The Volkswagen Jetta is a small family car, produced by German automaker Volkswagen Group for the Volkswagen Passenger Cars marquee since 1979. The Jetta was originally adapted by adding a conventional trunk to the Golf hatchback, and some distinctive styling (usually the front end, and sometimes slight interior changes). It has been offered in two- and four-door saloon (sedan) and five-door estate (station wagon) versions – all as a five-seated. As of 2005, over 6.6 million cars have been sold worldwide, over one-third in the United States alone. Since the original version in 1980, the car has grown in size and power with each successive generation.
The sixth-generation Volkswagen Jetta, known as the NCS (New Compact Sedan) during its development, was announced in the North American market in June 2010. The new model is larger and cheaper to produce than the previous Jetta making the vehicle more competitive against rivals such as the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.
Although no longer sharing any body panels with the Golf and having a longer wheelbase, this model is partly based on the same PQ35 platform. Volkswagen’s target of increasing its North American sales removed the Jetta from the premium compact car market. This forced many cost-cutting measures to be made for the North American models, which include a lower quality trim material for the interior and the replacement of leather with leatherette as optional seating upholstery. The North American version also loses the multi-link rear suspension of the previous generation. Engines from the MK5 Jetta carried over include the 170 hp 2.5 L (five-cylinder) as well as the economy-minded 140 hp 2.0 TDI (diesel) engine.
The Jetta GLI, a sedan version of the Golf GTI based on the new Jetta, was revealed at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show with the 2.0 TSI 200 hp engine and a fully independent suspension, as well as the European Jetta’s soft touch materials. A black honeycomb grill, aggressive lower intakes, side adorning fog lights, and smoked taillights are all elements to separate it from its run-of-the-mill counterpart. As we said earlier the 2011 Jetta is available with three different engines, a 2.0L gasoline engine that delivers 115 horse powers, a 2.5L gasoline engine that delivers 170 horse powers, with a fuel economy of 23 mpg in cities/ 33 mpg on highways, and a 2.0L Diesel engine, that delivers 140 horse powers, with a fuel economy of 32 mpg in cities/ 40 mpg on highways. The models with gasoline engine have 5-speed manual transmission, and the diesel model has 6-speed manual transmission package.
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