The employee magazine
of the Volkswagen brand

Models and Technology

Welcome new Jetta!1

Detroit, Volkswagen Brand Night.

An emotionally stirring film shown at the event held the evening before the motor show gets the approximately 600 guests in the mood for another highlight. And this one really is something special: It is the new generation of the Jetta. This hugely successful model is celebrating its world première at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). inside online was able to peep through the keyhole and is outlining the ten most important facts.


is a relative of the Golf, the Tiguan, the Atlas and Arteon. This is because, for the first time, it is also based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB).


is raring to go. The seventh generation will hit the market in Mexico in the first quarter of the year, with its launch in the USA following in the second quarter.


offers all the advantages that the MQB brings with it – dynamic proportions, an optimal utilization of space, and a new range of driver assistance systems.


has grown a little longer. It is now 4.70 meters in length, a good four centimeters longer than its predecessor. A wheelbase that has been extended by 3.5 centimeters to 2.68 meters spans the distance between the front and rear wheels.


is slightly wider and higher than its predecessor. It is now 1.79 meters wide (an increase of 21 millimeters) and 1.49 meters in height (an increase of 6 millimeters).


has the same spacious luggage compartment. The capacity of the luggage compartment has remained unchanged, providing a commanding 510 liters.


is sleeker than before. Its drag coefficient was able to be decreased by a good ten percent, to 0.27. This aerodynamic streamlining has a positive impact on its fuel economy, its CO2 emissions and the wind noise.


features excellent connectivity due to the on-board digital instrumentation – above all, the 10.2 inch Active Info Display (Digital Cockpit).


sounds great with its powerful 400 watt stereo system from the US audio specialist Beats by Dr. Dre on board. The Jetta is the first Volkswagen on the US market to feature one.


comes with a 6-year guarantee, offering outstanding price-value benefits for the customers. 

The Seven Generations

Jetta, Vento, Bora, Sagitar, 17.5 million units of the Jetta produced since 1979 – a global success story that goes by many names. First launched in Europe as a vehicle based on the Golf with a spacious luggage compartment, the Jetta soon conquered North America, later to be followed by China. The first generation alone was produced 2.3 million times. Launched in 1984, the second generation that followed reached global sales of 2.7 million units. The third Jetta was the Vento in Europe. In the USA, it continued to be known as the Jetta. 1.2 million units of this generation were produced from 1992 onwards.


The fourth generation of the Jetta followed in 1998, and was now known in Europe as the Bora. With 4.6 million units having been produced, this was the most successful Jetta series to date. Volkswagen launched the fifth generation in November 2004, which once again went by the name of Jetta in Europe. In China, this generation was known as the Sagitar. Around three million drivers all over the world decided for the four-door Volkswagen – which remained a sibling of the Golf. This changed in 2010, when the sixth Jetta, which now featured a design of its very own, made its world première.


With 3.7 million units produced, this generation also wrote history at Volkswagen. By the way, around 3.2 million Jetta vehicles were sold in the USA over the years – no other vehicle with European DNA came close to equaling the success it enjoyed from New York to Detroit, and San Francisco to Miami. 

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) Lane Assist (lane keeping system)

Front Assist with City Emergency Braking function Rear View (reversing camera)

Rear Traffic Alert (assistance for reversing out of parking spaces)

Blind Spot Monitor (lane change system)

Automatic Post-Collision Braking System (reduces the risk of a second collision)

Light Assist (automatic activation/deactivation of the main beam headlights) 

The Assistance Systems

The Jetta will be delivered with the S, SE, SEL and SEL Premium equipment packages typical for the United States. The modular transverse matrix allows the Jetta to be equipped with important assistance systems such as Front Assist with City Emergency Braking function, and Blind Spot Monitor, which issues a warning about vehicles in the driver’s blind spot, as standard features in the “SE” model and higher. Both systems are available as options for the Jetta S as well.


Ten Things You Should Know About the Jetta

… is now being launched as the seventh generation, and has become one of most successful Volkswagen vehicles of all time. 17.5 million units of the Jetta have been produced so far. And this since 1979.


… rolled off the production line for the first time in September 1979. Production of the notchback sedan equipped with a large luggage compartment and a design based on the Golf first started in Wolfsburg. The Jetta became available as a GTD with a 70 PS turbo diesel engine in 1982.


… was known internally as the “Hummel”, or bumblebee, when it was still in its infancy. Volkswagen later coined the name “Jetta” for the new model. The name is derived from the term jet stream, this being the fast-flowing winds that travel around the globe at a height of eight to twelve kilometers.


… saw its second generation launched on the German market in January 1984 at a price starting at DM 14,715. The most compact four-cylinder engine had a capacity of 1.3 liters and a power output of 55 PS. The GTI was equipped with the 1.8 liter engine, which had a power output of 112 PS, and a maximum speed that was reached at just above 190 km/h. The engine family also included a GTD with a 1.6 liter, 70 PS turbo diesel engine.


… arrived in China in the winter of 1991. Production of the Jetta kicked off at the plant operated by the Volkswagen joint venture FAW-Volkswagen in Changchun, and was initially assembled using imported assembly modules.


… celebrated the market launch of its third generation, the Vento, in the fall of 1991. Only in South Africa and the USA did it continue to be known as the Jetta. From 1998 on, both the sedan and the estate went by the name of “Bora” in China and Europe, a “cold northerly wind”.


… is only emerging from the production line at the subsidiary Volkswagen de México at this point in time. The plant in Puebla became the exclusive production site for the notchback sedan, which was now known by the name “Jetta” once more. The fifth generation was delivered to the US market from there, and was later imported for the European market as well. This generation was launched in China as the Sagitar.


… writes history at Volkswagen: 3.7 million units of the sixth generation, which celebrated its world première in 2010, are produced.


… is the first Jetta to be based on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB). The seventh generation is 4.70 meters in length, more than 1.45 meters in height and features a wheelbase of 2.68 meters – more room in the interior and what continues to be an outstanding luggage compartment volume of 510 liters.


… is being launched as a notchback sedan for international markets, starting in Mexico and to be followed by the USA. It will not be available in Europe. Its sibling model will be launched on the Chinese market later on, and will be known as the Sagitar.


The new Jetta is equipped with the powerful and efficient 1.4 liter TSI engine. The turbocharged, direct-injection gasoline engine generates an output of 110 kW / 150 PS at 5,000 rpm. Its maximum torque of 250 Newton meters is available from just 1,500 rpm. The basic model, the Jetta S, features a 6-speed manual transmission.


The Jetta SE uses a newly developed 8-speed automatic transmission to transfer the power output to the front wheels. This increase in gear spread has had a positive impact on performance when pulling away, as well as on fuel consumption. 

We use cookies (our own and those of third parties) to make our websites easier for you to use and to display advertisements in accordance with your browser settings. By continuing to use our websites, you consent to the use of cookies. Please see our Cookie Policy for more information on cookies and information on how you can change your browser's cookie settings: Cookie Policy.