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April 16, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Volkswagen kept plenty busy at the 2014 New York Auto Show, bringing with it an all-new Golf Sportswagen, a refreshed Jetta sedan, and some pricing details on its soon-to-be-released Golf GTI hot hatch. The biggest news was VW's 2015 Golf Sportswagen. It replaces the Jetta wagon in the U.S. lineup, though that outgoing car was always based on the Golf anyway, nomenclature aside. So fear not, Sportswagen fans, your trusty hauler isn't any smaller. It actually grows. The new model is just over an inch longer and just under an inch wider.
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April 16, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Volkswagen kept plenty busy at the 2014 New York Auto Show, bringing with it an all-new Golf Sportswagen, a refreshed Jetta sedan, and some pricing details on its soon-to-be-released Golf GTI hot hatch. The biggest news was VW's 2015 Golf Sportswagen. It replaces the Jetta wagon in the U.S. lineup, though that outgoing car was always based on the Golf anyway, nomenclature aside. So fear not, Sportswagen fans, your trusty hauler isn't any smaller. It actually grows. The new model is just over an inch longer and just under an inch wider.
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BUSINESS
June 16, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Volkswagen, stuck in neutral, has unveiled a bigger and less expensive Jetta, a vehicle that is central to its efforts to regain prominence in the U.S. market. The Jetta was introduced by pop artist Katy Perry, who danced barefoot on its hood in the middle of New York's Times Square on Tuesday. Using Perry to introduce the car was seen as one way to broaden its appeal to a younger generation of drivers. The Jetta is the linchpin of the automaker's strategy to increase U.S. sales fourfold after a variety of missteps that squandered a huge advantage VW once had over other import brands.
AUTOS
April 4, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
Diesel-powered cars save on fuel, but many of them won't save you any money. That's because they cost thousands more to buy in the first place, compared with similar gas-powered models. And many automakers usually offer diesel engines only in combination with a pricey set of standard features. So it can take years - if ever - to make up for those upfront costs through savings at the pump. That's what makes the latest addition to Volkswagen's growing diesel fleet, the Jetta TDI Value Edition, so intriguing.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2011 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
An earthquake recently cracked the Washington Monument. Billionaire Warren Buffett wants to pay more taxes. Volkswagen is building a big-ol' American car. If you're a believer in the apocalypse, this may be a good time to replenish the canned chili in your Y2K bunkers. But whether or not you think it foretells of the end of days, VW's all-new 2012 Passat is the car they've never built for a segment they've never appreciated. Until now. The midsize class now holds Volkswagen's attention because it wants to be the world's No. 1 automaker by 2018.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Browning, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, has tough marching orders from his German bosses back in Wolfsburg: Sell 1 million VWs and Audis annually in America by 2018. It'll be quite a challenge, even though the company is having a banner year. Bolstered by its redesigned Jetta compact sedan and a new Passat that's being built at the company's new factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., VW sales are up 24% so far this year, more than double the overall industry. Audi sales are up nearly 17%. In all, VW is looking at selling a little more than 400,000 vehicles in the United States this year, which means the automaker would have to more than double sales to reach the target in six years.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
About this time last year, Jessica Paré pulled her beloved 1995 Volvo station wagon into an L.A. service station near her Eastside apartment. Wolfy (yes, she named the car) needed help. So much help, in fact, that the mechanic told Paré there was no way he was letting her drive it off the premises. Problem was, Paré didn't have the necessary funds to cover Wolfy's revival. "So, yeah, I did drive it away," the "Mad Men" breakout star says, "and, as I remember it, there was a fair amount of smoke trailing behind me. " For a recent visit over coffee in Hollywood recently, Paré arrived driving a brand-new Jetta, a "sweet ride," the 31-year-old Canadian actress enthuses.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2010
Base price: $22,165 Price, as tested: $24,165 Powertrain: 2.5-liter, 20-valve DOHC inline five-cylinder engine; six-speed automatic with Tiptronic and Sport mode Horsepower: 170 at 5,700 rpm Torque: 177 pound-feet at 4,250 rpm Curb weight: 3,082 pounds 0-60: 8.7 seconds Wheelbase: 104.4 inches Overall length: 182.2 inches EPA fuel economy: 24/31 mpg, city/highway ...
NEWS
January 14, 1985
Jetta Goudal, the tall, sophisticated actress cast as an exotic siren in more than a dozen silent and sound films, died today in Los Angeles. She was 86. She had a stage career in her native France and on Broadway before coming to films in 1923 in "The Bright Shawl." Most of her films were for Cecil B. DeMille and she often appeared at DeMille retrospectives. Her last picture was "Business and Pleasure" with Will Rogers in 1932.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Volkswagen is recalling its 2006 Jetta cars with 2.5-liter gasoline engines in the U.S. and Canada because a tab on the windshield-wiper fluid container can rub against a fuel line, possibly causing a leak and fire. The recall affects about 58,900 cars in the U.S. and will begin in August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. An additional 3,000 Jettas are being called back in Canada.
AUTOS
February 7, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
The Volkswagen Jetta has solidified its position as the cheapest U.S. diesel car with a new “value edition” that cuts more than $2,300 from the base price. The bargain TDI goes out the door for $22,115, including destination, for a base model with a manual transmission. The DSG dual-clutch automated manual adds $1,100 to the price. The Jetta was already the least expensive of the diesels, which are still slowly gaining traction in the U.S. market. Automakers including Volkswagen often combine more expensive diesel engines with upscale trim packages, raising the price of entry substantially over comparable gasoline-powered models.
AUTOS
March 16, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
For all the advantages of diesel cars - fuel economy, robust torque, bomb-proof durability - many U.S. buyers just aren't that into them. Volkswagen knows as much. So despite offering a wide range of fuel-efficient diesels, the company is now moving into hybrid territory. It took its first hybrid step with the Touareg SUV, which costs an eye-popping $63,000. Now VW is offering a Jetta Hybrid sedan. It's also not cheap: the loaded model we tested came to $31,975. Photos: Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid VW actually prefers you call it the Jetta Turbo Hybrid.
NEWS
June 14, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
About this time last year, Jessica Paré pulled her beloved 1995 Volvo station wagon into an L.A. service station near her Eastside apartment. Wolfy (yes, she named the car) needed help. So much help, in fact, that the mechanic told Paré there was no way he was letting her drive it off the premises. Problem was, Paré didn't have the necessary funds to cover Wolfy's revival. "So, yeah, I did drive it away," the "Mad Men" breakout star says, "and, as I remember it, there was a fair amount of smoke trailing behind me. " For a recent visit over coffee in Hollywood recently, Paré arrived driving a brand-new Jetta, a "sweet ride," the 31-year-old Canadian actress enthuses.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Browning, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, has tough marching orders from his German bosses back in Wolfsburg: Sell 1 million VWs and Audis annually in America by 2018. It'll be quite a challenge, even though the company is having a banner year. Bolstered by its redesigned Jetta compact sedan and a new Passat that's being built at the company's new factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., VW sales are up 24% so far this year, more than double the overall industry. Audi sales are up nearly 17%. In all, VW is looking at selling a little more than 400,000 vehicles in the United States this year, which means the automaker would have to more than double sales to reach the target in six years.
BUSINESS
August 31, 2011 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
An earthquake recently cracked the Washington Monument. Billionaire Warren Buffett wants to pay more taxes. Volkswagen is building a big-ol' American car. If you're a believer in the apocalypse, this may be a good time to replenish the canned chili in your Y2K bunkers. But whether or not you think it foretells of the end of days, VW's all-new 2012 Passat is the car they've never built for a segment they've never appreciated. Until now. The midsize class now holds Volkswagen's attention because it wants to be the world's No. 1 automaker by 2018.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2010
Base price: $22,165 Price, as tested: $24,165 Powertrain: 2.5-liter, 20-valve DOHC inline five-cylinder engine; six-speed automatic with Tiptronic and Sport mode Horsepower: 170 at 5,700 rpm Torque: 177 pound-feet at 4,250 rpm Curb weight: 3,082 pounds 0-60: 8.7 seconds Wheelbase: 104.4 inches Overall length: 182.2 inches EPA fuel economy: 24/31 mpg, city/highway ...
NEWS
January 16, 1985
Jetta Goudal, the tall, regal French stage actress who became a popular screen siren in the heyday of silent pictures, died Monday in her Los Angeles home. Harold Grieve, an art director and her husband for more than 50 years, said she was 86 and had been ill for some time. Born in Versailles, Miss Goudal came to the United States after World War I. She had appeared on stage in France and elsewhere in Europe and began her career in this country on Broadway.
AUTOS
March 16, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
For all the advantages of diesel cars - fuel economy, robust torque, bomb-proof durability - many U.S. buyers just aren't that into them. Volkswagen knows as much. So despite offering a wide range of fuel-efficient diesels, the company is now moving into hybrid territory. It took its first hybrid step with the Touareg SUV, which costs an eye-popping $63,000. Now VW is offering a Jetta Hybrid sedan. It's also not cheap: the loaded model we tested came to $31,975. Photos: Volkswagen Jetta Turbo Hybrid VW actually prefers you call it the Jetta Turbo Hybrid.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2010 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
With Halloween around the corner, imagine for a moment Volkswagen's Jetta as a piece of candy. For decades it was the rich German chocolate of the compact segment: mass marketed and similar to other cars in its class, yet with a distinctive European flavor and a touch of luxury that its competitors couldn't match. Yet for 2011 , VW has diluted the new Jetta's character to the point where it's now merely a Hershey bar; good at a lot of things, great at very little. With apologies to 13,000 people in Pennsylvania, the car is now a mainstream product that satisfies American tastes without exciting them.
BUSINESS
June 16, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Volkswagen, stuck in neutral, has unveiled a bigger and less expensive Jetta, a vehicle that is central to its efforts to regain prominence in the U.S. market. The Jetta was introduced by pop artist Katy Perry, who danced barefoot on its hood in the middle of New York's Times Square on Tuesday. Using Perry to introduce the car was seen as one way to broaden its appeal to a younger generation of drivers. The Jetta is the linchpin of the automaker's strategy to increase U.S. sales fourfold after a variety of missteps that squandered a huge advantage VW once had over other import brands.
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