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VW Unveils New Jetta in New York; New Gasoline and Diesel Engines for North America and Europe

The new Jetta. Click to enlarge.

Volkswagen presented the new Jetta design at Times Square in New York. VW had earlier previewed the new Jetta’s styling with the NCC coupe concept car shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new Jetta—the largest version yet—will no longer be sharing any body components with the Golf; rather it will be an independent vehicle type.

For the US and Canada, the new Jetta will be offered with three gasoline engines and one turbodiesel direct-injection engine (TDI Clean Diesel). Two of the four engines are new: the entry-level gasoline engine (85 kW / 115 PS / 114 hp) and the common rail TDI (103 kW / 140 PS / 138 hp).

Optimized for the new model are the 125 kW (170 PS / 168 hp) 2.5-liter gasoline engine and the top-end turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI with 147 kW (200 PS / 197 hp), which will power the Jetta GLI in North America starting in 2011. The new 115 PS engine has a combined fuel economy of 28 mpg (8.4 L/100km) (manual transmission); the version with automatic transmission attains a value of 26 mpg (9.1 L/100km) (forecast EPA values for the USA).

The new 320 N·m 2.0-liter TDI Clean Diesel uses a particulate filter and a NOx storage catalytic converter to meet Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions requirements. Combined cycle fuel economy is estimated to be 34 mpg.

All engines are offered with a manual transmission as standard equipment; an automatic transmission is also available with each engine version as an option. On the new 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI, Volkswagen is implementing the 6-speed DSG.

In Europe, the Jetta will offer a choice of six engines; the strategy will conform to prevailing market conditions, with smaller engine displacements and charging being key objectives here. This means somewhat less power in the base engines, significantly lower engine displacements, and charging in all engines, VW said.

Four of the six engines are new to the Jetta program and will be added in 2011:

  • 1.2 TSI (77 kW / 105 PS / 103 hp)
  • 1.4 TSI (118 kW / 160 PS / 158 hp)
  • 1.6 TDI (77 / kW 105 PS / 103 hp)—VW’s smallest TDI
  • 2.0 TDI (103 kW / 140 PS / 138 hp)

The other options are the proven 1.4 TSI (90 kW / 122 PS) and the 2.0 TSI (147 kW / 200 PS). Except for the 1.2 TSI, all engines may be paired with a 6-speed DSG (77 kW TDI, 103 kW TDI, 147 kW TSI) or 7-speed DSG (90 kW TSI, 118 kW TSI).

Every Jetta engine offered in Europe fulfills requirements of the EU-5 emissions standard. The 1.2 TSI and 1.6 TDI are also equipped with the BlueMotion Technology package. This means that their technical features include a Start-Stop system and battery regeneration.

The new Jetta 1.2 TSI BlueMotion Technology consumes an estimated 5.3 l/100 km (44 mpg US) (equivalent to 123 g/km CO2) on the NEDC. The Jetta with 1.6 TDI BlueMotion Technology attains a low combined fuel consumption of 4.1 l/100 km (57 mpg US) (109 g/km CO2).

The new design has resulted in the largest Jetta yet. The new model is 182.7 inches (4.64 meters) long, 57.1 inches (1.45 meters) tall and 70.1 inches (1.78 meters) wide.

By 2018, Volkswagen of America wants to triple its annual sales volume to about 800,000 vehicles. Today, the Jetta sells at a rate of 110,000 units per year in the US. The Jetta line has sold 9.6 million units worldwide since its introduction.



Not a bad-looking car. The Jetta was on my short list last year when I was buying, but the dashboard materials seemed a bit chintzy to me. Hopefully they've upped their game a bit in that area.


Notice in europe you can get a mid size sedan acceptable to any US buyer that gets 57 MPG- here a jetta 1.6 liter tdi bluemotion. Other makes have a similar offering. None are offered for sale in the US. We desperately need the CAFE standards raised. Since this technology is in production it would pose little challenge for automakers to comply in a year or two.


You got it right. Why even try to sell 57 mpg 2010/11 cars in USA when 2016/17 CAFE standards are only 36 mpg?

CAFE standards should certainly be raised to 50 mpg as early as 2012 and 60+ mpg by 2017 and 70 mpg for 2022 etc. Otherwise, it will become completely meaningless.

Aaron Turpen

Ya, I'm sure VW's decision is based purely on whether government is forcing everyone to comply with some arbitrary number.

Did it occur to you that the U.S. market isn't all that receptive to diesel vehicles? That maybe importing those cars, while they would be nice for some of us, would end up being largely a sales flop?


CAFE is really the wrong way to go about this. If fuel were $4, 5, 6 a gallon, we'd see the 1.6 TDI here pretty quickly, along with the smaller gas engines too. As VW's diesel sales have shown, particularly the Jetta wagon's, there is definitely a significant subset of car buyers, or at least VW buyers, who will buy the diesel.

Would love to know more about the 115 PS engine. There is nothing in the press release that indicates the size of the engine or anything other than its power and fuel consumption. The 2.5 is an idiotic engine for a car this size and appears to be taken straight from my old 1988 Audi 5000S. This engine isn't even offered in Europe in the Jetta. Nobody would buy it.


Dont forget while they may say 57 mpg us thats NOT using the us test. That 57 mpg value would likely be 34 or so epa.


No, its defintely US gallons, as it translates to 68.5 mpg (imperial) which is what Bluemotions aim for.

The 2.5 - yes - seem to be a bit of overkill for an engine that gets less horesepower than the turbo powered 2.0L. If it's anything like the old 1.8T, the 2.0L could also be remapped to improve performance even further, whereas the 2.5 will be a lazy V6.

As for the design - its very simple (or bland as others will say) but this also translates into a design which will not go out of date quickly, bit like the old 1997-2005 Passats.


Strict regulation is what drives innovation to improve car performance, specially fuel economy. Without it, manufacturers did not improve fuel economy for decades. For more than half a century many new vehicles consume more not less energy. Market does not solve every problems.


If you want lighter less powerful cars to dominate you cant look at the car alone you need to look at the road.

You need much wider lanes and more of them and a faster speed limit while at the same time greatly reducing the need to accellerate rapidly or brake rapidly. You also have to push idiots and madmen/women into much much smaller cars so they no longer pose stress or danger to the common driver.

If you do these things people will relax off the horsepower and tonnage ladder. If not all your efforts will just result in even more stress and anger and backlashes.



Whilst widening is badly needed on some stretches of highway, existing highways need to be managed to squeeze more capacity out of them.

In the UK, the use of Variable Speed Limits and Hard Shoulder running is being rolled out across the busiest parts of the network. VSL sets speed limits to suit and smooth the traffic flow to minimise 'brake waves' which cause phantom traffic jams (i.e. where traffic grinds to a halt for no obvious reason (no accidents of lane closures)). This solution however is better for 'locking in' the extra capacity gained through widening, rather than being 'widening on the cheap'.

One of the biggest causes of congestion on the motorway network is substandard intersections. This is more of an issue in the UK than the US. Whilst the US connects motorways and other key high capacity / trafficked routes with free-flow intersections, many junctions in the UK are overcapacity due to bad design (grade-separated roundabouts / diamonds / dumbells) which encourage congestion on highways which would otherwise flow freely. Its not rare for traffic to queue down the slip road from the junction and onto the motorway, causing flows to breakdown into long tailbacks on the motorway itself. The Highways Agency have installed traffic lights and widened junctions, but this only makes the queues fatter and evetually longer - its a sticking plaster solution whereas wholesale upgrading of intersections to freeflow would be more appropriate.

Its a digression but a point worth making. Simply adding extra lanes and increasing limits doesn't necessarily work where there are high traffic volumes. However, traffic management should not be used as an excuse to avoid measures such as widening if it is obvious that they are needed.


W: F-1 race cars are very light but have better performances than most (all) heavy gas guzzlers. Better designed much lighter vehicles with less drag and rolling resistance could be driven faster and safer than current heavy gas guzzling bricks. There are no need for 3 or 4 tonne monsters that the Big-3 pushed on us for the last 10 decades.


Unless its less stressful to drive its not realy gona matter harvey.


Fully automated e-cars may be the answer? Drivers could take the back seat.


Um thats basicaly prt which the mass transit unions are fighting tooth and nail.

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