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 and 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 (that's 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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      canuckcharlie
      • 3 Years Ago
      kill the stylish coupe...bring in a hybrid with mediocre fuel economy into a line-up that already has the only small diesel engine offered in north america with better mpgs than most hybrids whos making all these decisions?
      Scott Lindahl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please don't replace the TDI with this hybrid BS.
      William
      • 3 Years Ago
      In my VW GOLF TDI I got 45+ mpg on my last tank. I bought it out of town and had to drive 140 miles back to my town but got 55.7 mpg on the highway right off the lot. The VW GOLF is a substantial automobile. Drive one and you'll agree. Imagine the mileage a VW POLO TDI or the new UP! TDI will get. Over time subtracting some weight using carbon fiber materials, etc, etc, etc...lighter weight, even better mileage for these simple vehicles. Who needs the extra weight, mechanical and electrical complications, limited life of batteries, and negative environmental effects of hybrid technology?
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      No TDI hybrid? Should send efficiency through the roof, and you get the best of both
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      new hybrid audi
      Richard Schiro
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why dont they get real with themselves and make TDI hybrid? Make it a 1.4L TDI. Then they can best the prius.
        Eastaboga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard Schiro
        Agreed again, even with the price premium, which would be 3-4 thousand over a non-hybrid diesel Jetta, the strength of the VW diesels in the US market would warrant it. Hell if you can make a business case for the Routan surely you can justify a diesel hybrid!
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Richard Schiro
        I was hoping that this announcement was a TDI hybrid. That would get insane mileage..... But alas management thinks they know it all. Just like Ford's management......
      • 3 Years Ago
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        atc98092
        • 3 Years Ago
        Do you keep making up new user names to whine about German cars?
        jrwGTI
        • 3 Years Ago
        the current tdi engine was introduced in 05 or 06, and i think updated to meet emissions again in 09, thats not ancient, I hope vw never stops making the tdi, i wish that stupid prius geekmobile was dead. I live in a rural area and a hybrid isn't even a consideration, theres no way the prius can compete with the golf/jetta tdi for efficiency in my area.
          emperor koku
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jrwGTI
          Were you aware that the Prius gets around 50mpg on the highway? It's about the same as "real world" TDI results.
      Robert
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uninspired and absolutely boring exterior design. They missed a great opportunity to bring something new and exciting to this section of the car market.
        dan1malk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert
        And they are selling more than ever... You are right, though. :/
      GenY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shame, the coupe was a sweet looking ride.
      Intake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Somebody at VW wakes up every morning wondering how to make enthusiasts more and more mad at them..
        amac
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Intake
        If car makers built for enthusiasts they'd all go under.
      SpikedLemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugly coupe. Glad it's gone from the list. Is the hyrbid here because they're supply constrained on TDIs?
      RobbieP
      • 3 Years Ago
      They could introduce this any model they want but the exterior still says "BLAND" and very '80's ... all they need to do now is sell it in the color BEIGE. Wake up VW, this ain't Europe we want crisper designs than this ... but OK I guess you want the Corolla buyers, so not really people who like cars!
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