Volkswagen Jetta Canada
The Volkswagen Jetta is a car manufactured by the Volkswagen Group since 1980, it was originally launched as the sedan version of the Volkswagen Golf. It has been marketed under various names around the world, in Canada it arrived as the Volkswagen Jetta, Vento in Brazil Bora in Mexico and Golf Variant in Australia.
The Jetta is currently on its sixth generation in Canada, the fourth generation Jetta was so popular that Volkswagen decided to continue production and its currently sold as Jetta City. The Volkswagen Jetta is the best selling European car in Canada and the US and has was won multiple awards as a family friendly and versatile car. The Jetta shares the same platform, engine and multiple body parts with the Volkswagen Golf, the main difference is a hatchback and sedan model. The same applies to the performance Jetta GLI and Golf GTI.
The first generation Jetta was unveiled at the Frankfurt AutoShow in 1979, it was available as a 2-door and 4-doors version. It was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro which has since worked with other vehicle designs including Subaru and Toyota and luxury cars such as Lamborghini, BMW and Alfa Romeo. The first Jetta was powered by a 1.1L engine with 50HP and an optional 1.8L with 112HP. While the diesel option was coupled with a 1.6L diesel engine with 54HP and 70HP turbo diesel model. In 1981 Volkswagen begins manufacturing the VW Atlantic in Mexico based on the same platform and design.
The second generation VW Jetta doubled Volkswagen's sales in Canada, turning the Volkswagen Jetta/Golf the best selling European car in the world. The new model featured a larger platform with an entirely new Jetta line, with a total production of over 1.7 million units. In 2007 a Volkswagen marketing campaign was launched in search for the Volkswagen with the most miles using the original engine, the prize went to a 1986 Volkswagen Jetta with a diesel engine and 904,000 kilometers a real record. With the popularity of the Jetta Volkswagen increased production opening eight manufacturing plants around the world including China, Mexico, Germany, USA and South Africa to name a few. The second generation Jetta is available with a few optional engines the base 1.3L engine with 54HP, a 1.8L 16-valve engine with 127HP and a 1.6L diesel engines with a 1.6L turbo diesel was available in the 1985 Jetta. A limited version of the Jetta Wolfsburg Edition arrived to Canada between 1986 to 1991 with a sporty GLI Wolfsburg Edition in 1990 powered
by a 2.0L 16-valve engine with 134hp.
The third generation Jetta (Mk3) changed its name to Vento in Germany and parts of South America, while Canada it continued with the VW Jetta nameplate. The new Jetta refined the existing model, it grew in size again using a newer VW platform also used with the Volkswagen Golf and VW Polo. Using a more solid structure the Jetta also increased in weight and added a larger engine to the lineup with a 1.9L turbo diesel engine and an optional VR6 2.8L DOHC engine with 172HP. The overall design was developed by Herbert Schafer, who kept much of the previous model while adding some more aerodynamic changes. The 1992 to 1998 Jetta in Canada was powered by a standard 2.0L engine with 114HP.
The fourth generation Volkswagen Jetta was launched in 1999 as a 2000 Jetta model with a whole new styling, the new design opened the market to compete with other fully loaded sedans. It grew in size and added a more luxury interior, following some a similar design to the Audi A4, the new Jetta was mounted on a heavier platform which required the brakes and suspension to be upgraded to support the difference. The Jetta was powered by a 2.0L engine and an optional 1.8T turbo engine while the Jetta GLI added a 2.8L VR6 engine designed by Porsche. The fourth generation Jetta was so popular it is still available as the Jetta City model even after two new generations have been released. In 2005 Volkswagen released the fifth generation Jetta while updating the now labeled Jetta City with a new interior and upgraded brake lights the overall exterior design remained the same.
The fifth generation Jetta was unveiled at the 2005 AutoShow in Los Angeles, Volkswagen chose to redesign the Jetta from scratch and the new design was an instant hit with the public which sold out in the first 6 months. It also added a more fuel efficient TDI diesel engine and was awarded the 2009 Green Car of the Year award by Green Car Journal, which beat the Ford Fuision hybrid and MINI Cooper in fuel economy and came very close next to the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight in third party validation, The new Jetta in Canada also featured an upgraded 2.5L engine with 170HP, with a turbo charged 2.0T optional engine coupled with a manual or automatic transmission with tiptronic. It also added more safety features including side curtain airbags, rear seat-mounted side airbags, upgraded electronic stability with anti-slip regulation and brake assist. The 2008 Jetta is available in a performance model Sportline or Jetta GLI with a lower suspension and sport tunned shocks improving performance and steering.
The sixth generation Volkswagen Jetta arrived to Canadian dealers in June 2010 with mixed reviews, it was an evident shift from the European design that made Jetta a popular sedan. It made some compromises from previous standards to actively compete with the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, some critics found the newer Jetta undercut the Volkswagen German engineering standard it spent years to promote. The general market noticed the difference in quality and turned to the Volkswagen Passat as a full sized luxury option which was nominated for the 2012 North American Car of the Year.
The 2012 VW Jetta in Canada is powered by a 2.0L engine with 115HP with a standard manual transmission and optional automatic transmission with tiptronic. All trim models include; Anti-lock Braking System with Power-assisted front vented disc brakes, Electronic Brake-pressure Distribution and Hydraulic Brake Assistant. It's also loaded with Anti-Slip Regulation, Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) Engine Braking Assist and Electronic Stability Control. The starting price for the 20120 Jetta Treadline is $15,875 competing directly with an entry level Honda Civic and Mazda 3. The fully loaded Jetta Highline is powered by a 2.5L engine with 170HP with an optional 5 inch touch screen navigation system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio and premium audio system.