When somebody asked this week to Stefan Jacoby, U.S. VolksWagen CEO, if the company would change the name of the VolksWagen Jetta, the best-selling of the German automaker, he said: "we are not that stupid".
Any speculation saying that the new compact sedan of Volkwagen will have a new name, should be excluded. Some spy photos of 6th generation of the Jetta show a roof line sexy and simple as well as attractive lateral views. What can not be assessed are the aesthetics of the front and back, but you can expect a more square look that the current Jetta.
The new Jetta will still provide the same handling characteristics. The 2.5-liter engine and five-cylinder will continue as the base engine so far, and the excellent 2.0L diesel will also be available. Volkswagen will continue offering the four-cylinder turbo in the Jetta, but it is an expensive engine for the brand because it is imported from Europe. Anticipating this, VolksWagen will produce smaller engines of forced induction in North America since performance regulations are more stringent in the country.
The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta will be a little larger than the existing to compete better with the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic. Ergonomics will be improved so that the faithful Japanese car buyers who choose to change to a VolksWagen are able to set the temperature, recline the seats, and tune a radio station without having a nervous breakdown.
The Jetta will continue to be manufactured in Mexico. There will be few options available, and VolksWagen will move to the Honda model range, offering different choices of factory-installed equipment and thereby not having more options but the installation in agency. Volkswagen foresee that the Jetta 2011 will cost about $15,000 dollars when it goes on sale on late next year. This price means U.S. $2,500 cheaper than the cheapest 2009 model.