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The New Jetta: Fifth generation of 6.6-million best-seller about to be launched in Europe

  • New design dynamics, new range of engines and a gigantic boot

  • One name across the world: The Bora is the Jetta again in Europe

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Wolfsburg - Volkswagen is bringing the new Jetta to Europe. The fifth generation of the saloon also sees the company introduce a standard name for all markets across the globe. In Germany / Europe, the Bora will therefore be called the Jetta again. It has more space to offer for long journeys than ever before. Compared with the Bora, the length of the new Jetta has grown around 18 centimetres to 4.55 metres. It also has an impressive 527-litre boot (plus 72 litres). This combination definitely works. In the USA, for example, the Jetta has managed to secure the position of best-selling car among all European manufacturers year after year.


Sporty. From now on, Volkswagen will position the Jetta, which has sold over 6.6 million units, more in the sporty/elegant area of compact saloons like the US concept. The more independent design with the chrome shield-like radiator grille inspired by the roadster study Concept R visually shows the progressive way. However, comfort has not been forgotten: The innovative safety chassis with its four-link rear axle technically allows an extraordinarily perfect symbiosis of high-quality comfort and driving dynamics.

No basic version and value for money improved

Luxury. Upon launch (Germany: 19 August), the new Jetta will be available in three equipment versions - Trendline, Comfortline and Sportline. The traditional basic version has therefore been left out. This saloon offers the best value for money in this segment. Just take the Jetta 1.6 Trendline, for example: Including standard features like semi-automatic air conditioning (Climatic), ESP, six airbags, active front head restraints, electromechanical power steering, power windows (all 4), central locking with remote control, electrically adjusted and heated door mirrors, soft-painted and thus refined plastics also in the low area on fittings, door panels and centre console, asymmetrically split folding rear seat backrests as well as 205 tyres (16 inch), the model has even been made cheaper compared with the Bora.

Power ranging from 75 kW / 102 hp to 147 kW / 200 hp

Agile. In Europe, Volkswagen will offer the new Jetta with a total of seven four-cylinder engines (four petrol, three diesel). The outputs range from 75 kW /102 hp (1.6) to 147 kW / 200 hp (2.0 FSI Turbo). Three of the four petrol engines and all diesels use direct injection. All engines fulfil the EU4 norm. Both the TDI and the turbo-charged 2.0 FSI (as featured in the Golf GTI) will be optionally available with the highly efficient and sporty DSG double-clutch gearbox (automatic, no traction interruption during gear shifts, no negative influence on consumption and performance). A six-speed automatic gearbox will also be available as an option for two other petrol engines.

Dimensions and space from the next class up

Larger. The transition from the Bora to the Jetta has not only seen a great leap in terms of design, but also in terms of interior and exterior dimensions. The new Jetta is 4.55 metres long (+ 17.8 cm). The width is 1.78 metres (+ 4.6 cm), the height 1.46 metres (+ 1.3 cm). Like the length, the wheelbase has been increased to 2.58 metres (+ 6.5 cm). The additional centimetres mainly benefit the rear passengers, who gain an extra 6.5 centimetres of legroom.

Standard Safety

LED taillights: As standard, the Jetta has LED taillights in the style of the Golf Plus and Passat. LED technology provides considerably better illumination than conventional taillights. Other advantages include faster response, lower energy requirement and a longer lifespan.

Restraint systems: In addition to the standard front airbags, side airbags and side curtains, you can also order optional side airbags for the rear. All five seats have head restraints and three-point belts. In the front, active head restraints, belt tensioners and belt force limiters are used.

Tyre pressure monitoring system: As standard in the Jetta Comfortline, special sensors monitor the inflation pressure of the tyres and warn the driver when pressure is lost.

Crossing Borders - Markets and Mexico

Global Player: According to the volume ranking, the ten most important markets for the Jetta outside Germany and the USA are the UK, Turkey, Austria, Spain, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Sweden. They are followed by Poland, Japan, Ireland, Hungary and Finland on the next five places. The new Jetta is built at VW's Puebla plant in Mexico using the latest production techniques: The body is assembled using laser welding and high-strength steels. Compared with the previous model, the length of the laser welding joints has been increased 14 fold. This is one of the ways we have managed to increase the static and dynamic body stiffness to the two-digit range.

(August 15, 2005)

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