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  • Volkswagen Jetta from 'The Fast and the Furious'

    "The Fast and the Furious" was almost entirely different altogether, but Jesse's Volkswagen Jetta is one of the more peculiar stories. Back again is Craig Lieberman, technical director for the first three films of the franchise, and this time, he had a special guest. He sat down with Scott Centra, who originally built and owned the Jetta used in the first film. At first, the directors wanted to put Jesse in some sort of European car. Lieberman suggested a Volkswagen Golf, and in the best case, a BMW M3. However, the team couldn't source either car in time. DON'T MISS: Performance shop...

  • Volkswagen Jetta GLI manual transmission ad
    Cheeky VW advertises manual transmission as anti-theft device

    Driving a car equipped with a manual transmission these days is something of a rarity among the public, but this rarity has turned into something positve for owners of manual-equipped cars. It seems the decline of three pedals and a stick has produced numerous headlines declaring would-be thieves...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
    Volkswagen Jetta R not in the cards

    Although a Volkswagen Jetta R is technically possible, the German brand has no plans to introduce a hotter sport sedan following the new Jetta GLI. Serban Boldea, director of product marketing for VW, said Jetta customers are far more price conscious, which rules out a Jetta with all-wheel drive...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
    First drive review: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI channels GTI better than ever

    The Tail of the Dragon sits at, or near, the top of any list of great driving roads in America. This 11-mile ribbon of U.S. Highway 129 between Tennessee and North Carolina entices enthusiasts with more than 300 turns and 1,000 feet of elevation change. Unfortunately, it also attracts...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
    2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI racing to showrooms with $26,890 base price

    Volkswagen's new Jetta has been on sale since last year, but the enthusiast's choice of the compact sedan is will soon head to dealers. On Wednesday, VW announced prices for the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, and the sporty sedan starts at $26,890, which includes an $895 destination fee. The brand said...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, 2019 Chicago Auto Show
    2019 VW Jetta GLI arrives with GTI and Golf R hand-me-downs

    Volkswagen launched a new generation of the Jetta compact sedan for 2019 but the version we're most interested in is only making its appearance now. We're talking about the new Jetta GLI sport sedan, which was unveiled Thursday at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The Jetta GLI is essentially the GTI...

  • 2020 Volkswagen Jetta GLI spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    Volkswagen launched a new generation of the Jetta compact sedan for 2019 but the model we're most interested in seeing is yet to debut. We'll see it soon, though, as the debut is expected to take place next February at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The model we're talking about is the Jetta GLI, a prototype for which has been spotted. We know this is the GLI due to the dual-tip exhaust, lowered suspension, and Golf GTI-style wheel, tires and brakes. Naturally, the car also benefits from more aggressive visual cues applied to the Jetta’s relatively plain-Jane appearance. The front fascia...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta S by Jamie Orr
    VW shows Jetta tuning potential with trio of SEMA specials

    Volkswagen's Jetta has been redesigned for 2019. The latest generation is a solid option in the compact sedan. It's also a perfect blank canvas for mad modders, as the car's MQB platform has been engineered for plenty of poke and has a lot of aftermarket parts out there. VW will use this week's...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Bonneville Salt Flats racer during Sept. 2018 speed record attempt
    Modified 2019 VW Jetta breaks speed record with 210-MPH Bonneville Salt Flats run

    A specially prepared 2019 Volkswagen Jetta has just set a speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. During the most recent round of the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s World of Speed event, held September 10-13, the modified Jetta hit a top speed of 210.16 mph. That's a new...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta Bonneville Salt Flats racer
    VW to tackle Bonneville speed record with 2019 Jetta

    Volkswagen will take on the Bonneville Salt Flats this August with a specially prepared version of its redesigned 2019 Jetta. The car's mission? Break the current speed record for the class. VW said Friday that its compact sedan will compete in the Southern California Timing Association’s...

  • 2019 Arteon R-Line Highlight concept
    Volkswagen bringing enthusiast-focused concepts to US car shows

    Volkswagen has prepared a traveling circus packed with five intriguing enthusiast-focused models. Each one has been prepared with a different sort of automotive fan in mind. These five models make up the bulk of VW's current lineup, and you can get your eyes on all of them if you live near one of...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, 2018 Detroit auto show
    2019 Volkswagen Jetta revealed: Compact sedan pushes for mid-size taste

    The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is taking a page from small-size competitors with big ideas. Volkswagen pulled the wraps off its newest Jetta sedan Sunday at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The next-generation sedan is larger with more creature comforts, with a sharper style...

  • Teaser for 2019 Volkswagen Jetta debuting at 2018 Detroit auto show

    Volkswagen has given a hint at the final design of its new Jetta debuting next month at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. We recently had a chance to sample the 7th-generation model in prototype form and found it to be a solid drive but not particularly sporty. Hopefully the planned GLI model will address that issue. These teaser sketches released by VW hint at a clean, almost technical look that portends the car’s German engineering. The design could almost be described as containing a sense of elegance, something you don’t normally find on a mainstream...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta prototype
    2019 Volkswagen Jetta prototype first drive: stress relief

    Matthias Erb, the engineer tasked with turning VW’s North American operations from car importer to full-on development office, isn't able to relax for long. Last year, VW finally got competitive in the American crossover market with its redesigned Tiguan and new Atlas. This year, it’s a...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Next-gen Jetta will have a manual; new Jetta GLI arriving quickly

    The next-generation, 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will launch with a manual transmission and a higher-performance Jetta GLI will quickly follow, Volkswagen leadership told Motor Authority over the weekend. Volkswagen Group of America's President Hinrich J. Woebcken and VWoA's Senior Vice President Product...

  • 2019 Volkswagen Jetta spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Volkswagen Jetta spy shots

    Volkswagen’s Jetta is about to be redesigned, as evidenced by the recent sighting of a prototype. The current Jetta, the nameplate's sixth iteration, has been on sale since 2011. We’re expecting the new 7th-generation model to debut early next year, as a 2019 model. The car will finally...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
    The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta GLI's manual transmission bites the dust

    We hope you weren't planning to #GiveAShift in a shiny new 2018 Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Because you can't. VW has largely carried over its sportiest Jetta into the 2018 model year, albeit with one important change: you can't order it with three pedals. That's right, no manual transmission is offered...

  • Jesse reunited with Volkswagen Jetta from "The Fast and the Furious"
    Performance shop reunites Jesse with his VW Jetta from "The Fast and the Furious"

    For youngsters who have only known the "Fast and Furious" franchise to be about explosions and high-flying stunts, there was a simpler time. It was a time when the craziest stunt a character pulled was leaping off of a semi truck onto a Toyota Supra, the film was released on VHS, and a star car was...

  • Volkswagen Golf R Heritage concept

    The aftermarket and modifying community has long had a love affair with Volkswagen vehicles, and it seems the German automaker is tapping into said love affair. VW this week revealed five new concept vehicles headed to the European Experience in Savannah, Georgia, which is on now and runs until May 21. The five concepts were designed with an effort to channel various facets of VW enthusiasts, ranging from the Beetle, Golf, and Jetta. That means a lot of lowered suspension, big wheels, and wider body kits. First up is the Volkswagen Beetle Post concept. The Beetle Post honors...

  • 2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
    2016 Volkswagen Jetta GLI gets new engine, styling

    Volkswagen’s Jetta compact sedan underwent a mild facelift last year, but missing from the updated range was the GLI. It turns out VW was saving the new sporty sedan for the 2016 model year. Revealed in full today, the 2016 Jetta GLI adopts an aggressive look similar to that found on the...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2014 New York Auto Show
    2015 Volkswagen Jetta And Golf SportWagen Concept On Show In New York: Live Photos

    Volkswagen’s latest Jetta has been on sale since the 2011 model year, during which time it’s seen its engine lineup expanded and a new hybrid variant added. For 2015, the Jetta is receiving its first major update, and we got our first look at the car up close at the 2014 New York Auto...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Jetta facelift spy shots
    2015 Volkswagen Jetta Spy Shots

    Volkswagen’s current Jetta has been on sale since the 2011 model year, during which time the car has seen its engine lineup expanded and a new hybrid variant added. Next year, however, the car will receive its first major update, as confirmed by this camouflaged prototype recently spotted...

  • 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo R-Line
    2013 VW Beetle, Jetta GLI Uprated, Upgraded

    The latest version of VW's turbocharged 2.0-liter four makes its way into the Beetle and Jetta lineups midway through the 2013 model year. Volkswagen says for cars on sale this month, the running changes to those models will include its new TSI engine, the one it's building at a new factory in...

  • 2014 Volkswagen Golf Variant
    Volkswagen Golf Variant Preview: 2013 Geneva Motor Show

    Though it's more readily known as the Jetta SportWagen here in the U.S. (with a few tweaks to make it look more like the Jetta) the Golf Variant is how the rest of the world knows this compact wagon, and it's getting an all-new version at this year's Geneva Motor Show. This is what we'll see in the...

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