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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 31st 2010
10--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 31, 2010 VW aims high in Australia DRIVEN Stuart Martin Volkswagen have put a lot of effort into their Jetta, which has evolved to being much more than just a Golf with a boot''. MORE than a few wags have called the Jetta ''a Golf with a boot'' but the new one is now driving on a different path. So says the Volkswagen engineering team, who point out in detail the new bigger Jetta shares less with the hatch than its predecessor. Not that the relationship has done it any harm, given its title as the most successful Euro-sedan on the US market. The sixth-generation Jetta carries a big load, despite having already sold more than 9.6 million worldwide. The brand has plans to more than triple its worldwide volume by 2018, which includes boosting its US market share to double digits and volumes to 800,000. Australia has less stratospheric numbers in mind, although they're not making them public. Its recent sales in Australia dwell in the realm of 4000 units annually back in 2007, but the brand is hoping the new model will revive those numbers. The new model is 90mm longer overall, with 73mm of that coming from growth in the wheelbase which has translated to around 67mm in extra rear legroom. Width and height remain largely unchanged, bootspace is 510 litres --- a seven-litre reduction --- and the car is around 30kg lighter thanks to the use of high- strength, form-hardened steel, which has improved torsional rigidity. The new Jetta 77TDI is being offered with a BlueMotion technology feature (stop-start, aerodynamic aids) but Australia won't get it due to our climate, something VW Australia is working to change. The BlueMotion technology package includes low rolling resistance tyres, deceleration-related battery recharging and the start-stop system. The engine's start-stop system shuts down the ignition when stationary and is available with either a manual (in neutral and foot off the clutch) or the DSG gearbox (foot on brake pedal), unlike many of the other brands who only offer it in a manual. The features list for Australia is yet to be firmed up, but the new Jetta retains its anti- lock brakes and stability control, as well as six airbags --- front, side and full-length curtains --- as standard, with the option (in Europe and the US at least) of rear side airbags. Specification of the new Jetta --- which goes on sale in Australia mid-2011 --- is yet to be finalised, but the European-spec entry-level Trendline has anti-lock brakes, stability control with trailer stabilisation, 16in wheels, heated power mirrors, tinted windows with insulating glass, filtered air conditioning and remote central locking. There's also interchangeable interior accents, an auxiliary input and a multifunction display. The Comfortline adds 16in alloy wheels (likely to be standard entry-level fare in Australia), with added storage pockets, centre armrests with storage box and a leather- wrapped steering wheel, gearshifter grip and hand brake while the Highline model ups the wheelsize to 17in alloy wheels and adds headlight washers, front fog lights with cornering lights. The top-spec model also gets the sport seats with leather/fabric trim and climate control. The engine line-up for Australia looks set to mimic the current Jetta poweprlant range --- two diesels and three petrol engines, teamed with manual and double-clutch automatics, although the new 1.2-litre TSI petrol is not being considered for an Australian release. The 1.4-litre forced-induction four-cylinder petrol engines both remain available with the seven-speed DSG or a six-speed manual. The turbocharged variant produces 90kW and 200Nm of torque, while claiming 6.2 litres per 100km; the supercharged and turbocharged ''Twincharged'' 1.4 ups the thirst to 6.3 and the outputs remain at (down by less than half a litre on the current model) 118kW and 240Nm. The top-spec petrol model will again be propelled by a two-litre direct- injection petrol engine (from the GTI engine family, with a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox) claiming a 6.9-litre per 100km thirst despite offering 147kW and 280Nm. The frugal direct-injection diesels start with the 77kW/250Nm 1.6-litre common-rail turbocharged engine, with a claimed thirst of 4.5 litres per 100km and the option of a seven- speed DSG gearbox. 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