Volkswagen Could Ship Over European Jetta in 2014

The United States of America has been forced for numerous years to make due with second-rate European vehicles, such as the new Volkswagen Jetta. Even Ford, an American company, has left us with minuscule versions of successful European cars, such as the Focus hatchback. That being said, VW might be offering Americans a solution.

The Jetta sold in Europe is a completely different animal to the one sold here in the United States. It’s like a cheetah to a house cat, as the across the pond version has a multi-link rear suspension setup, upgraded wiring harness to handle more complex optional features and more upscale interior materials. Yet, Americans are forced to make due with a less-than-stellar sedan and it’s all thanks to cost.

The base Jetta in Germany would cost $24,000 in the United States and that’s before taxes. The car also has a 105-horsepower engine, which is much less powerful than the American version. Now, it’s clear that Americans like a good deal, so the $15,995 Jetta works, but for those that want quality, why not offer the Euro-spec version?

Well, there is a small chance that Volkswagen might bring over some European bits if the Jetta succeeds in the sales charts.

"There is the strong chance that the midlife Jetta for North America could get all of the European features. It depends on sales performance,” said Jetta Global Technical Project Leader Frank Donath to Inside Line.

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta that is on sale here in the United States comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 115 horsepower, a solid rear axle and a five-speed manual transmission. The other engine offering is a 2.5-liter 170-horseoiwer five-cylinder, while there is also a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel on offer.

The new Jetta sedan has been knocked in the media for its cheap feeling interior and lack of options. In Europe, the Jetta can be fitted with a two-zone automatic Climatronic climate control, while that isn’t even offered for Americans.

While our Jetta might not be a sophisticated European sedan, if people buy them, it just might be in the future.

[Inside Line]

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