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2012 Volkswagen Jetta


2012 Volkswagen JettaThe top-selling Jetta line-up gets a boost wîth the addition of the turbocharged GLI model

•Introduced as an all-new 2011 model, Jetta has been an instant hit wîth buyers
•Continues as Volkswagen's top-selling Ú.S. model wîth sales up 74.8 percent in first seven months of 2011
•New for 2012, Jetta GLI delivers thrilling performance and handling, wîth bold design, all at an exceptional value wîth a starting MSRP of $23,495
•New Jetta models for 12MY—S wîth Sunroof, and TDI® Clean Diesel wîth Premium
•New-for-2012 Fender® Premium Audio
•2012 Jetta line-up now features 12 models, wîth an exceptional starting MSRP of just $16,495
•Chosen as one of the ‘2011 Top 10 Coolest New Cars Únder $18,000' by the editors at Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com

Herndon, VA – American buyers love the Jetta. With sales up an impressive 74.8 percent in the first seven months of the year, consumers are seizing the opportunity to drive a German-engineered sedan wîth sophisticated style, at an accessible price.

And wîth the arrival of a 2012 line-up that includes the sportiest, most performance-focused Jetta yet—the fun-to-drive, turbocharged Jetta GLI—the appeal of Volkswagen's stylish compact four-door shows no sign of easing.

For 2012, the Jetta range has been expanded to no fewer than 12 unique models, wîth a choice of three gasoline engines—2.0L, 2.5L and 2.0L TSI® turbo—plus the 42 highway mpg TDI® Clean Diesel.

What hasn't changed is a pricing strategy that continues to make the Jetta accessible to more consumers. With a starting price of $16,495, the 2012 Jetta S offers exceptional value. And the value story continues all the way through the Jetta range, wîth the extremely well-equipped 2012 2.0T Jetta GLI starting at just $23,495.

Yet even the entry-level Jetta models come extremely well-equipped. The 2.0L Jetta S, wîth a starting MSRP of $16,495, comes standard wîth air conditioning, one-touch auto up/down power windows, power locks wîth keyless entry, and power heated exterior mirrors, along wîth a host of safety features such as Electronic Stability Control, six airbags, ABS braking and Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System.

New for 2012 – Jetta GLI2012 Volkswagen JettaThe arrival of the all-new 2012 Jetta GLI rounds out the Jetta family, offering the sportiest package in the range. With a rich heritage that dates back to 1984, the new Jetta GLI will appeal to both automotive enthusiasts and everyday drivers alike.

The Jetta GLI boasts the award-winning 2.0L TSI turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that sets the performance benchmark in the iconic Golf GTI. Generating 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque, the GLI delivers impressive drivability and acceleration.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard equipment, while Volkswagen's acclaimed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, offered wîth §teering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and super-quick shifts, is optional.

The Jetta GLI benefits from a track-tuned independent performance suspension that includes a multilink rear setup, re-tuned spring and damper settings and a 15-mm lower ride height. Volkswagen's XDS® cross differential system that debuted on the GTI is standard on the Jetta GLI, helping prevent inside wheelspin during hard cornering.

The GLI features a more dynamic look than the regular Jetta, courtesy of a new honeycomb grille, a deeper front spoiler, and GTI-style vertical fog lamps and red-painted brake calipers. At the rear, there are smoked taillights and dual exhaust tips.

Like the exterior, the interior of the Jetta GLI stays true to its performance roots. Side-bolstered sport bucket seats feature bright-red stitching; there's matching red stitching on the flat-bottom §teering wheel; and aluminum pedals, shift knob, dash and door trim.

Wheel design is also important to performance enthusiasts, so the Jetta GLI offers striking 10-spoke 17-inch alloys as the standard wheel, wîth a wide-spoke 18-inch design for the GLI Autobahn model. A stunning 18-inch Motorsport Black rim is available as an option on all GLI models.

Available in three trim levels, the Jetta GLI has a starting MSRP of $23,495. The GLI Autobahn, wîth an MSRP of $25,545, adds 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, heated V-Tex leatherette seats, and the must-hear Fender® Premium Audio System.

The top of the line Jetta GLI Autobahn wîth Navigation adds the RNS 315 navigation system and keyless access wîth push-button start technology for an MSRP of $26,445.

New features and packages for 2012

Bundling some of the most-requested stand-alone options into packages, there are new model additions to the Jetta line-up for 2012.

There is a new S wîth Sunroof model that not only features a tilt and slide power glass sunroof, but adds a front center console wîth an armrest and storage box, plus cruise control.

There's also a new TDI® Clean Diesel, which is powered by diesel fuel only, wîth a Premium package that includes a sunroof and the Fender® Premium Audio system wîth HD radio.

New Fender® Premium Audio

2012 Volkswagen JettaVolkswagen is changing the meaning of the term ‘performance vehicle' by adding the remarkable new Fender® Premium Audio System to the 2012 Jetta line-up.

Developed through collaboration between Fender and Panasonic, the system cranks out 400 watts of power played through nine speakers, including a trunk-mounted subwoofer, to bring the raw emotion of a live music performance to the driving experience.

And the same cool, chromed Fender logo that has graced the guitar ‘amps' of some of the world's greatest rock legends is featured on the A-pillar tweeters on the Jetta's Fender® sound system.

Fender® Premium Audio comes standard wîth the 2012 Jetta SEL, the TDI® Clean Diesel models wîth Premium and Premium and Navigation, GLI Autobahn, and GLI Autobahn wîth Navigation models.


2012 Volkswagen JettaMarketing experts call it ‘class-up appeal'. It's the offering of more, for less. Which is why, when Volkswagen completely redesigned the Jetta for the 2011 model year, it crafted a bigger car, wîth a longer wheelbase and 2.9 inches added to the overall length.

The increased dimensions allowed designers to incorporate clear, precise lines and muscular surfaces to impart a timeless elegance, giving the impression that this is a car from a higher class.

At the front, the coupe-like incline of the windscreen and the consistent use of horizontal lines define the Jetta's design. The horizontal blades in the grille, together wîth the blades in the lower intake, are designed to make the Jetta appear wider and more dynamic.

To break-up the tall body sides of the new Jetta, Volkswagen brand head of design Klaus Bischoff and his team created a pronounced character line—a ‘tornado' line. This cuts through the large side surfaces, running as a sharp crease from the rearmost edge of the headlight, beneath the windows, softening-out as it reaches the rear lights.

To give visual weight to the lower part of the Jetta and impart a sense of the car being ‘planted' to the road, the base of the doors is eased outwards. The pronounced wheelarches also add visual width and weight to the car.

It's a design that oozes refined style and timeless elegance; a shape the will likely remain fresh and modern in years to come.


2012 Volkswagen JettaA key benefit of the Jetta's extended wheelbase—it stretches an incredible 104.4 inches—with impressive seat legroom of 38.1 inches. Long legs can rejoice. That gently arcing roofline also means more than ample headroom of 37.1 inches.

And stretch-out legroom in the back isn't achieved by a cramped front seat either. Being tailored primarily for an American audience—the Ú.S. is the Jetta's biggest market globally—there is no shortage of legroom and headroom up front.

Just open any of the Jetta's wide-angled doors and the quality of materials, the fit and finish, and the clean, simple, refined elegance of the cabin is clearly visible. And in true German tradition, the layout of the fascia, the positioning of the switches and controls, and the clarity of the oversized, round instruments is designed to be ergonomic and intuitive.

Trunk space also borders on the cavernous. The Jetta offers a class-leading 15.7 cubic feet of usable load space, and can be increased significantly by folding forward the 60/40-split rear seatback. The rear seatback is also offered wîth a pass-through to accommodate longer items, like skis.

Engines and Transmission

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 115 hp
Torque: 125 ft-lbs

Engine : 2.5 L., 5-cylinder
Power: 170 hp
Torque: 177 ft-lbs

Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 140 hp
Torque: 236 ft-lbs

5-speed Manual, 6-speed Automatic
The 2012 Jetta line-up features four engine options, including the gasoline 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder, 2.5-liter inline five-cylinder, 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder, and 2.0-liter TDI® Clean Diesel.

The 2.0L that powers the Jetta S and Jetta S wîth Sunroof models, features two valves per cylinder and sequential multi-point fuel injection to deliver 115 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. It's offered wîth a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) With the five-speed, the EPA fuel economy is estimated at 24 mpg city and 34 mpg highway.

Volkswagen's proven 2.5L is offered in the 2012 Jetta SE, SE wîth Convenience, SE wîth Convenience and Sunroof, and SEL models. It features chain-driven double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and maintenance-free hydraulic valves. It makes 177 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque and is available wîth a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic. With the manual gearbox, EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.

Powering the new Jetta GLI models—the GLI, GLI Autobahn, and GLI Autobahn wîth Navigation—is Volkswagen's award-winning double-overhead cam, 16-valve, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. While it gives the GLI exhilarating performance, it is also highly efficient wîth its EPA-estimated economy of 24 mpg city and 32 mpg on the highway when equipped wîth Volkswagen's fast-shifting DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

A favorite engine choice among Jetta buyers is the highly efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder TDI Clean Diesel engine that produces 140 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. With either the standard six-speed manual transmission or the DSG automatic, the Jetta TDI can, according to EPA estimates, average 30 mpg in the city and an impressive 42 mpg on the highway. That enables the Jetta TDI to cover up to 609 miles on a single tank.


All Jetta models are fitted wîth a strut-type front suspension wîth coil springs, telescopic dampers and an anti-roll bar. At the rear, wîth the exception of the dynamic new Jetta GLI, there is a torsion beam wîth coil springs, telescopic dampers and an anti-roll bar. With this torsion beam layout, two trailing arms are linked by means of a stiff cross member. The advantages of the layout include excellent directional stability when cornering, a smooth ride, and a compact, space-saving design.

The sportier GLI, which rides 15mm lower than other Jetta models, gets a sophisticated multilink independent rear suspension. It features three transverse and one longitudinal link per wheel—hence the four-link moniker. This enables the longitudinal and transverse dynamics to be precisely configured almost independently of each other. The result is a more agile, responsive and precise handling. The GLI also features, as standard, the impressive XDS® Cross Differential System.

Safety and Security

Safety in the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta starts wîth an extraordinarily stiff and rigid bodyshell constructed using seamless laser welding and high-strength steel in key areas. The front of the car is also crash-optimized, featuring impact-absorbing elements integrated into the front structure which compress under impact.

All Jetta models naturally come standard wîth Electronic Stability Control (ESC)—a feature the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has called ‘the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt'. This electronic guardian angel can detect when a car starts skidding, help prevent it from breaking away and keep the driver in control.

Also standard on all Jetta models are driver and front passenger front and side thorax airbags and Side Curtain Protection® airbags front and rear. There is also a suite of advanced electronic safety aids, like Anti-lock Braking (ABS), Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution (EBD), and Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) that come standard.

Volkswagen's Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) reacts instantly in an accident when the airbags are deployed. It unlocks the doors, turns off the fuel pump, and even activates the car's hazard lights.

And as wîth all Volkswagen models, the 2012 Jetta is covered under the no-charge Carefree Maintenance Program. All scheduled maintenance is covered for the length of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty—three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Model Line-up

The addition of the sporty GLI, together wîth new ease-of-ordering package models like the S wîth Sunroof, and TDI® Clean Diesel wîth Premium, the 2012 Jetta range now encompasses 12 different models.

2.0L S

With a highly-attractive starting MSRP of $16,495, the 2.0L S provides entry into the Jetta family. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, wîth a six-speed automatic optional. Key standard features include power windows and locks, air conditioning, RCD 310 radio wîth CD player, aux-in connection, remote keyless entry, power and heated exterior mirrors, six-way adjustable front seats, 60/40-split rear seat, and tilt and telescopic §teering wheel.

2.0L S wîth Sunroof

Priced from $17,645 wîth a five-speed manual transmission, this new model for 2012 adds a power tilt and sliding sunroof, front center console wîth armrest and storage box, and cruise control.

2.5L SE

Priced from $18,495, the SE adds the 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, 16-inch steel wheels, V-Tex leatherette seating surfaces, chrome interior accents, rear center armrest wîth pass-through.

2.5L SE wîth Convenience

Priced from $19,845, standard features include 16-inch Sedona alloy wheels, heated front seats, leather-wrapped multi-function §teering wheel, Bluetooth®, MDI wîth iPod cable, six-speaker sound system.

2.5L SE wîth Convenience and Sunroof

Priced from $21,185, additional equipment includes power tilt and sliding glass sunroof, Premium VIII touchscreen radio wîth SD memory card reader.

2.5L SEL

Priced from $23,195, the SEL includes standard 17-inch Joda alloy wheels; four-wheel disc brakes; chrome front grille and window trim; fog lights; Fender® premium audio wîth subwoofer; RNS 315 touch-screen navigation wîth SD memory card reader; keyless access wîth push-button start; trip computer; driver lumbar adjustment.

2.0L TDI® Clean Diesel

With a starting MSRP of $22,525, standard features includes the 2.0L TDI engine, four-wheel disc brakes, 16-inch Mambo alloy wheels, trip computer.

2.0L TDI® Clean Diesel wîth Premium

Priced from $23,965, it adds power tilt and sliding sunroof, Premium VIII touch-screen radio wîth Fender® premium audio.

2.0L TDI® Clean Diesel wîth Premium and Navigation

Priced from $25,095, it adds chrome front grille and window trim, driver seat manual lumbar, RNS 315 touch-screen navigation wîth SD memory card reader, keyless access wîth push-button start.

2.0T GLI

With a starting price of $23,495, standard features include: 2.0-liter, 200 hp TSI engine; 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wîth 225/45 R17H all-season tires; sport bumpers and side skirts; red painted brake calipers; hill hold control; front fog lights; darkened taillights; chrome window trim; leather-wrapped multi-function §teering wheel, brake handle and shift knob; §teering-wheel mounted shift paddles (DSG only); compass; sport pedals and shift knob; red interior stitching; cloth front comfort sport seats wîth manual lumbar for driver seat; 60/40 split folding rear seats wîth center armrest and pass-through; aux input; Bluetooth®; cruise control; MDI wîth iPod® cable; Premium VIII touch-screen radio wîth six speakers; trip computer; one-touch up/down power windows.

2.0T GLI Autobahn

Priced from $25,545, the Autobahn adds 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels wîth 225/40 R18H all-season tires, power tilt/sliding sunroof, V-Tex leatherette, heated front sport seats, heated washer nozzles, cooling glovebox, Climatronic® automatic A/C, Fender® premium sound system wîth subwoofer.

2.0T GLI Autobahn wîth Navigation

Priced from $26,445, it adds RNS 315 navigation system, keyless access wîth push-button start/stop.

Source - Volkswagen
The Jetta was a marketing strategy by Volkswagen in 1980 as the obvious general interest was veering towards sedans rather than the hatchback shape vehicle. Appearing in the North American market in 1980, the first generation Jetta was available in both two-door coupe and four-door sedan. Reaching the elite status of becoming the best-selling European vehicle in the United States, the Jetta is also more poplar than the Golf in South Africa. The Volkswagen Fox was the South African version of this model, that continued in production until 1995. In Mexico, the A1 Jetta was known as the Volkswagen Atlantic.

The Jetta shares its mechanicals with other Volkswagen A platform vehicles. Though a station wagon idea was drawn up by Mark Stehrenberger, Californian freelance magazine artic, the production never reached fruition. Giorgetto Giugiaro was the designer behind the style of the car and penned at ItalDesign.

A standard 1.6 L four-cylinder engine that was capable of producing 78 hp (57 kW) was powering both the base and GL trims in 1980. The following year, the engine was upgraded to a 1.7 L engine that produced 74 hp (54 kW). Other additional engine choices was a 1.6 L diesel engine that produced 50 hp (37 kW). The final year of the A1, 1984, a GLI high-performance version was made availble that was powered by a 1.8 L engine and a close-ratio transmission from he Rabbit/Golf GTI. This GLI made 90 hp (67 kW) and had an incredibly 105 •lb of (142 N•m) torque.

The longest running Jetta at this point, the A2 series was introduced in Europe in 1984, and the following year in North America. A sales success for Volkswagen, this second series outnumbered the Golf sales two-to-one, and earned the title of best-selling European vehicle in North America.

The A2 was also featured as either a two-door coupe or a four-door sedan. Coupes were limited to base, diesel and Woflsburg trim levels. Following 1991, the coupe model was dropped from the North American VW lineup. Very few external updates or changes were made throughout the run of the A2 series. These included the front-quarter windows being deleted in 88, larger body-colored bumpers being added, along with the addition of lower side skirts from 90 to 92. There was also various grille and side-cladding changes made.

From 1985 to 86, A2 Jetta coupeBase and GL Jettas were powered by a 1.8 L gasoline I4 that was rated at 85 hp. This was later bumped up to 100 hp, and finally 1.5 hp. A variety of three diesel engines were made available in the A2 Jetta, a 1.6 L naturally-aspirated diesel with 52 hp, a 1.6 L 68 hp turbodiesel, and a 1.6 L ECOdiesel that made 59 hp and was featured for two years; 91 and 92.

The GLI model, which was a much sportier model was originally powered by the standard 1.8 L gasoline engne with 100 hp. The first DOHC engine was introduced in 1987 by Volkswagen. A serious performance contender, a 2.0 L DOHC 16-valve engine that was rated at 134 hp was added to the GLI in 1990. A CIS Motronic engine management system was equipped on the 2.0 L 16-valve engine.

The A2 Jetta eventually dropped into the small executive saloon car class in the UK. These were among the Vauxhall Belmont, Daihatsu Charmant, Audi 80/90, Ford Orion and Rover 213/216.

By Volkswagen's second joint venture partner First Auto Works, the A2 went on to become one of the first Volkswagen models produced in China from 91 to 97. Only two facelifts were ever done since its introduction in China, the first occuring in 1997. Known as the FAW-Volkswagen Jetta Kind, production began in 1998 and involved borrowing spare grilles that were left from the Volkswagen Passat B4. 2004 brought about another facelift that was quite similar to the first one.

A newly refined evolution of the previous generation Jetta, the Vento was the new A3 version that was introced in 1991 in Europe. Following a production delay at the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico, the Jetta debuted in 1993. The plant in Mexico had been chosen to supply American and Canadian dealerships. The A3 was designed in-house under Herbert Schafer, and was unfortunately criticized as the 'Poor Man's BMW' and insulted due to its ‘boxy' design. Offered as only a four-door sedan, consequently, more trim levels than any other Jetta line were made available. A new grille, body-colored rub strips and different wheel covers were featured on this new series.

The GLS was the luxury trim that featured power locks and windows, optional subroof and leather seats. The GL was the base trim of the A3. A special series was the Trek, and it featured a bike rack, a Trek bike, spoiler, alloy wheels, rocker panel covers, and in 97, other various accessories and options for the top-of the line GLX. A similar package was the K2 was featured a K2 snowboard or a pair of K2 skis rather than a bike.

Two models were also featured in the Canadian market that never made it to the US, and those were the Golf/Jetta CL, decontented GL models that featured 90 horsepower and 1.8L Mono Motronic engine.The CL was dropped following the 97 model year. The second model offered in Canada was a Jetta GL Turbo Diesel that was introduced in 93 and only lasted for 3 years. Rated at 74 horsepower, the 1.9L AAZ Code diesel had a range over 900km. This was a bored and stroked version of the 1.6L Turbo Diesel that the A2 Jetta featured. As the engine had not aged well and many owners experienced signifiant crankshaft failuares, the Jetta GL Diesel had drooping sales.

Introduced as the Bora in Latin America and Europe, the fourth generation of the Volkswagen Jetta was introduced in late 1998 following the Passat. The A4 shared many similar styling cues of the Passat, the rounded shape and arched roofline now served as the Volkswagen styling trademark, rather than the traditional sharp creases for curved corners.

Four different trim levels were available in this fourth generation Jetta. These included GL, GLS, GLX, and GLI, as well as the option of a wagon. The station wagon variant was marketed as a Golf in various European markets and came with a Golf grille, headlights, bumper and fenders.

The base model GL was powered by an enhanced 2.0 L 8-valve four cylinder engine that was based on models of previous years. A 1.9 L TDI diesel engine was offered as optional, and following 2001 on, a turbcharged 1.8 L engine (Wolfsburg Edition) was featured.

Many of the original production issues with the original design were completely eliminated by 2002. On the secondhand market, A4 Jettas are generally consiered more desirable. The re-release of the Wolfsburg edition that featured the updated turbocharged 1.8 L engine, now available with 180 hp was showcased in 2003. This same year was the last for the 1.9L ‘ALH' TDI turbodiesel engine design. High resale prices for cars with this engine have been the result of its reputation for both reliability and versatility. Unfortunately, the earlier models had reputations for many recalls and bugs, due to elecric or lighting malfunctions.

Considered to be quite an improvement, the GLS came with optional leather seats along with a sport package that included 17' alloy wheels and a stiffer suspension. All engine choices were featured until 2003 before the VR was eliminated. The luxury model for the A4 was the GLX, and this featured leather seats, wood grain trim, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and much ore. The VR6 engine was transferred to a drive-by-wire 24-valve design that was rated at 200 hp in 2003. It was now available in the GLX and the new GLI model which was re-introduced in 2003. The GLI featured sport suspension, 200 hp VR6, and six-speed manual transmission. The GLX model was dropped in 2004.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the USA Jetta in 2004, a limited edition of the Jatta GLI was featured for a limited time. This elite model had an available 180 hp, 1.8 L inline-4, linked to a 6-speed manual transmisison. Available in Black Magin Pearl, Tornado Red, Blue Lagoon and Platinum gray, the interior of the Anniversary GLI was black with aluminum trim that included black upholstered Recaro bcket seats with red 'GLI' lettering embroidery. This special edition was capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in an amazing 6.7 seconds, and had a top speed of 146 mph. The Jetta GLI with V6 and options was still widely available.

An all new ‘PD' version of the 1.9L TDI diesel engine was made available in 2005. This unit produced 74 kW (100 hp DIN) and featured 177 ft•lbf (250 N•m) of torque. All Jettas equipped with 1.8T engines, regardless of trim level, now produced 180 hp at the beginning of the 2002 model year. A jump from the previous 150 hp, the 1.8T featured a slightly larger turbocharger.

The A4 Jetta continues to be sold as a 2006 model in some countries such as Mexico, due to high pricing of the A5 for the Mexican market. Sold in various countries, a high performance variant of the A4 Bora came with 4-Motion all wheel drive and a VR6 engine. Both 2.4 L VR 5 and 1.6 L I4 engines were also featured in Europe. The A4 Bora continues to be sold in China, much like its predecessor A2 Jetta.

Volkswagen re-released the A4 Jetta in Canada in 2007 as the City Jetta. This new edition was offered at a base price of $16,700 cdn. The A5 had moved upscale, versus much of the competition, and this re-release allowed Volkswagen to become more competitive with the rest of the compact class. While no diesel or 1.8 Turbo was being offered, the 2.0 L SOHC 115hp was the featured engine. Rather than being manufactured in Germany like the standard Jetta, the City Jetta is built in Pueblo, Mexico. There is also no Jetta Wagon, and the new city Jetta features more limited trim options that the standard A4 series.

In January of 2005, the fifth generation Jetta was released at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Larger than the fourth generation, and with m ore upscale styling and greater interior room, A5 is now equal to the former generation Passat. The introduction of the first independent rear suspension in a Jetta was the largest update in this series. The base engine is a 2.5L I5 that produces 110 kW and has an available 168 ft•lbf (228 N•m) of torque.

Overlapping the final model year of the A4 Jetta, the A5 went on sale in March 2005 as a 2005 ½ model in North America. In the late summer of 2005, a 2006 GLI version was released. This new model was designed by Walter de'Silva. Unfortunately sales were quite disappointing in the US due to the rapidly rising fuel prices that resulted in the heavy demand for vehicles equipped with the TDI diesel version. Many critics believed that the A5 was too high-priced for the highly competitive compact vehicle market , though they embraced the overall vehicle. The new GLI was named an Everday Hero by Car and Driver for 2006 ‘for an enthusiast who wants sports car handling without losing too much practicality'. For the 2007 model year, a station wagon of the A5 Jetta is promised.

In Mexico, the A4 continues to be sold as the Jetta, while the Bora is the A5. The A2 is sold as the Jetta in china, and the A5 is marketed as the Sagitar together with the A4 Bora. Launched in Latin America in 06, it is named the Vento. In February of 06, the Jetta was launched in Australia and production was made at the Mexico plant.

By Jessica Donaldson
Recent Vehicle AdditionsModel Year Changes

  • Bundling some of the most-requested stand-alone options into packages, there are new model additions to the Jetta line-up for 2012.
  • There is a new S with Sunroof model that not only features a tilt and slide power glass sunroof, but adds a front center console with an armrest and storage box, plus cruise control.
  • There's also a new TDI® Clean Diesel, which is powered by diesel fuel only, with a Premium package that includes a sunroof and the Fender® Premium Audio system with HD radio.


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