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Last week was a lot like the British ocean liner Lusitania; it got sunk, but this time around it wasn’t the Kaiser’s fault. Instead of falling prey to a German U-Boat it was torpedoed by the New York Auto Show.
Volkswagen is recalling 71,403 2011 Jetta models due to a problem with the vehicle’s wiring. The issue affects the vehicle’s horn and anti-theft system, and Volkswagen said no injuries have been reported.
Owners can check their vehicles build date to see if it falls within the specified range (March 2010 to March 2011) by checking the sticker on the driver’s side doorjamb. Jetta owners can call VW at 800-822-8987 or NHTSA at 888-327-4236. No timeframe has been announced for the recall.
Today Volkswagen announced the debut of its important and all-new 2011 Jetta model, lifting the covers at a special event in Times Square. With a goal to sell 800,000 units a year in North America by 2018, VW has high hopes for the new Jetta, which now boasts best-in-class rear legroom, a new chassis, more stylish design and a lower base price with models starting at, “around $16,000.” (According to the European press release, the price is $15,995).
In total, four engines will be offered on U.S. and Canadian models including the new 138-hp TDI engine currently offered by VW. As for gasoline options, the base engine will be a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder making 113-hp and getting 28-mpg combined with the standard six-speed manual and 26 mpg combined with the six-speed DSG automatic. The 2.5-liter five-cylinder will deliver 168-hp, while top-level 2.0 TSI engine will deliver 197-hp.
As of for the rest of the car, it gets a stylish if understated look, but keeps VW’s excellently finished interior. The car itself is larger than the current Jetta, measuring 3.54-inches longer, with 2.76-inches of that between the wheels to deliver much improve interior space.
GALLERY: 2011 VW Jetta
Ahead of the car’s official debut tomorrow, the folks at AutoExpress have released a selection of photos showing the all-new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta sedan. Rather than being based on the same architecture as the Golf, the 2011 Jetta gets an all-new platform.
In Europe the new compact sedan will come with either a selection of gasoline engines including a 104-horsepower 1.2-liter TSI, a 121-hp 1.4-liter TSI and a 200-hp 2.0-liter TSI. As for diesels, two options will also be on the table including a 104-horsepower 1.6 TDI and a 138-hp 2.0-liter TDI.
According to rumors and reports, when it does arrive in North America, the 2011 Jetta is expected to cost under $15,000 to start and will get a torsion beam rear suspension rather than the European fully-independent unit in a bid to save costs.
GALLERY: 2011 VW Jetta
According to a well-connected forum member at VWVortex, Volkswagen‘s all-new Jetta model will finally be an affordable vehicle on U.S. soil, starting at just $14,950. By comparison, the least expensive current Jetta now starts at $17,735.
This new Jetta model has been designed with the U.S. market in mind and based on VW’s plan to attract U.S. customers, it should offer increased size and interior room. We’re worried that in order to achieve this lower cost, VW will have to cut corners, offering a less-premium interior. Still, with VW’s already high-quality trim, even a slight downgrade should leave it well placed in the market. Other cost-cutting measures include the use of a less-sophisticated torsion beam rear suspension for models sold in North America.
In the future, VW is expected to deliver more U.S.-targeted models including an all new mid-size sedan to replace the Passat. That model will be built in the U.S. to help reduce production costs.
According to the same VWVortex source, the German automaker looks to release official info and photos of the car in the next few weeks.
[Source: VWVortex via Autoblog]
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]
Much like soccer, the Volkswagen Golf is immensely popular all over the world, with the exception of Canada and the United States. The two holdout countries prefer the Jetta by a significant margin, and Volkswagen is well aware of this – even going as far as to engineer an entirely new Jetta designed specifically with the North American market in mind.
The new car, codenamed NCS (for “New Compact Sedan”) was supposedly spotted by an astute GM Inside News reader somewhere in Michigan. While there’s no confirmation that these are indeed NCS mules, the design cues (like the shape of the headlines) and the overall profile of the car strongly suggest that these are the new compact VWs.
Few details have leaked out about the cars, but it’s widely known that the cars will revert back to the torsion beam rear suspension, to cut costs and allow the NCS to be positioned as an entry-level volume leader. Powertrains are also something of a mystery, but expect Volkswagen’s excellent diesel engines and dual clutch transmissions to appear.
[Source: GM Inside News]