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Old 12-19-2004, 07:50 PM
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Looks nice but that means nothing when we're talking about a VW. I've like the 4th Gen Golf/Jetta and B5.5 Passat ... We'll see what build-quality is like.

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wow thats really nice, minus the taillights
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Originally Posted by Crazy Sellout
wow thats really nice, minus the taillights


Looks very nice but the taillights need to be killed
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great...first it was the IS...now the Jetta's going with that style taillights...
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The side profile is nice. That's pretty much it.
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Wow ... That looks great.

You know, I find myself often wondering if auto manufacturers really spend the amount of time on wheel design that they should. The difference between this Jetta V and the base model pics from VWVortex are amazing ... Bodykit and spoiler aside, this car looks so much better with those wheels ...
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Very classy. I like the look of the car. I don't think the taillights look that bad.
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Originally Posted by Black CL-S 4-Life
Very classy. I like the look of the car. I don't think the taillights look that bad.
they don't look bad...on a silver or maybe even a white car... Wait till you see them on a red/darker colored car...
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Looks good but the rear and rear 3/4 view reminds me a lot of the corrolla
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I think it looks a lot better
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^^taillights look better than the altezza or whatever they're called type...
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Originally Posted by Canadiandriver
January 6, 2005

Volkswagen debuts larger Jetta with 30% increase in base horsepower

Los Angeles, California - Volkswagen unveiled a new larger, more powerful 2005 Jetta sedan in Los Angeles that's expected to go on sale in Canada in March.

The all-new Jetta has a new, more powerful base engine (150 horsepower 2.5 litre 5-cylinder vs. 115 horsepower 2.0 litre 4-cylinder), and an optional six-speed automatic transmission with sport and Tiptronic modes or optional new DSG direct-shift auto-manual transmission on diesel TDI models.

As well, the 2005 Jetta is the first Jetta with an independent rear suspension. Volkswagen says the new larger Jetta offers class-leading fit and finish, improved driving dynamics, and reduced interior noise.

Other improvements for 2005 include standard electro-mechanical steering, advanced electronic stability program (ESP), new-generation ABS all-disc brakes, side airbags, side curtain airbags, significant increases in dynamic and torsional rigidity, and improved crash protection.

As with the previous Jetta, the 2005 Jetta is built in Puebla, Mexico.
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holy wheel gap!
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Last picture really reminds me of a Camry. I don't like the tailights @ all, Altezza or not.
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If it comes in GLI/6spd trim, I'd consider buying it. It definitely reminds me of a Corolla though.
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Originally Posted by 98CLChick
If it comes in GLI/6spd trim, I'd consider buying it. It definitely reminds me of a Corolla though.

I thought the exact same thing when I saw it for the first time...totally Corolla from most angles...but the tailights remind me of a G35. I'm actually amazed they strayed this far from VW family styling (Unless this is the sign of things to come for the whole line)
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o kill that ricy tail light
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New Jetta's mission: Restore VW's value reputation, compete with Camry, Accord - - By DIANA T. KURYLKO | Automotive News - - Source: Autoweek

Volkswagen of America wants its Jetta replacement to bring back VW's reputation for "affordable German engineering," says Len Hunt, vice president in charge of the Volkswagen brand in North America.

But that means charging a premium price, Hunt says. He says the Jetta will be priced against bigger vehicles than its previous competition. It had competed against cars such as the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

The new Jetta is seven inches longer than the previous model and is aimed at the mid-sized Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

It will be what Hunt calls a "premium compact," still slightly smaller than mid-sized vehicles such as the Accord and Camry while approaching their pricing. The new Jetta's base price is $18,515, including destination. The base Camry, for example, begins at $18,735, including destination.

VW's coming products in the United States will follow Jetta's positioning. Hunt says that pricey vehicles such as the Phaeton sedan and Touareg SUV muddied VW's image of affordability in the United States.

Car with a mission

The new Jetta's mission is to restore that image and drive VW's U.S. sales toward 300,000 units, Hunt says. In 2004, Volkswagen Division sold 256,111 vehicles in the United States.

The Jetta, which went on sale Saturday, March 19, is the first of nine new vehicles, including derivatives, in 18 months. The replacement Passat and face-lifted New Beetle are due this year. A new-generation Golf and GTI arrive in early 2006.

The Jetta gains a price advantage, Hunt says, because it's made in Puebla, Mexico, rather than Germany - the source of VW's other vehicles sold here. The weak dollar is forcing some automakers to accept tighter margins or increase prices on European-built vehicles.

Hunt says Jetta sales are likely to exceed 140,000 units during a full year of sales - approaching the peak sales of the prior generation, 145,604 in 2002. Hunt expects the Jetta to represent about 40 percent of VW's sales in the United States.

"We position ourselves as affordable German engineering," Hunt says. "We are almost on the same route (for consumers) as other German brands, but we are catching them at an earlier stage. We know some of the people who buy Volkswagens go on to buy Audis and BMWs."

Hunt says the replacement Jetta moves up from a compact to what he calls a premium compact because of its size. The base price makes it more expensive than, say, the Honda Civic, which starts at $14,175, including destination.

But, Hunt says, the Jetta still will compete with vehicles the size of the Civic because the Jetta is slightly shorter than mid-sized vehicles.

Price = size?

Moving away from that lower segment could be a mistake, analysts say. Steve Saxty, a consultant with Powerbrand in New York, says U.S. buyers still associate price with size.

Even with its additional length, the Jetta is still smaller than the Accord and Camry. VW's premium pricing puts it in the same range as those models, but, Saxty says, "VW does not have premium positioning in terms of quality issues."

Scott Oldham, senior editor of insideline.com, an Edmunds.com spinoff, wonders why VW is leaving "a demographic and segment that they had to themselves."

"There will always be young men and women that want the smaller car and one with the 'cool factor' that the previous Jetta just had," Oldham says. "It's not something that can be engineered in."

Hunt says the new Jetta was developed primarily for the United States because that's the car's biggest market. Research showed that Jetta owners were migrating to bigger vehicles.

Space for families

As Jetta owners grew older and had families, space became more of a concern. The average owner of the previous-generation car was 33.

"They were like the BMW set," Hunt says. "They really didn't bother too much about space in the back. They didn't need it for a family."

But as the owners grew older, "we also noticed we were heavily cross-shopped by people who were buying Honda Accords and Toyota Camrys," Hunt says. "The reason for rejecting VW was lack of rear space and not enough room."

Hunt says VW buyers are more interested in performance than Camry buyers.

To lure buyers who want performance, the Jetta has a fully independent suspension with a multilink rear. In addition, the base engine is new - a 2.5-liter, five-cylinder with 150 hp, replacing a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter 115-hp powerplant. A six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and sport mode - a feature found on pricier BMWs - is optional.

Standard equipment includes front-side thorax and side-curtain airbags. Electronic stability control is optional but costs only $280.

Prices go up to about $25,000 for a leather interior and 12-way power seats. Hunt says the average transaction price likely will be $23,000 for a car with upgraded wheels and a sunroof.
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I thought they were going in the right direction until I read the 2nd paragraph.
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I don't know if this is really a smart move on VWs part...
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If they could just do something about their reliability they might be able to pull it off. And if the Jetta is supposed to move into Accord/Camry teritory where is the Passat gona move up to?
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I think this is the right strategy. But they have to excel in reliability as Biker said.
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Minus the front and rear head lights, it looks a lot like the TSX.



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It will be what Hunt calls a "premium compact," still slightly smaller than mid-sized vehicles such as the Accord and Camry while approaching their pricing.
Bad Call.
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First Drive: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 - - By Frank Markus - - Source: motortrend.com

Volkswagen's most American car, the Jetta, may be suffering a typical American malady--middle-age spread. Like the active college athlete who graduates to a sedentary desk job, the Jetta enters its 25th year carrying extra mass--340 pounds' worth. Of course, there's no hiding that kind of weight gain; the once light, lithe sedan with the cramped back seat gains about an inch in width and height, 2.6 inches in wheelbase, and a stunning seven inches in overall length.

Naturally, adding that much avoirdupois necessitates a whole new wardrobe, so the Jetta set off to visit the fat-cat Phaeton's tailor. The college-kid Jetta's athletic-cut suit with its chiseled features and burly wheel arches has given way to a much more grownup look, with a formal C-pillar, classy circles-in-a-square taillights, and a massive chrome facade that befit a junior executive who's going places. The look clearly doesn't please everyone. From some angles, the cabin proportions look a bit too long and tall to comfortably fit the front and rear clips. Its broad, smooth flanks also appear vulnerable to door dings.

Not surprisingly, the enlarged exterior dimensions pay off handsomely inside, primarily in back where an additional 1.9 inches of legroom plus a smidge more head and shoulder room yield an extra three cubic feet of space. Moderate-size adults can now survive crosstown jaunts without requiring emergency chiropractic intervention upon arrival at their destination. Another three cubic feet of space have been added to the trunk, which, at 16 cubic feet, also appears large enough to accommodate a pair of moderate-size adults.

Interior furnishings, swathed in upscale materials, sheens, and textures, maintain the high standard set by all recent VWs. Depending on which of the three trim packages (simply numbered 1 through 3) is selected, the seats are upholstered in cloth, leatherette (your friends may never know it's not real), or true cowhide; and the dash and door panels are sparingly trimmed in aluminum or convincing faux wood.

Developments in the engine room have kept pace with the added mass, if only just. Recall that the last Jetta's entry-level powertrain was a prehistoric eight-valve 2.0-liter four wheezing out just 115 horsepower. Supplanting that is a new 2.5-liter inline-five that shares its bore center spacing, but little else, with the long-retired Audi five. Its cylinder head and piston crowns, however, closely resemble those of the 5.0-liter Lamborghini Gallardo V-10. There's no direct parts interchangeability, but VW says there are similarities in the combustion dynamics and the way air moves through the cylinder.

Those hoping that half a Gallardo V-10 would produce 247 horsepower and 188 pound-feet are in for a letdown. This lightly stressed and economically configured five falls well short of those bogeys, at 150 horses and 170 pound-feet. That's a reasonable increment up from the old base engine and enough to represent a 14-percent improvement in weight-to-power. With the close-ratio six-speed automatic (a five-speed manual will come online in May), acceleration to 60 mph is said to improve by 22 percent, dropping to 9.1 seconds. These days, that seems a bit lethargic, or maybe the five-cylinder's moaning engine note just makes it seem like it takes a lot longer. The sound, which is reasonably well muffled, isn't VW's fault--all naturally aspirated five-bangers are inherent moaners.

The news is all good in the chassis department, where the old twist-beam axle has given way to a sophisticated control-blade multilink setup. Ride isolation is greatly improved by the softly bushed trailing links while three lateral links in firm bushings bolster cornering ability. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard, with ABS and ESP optional. An electric power-steering system borrowed from the Audi A3 is tuned for slightly lighter effort in the base Jetta. It's programmed to resist crosswinds and road crowns automatically and to assist the return to center after negotiating a turn. The beauty of this system is that the driver never notices it working, because the motor isn't connected to the steering shaft--it engages the opposite end of the rack so the wheel always has a natural heft. This is the global benchmark for electric power steering.

This clean-sheet body redesign presented an opportunity to improve the assembly process. Extensive use of laser welding and brazing bolsters the Jetta's torsional rigidity by 60 percent and bending stiffness by 35, so the car feels rock-solid. We piloted a base Jetta 2.5 over 175 miles of coarse, unforgiving pavement and smooth mountain twisties in the Mexican state of Veracruz and were struck by the supple ride quality. Rather soft rebound control allows the suspension to top out occasionally; but on snaky stretches, the car goes faithfully where it's pointed and hangs on respectably, understeering predictably on its standard 195/65-15 tires. In less-intense driving situations, one notices rather high levels of wind and road noise--and an audio system with slightly below-average sound quality.


Bottom line: The new Jetta 2.5 may presage great Jettas to come, so the most enthusiastic of the "drivers wanted" should save their down-payment for a hotter version. In May, a 100-horsepower, 177-pound-foot turbodiesel becomes available with the five-speed stick or the fabulous six-speed DSG automated manual. Then. in late July or early August, the 200-horse 2.0-liter turbo direct-injection gasoline four-cylinder will arrive mated to a choice of manual or DSG six-speed. That engine will be offered in mild Jetta 2.0T form or in a new Volkswagen GLI model conceived along the lines of the GTI, hatch--hotted up with bigger rolling stock, stiffer suspension, grippier seats, etc.

In the meantime, the base Jetta 2.5 represents a step up in prestige and handling character relative to its similarly sized and priced Asian competition. Stick to the base of just under $18,000, and you'll get a raging bargain. Option the Jetta to $20,000, though, and the more powerful and equally adroit-handling Mazda6 and Honda Accord LX present formidable competition.

The Jetta may have bulked up, but a rigorous exercise program should pay off late in the swimsuit season.

2006 Volkswagen Jetta
Base price (est) $17,900
Vehicle layout Front engine, FWD, 4-door, 5-pass sedan
Engine type I-5, aluminum block/head, DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
Displacement, ci/cc 151.4 / 2480
Max horsepower SAE net 150 @ 5000 rpm
Max torque SAE net, lb-ft 170 @ 3750 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight, lb (est) 3300
0-60 mph, sec (est) 9.1
EPA mpg, city/hwy Not yet rated
On sale in U.S. March 2005
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vw is stupid. so what, its a little bigger than the current civic? a fully loaded jetta for $27k? bullshit. since honda is moving the civic upscale and its most likely to grow in size how is VW going to justify their price increase then?
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So far I've only seen one new Jetta on the road. Yes, this thing is already dead.
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This thing will be worth it only with the 3.6 (probably) V6 in a couple of years from now (not sure if the 3.2 will be used at all). Problem is that with that engine it will cost a million.
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Volkswagen AG may introduce a hybrid-powered Jetta in the United States in two years.

http://www.autonews.com/news.cms?newsId=12467
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It's hard for them to move the current jetta out of the dealers in canada, I can't imagine a hybrid (which most likely be more expensive)...
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5 years ago, i probably had at least 5 friends owned jettas. it was a very popular back then. but now, owning a jetta is like a owning a 87 excel.

anyway, this thing(bora) is very very popular in london. but here? i've yet to see one except at the local dealer.
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2.0T FSI Spied





Source: www.in.gr
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The article calls for the 2.0T FSI Jetta to accelerate to 62mph in about 7 seconds. Interior updates will be few and scattered with sport seats being one of them. The official unveiling will take place in the Frankfurt Auto Show this September.
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'06 Jetta GLI Bows - - Source: THe Car Connection

Volkswagen has released details of the new Jetta GLI, the performance edition of the new-generation compact sedan. VW says the new Jetta's body, with more interior room than before, is teamed to its superb 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo four-cylinder engine, with 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Either a Tiptronic six-speed automatic transmission or the VW/Audi DSG transmission can be specified; with the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the GLI hits 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 130 mph. The GLI's fuel economy checks in at 25 city/32 highway. Sport suspension, new badging, and a new grille distinguish the GLI from base Jettas. Side curtain airbags and stability control are standard; options include XM or Sirius satellite radio, 18-inch wheels, leather seats, and dual-zone climate control.
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not feeling that picture at all.

And for their sporty version was expecting a little more get up and go
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the current Jetta GLI looks much better
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