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Volkswagen Jetta (A6)

The Volkswagen Jetta (A6) is a compact car, the sixth generation of the Volkswagen Jetta and the successor to the Jetta (A5). Known as the NCS (New Compact Sedan) during its development, it was released in 2010 and was phased out since 2018 to make way for the Jetta (A7). The A6 Jetta is notable for leaving the premium positioning in the compact car segment, a strategy employed by Volkswagen to increase volume in the North American market. It also marked the departure from being a sedan derivative of the Golf, opting for a dedicated bodywork instead.

Overview

The sixth-generation Volkswagen Jetta was announced in the North American market on 16 June 2010. The new model was larger and less expensive to manufacture than the previous generation making the vehicle more competitive against rivals such as the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra as part of Volkswagen's goal of reaching sales of 800,000 units in the North American market by 2018. The vehicle is produced at Volkswagen's facility in Puebla, Mexico, and was primarily designed by Volkswagen Mexico under the supervision of Volkswagen Germany with 70 percent of the parts were designed and manufactured in Mexico. Although the Jetta no longer shares any body panels with the Golf and has a longer wheelbase, this generation was partly based on the same PQ35 platform.

Volkswagen's target of increasing its North American sales removed the Jetta from the premium compact car market. This forced many cost-cutting measures to be made for the North American models, which included a lower quality trim material for the interior. Leatherette replaced leather as the optional seating upholstery, and leather was still available on Canadian-spec models. Lower end North American models lost the multi-link rear suspension of the previous generation until the 2015 model year. Engines from the A5 Jetta carried over included the 127 kW (170 hp; 177 PS) 2.5 L (five-cylinder) as well as the 104 kW (140 hp; 142 PS) 2.0 TDI (diesel) engine. The SEL Premium model retained the upscale soft-touch interior, as well as the multi-link independent rear suspension found on the GLI. North American models featured red turn signals instead of amber.

In North America, the base model (S in the US, Trendline in Canada) received a 2.0-liter 8-valve four-cylinder engine with 86 kW (115 hp; 117 PS) and 169 N⋅m (125 lbf⋅ft) torque. From model year 2016 onward, American S and SE models, and Canadian models Trendline and Comfortline Jettas would receive a 1.4 liter turbocharged engine that produces 150 hp (150 PS; 110 kW) and 184 lb⋅ft (249 N⋅m) of torque. This engine replaced the 2.0-litre in those markets. The diesel and hybrid versions were both discontinued for 2017, the hybrid for slow sales and the diesel as a result of the dieselgate debacle.

New for 2014, the 2.5 L inline-5 was replaced with the new 1.8 L TSI turbocharged 4 cylinder. Based on the EA888 engine platform, the 1.8 TSI is listed as one of Ward's 10 Best Engines for 2014, producing 127 kW (170 hp; 173 PS) and 249 N⋅m (184 ft⋅lb) of torque, all while achieving an EPA rating of 25 MPG city / 36 MPG highway. Other updates for 2014 include an independent multilink rear suspension as found in European counterparts, and electronic power steering (1.8 TSI models only).

Other markets

In Europe, the engine range consists of the 1.2 TSI, 1.4 TSI (122 or 160 PS), 2.0 TSI, 1.6 TDI, and 2.0 TDI engines. The European version will differ in some respects, particularly in having multi-link suspension at the rear. The European version will also incorporate soft-touch plastics on most of the dashboard (not the doors for this generation), and the rear seat center air vents have been restored. For the 2015 model year, Volkswagen made numerous improvements to the Jetta such as new front and rear fascias, headlights, reworked interior, fully independent suspension for all US models, a suite of driver-assistance systems such as blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, and standard rearview camera.

The sixth-generation Jetta went on sale on 22 July 2010 in Mexico, thus becoming one of the only countries in the world where both the fourth (sold as the Volkswagen Clásico), and sixth-generation Jetta were available simultaneously. (Both models are also both available in Colombia and Argentina). The sixth-generation Jetta replaced the fifth, known in Mexico as the Volkswagen Bora. A special edition called the "Volkswagen Jetta Edición Especial Bicentenario" and approved by the Mexican Federal Government commemorates that country's 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence, on 16 September 1810. It is also the first car in Mexico with granted permission to use an official government logo (a "2010" plaque).

It was launched in India on 17 August 2011. The Jetta was imported to India through the CKD route, and was locally assembled at Volkswagen's Chakan factory, near Pune. The 2015 Jetta facelift was released in the Indian car market on 17 February 2015.

It was launched in Australia and South Africa in September 2011 and although production ended at the end of 2017, Australia stockpiled units and the last ones were sold in mid-2019.

This was the last model produced for the UK as of November 2017 after 379 models were sold between 1 January and 1 October 2017. Orders closed in September 2017.

In January 2018, Volkswagen axed the Jetta in Europe as sales fell by a quarter in 2017 with just over 5,000 units being sold all year. Sales slipped in the US by 4.4%.

Hybrid

The Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid was unveiled in January 2012 at the North American International Auto Show for the 2013 model year. It was developed due to Hybrid popularity in North America. The variant is powered by a 1.4 L TSI intercooled turbocharged engine producing 111 kW (149 hp; 151 PS) mated with a 20 kW (27 hp; 27 PS) electric motor providing a combined 127 kW (170 hp; 173 PS) and 249 N⋅m (184 ft⋅lb). It also has as standard a 7-speed DSG DQ200 automatic transmission, with Sport and Tiptronic modes. The Jetta Turbo Hybrid has an estimated combined fuel economy of 5.2 L/100 km (54 mpg‑imp; 45 mpg‑US). Sales of the 2013 Jetta Turbo Hybrid began in the U.S. by late 2012. In mid-2016, the Hybrid model (as well as the diesel option) was discontinued from the U.S. market without replacement.

Safety

The Jetta in its most basic Latin American market configuration with 2 airbags received 5 stars for adult occupants and 4 stars for toddlers from Latin NCAP in 2013.

The revised 2015 Jetta has secured the highest ratings from most of the key crash testing agencies across the world: Top pick+ in IIHS, 5 stars in NHTSA, 5 stars each in Euro NCAP, and Australian NCAP. It is recognised as one of the safest vehicles in its class.

Jetta GLI

The Jetta GLI, a sedan equivalent of the Golf GTI based on the new Jetta, was revealed at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show with the 2.0 TSI 200 hp engine and a fully independent suspension, as well as the European Jetta's soft-touch materials. A black honeycomb grille, aggressive lower intakes, side adorning foglights, smoked taillights, dual tailpipes, red-painted calipers, and red stitching are all elements to separate it from its run-of-the-mill counterpart. The GLI, as well as the Jetta TDI, are the only two trims to receive Volkswagen's 6-speed manual transmission as well as the optional 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox. GLI models feature a sport suspension that rides 0.6 inches lower than other Jetta models and the XDS® Cross Differential System.

Jetta GLI Edition 30 (2014)

Including Edition 30 and the Edition 30 with Navigation, they are versions of 2014 Jetta GLI commemorating the 30th anniversary of Jetta GLI in the US market. Changes include 18-inch "Laguna" aluminum-alloy wheels, red trim on the front grille, a trunklid-mounted spoiler, Edition 30 badging, Bi-Xenon headlights (Edition 30 with Navigation), contrasting color V-Tex leatherette seats with red accents; red contrast stitching on the steering wheel, shifter, brake lever, and armrests; carbon-look trim inlays; Edition 30 kickplates; floormats with red stitching, Choice of four body colors (Deep Black Metallic, Pure White, Tornado Red, and Reflex Silver Metallic).

The vehicle was set to go on sale in 2014.

Jetta 1.8T Sport

Between 2015 and 2017, Volkswagen offered a limited-edition Jetta Sport in the US market. Based on the 1.8T SE with Connectivity (minus the sunroof), this trim adds a sport suspension, RNS 315 navigation with rearview camera, 17-inch "Joda Black" alloy wheels; two-tone heatable sport seats; foglights; black headliner; contrast stitching on leather-wrapped steering wheel, seats, handbrake and shift lever; rear spoiler. It is available in a five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission. Choice of four body colors (Black, Pure White, Tornado Red, and Platinum Grey Metallic) In 2016 the radio was upgraded to a 6.3" screen MIB-II unit with no other change to the car. A lighting package similar to the GLI is an available option which includes High-intensity Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights and an Adaptive Front-lighting System along with interior ambient lighting. The Sport and GLI models feature a sport suspension that rides 0.6 inches lower than other Jetta models. 2017 was the last year Volkswagen offered this trim with its sport-tuned suspension.

China (Sagitar)

For China, the A6 Jetta entered the market in March 2012 as the second-generation Sagitar and became popular in sales, reaching 271,000 cars sold in 2013, followed by 300,000 in 2014, nearly 280,000 in 2015, 341,000 in 2016 and 327,000 in 2017.

The Sagitar was available with the 1.4-litre turbo and 1.6-litre engine paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox for both engines, a 6-speed automatic gearbox for 1.6 models, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic for 1.4 models. 1.8 TSI models were available for 2014 followed by the 2.0-litre TSI for 2016 and 1.2 TSI for 2017 and 2018. Models for sale until 2019 on the FAW-Volkswagen website consist of the 1.6 Comfort, 1.6 Fashion, 180TSI, 280TSI Comfort, 280TSI Luxury and 280TSI Flagship. Other trim levels consist of the Sagitar GLi and Sagitar R-Line which are available with the 2.0 litre TSI engine and 6 speed DSG and 1.4 litre turbo with 7 speed dual-clutch gearbox.

For horsepower ratings, the 1.2 litre engine produces 81 kW (110 hp) which is also shared with 1.6-litre engine, the 1.4-litre turbocharged engine produces 110 kW (148 hp), and the 2.0-litre TSI known as EA888 produces 147 kW (197 hp).

Chinese production for this generation Sagitar ended in September 2019.

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