VW’s sales moved upward 2.4% for July 2015 vs. July 2014. VW rep Mark Gillies tells the Autoist that the Jetta is VW’s bestseller (11,467 units; 4.2% increase). He says customer acceptance of VW’s updated compact sedan proves VW is headed in the right direction.
The Golf family posted the biggest gains with the SportWagen topping the list at 2,602 units. Previously, the SportWagen was a Jetta model. Tiguan sales were up 13.5% to 2,407 units. VW’s midsize Passat, slated for a major makeover, sold 6,904 units down 20.4%.
For 2016, Jetta S and SE models employ an alloy-block turbocharged 1.4-liter, 150 four-cylinder engine—EA288. With a six-speed automatic, VW claims it nets 39 mpg highway. A five-speed manual is also available. This “eco” mill, found under the Jetta Hybrid’s hood, is popular in Europe; it features many driveline innovations.
VW further ups vehicle content by democratizing driver assistance aids: forward collision alert, autonomous braking, parking assist, lane departure warning and cross traffic alert. Rearview cameras are found on 85% of VW’s models. Driver assist package pricing ranges from $695 to $1,495.
VW also announces updated infotainment systems. The large-screen version supports CarPlay interface for iPhone, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
Last Edit: Aug 5, 2015 6:22:47 GMT -6 by VWCA_Adman