Sales of the new 2010 Volkswagen Golf (MkVI) are picking up pace all around the country and considering the car’s solid feel, classy styling and German engineering, it’s easy to understand why. Oh, did we mention that it’s also available with a dual clutch transmission and a frugal turbodiesel engine that returns more than 40 mpg on the highway?

It’s little wonder the Golf is such a sales success all around the world--but in a country that prefers sedans over hatchbacks, there’s one very important model in the Volkswagen lineup that’s yet to be released. Sales of the new 2011 Volkswagen Jetta sedan are just around the corner but the car has been revealed today at a special event in Times Square, New York.

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is scheduled to arrive in local showrooms this October and will have a starting price of around $16,000. The base model will come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 115 horsepower and will be pretty well-equipped. Standard features will include power windows, air-conditioning, a CD player and keyless entry.

Interestingly, the starting price for the outgoing 2010 model is $17,735, revealing aggressive pricing for the new model, which will be competing against the likes of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2012 Ford Focus.

In addition to the base 2.0-liter mill, Volkswagen will also offer a 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel, a 2.0-liter TSI in GLI trim and a 2.5-liter five-cylinder mill in the Jetta R5. Both automatic and manual transmissions will be on offer, as will a six-speed dual clutch transmission reserved for the TDI and TSI models.

Stay tuned for an update later today.

[Volkswagen]