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Spring is around the corner, and several automakers have already introduced 2006 models. Meanwhile, many 2005 models have been on sale for over a year — so you’d think there would be no more ’05s to be introduced. But wait, there is one more — VW’s 2005 new Jetta. The word “new” has to be inserted in its name, as the “old” Jetta has also been available as a 2005 model for many months.
Confusing? Yes, which is why VW tells us to think of the “new” Jetta as a 2006 model, even if it isn’t officially.
It should be though, as the all new fifth-generation Jetta is totally different from the previous generation in looks and feel.
The Jetta is a critically important model to Volkswagen in the
And in each of the past four decades a new model has helped the company’s revival. Last time it was the New Beetle and the previous Jetta. This time VW’s turnaround will be almost entirely reliant on the new Jetta as the Phaeton and Touareg are too upmarket to ever be volume sellers.
The Jetta celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and it has always been a car that appeals to Americans far more than Europeans. In
That’s why the Jetta is being made exclusively in