In 1989, VW released one of its rarest production cars of all time. It was a hand built specimen from the production plant in Wolfsburg, Germany. The rare gem wasn’t a high-performance race edition with extra power and exclusive suspension upgrades, but was themed around its Helios blue paint.
VW produced only 1500 examples of the special 1989 Jetta GLI 16v in Helios blue, and the lucky few who obtained an example were bestowed with the typical features found in a loaded GLI. But alongside the exclusive exterior paint, the factory Recaros also received special blue plaid inserts. Aside from color-matched wheels, the cars were identical to their GLI counterparts.
German car maker Volkswagen today launched an upgraded version of premium sedan Jetta in India, priced in the range of Rs. 13.70-19.43 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
“We are sure that the new Jetta, with its range of petrol and diesel engine options and optional 6-speed DSG automatic transmission, will offer a delightful driving experience for premium-segment car buyers in the Indian market,” Volkswagen Passenger Cars Managing Director Arvind Saxena said.
In the “you can’t get that here” department, here’s an article about a new Volkswagen model soon to debut in China:
Volkswagen leaked a ‘spy shot’ of the new Volkswagen Bora [it is the new Jetta], codenamed ‘Bora GP’. The current Bora is a China-only Volkswagen based on the ancient Jetta, made by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. The Jetta will be replaced early next year. Both the new Jetta and the new Bora will share the same Polo-based platform, the Bora is expected to be positioned slightly above the Jetta.
Volkswagen has announced a raft of minor updates for its entire lineup for the 2013 model year. Also, it has put official on-sale dates for its two newest models – the 2013 Jetta Hybrid and 2013 Beetle Convertible – which will go on sale at the end of this year.
The German automaker says that its most important introduction this year will be the 2013 Jetta Hybrid, the brand’s second hybrid model. Powering the newest Jetta is a turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 rated at 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque mated to a 27-hp electric motor that draws power from a 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The whole powertrain sends its power to the front wheels through a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox. Final EPA numbers have yet to be set, but VW estimates the Jetta Hybrid to achieve up to 45 mpg. Expect the range-topping Jetta to be priced somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000 when it goes on sale this fall. The automaker stated that the Jetta Hybrid will be competitively priced with other compact hybrids; the Honda Civic Hybrid starts at $24,990 and the Toyota Prius C costs $19,710 (both prices include destination).
Santa Ana, CA June 29, 2012 – Volkswagen has once again made the popular list. The expert editors from Kelley Blue Book’s www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new car and used car information, have named the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000. In this annual list published by Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com, the editors ranked the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta #10 out of the 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000.
The economy is at a near-standstill and gas prices are through the roof, but regardless of financial constraints or economic hardships, the simple fact remains that car shoppers want their new ride to be cool. That is why now, more than ever, kbb.com’s annual list of the 10 Coolest Cars under $18,000 is in tune with the times, providing a great selection of cars that are not only affordable, but also fun.
Volkswagen has launched an on-line video game that let’s you try to drive as far as you can using a little fuel as possible. If you’re good at stretching your virtual fuel you can compete for your national championship.
A new virtual fuel saving game from Volkswagen now now available for playing via iPhone, iPad and Facebook. The best players can qualify for a national fuel saving competition or win a direct wildcard for the international final, the “Think Blue. World Championship.” to be held in California.
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Volkswagen’s new Americanized Jetta will be improved quietly over the coming year, executives from the company have told us. Some of the things we criticized when the car launched, such as the standard rear drum brakes, have already been addressed—all Jettas, regardless of trim level, now have four-wheel discs—and others are going to be dealt with soon. Interior materials should be upgraded somewhat; higher-trim-level models will switch to a soft-touch dashboard from the current hard. In the U.S., the European-grade squishy dash has been found exclusively in the Jetta GLI.
The more interesting news, though, is a probable change in the powertrain department. At present, the engine in a plurality of Jettas sold—if not the majority—is a 2.5-liter inline-five. We’ve already reported that in some VW models this engine could be replaced with a turbocharged 1.8-liter four, but it now appears that engine will only sub in for the 2.5 in larger models like the Passat. The Jetta would instead ditch its 2.5 for a new 1.4-liter turbo four.