FOUR DECADES OF PROGRESS: HOW THE 2019 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA COMPARES TO THE 1980 ORIGINAL Herndon, VA — Originally billed as a “Rabbit with a trunk,” the first generation Volkswagen Jetta was designed for the growing number of buyers worldwide who wanted extra cargo space and the style of a sedan in a compact car. Shortly after its U.S. introduction in 1980, the Jetta became the best-selling German model in America, with more than 3.2 million models sold since. Comparing the original generation of the Jetta, as represented by a 1982 version recently acquired and restored by Volkswagen Group of America, to the all-new 2019 Jetta demonstrates just how far the VW brand has advanced in nearly four decades—and what traits have remained true since its introduction. When it first hit American roads, the compact Jetta defined a new segment for Volkswagen. The brand had considerable success with the subcompact Rabbit in the late 1970s, following the end of Beetle sales in … [Read more...] about This Summer, We’re Celebrating 40 Years of the VW Jetta
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A look at how far the compact sedan has come Free Price Quote From a Local Dealer View Special Offers No Obligation, Fast & Simple Free New Car Quote Change Car The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta may be the largest, most advanced Jetta yet, but 38 years ago things were much simpler. The first Jetta arrived in the U.S. in 1980, joining a VW lineup that included the Dasher, Rabbit, Scirocco, Vanagon, and Pickup. The Jetta was closely related to the Mark 1 Golf, or Rabbit in the U.S. Six generations later, the Jetta continues to rely heavily on the Golf for its mechanicals, but a lot of other things have changed, as these photos show. Since that very first model went on sale, VW has sold more than 3.2 million Jettas. The sedan’s name means “jet stream” in German, and it was marketed as a Rabbit with a trunk—because that’s exactly what it was. Cover the trunk with your hand and you can easily see the iconic lines … [Read more...] about 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Meets Original 1980 Model for Family Reunion Photos
America loves its pickup trucks and on the face of things, it’s easy to see why. Unlike other vehicles, pickup trucks allow you to tow large cargo, drive through poor weather and rough terrain, and carry large items in the bed while being comfortable. But there’s one problem with pickup trucks – they’re too big. Midsize pickups have become popular recently, as consumers are starting to realize that having a pickup that can tow 20,000 pounds is like having a bunker for the end of the world. It’s great when you need it, but how often will it come in handy? That answer to the latter question, for the majority of drivers, is rarely. Even midsize trucks, though, like the Chevrolet Colorado may prove to be too much for drivers. When properly equipped, the Colorado has a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds. Unless you’re a construction worker, farmer, or track junkie that’s towing a race car on a weekly basis, the Colorado’s big, bulky, and way too … [Read more...] about Why In The World Hasn’t Volkswagen Made An Official Beetle Pickup?
Say goodbye to the most iconic car ever made, the Volkswagen Beetle. A representative from the German automaker told a reporter from the publication Autocar during the Geneva Motor Show that it plans to stop production of the vehicle at the end of its current generation. Frank Welsch, the carmaker’s research and development leader, said, “two or three generations is enough now.” The 2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune edition. Image © James Raia/2017. The Volkswagen Beetle is the fourth best-selling vehicle in history, trailing the Toyota Corolla, Ford F series pickup trucks and Volkswagen Golf. But the Beetle’s sales have waned in recent years, with reports the carmaker’s engineers have lost enthusiasm for the vehicle. It was originally known as the “people car’s” when it was first commissioned in Germany by Adolph Hitler. The Beetle’s ominous beginning couldn’t have changed more dramatically. In the 1960s, the weird little … [Read more...] about So long, farewell to the Volkswagen Beetle
December 6, 2016 by Gary Grant 1 Comment As some readers know, BBQ has become a big part of my business over the past couple of years, with most of the events I host being somehow connected to the automotive world. We’ve had a few adventures along the way and when Canadian rally ace turned driver training advocate, Leo “Crazy Leo” Urlichich was looking for someone to conduct a week long food experiment in the woods of Northern Ontario, I jumped at the chance to challenge myself. The challenge was to head to the wilds of the Ottawa Valley and feed the crew and participants of the first week long edition of Urlichich’s Race Lab advanced driving school, but there was a bit of a twist. Not only did the task involve feeding lunch to seven students for a week, but also offering up all day snacking options and dinner for the Race Lab crew. Each day would begin and end with a half hour drive into the middle of nowhere and I would have to bring my kitchen with me, as … [Read more...] about A full week of work with the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
It does not come as a surprise, but there will be a Jetta GLI, Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of VW North America region, confirmed in a roundtable at the Chicago Auto Show where the automaker unveiled the North American version of the new Arteon midsize hatchback that replaces the CC in the lineup.It is a natural must for Jetta, Woebcken said. “It fits well to the product and it will happen.”VW introduced the larger seventh-generation 2019 Jetta last month in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show. It rides on the high-volume MQB platform, is designed to appeal more to families, and is built in Puebla, Mexico. The outgoing A6-generation Jetta soldiered on for seven long model years, largely because of the challenges of launching numerous MQB-based vehicles during the time window when a replacement should have been expected.Design boss Klaus Bischoff reports that his team is already at work on the next Jetta, which will resume a more normal product cadence. He also … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Jetta GLI Confirmed, New Passat and Tiguan Coming
Volkswagen paid to have monkeys inhale exhaust fumes to prove that its diesel emissions were harmless, according to a documentary currently available on Netflix. The automaker has just suspended one of its top executives.The experiment was conducted as part of an unpublished 2014 test intended to compare Volkswagen’s then heralded “clean diesel” TDI emissions with those of an older heavy-duty diesel pickup truck. Alex Gibney’s Dirty Money series, which first aired on Netflix last Friday, described the test as initially intended to expose a person pedaling an exercise bike to diesel fumes. The researchers intended to “poke and prod that person later to determine what type of health effects they would see from this person being gassed,” said Michael Melkersen, a Virginia lawyer suing VW, in the documentary. Thomas Steg, VW’s head of external relations and sustainability, is taking “full … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Diesel Tests on Monkeys Revealed by Documentary; First Head Rolls at VW HQ
Dieselgate was already bad enough for the reputation of the car industry. The widescale cheating of already pretty lax emissions testing caused a lot of extra air pollution and a bad taste in many customers’ mouths.It turns out that it might also be partially responsible for live animal testing.Germany’s three major carmakers — Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler — together funded a body called the “European Research Group on Environment and Health in the Transport Sector”. Understandably they prefer to call it by its German initials “EUGT”. EUGT came into being in 2007, in preparation for the push for diesel technology into the USA.EUGT’s job was to promote diesel and lobby politicians. It funded research into the environmental friendliness of diesel, and counter-research into claims diesel caused urban pollution. Diesel is, after all, a lower carbon fuel than petrol; the obsession with reducing carbon dioxide levels to combat climate … [Read more...] about Did German Car Manufacturers Force Monkeys to Breathe in Diesel Fumes?