Volkswagen to build the redesigned Jetta in China

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 11, 2011

Volkswagen announced today that it will manufacture the redesigned Jetta beginning in October 2012 at the FAW-Volkswagen Automobile Co.'s assembly plant situated in the southwest China city of Chengdu. The Chinese JV FAW-Volkswagen currently builds cars such as the Vw Golf, Jetta, Sargita, New Bora, Magotan and CC but also Audi-brand vehicles at its plant in the northeast China city of Changchun. Volkswagen also plans to build a new assembly plant in the south China city of Foshan.

According to Autonews, the new Volkswagen Jetta will have a local content of more than 98 percent and will be fitted with Vw’s EA211 gasoline engine, produced in Chengdu. For those who don’t know, this will be firm’s second model to be assembled in FAW-Volkswagen's Chengdu plant, following the popular Magotan.

The Vw Magotan production started at the FAW-Volkswagen's Chengdu’s plant back in August. Volkswagen also has a joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp, called Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive which currently builds Skoda-brand vehicles and Volkswagen-brand models including the Passat, Polo, Touran, Santana, Lavida and Tiguan.

The new Volkswagen Jetta has a length of 4.63 meters (182.7 inches), width of 1.78 meters (70.1 inches), and height of 1.45 meters (57.1 inches). The Jetta for the European market though is a bit longer at 64.64 meters. What this means is that when compared to the prior model, the new Jetta is longer by at least 8 centimeters (3.15 inches). Aside from the new proportions, the new Jetta also has a new design.

The way the dimensions of the exterior interact with one another gives it that strong ratio of proportions. With the new design DNA, it further sharpens the style giving rise to the sporty muscular surfaces and the clear and precise lines. Thus, the Jetta has a dynamic style and everlasting elegance. Since it has a look that displays a strong style statement, the Jetta ensures that the brand can now be part of a higher vehicle class.

Furthermore, the new design ensures that it is able to display its fully galvanized body. For the first time, the Jetta is sporty, independent, and large. The question remains though as to how independent the Jetta is. For one, all of its body components are different from the Golf. Thus the Jetta is similar to the Tiguan or the Passat CC, which are independent vehicles as well. Safety is top of the line considering that the previous model was awarded by US-based IIHS as "Top Safety Pick". Aside from having features that protect the people inside in the event of a crash, the new Jetta now has advanced pedestrian safety features fitted inside.

The implication is that Volkswagen has once again set new quality standards in a vehicle class. Going to the front portion, the windshield has been inclined to be similar to that of the coupe and the use of horizontal lines ensures that the design is truly defined. Combined, the trapezoidal headlights and the black radiator grille, with high-gloss, make for a high stylistic unit. A masking blade meanwhile splits the dual reflector headlights into a larger area.

The first section is for the main beam and the low beam lights with the lower section being narrower and is where the indicator and running lights are. These masking blades are in chrome and lead the horizontal lines from the front end and all the way to the headlights. This is in fact the reason why the Jetta’s visual stance is more dynamic and wider.

Since the mounting height has been optimally tuned and combined with the low-beam reflector’s size, it ensures that there is a wide and good light on the road ahead while highlighting the driver’s side. Still on the low-beam light, it utilizes the Longlife H7 halogen discharge lamps which clearly have a longer service life. Even the daytime running lights and the parking lights use Longlife or Super Longlife, which is excellent as they are the ones that are typically exposed to severe loads.

Topics: vw, vw jetta, china

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