Volkswagen is recalling Jetta Hybrid to replace faulty gearbox oil

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 16, 2013

Volkswagen is recalling its Jetta Hybrid sedan to replace the faulty gearbox oil that can place the low-volume unit in a “stall-like” condition, according to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Jetta Hybrid features a seven-speed dual dry clutch transmission, which is an automated manual transmission shifted electronically with fast-acting electronic solenoids and actuators.

Jetta Hybrids built between October 2012 and October 2013 feature additives in the transmission oil that can leave deposits inside the transmission. According to NHTSA, those deposits could corrode the transmission's internal electrical components, short it out and make the car seem like it is stalling.

The loss of power could heighten the chances of an accident, according to NHTSA. Volkswagen dealers will change the gearbox oil. The recall covers 3,837 Jetta Hybrid models in the United States. The recall is part of 1.6 million vehicles built with the seven-speed dual dry clutch transmission that was earlier recalled around the world, according to VW spokeswoman.

Volkswagen of America introduces the highly efficient Jetta Hybrid. Powered by an advanced turbo-petrol engine and 20kW electric motor, the new Jetta Hybrid promises to deliver zero CO2 emissions while running with lesser fuel use. The Jetta is probably the most environment friendly automobile in the market today.

Jetta’s 110kW/150PS turbo stratified injection engine is paired with Volkswagen’s 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. This makes the powerful hybrid go from 0-60mph in just nine seconds or less. The Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid also delivers an impressive 45mpg low fuel economy value, which translates to 20% less fuel consumption as compared with other drive system used in the mainstream.

With a top speed of up to 44pmph and as much as 1.3 miles of range, the new VW Jetta Hybrid’s pure electric mode also runs with zero emissions. Engineered after the Touareg Hybrid, the exceptionally quiet Jetta Hybrid is the second model in the same segment having both electric motor and petrol engine. All these features, along with its thicker side windows, acoustically enhanced windshields and redesigned exhaust system make it one of the brand’s quietest models available.

With an approximate torque of 250Nm at 1,400rpm, the advanced engine has also been tested to perform in Germany’s public highways. The same TSI engine technology has already won Volkswagen many awards (including the 2011 “Engine of the Year”), which is probably why millions have already been sold in Europe alone. Interestingly, the downsized 4-cylinder with 1,395cc engine displacement is the first of its kind in North and South America. Thus, it would be interesting to see how the latest VW Jetta Hybrid performs in its new venue.

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