, VW Passat on 12 13th, 2017


Volkswagen of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken has revealed new details about the company’s future product lineup.

Speaking to Autoblog, Woebcken confirmed the automaker will launch two new crossovers and one of them will have coupe-like styling. That’s not much to go on but the other model will be an entry-level crossover which will slot beneath the Tiguan.

The models are expected to help increase sales in the United States but they’re still several years off as the first model isn’t expected to arrive until 2019 at the earliest.

Volkswagen is clearly focused on expanding its crossover lineup but the company isn’t shying away from sedans as 2018 will see the launch of the all-new Jetta as well as the U.S. debut of the Arteon.

We can also expect to see the new Passat GT sometime next year. The model was previewed by a concept a few years ago and reports have suggested the model will come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp (208 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.

Further down the road, we can expect a redesigned Passat to arrive sometime between 2019 and 2021. Volkswagen also has plans to launch at least two vehicles a year through 2021.

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Turns Out This IS America’s New 2018 VW Jetta 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, Scoops, VW, VW Jetta, VW Scoops on 12 13th, 2017


Remember a set of leaked images of a new VW sedan we showed you a while ago? After comparing them to the teaser drawings VW has been releasing lately, it’s not hard to see that this was North America’s new Jetta all along.

The Jetta is VW’s best-selling model in the US and the new generation wants to re-ignite the momentum of the model with a sportier design and more engaging handling.

Reddit user HauntedHat posted the same images we showed you back in August, revealing pretty much everything. The exterior styling features sculpted surfaces, more prominent shoulder lines, a sportier roofline and a boot lid with an integrated spoiler lip.

The new model will ride on the latest version of VW’s widely-used MQB platform, which is also used on models like the Atlas, Tiguan and of course Golf. Fuel-efficient petrol engines will include the 150hp 1.4-liter turbo unit, which will be now paired to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.

The new Jetta will also feature the latest in driver assistance systems, including automatic city braking and adaptive cruise control, as well as a digital instrument display and the latest infotainment systems featuring a complete range of connectivity options.

The seventh generation of the German brand’s compact sedan will go on sale in mid-2018, with its public debut set for the Detroit Auto Show this January.

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VW Continues To Tease The 2019 Jetta Ahead Of Detroit 12
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, VW, VW Jetta on 12 12th, 2017


Volkswagen has released a handful of sketches which preview the 2019 Jetta.

Set to debut at the North American International Auto Show next month, the redesigned sedan will adopt a more upscale exterior that is significantly sportier than its predecessor. As the images show, the car will have an all-new front fascia with a larger grille that is flanked by angular headlights.

Moving further back, we can see a sculpted hood and prominent character lines that give the sedan a little more pizzazz. The sketches also suggest the Jetta will have a rakish windscreen, a sportier roofline, and a new trunk with an integrated spoiler. Other notable features slender taillights and dual exhaust system with chrome accents.

The interior follows the latest Volkswagen design trends as its shows a relatively straightforward cabin with familiar controls. The sketch doesn’t reveal much but we can see the model will be offered with a digital instrument cluster and a large infotainment display which is neatly integrated into to dashboard. Elsewhere, we can see a three-spoke steering wheel, metallic accents, and what appears to be dark trim.

Volkswagen didn’t say much about the model but Car and Driver recently took a spin in a prototype and the magazine is reporting the car the car will go on sale in the second quarter of 2018. The model will ride on the MQB platform and is slated to be approximately two inches longer than its predecessor.

Power will reportedly be provided by a familiar turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 150 hp (111 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque. It can be paired to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic.

Developing …

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VW Drops Another Teaser For 2019 Jetta, Shows Nothing New Or Exciting 11
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Detroit-Auto-Show, new cars, Reports, VW, VW Jetta on 12 11th, 2017


With about a month left until the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta premieres in Detroit, another teaser image of the compact sedan has surfaced, this time previewing its profile.

We can clearly see the Arteon and China-only Phideon-inspired design in the official sketch shown by the brand’s North America CEO, Matthias Erb, and shared by Motor1.

However, its shape doesn’t surprise us, as we already caught a first glimpse of the seventh generation Jetta back in August, detailing a new styling that looks more attractive than the car it replaces – not that this was hard to begin with. 

Beneath the new sheet metal is where the action takes place. It’s been reported that the new-gen Volkswagen Jetta employs the latest evolution of the Group’s MQB architecture, shared with the Golf and many more.

The platform will allow it to adopt a wide variety of engines, although no details surrounding them have been released so far, except for a rumor suggesting that the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit, which currently develops 150hp, will be carried over, albeit with a minor power boost.

We’ll know more about the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta in the coming weeks, through various teasers and reports that should arrive before its public debut set for the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, which starts on January 14 for the international press days.

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2019 VW Jetta Teased Ahead Of A Detroit Debut 28
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, VW, VW Jetta on 11 28th, 2017


Volkswagen has teased the 2019 Jetta on the company’s consumer website in Canada of all places.

First noticed by VW Vortex, the teaser image shows the model will have an evolutionary design and adopt a new front fascia with a more prominent grille. Styling details are hard to make out but the model bears a strong resemblance to images that surfaced earlier this year.

The teaser site also includes a countdown clock that reveals the model will be unveiled in a little over 50 days. That’s January 18th which falls in line with the North American International Auto Show.

Volkswagen North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken has previously confirmed the car will debut in Detroit and stated it will be “super modern” and have an “emotional” design with coupe-like styling. The executive added the car has been given a “North American ‘touch’ but not always in terms of low cost and less content.”

A lot of details remain unconfirmed but Woebcken stated a manual transmission and an R-Line variant will be available at launch. Approximately one year later, the company will introduce the new Jetta GLI.

The car is slated to ride on the MQB platform and rumors have suggested it will be powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It currently produces 150 hp (111 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque but Car and Driver suggests it may receive a power boost.

H/T to Motor1

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VW Jetta Bites The Dust In The UK, More Countries To Follow 8
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, UK, VW, VW Jetta on 11 8th, 2017


UK customers will no longer be able to buy a new VW Jetta, not that they wanted to in the first place.

Volkswagen UK has axed the slow-selling Jetta from its lineup as it managed to shift just 379 examples between January 1 and October 1, compared to the 5,398 Passat sedans and 52,722 Golf hatchbacks Autocar reports.

A brand new successor will be launched next year, scheduled for reveal at the Detroit Motor Show but it’s likely to be biased towards markets with stronger sales.

Officials attributed the discontinuation to the car reaching the end of its life cycle but haven’t confirmed yet that the car is going out of production globally, despite the Jetta being also absent from the company’s German website.

This could mean that the Jetta’s discontinuation will affect more countries in the coming months but an official confirmation will come rather later than sooner, due to the number of unsold examples currently sitting at the dealers.

With customers turning more and more to SUVs and VW addressing their needs with new models like the new T-Roc, it makes sense that the days of a compact sedan like the Jetta are numbered, at least in Europe.

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New VW Jetta To Debut In Detroit, Promises To Be “Super Modern” 16
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Detroit-Auto-Show, Reports, VW, VW Arteon, VW Jetta, VW Passat, VW T-Roc on 10 16th, 2017


The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the company's most important sedans and VW North America CEO Hinrich Woebcken has revealed some new details about the next-generation model.
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Volkswagen Scraps Jetta GLI’s Manual ‘Box 13
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, VW, VW Jetta on 10 13th, 2017


The number of cars available with manual transmissions continues to decline with Volkswagen announcing that the 2018 Jetta GLI won’t be offered with a stick-shift.
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Would You Buy The New VW Jetta If It Looked Like This? 15
Sep
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Renderings, VW, VW Jetta on 09 15th, 2017


We'll give you a hint, it looks like a smaller Arteon, bar the sleeker coupe profile.
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Updated VW Jetta Leaks Online Before December Premiere 8
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, VW, VW Jetta on 08 8th, 2017


Three images have just leaked online, reportedly showing the updated Volkswagen Jetta before its global debut in December.
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Updated VW Jetta Leaks Online Before December Premiere 8
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, VW, VW Jetta on 08 8th, 2017


Three images have just leaked online, reportedly showing the updated Volkswagen Jetta before its global debut in December.
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