UTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50 Posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2091 times:
Volkswagen today released the first official photos of its all-new Jetta, Volkswagen’s most popular model in the U.S., accounting for about 40 percent of the brand’s overall volume. It goes on sale this coming March, and will make its worldwide public debut at the Los Angeles auto show on January 5, 2005, at which time pricing will be announced.
The new Jetta has grown in size from the previous model, and features a four-wheel independent suspension, a new 2.5-liter 150-horsepower five-cylinder engine (versus a 2.0-liter 115-hp four-cylinder in the previous model), and an optional six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic. Later in 2005, Volkswagen will offer its DSG automated-manual transmission (TDI only).
The Jetta’s new technology includes standard electro-mechanical steering, electronic stability program (ESP), and four-wheel disc brakes with next-generation ABS.
It looks nice, but if VW's prices keep verging on the ridiculous, I will definitely be switching over to Audi
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Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1999 times:
Somehow, "Maserati Bora" has a much nicer ring to it than "Volkswagen Bora"
The photos seem to indicate a slighly more interesting proportion than the current Jetta (another inapropos name, IMHO) but one will have to wait to see if it turns invisible in traffic. Regards...jack
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 970 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1972 times:
I think it looks alright... the picture looks good but I'll wait to see it in person before giving my final verdict. The front has great styling but the back looks a lot like a Toyota Corolla.
Kind of a bumer that the 1.8T and the VR6 engines are gone. I understand the ignition coils with the 1.8T engine were a pain in the ass, but it was very quick. Wonder how this new 5 cylinder will do.....
Whitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 1943 times:
Volkswagen again run true to form, pumping out another bland, faceless and overpriced car.
I would pack their entire team off to Renault for a lesson in how to at least make the cars look interesting, and then put them all on notice unless they can come up with something which doesn't look like the worst bits of other manufacturers' vehicles cobbled together.
Even their sub-brands like Skoda and Seat are producing better looking cars using the same platform. The entire Volkswagen range is as inspiring as a two day old dump and has similar visual lines.
CaptainGomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1825 times:
I am not impressed with the first photos. However, much like the new Golf, it did not impress me much either, and now it's grown on me substantially. VW's are still interesting cars, and it's nice to have something different in the North American market. The key to this car will be in the details, and in this way, VW has always offered something different, and somewhat upmarket, thus commanding the price premium.
I think it will do relatively well, although it wont see the same increase in sales that the current generation was able to produce, as that was a distinct improvement over the previous car when it came out in 1999, at least from a stylistic and perceived quality perspective. This new one is markedly better from the standpoint of the chassis. Problem is, a test drive is required to find that out, and the somewhat iffy styling wont convince as many people as it should. Also, they better improve their reliability, or they'll continue losing a lot of faithful owners.
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DeltaMD11 From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 1701 posts, RR: 34
Reply 23, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1797 times:
When I saw the pictures, the first thing that came across mind is that it looks like a Corolla. They've given both the Jetta and Passat a look thats a cross between the Phaeton/Corolla and Phateon/Camry respectively. I absolutely hate it, they've lost their sense of European styling. Well at least I got my '04 Passat....it looks somewhat classy and respectable compared to the new one. Kudos to VW for Asian-ing out their cars, they'll look like anything else before long. If you haven't guessed, I'm not too big on Asian cars--sorry folks.
Edit: Sorry I'm anal retentive and there was a typo.
[Edited 2004-11-26 04:45:32]
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Springbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1777 times:
I don't like it at all...looks like a KIA or a Hyundai or some of those other weird-sounding South Korean cars. No offence, but I absolutely HATE those crappy Hyundais and Daewoos and KIAs...and now I'll add VW to that list.
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: Whitehatter, and your point is? About 45% of the Nissan shares are owned by the Renault brand, yes, but what has this to do with the brand Renault and
: Still, Renaults are not sold in North America, just like Skodas are not sold in North America, despite sharing platforms with VW vehicles sold here. T
: UTA_flyingHIGH, and what exactly has the platform to do with the design of a car?
: The Acura TSX (neé European market Honda Accord) as interpreted by Volkswagen. I'll take the real thing, thank you very much! Speaking of the Renault