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Volkswagen Jetta

VW Jetta: Best Medium Car

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The Volkswagen Jetta scored 911 based on the survey and research conducted by Strategic Vision. And that score is more than enough to top its segment, topping equally high-scoring Chevrolet Malibu and Ford Fusion. The Chevrolet Malibu scored 899 and the Fusion scored 874 way over the industry segment average pegged at 861 points.

The Volkswagen Jetta has been in production since 1979 and this is essentially the saloon or the sedan version of the compact car Volkswagen Golf. Since its introduction in 1979, the Jetta has been available in five generations. The fifth generation of the Jetta was first shown at the Los Angeles Auto Show on January 5, 2005. This was just the second time that a VW product has debuted on an American auto show, the first time was with the New Beetle. The fifth generation Jetta uses extensive high strength steel and the use of the laser welding is up from 5 percent to 35 percent of the body parts. Aside from the use of high strength steel for the body and laser welding for some of the parts, the Jetta also features an impact-absorbing front bumper that yields slightly in an event of a collision, thus reduces the chance of injury. The safety enhancement on the new Jetta doesn’t end on the fitting of a tough front bumper. The fifth generation Jetta also features the Electronic Stability Program with Anti-Slip Regulation and the Brake Assist and the active head restraints. Added innovations on the Jetta are the DSG transmission, available dual-zone automatic climate control and the electro-mechanical steering. Because of a number of safety innovations on the new Jetta, the car managed to get high ratings in crash tests conducted by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The new Jetta also sports a redesigned electrical system. Engines used on the car may vary from by location. For example, European car consumers can expect a range of new FSI engines. For American market, the Jetta will be powered by the 2.5 liter 5-cylinder 20 Valve engine in most trims.

The newest Jetta in the market, the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta is also a winner. It was reported that the car post respectable fuel efficiency marks. The EPA’s new fuel economy rating for the car suggest 30 mpg in the city and 41 on the highway for the 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with a six-speed manual transmission. But others view this development as a disappointment. After all, the company already estimated that the Jetta will get 40/60 mpg.

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