2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI commercial – Click above to watch the videos after the jump

If you want a hot hatch, you could do a lot worse than the Volkswagen GTI. But if you're looking for a sedan with a fixed trunk, drop the T and pick up an L for the Jetta GLI.

The compact sports sedan debuted earlier this year in Chicago – packing the same 200-horsepower turbo four and XDS diff as its be-hatched brother – and is just about ready to hit the North American market it's designed for. So to drum up some enthusiasm, VW shot a rather innovative commercial... in Canada.

The television spot combines video and long-exposure photography to paint shapes with the head and tail lamps. The effect is quite stunning, and you can watch it for yourself – along with a making-of video – right after the jump.




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      itsmeRay
      • 3 Years Ago
      What all these comments are missing is that the second video notes that they made the logo with the actual car and lights NOT on a computer. That's old school skill going on there. Awesome!
      Will
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least this iteration gets disc brakes in the rear wheels. The GTI bits in the cabin don't hurt either. Of course, if I wanted four doors I'd get the four door GTI...they tend to be more reliable and hold their value better.
        zamafir
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Will
        so do the 2.5 SEL and TDI. like the civic and corolla, bottom jetta models have drum brakes. the diesel and higher spec 5 banger do not.
        Mondrell
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Will
        How is the GTI more reliable when it and the GLI share architecture, mechanical, and even assembly lines? I figure that GLIs are predominantly assembled in Mexico since the Jetta isn't as liked in Europe, but even VW's home-built cars have been panned for questionable reliability and higher-than-average repair costs.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      the car looks decent as it is moving around in the commercial. Its when it stops and we have to actually look at it that things go awry
      Matt Clare
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've seen this Canadian video before, except it was a tractor.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like Audi
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Carnut0913
      • 3 Years Ago
      the question is, does it still have the same craptastic interior and handling? The GLI hasnt been the same since the GenIV in 2004
        adam512
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carnut0913
        Unfortunately the interior doesnt change much in terms of plastic quality, its juust the seats covers, colours and extra equipment that will be the changes
      Reece Lightning
      • 3 Years Ago
      a scirocco creating a vw logo with a burnout would be so much better
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