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Old 14th February 2017, 19:18   #1
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Default R.I.P. Volkswagen Jetta : Production Stopped

Yep folks, our worst fears have come true now. Production of the Volkswagen Jetta has now stopped. Special thanks to bhpian srgntpepper for sharing the information with me.

The Jetta had been selling in single digit numbers for the past few months and the january sales analysis saw it's sales drop to 0, sparking off rumours that the Jetta has indeed been discontinued. Although the Jetta had good build quality and was priced lower than the Octavia, no one could ignore the fact that it was a 6 year old offering and competitors such as the Altis were priced lower with more features.

As of now, Volkswagen has no plans of manufacturing the MQB Jetta in RHD configuration, which indirectly means that India won't be getting the next generation. Volkswagen will instead capitalise on SUVs owing to the addiction of Indian market with them by launching the Tiguan and the Yeti.

Related thread: http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...tta-india.html (Rumour: Volkswagen NOT to bring next-gen Jetta to India)

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The new MQB Jetta won't make it to our shore reportedly. This is the NMC concept on which the Jetta will be based:
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Volkswagen will now concentrate on the SUV line up instead:
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R.I.P Jetta. You will always be missed...

For me, the Jetta was a car that paired solid build with proper German driving dynamics. It never managed to capture the market, due to the lack of features and the entry of more accomplished VFM SUVs such as the XUV 500. The segment topping sedan the Altis itself struggled to get going and there was no chance for the Jetta.

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Old 14th February 2017, 20:07   #2
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This is a shock!! No Passat, No Jetta.
Jetta has been in my mind as the next upgrade for my Vento. Although it is still 2-3 years from now maybe and by that time it might get reintroduced.

Here are my 2 cents:
Personally for me, Octavia and Jetta offer a sweet spot if you compare to the entry level German Trios. Plus the perceivable lower cost of maintenance versus the German trio in my opinion also marks these cars as decent value. Not saying that Jetta and Octavia are value for money options at their current prices, but compared to A4s and C200D etc at their current prices plus considering the after sales expenses they still seem value.

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Still don't understand why did they pull out the Jetta. It wasn't the segment leader but then given the volumes in that segment, it wasn't really doing horrible either. They could have made some changes in the feature list or the price of the car rather than outright pulling it off from the floor. It is not very confidence inspiring from a brand point of view. Also does that mean that the costliest car they sell in India now is the Vento?
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Certainly not a good decision from a brand perspective. How will you attract prospective customers when you don't have long term commitment?

Skoda has showed more seriousness although their after sales service is still questionable.

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So my pre-retirement dream of buying and driving a Jetta is now over Am depressed now!

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It never managed to capture the market, due to the lack of features and the entry of more accomplished VFM SUVs such as the XUV 500. The segment topping sedan the Altis itself struggled to get going and there was no chance for the Jetta.
I don't think features alone were the cause. Pricing also caused some serious damage. In a not so distant past (circa 2009-10), I keep hearing someone buying Civic AT at 15 lakhs, Jetta Highline at 17 lakhs and so on. In a blink of an eye in 2014, we saw graaja, Chetan paying 22-23 big ones for their Jetta Highline. Another blink in 2016, and its already past 2.5 million 2 senior colleagues in my team at my previous workplace owned 2008 Corolla top end petrol manuals and they paid like 13 lakhs then. At the same price we get a Honda SV CVT today.

I see C2 segment sedans following a similar trend, Honda City alone has swelled from 9-10 lakh ballpark start of this decade to 16 lakhs now.

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Also does that mean that the costliest car they sell in India now is the Vento?
Passat is officially discontinued? I keep seeing Passat GTE getting mentioned now and then. There likely might be a crossover that slots over the Vento to take on the Creta. Tiguan might be academic, if its going to border 3 million INR.

Another strange thought, does this have anything to do with Skoda plans (Skoda to focus on premium vehicles for the Indian market) ?

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The Passat is only a few months away at the most now and you also have the Tiguan launching in a few months.

Let's just hope that Volkswagen realises there are people like us who still want the Jetta to be reintroduced.

Funnily enough, just like the rest of you, I wanted to suggest the Jetta MQB as an upgrade to our existing Jetta to my dad. That dream will remain a dream for a few more years atleast.

On a sidenote the Passat will be priced between 35-40 Lakhs. Volkswagen will definitely be pricing it above the Superb:
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That is some sad news. The Jetta seemed to be the perfect upgrade from my Vento. Nothing beats the Germans on the Highways, and for those long highway drives Jetta always seemed to be the perfect companion.
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This just does not make sense to me. The car was perfectly good, sold in fair numbers for its segment and had its fan following too.

Instead of simply killing it off and exiting the segment altogether, why not stop being snooty and just drop the price by 3lakhs? What's there to loose? It will still be a good 3-4L more expensive than the Vento. And they'll still make money off it. If Honda can find the balls to expect people to pay 15 to 16 big ones for the tin can called City, why can't VW ruffle some feathers? Seriously. the honcho who made this call should have his mind checked.

A Jetta 1.4TSi in Comfortline spec for 15.5L vs a City 1.5 ZX CVT for 15.5L. I know which one I'll pick.

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This is surprising as well as sad news.
I hope that Jetta owners don't find it difficult to get parts going forward since the model is being discontinued.
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Excuse me while I shed a tear . Always been a big fan of the Jetta as it is such an amazing all-rounder. I used to even call it the modern day W124.

If anyone is in the market for a D2 segment car, buy from whatever stock dealers have right away.

Skoda must be throwing a wild party tonight. As the only European in the segment now, the Octavia's sales will surely increase.

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Jetta has been in my mind as the next upgrade for my Vento. Although it is still 2-3 years from now maybe and by that time it might get reintroduced.
In 2020, buy a pre-worshipped 2016 car for half the price .

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Still don't understand why did they pull out the Jetta.
The end of kits as international markets are moving over to the next-gen.

Am shocked that VW isn't building the next-gen in RHD. There are still some important RHD markets (India, UK, Australia, Japan...). Imagine, even Ford starting building RHD Mustangs!

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I hope that Jetta owners don't find it difficult to get parts going forward since the model is being discontinued.
It's a popular model, so parts should be available for a long time. This isn't something I'd worry about.

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Also does that mean that the costliest car they sell in India now is the Vento?
The Beetle and Toureg are costlier.

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So my pre-retirement dream of buying and driving a Jetta is now over Am depressed now!
I was about to answer that but looks like that has already been done below:

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R.I.P Volkswagen Jetta.

Truly a sensational sedan.It is very shocking to know that Volkswagen decided to discontinue the Jetta. I wish Volkswagen could try and launch the facelift of the Jetta and see the response in the market. The Jetta was one of the best European sedans in India. Will be missed a lot.

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Such a sorry news. I still remember seeing Jetta first time and falling for her then and there. My dream car and the one I've always wished to own. Jetta was my answer to "Favourite car" question for the TBHP membership.

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Another day and another enthusiast's dream car exits India. Sad.

If the Tiguan replaces the Jetta in India then it's not bad either. Having driven a Touran and seen how a Touareg raced in a track, I feel a VW crossover will be more FTD than most competitor sedans in its price range.

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