Nearly a day after it was first spied testing, the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta has finally been spotted completely undisguised, and if the car looks a little Toyota-esque, then that must be a good thing. Rather than occupying a quasi-premium spot in the U.S. market, VW is going for volume, so the Corolla resemblance is not a coincidence. VW is hoping to push 160,000 Jettas per year, and a lower price and more conservative styling should help, along with a simpler, torsion beam rear suspension rather than the independent unit seen in the previous car.
VW is undertaking an ambitious plan to sell 800,000 cars in North America within 10 years, and while aiming the Jetta at the volume players may help them achieve this, it may also alienate previous Jetta loyalists who wanted a premium, performance-oriented small car rather than a European made econobox.
[Source: Auto Express]