Archive for June, 2010

In this Gallery: Katy Perry, the all-new 2011 Jetta’s unveiling, and a man with impeccable taste in phone cases.

The 2011 Jetta was center stage in Times Square as casual onlookers and die-hard enthusiasts alike made their way to New York to witness a rare event…the birth of the sixth-generation Jetta.

The Jalopnik crew was able to snap some incredible shots of the car live from the event.  While the interior was off limits, different Jetta models were rotating on display.  With a complete overhaul of the body design, newly contoured lines and stunning cargo space, the all-new Jetta was ready for the runway.

After a surprise performance by Katy Perry electrified the crowd, Mario Batali stopped by to show his Volkswagen love as well. Jalopnik was there from start to finish.  Jump to find hi-res photography of the event at the link below.


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Volkswagen announces world debut of all-new 2011 Jetta

Volkswagen announces world debut of all-new 2011 Jetta, delivering a sophisticated new design. All–new 2011 Jetta sets new standard in its class, delivering sophisticated style, precision German engineering and Carefree Maintenance.

    HERNDON, Va., June 15 – Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced the world debut of its all-new 2011 Jetta, delivering style, precision German engineering and Carefree Maintenance. The all-new 2011 Jetta offers best-in-class rear legroom, a premium interior and Volkswagen essentials. Unveiled for the first time today at an unexpected urban oasis in Times Square, New York, the all-new 2011 Jetta features clean lines, refined side architecture and premium style. It sets a new standard in its class and will be available in the U.S. this October.

    “Today marks the beginning of a new era for Volkswagen and for Jetta,” said Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “The all-new 2011 Jetta is a class-up driving experience with the kind of styling, design and power under the hood normally found in more expensive luxury cars…This car is sophisticated, fun to drive and practical.”

    Engine and Transmission

    The North American version of the all-new 2011 Jetta features the powerful and efficient German engineering that drivers have come to expect from Volkswagen. Four engines will be available in the U.S. and Canada, including a 2.0-liter TDI® Clean Diesel featuring common rail injection with 236 lbs./ft. of torque (320 Newton-meters). The engine runs as quietly as a gasoline engine, but yields the power of a sports car, achieving 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds. All Jetta engines will be offered with a manual transmission as standard equipment. An automatic transmission will also be available with each engine version as an option. On the new 2.0-liter TDI and 2.0-liter TSI®, Volkswagen will offer the six-speed DSG® – one of the most advanced and efficient automatic transmission systems in the world. In the U.S., S, SE, SEL and TDI versions of the Jetta will be available, as will a 2.0-liter GLI.


    The all-new 2011 Jetta has been completely overhauled, inside and out. Its new wheelbase and exterior length are significantly bigger than its predecessor – resulting in superior performance, more space and greater comfort. At 182.7-inches long, 57.1 inches tall and 70.1 inches wide, it is more than 3.5 inches longer than its predecessors. The interplay of exterior dimensions leads to a powerful balance of proportions. In parallel, the new Volkswagen “design DNA” sharpens the car’s styling. This has resulted in clear, precise lines and athletically muscular surfaces, which lend a timeless elegance and dynamic styling to the sedan.

    On the front end of the car, the prominence of horizontal lines defines the design. The high–gloss black radiator grille combines with the car’s trapezoidal headlights to form a styling unit. Under this is the fully painted bumper, which is designed as cleanly as a sculpted surface. Below that, another cooling air intake and the tray-shaped front spoiler gives the car a sporty finish. The upper front end section shows a powerful transition from the v-shaped engine hood to the fenders on the sides; the shoulder section realized here is derived from the NCC concept car, and provides dynamic and muscular styling.

    The styling characteristics in the side profile of the Jetta meld into yet another interpretation of the “design DNA” conceptualized by Walter de Silva, the Italian Head of Design for the Volkswagen Group, and the German Head of Design for the Volkswagen Brand, Klaus Bischoff. A great example of the unique styling characteristics is found in the shoulder or “tornado” line and the powerfully emphasized arches of the wheel wells.

    With integrated turn signal indicators, the styling of the outside mirrors emulates the larger CC. Compared with the previous model, the all-new Jetta has grown in clarity and pre-eminence in its side profile. Harmonized surfaces and sporty shoulders dominate the rear section. Powerful in illumination and visually distinctive, the taillights are split into two sections, extending on either side from the fender into the tailgate.


    A key benefit of the extended wheelbase is that it resulted in a more comfortable layout of the five-seat seating area. Legroom is now a long 38.1 inches, a 2.6-inch gain from the previous model. Customers looking for a more personalized touch can, for the first time, have interior accents changed out at a Volkswagen dealer.

    Engineers went to work on the interior down to the finest details, providing a level of quality and perfection far beyond other vehicles in its class. A common conceptual thread throughout the car is the intuitive controls and well-arranged instruments. The new steering wheel designs impress visually and to the touch. The right hand rests ergonomically on the gear shift grip. Further up on the center console are the newly designed and intuitive controls for climate, radio and navigation systems. This console section is slightly inclined toward the driver for ideal alignment of the cockpit. Also in optimal view are the round instruments. The multifunction display (trip computer) is located between them.

    The rear bench seatback is split 60/40 and folds, increasing the car’s versatility. The tailgate can also be opened from inside the car by a remote unlock switch. Up to six airbags (two front, two side, two window) are also part of the equipment package.

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    Relive the Times Square unveiling video. Only 23,423,454 more views until it’s officially viral.

    Relive the launch event in Times Square as America gets its first look at the all-new 2011 Jetta. VW of America CEO Stefan Jacoby and Chief designer Klaus Bischoff were on hand for the official unveiling.

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    The all-new 2011 Jetta Launch Trailer

    See the all-new 2011 Jetta in action on the streets of the Bay Area.

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