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The new Volkswagen Jetta makes its debut in Europe

Wolfsburg - Volkswagen has reconceptualised, restyled and redimensioned the Jetta - a car that has been successful on all continents (over 9.6 million units sold). Now measuring 4.64 metres in length (+ 9.0 cm) it is closing the gap between the Golf (4.20 metres) and Passat (4.77 metres) more precisely in Europe. Visually, the new Jetta has also fully separated itself from the compact class best-seller, the Golf; as a result, this saloon is as independent as an Eos or a Tiguan.

New saloon class: The 2011 Jetta is an ideal choice for all those car drivers who desire an impressively styled saloon whose comfort, safety and quality all rate at the highest levels. So far, the vehicles offered in this size and quality class have for the most part been significantly more expensive vehicles.

Now the Jetta offers an alternative at an affordable price (from 20,900 euros). The Volkswagen shines with new TDI and TSI engines (top fuel economy: 4.2 l/100 km), efficient dual-clutch transmissions (DSG) and very spacious interior dimensions.

Success in the USA. With its new package, styling and technology concepts, the Jetta now has the potential to achieve successes in Europe similar to those in the USA. There, it is the most successful car of any European carmaker. Up to 110,000 vehicles from this model series are sold every year between New York and Los Angeles; Americans value the Jetta as a highly safe sporty saloon. It was for this reason that Volkswagen presented the new US version of the car at the centre of New York’s Times Square in June 2010.

Never before has a Jetta been this sporty, this efficient or this large. Conceptually and stylistically, the saloon takes a giant leap forward. As mentioned, the saloon’s design is no longer derived from that of the Golf, rather it follows separate lines.

Designers and engineers also completely recreated the interior. Thanks to the long wheelbase (2.65 metres) that was extended along with the car’s overall length, the rear seating area has gained significant length (an additional 6.7 cm of legroom).

Tremendous advances were also made in the powertrain area. Consider the 1.6 TDI with 77 kW / 105 PS: In the BlueMotion Technology version, this common rail turbodiesel only consumes 4.2 l/100 km (equivalent to 109 g/km CO2). Or take the example of the 1.2 TSI, which also outputs 77 kW / 105 PS and has BlueMotion Technology: The direct injection turbo petrol engine consumes just 5.3 l/100 km (equivalent to 123 g/km CO2) – and this is a saloon with petrol engine that can accelerate to 190 km/h. As noted, the Trendline version of the Jetta 1.2 TSI costs 20,900 euros; the base price of the Jetta 1.6 TDI Trendline with BlueMotion Technology is 23,475 euros (prices in Germany). Other power levels: a TDI with 103 kW / 140 PS and (following over the course of the year) three TSIs with 90 kW / 122 PS, 118 kW / 160 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS. This means that the Jetta will be exclusively powered by state-of-the-art charged direct injection engines. All engines except the 105 PS TSI may be combined with an optional dual-clutch transmission (DSG).

In addition, the new Jetta is one of the most economical cars in its class in terms of cost of ownership. Consider the Jetta 1.2 TSI Trendline with 77 kW / 105 PS and BlueMotion Technology: Given fuel consumption of just 5.3 l/100 km, favourable insurance rates (German classes: liability 17, full comprehensive 16, part comprehensive 18) and low costs for motor vehicle tax, maintenance and repairs to parts subject to wear, this car attains the lowest Cost of Ownership (CoO) in the immediate competitive field.

Photos: Automotive Intelligence/VW

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