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Even though public days for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show have only just begun, details on the upcoming 2012 Detroit Auto Show are already starting to emerge. Volkswagen sources have divulged to Car and Driver that the automaker will unveils its Jetta Hybrid in the Motor City with the intent to sell it to U.S. buyers by the end of 2012.

Reports claim the Jetta Hybrid will feature a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Rather than aspire to Prius-like numbers of 51 miles per gallon city and 48 mpg highway, VW is more conservatively shooting to meet the 44/44/44 (city/highway/combined) marks set by the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid. VW hopes that the addition of a gas-electric model will further fortify the Jetta's bid for alt-fuel efficiency excellence, a movement currently spearheaded by the popular TDI diesel model.

In related news, C/D says its sources also confirm that there will be no Jetta Coupe model offered – this, despite a warm reception for the NCC concept shown in 2010. Additionally, C/D sources say that a convertible version of the recently launched Beetle will show up at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm curious. Why wouldn't they use a TDI engine in their hybrid? It seems like it would be a great fit to expand on the fuel-saving characteristics of the diesel engine.
        Arun Murali
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cause Hybrids are nonsense and Diesels are the future of the world(according to VW). They probably just want to portray that with this car.
      Levine Levine
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only 44mpg to Prius's 50mpg. Where's the superior German engineering? Typical VW mentality: inferior technology, cutting corners, and over-priced. No wonder VW has been steadily losing market share in USA.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Well, 44/44/44 is a huge jump from the Jetta TDI's 34 combined (30 city/42 highway). I can't find details on VW's system, surely it isn't the BAS hybrid. If it's just a motor on the driveshaft with a clutch to decouple the engine, it's really unlikely to beat HSD. Toyota's been working at this for decades optimizing their approach. The 3rd-gen Prius got a bigger engine and more power, yet mpg went up; the same is true for the new Camry hybrid and the new GS 450h. It must gall VW to enter the market so late and not be able to beat Toyota, but what's the alternative? 44 is closer to 50 mpg than 34.
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