Plus, driving the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and VW Jetta.
The Wörthersee VW meet in Europe may be the biggest and most famous, but it's far from the only one. An American counterpart, SoWo: The European Experience, kicked off this weekend in Georgia for European cars. And as with Wörthersee, VW had some new custom vehicles to show off. It brought modified versions of the Jetta, Golf, Arteon, Atlas and Tiguan.
The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta changed quite a bit from its immediate predecessor. It gained a heaping helping of style, changed up its suspension, and became a bit more efficient. But the differences between those two generations are minuscule next to those between the 2019 and the original 1980 VW Jetta. And those differences have been highlighted by VW, which produced a video showing off examples of each, and a whole bunch of information and specs on the two cars.
As the brand's best-selling car, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta needs to be good to maintain its sales, if not grow them. We just drove it, and found the latest Jetta to be stylish, frugal, and decently priced, if not exciting. But we also wanted to see how it compares on paper to other cars in the segment. So we've assembled the specifications from the four best-selling compacts on the market in order of their sales starting with the best-selling Honda Civic, followed by the Toyota Corolla, Nissan S
The 2019 Jetta is a car Volkswagen really needs to get right. Last year, it was VW's best-selling model in America by a wide margin. And although the new Tiguan and Atlas have been propelled ahead so far this year by America's crossover obsession, the Jetta is still VW's best-selling car, beating the Passat and the Golf. Put simply, the new Jetta has got to be good.
On this week's Autoblog Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore is joined by Associate Editors Reese Counts and Joel Stocksdale. We discuss the redesigned 2019 Chevy Camaro and the new turbocharged four-cylinder 1LE. We talk about the manual Mustang GT in the office and the all-new 2019 Ford Focus. Plus we'll spend a reader's money and talk about what the new Jetta is like.
The manual only improves with city fuel economy.
Volkswagen has revealed its 2019 Jetta at the Detroit Auto Show. The all new Jetta will get a new techy package for the 2018 year. It will be built on the MQB platform and will feature a digital cockpit with driver assistance features. Here is more coverage of NAIAS 2018.
Early rumors of the deal VW has struck with US regulators would see it pay diesel owners up to $7,000 per vehicle in a plan that could cost $10 billion.
The converts brought in under the clean diesel notion may be lost on VW for a while, but the company still has loyalists committed to its other products.
VW is recalling 92k models from 2015 and 2016 in the US because a camshaft lobe can fail and cause the power brakes to stop working. This recall includes the Jetta, Golf, Passat, and Beetle.
VW may recall 100,000 diesel vehicles in India. In Switzerland, there have been 600 criminal complaints against the whole illegal software issue.
The Fast Lane Car attempts to trick a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI into its emissions defeat mode over two dyno runs. It isn't clear cheat mode is actually active, but a power drop is detected from one run to the next.