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Old 20th August 2007, 20:28   #31
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This report is not serious. There are many loopholes

1> How can Jetta/Golf which is a competitor of the Civic/Corolla be made to compete with the SX4's of India. Moreover Jetta/Golf is pricier than the Japs.
2> The report says about Jetta on Golf platform when we heard earlier reports that the car is going to be on the Polo or Rabbit.
3> Even if it is on Polo, they already are trying to sell the Fabia based on the same platform. So wouldn't they position a VW as a premium alternative to a Skoda.
4> How can a VW sell at a lower price than the corresponding Skoda. The brand hierarchy starts from Skoda goes upto VW then Audi (for the models there is some platform sharing).

So dont take this report seriously its just foolish.
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After the launch of the Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen is gearing up to launch the Volkswagen Jetta, its trump card for the Indian C-size market.

The Volkswagen Jetta will be pitted against the mid-size market leader Honda City, close combatant Maruti SX4 and others like Hyundai Verna, Chevrolet Aveo and Ford Fiesta. The second offering from Volkswagen India, the Jetta will be made at the Aurangabad plant of Skoda, which is a Volkswagen subsidiary.

Volkswagen has ignored the Indian market for long enough, preferring to launch the Skoda Octavias and Superbs when the Koreans and Japanese have carved up the mid-size car market among themselves. Now, Volkswagen is poised to launch the Jetta into a market that is red-hot with competition.

The Jetta will come to India in petrol and diesel versions, the diesel Jetta fitted with the same 1.9 litre engine which comes standard in Skoda Octavia. There will be a 1.6 litre petrol edition too. The Jetta will come with five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions, the latter possibly with six gears. The petrol model of Volkswagen Jetta is expected to come with two engine options: 100 BHP and 115 BHP.

The Volkswagen Jetta is actually the small car Volkswagen Golf, with a boot. (By the way, Golf too will be launched in India, though only later) However, the exteriors have been refined for a large car. The car will be the longest and widest in its category - yes, wider than even the Logan. The Jetta is based on the same A5 platform on which the Golf and the Skoda Laura are based.

Volkswagen will be able to price the Jetta competitively, since the car will be built in India at the Skoda plant from CKDs. Production will continue here till the Pune plant of Volkswagen goes on stream. At a later stage, Volkswagen hopes to roll out the Passat, Jetta and Golf from the Pune plant. It's not confirmed yet, but the Jetta will initially come as completely-knocked-down (CKD) kits from the Volkswagen plant in Mexico, where the bulk of Jettas are made for the global markets.

Volkswagen is building its Pune plant at a cost of Rs 2,450-crore, which will have the capacity to churn out 110,000 cars every year. It has been reported that even the Volkswagen Beetle may roll out of this plant in 2010.

On the exteriors, the Jetta's front does not look as sporty as the new Honda City or the Maruti SX4. The Jetta is more in the league of the understated elegance of the Passat and the Skoda. This is partly due to its pedigree -- the Jetta has been on the roads since 1980. Though the car has been refined over the nearly-three-decades, it has not had a complete facelift ever.

The Jetta goes by different names in different countries. It is also called Volkswagen Bora, Volkswagen GLI, Volkswagen Sagitar and Volkswagen Vento.

The Volkswagen Jetta is built with high-strength steel. Expect the same solidity and reliability of the ubiquitous Skoda. The foreign models of Jetta have a specially-designed door with an outer panel, which can be changed without changing the entire panel if damaged. There are six airbags in the running models of Volkswagen Jetta abroad, both for front and rear passengers, but it remains to be seen if the Indian models will have them.
Two, we guess. Anti-lock braking system will be standard.

The Jetta has specially-designed headlamps with a VW logo integrated into the reflector.

The Mark 5 version of the Jetta in use abroad has often confused the regular car user. To reduce wear and tear, the windscreen wiper slightly changes its position on every parking, which may concern the user. Also, on cold start, the Jetta engine is noisier than usual, since a secondary air pump is in action for better start to the engine. It remains to be seen if the Volkswagen Jetta in India will come loaded with these features. The Mark 5 is the model currently in production abroad, including in Germany. A BS Motoring report said that the same model will be offered in India too.

According to a BS Motoring report, Volkswagen is likely to launch the Jetta in India at a price tag of Rs 7-9 lakh. Now, at this price, it is guaranteed to take a chunk of the mid-size market, since Honda will be ready with the completely-revamped New City only in 2009. Till then, Jetta will have a free ride, with only SX4 for competition. Last year, India's C segment of mid-sized cars saw the sale of 2 lakh cars. Volkswagen hopes to make a mark in this segment with the Jetta.
Source: Vollkswagen Jetta launch in India soon, VW Jetta price similar to Honda City, photos and specifications
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If they strip down Jetta, its hard to believe a price of 7-9 lakhs. A loaded jetta sells for something with which you can buy a Accord.
Is there something really wrong with this news ?
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How credible is this site dance with the shadows (dot) com?

There is no way that the Jetta will compete with the NHC and SX4. The stretched Polo sedan will do that. Even internationally, the Jetta competes with the Civic and Corolla and it is priced higher then both these cars although to VW's credit they do give more standard features then Honda and Toyota.

I have owned the VW Jetta for a couple of months in Canada. Drove it for over 7000kms and I can tell you if it is launched in the NHC, SX4 segment then it will blow the competition away. This news is like saying the E class will be priced to take on Accord, Camry!
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How credible is this site dance with the shadows (dot) com?
One thing I do know is that they rig google results. Everytime I search on something related to Indian auto, they come up. I really don't think they're popular enough to figure on google search result on page 1. so they must be rigging it up.

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Normally Business standard gets its news right when it comes to car launches. We need to wait for confirmation if this news.. it seems to be too good to be true.
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BS state that it will be a 1.6 or a 1.9tdi. compared to its rivals - it will be slow,
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when is jetta coming, is it anytime in 2007 ?
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This is strange... the Jetta which is considered to be a higher end car sold at half the price of the Lolla. Seems too good to be true and probably is. I don't buy the pricing.
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There is no way that the Jetta will compete with the NHC and SX4. The stretched Polo sedan will do that. Even internationally, the Jetta competes with the Civic and Corolla and it is priced higher then both these cars although to VW's credit they do give more standard features then Honda and Toyota.

I have owned the VW Jetta for a couple of months in Canada. Drove it for over 7000kms and I can tell you if it is launched in the NHC, SX4 segment then it will blow the competition away. This news is like saying the E class will be priced to take on Accord, Camry!
Even with a 1.9 TDi borrowed from Octavia (will it survive future emission norms?) and possible lower trim, it is hard to fathom a Golf/Jetta (the current euro version) competing with the SX4. Another thing - do you really believe that VW would price a Golf below the Octavia?

However, it could also be possible that VW intend to badge their SX4-beater as the 'Jetta'. Now, that could be the Polo based sedan or a car based on the Octavia/Old Golf platform. Only time will tell.

VW have talked about introducing the Polo. The sedan version would do the business against the NHC and SX4. It was discussed here:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...ad-tested.html
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From the price tag, it seems they may sell the volkswagen gol rather than the golf. They may have a 3 box variant of it and sell it in India as Volkswagen Jetta. Gol has been successful in developing markets.
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Pictures from the site: Definitely looks luxurious for a C segment car.







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The news is definitely farce!.. the Jetta retails 25% higher than an equivalent Octy (sold in India as the Laura) and here in the UK, an extra grand could get you a Passat!! even if they strip it out completely there is no way that it could be priced less than 12-13 lakhs!!..

Now I think that is what is going to be called the "Jetta" for India!. A Chinese built 1.6 Polo Sedan!

2006 ShangHai Volkswagen Polo Sedan 1.6 Chinese Version | Volkswagen
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Looks of this remind Corolla, why doesn't VW think better design? I'm bored with these designs.
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BS state that it will be a 1.6 or a 1.9tdi. compared to its rivals - it will be slow,
1.6 supposedly has 100bhp which should be acceptable to C segment buyers. Even SX4, Fiesta and Verna come with 1.6L petrols with 100-105 hp. But, the higher maintainence cost and lower fuel efficiency will kill Jetta sales specially if it's priced in the C segment. Also, ACI reported that Jetta will be priced at 9-11 lacs. That's probably ex-showroom and to me that seems more close to what the car will ultimately retail for. Maybe they will target the Civic with their TDi prices.

Here is a review of my Canadian spec Jetta posted here in Jan 2006.
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