VOLKSWAGEN RELEASES FIRST OFFICIAL PHOTOS OF ALL-NEW
JETTA TO ARRIVE
EARLY NEXT YEAR
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich.
November 17, 2004- Volkswagen today released the first official photos of
Jetta, which goes on sale this coming March in the U.S. and Canada.
The Jetta model is Volkswagen's most popular in the U.S., accounting for
about 40 percent of
the brand's overall volume in this market. It is perennially the number-one
nameplate sold in the U.S.
The photos released today show a completely redesigned Jetta sedan, and
depict the fifth
generation of the German automaker's sedan that first went on sale in 1980
in the U.S.
Set to make its worldwide public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on
January 5, 2005
where its price will also be announced, the new Jetta will be a significant
evolution of this
Volkswagen model that celebrates its 25th year in the U.S. and Canada in
2005. During that
time, it has generated sales of more than 2.2 million units in those
Like its predecessors, the new Jetta will offer a distinct choice in the
compact sedan market.
The new Jetta has bold dynamic styling and larger dimensions than its
always, the Jetta's styling, technology and European character will attract
people who love to
drive and desire something different. As expected, this sophisticated Jetta
traditional Volkswagen value for the money.
Since the Jetta's introduction in 1980, this compact, affordable German
sports sedan has
evolved significantly with each new design. This new Jetta is no exception:
it has grown in size
from the previous model, while again offering a more advanced level of
and technology that is unique in its competing market segment.
Drivers of the new Jetta will enjoy the model's first fully independent
suspension system that
uses a multi-link rear and optimized front axle, a new powerful base engine
with a larger
displacement of 2.5 liters and five-cylinders generating 150 horsepower
four-cylinder, 2.0-liter, 115 hp engine in the previous model), a new
automatic transmission with Tiptronic including a special "sport" mode
In addition, later in the year, Volkswagen will offer its revolutionary
transmission called DSG
(TDI only), which is essentially an automated manual transmission system
inherent efficiency and economy of a manual with the ease of operation of an
among the most impressive new driving advancements are a standard high-tech
electro-mechanical steering system, a new technically advanced electronic
(ESP), and new-generation ABS all-disc brakes.
The new Jetta's interior will be roomier than ever with a larger trunk and
more legroom and
occupant space. As one expects from a modern Volkswagen, the new Jetta will
offer a highly
refined interior treatment, with a long list of standard comfort and
convenience features. Some
of the safety features for the new Jetta include front side thorax airbags,
Protection (for head) in front and rear, crash-active front headrests,
pedals that descend upon serious impact, Daytime Running Lights (DRL),
belts at every position, adjustable headrests for all five occupants, front
with load limiters, and safety belts with emergency locking retractors
complete this all-new
Built for worldwide distribution at Volkswagen's high-tech production
facility in Puebla, Mexico,
the Jetta's assembly process promises to set quality standards for this
Volkswagen AG invested extensively to further advance the modern assembly
technologies at its sole North American site—a facility that according to
internal quality audits
ranks as one of the Volkswagen Group's top factories in the world.
The new Jetta has a stronger body than its predecessor, recording
in its dynamic and torsional rigidity. This is achieved through the use of
body panels, world-class design and engineering, and an advanced, highly
laser-welding system. The result is a dramatic increase in laser-welded
times more than the previous Jetta. The net benefit of this bonding process
is a class-leading
fit and finish, improved body strength, crash protection, driving dynamics,
and reduced interior
This all-new Jetta once again documents Volkswagen's attention to detail,
unique driving dynamics,
high-energy looks and quality materials to match and exceed the expectations
of the North American customer.
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