Volkswagen Jetta History

Volkswagen Jetta History

Volkswagen Jetta History


The Volkswagen Jetta was first introduced in 1979 as an alternative option for consumers who didn’t find the Volkswagen Golf’s hatchback body appealing. Since then, it has quickly become one of the most popular vehicles in the brand’s lineup, helping establish the German brand in America, where it normally struggles.

Early History

The Jetta was first introduced in 1979 at the Frankfurt Auto Show with production beginning in August of the same year at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant in Germany. Offered as either a 2-door or a 4-door sedan, it quickly rose to fame, becoming the most popular European car in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Recent History

While the Jetta has continually remained a popular option, its European styling has been a point of contention within the American market. Now in its sixth generation, Volkswagen has redesigned the sedan to appeal more towards American tastes, offering it with both traditional and diesel engine options.

Volkswagen Jetta Fun Facts

  • The Jetta name refers to the Atlantic jetstream
  • Originally adapted from the Volkswagen Golf hatchback
  • Has been offered as a two-door, four-door, and five-door station wagon
  • Has grown in size and power with each generation
  • As of 2011, almost 10 million Jettas had been produced around the world

2014 Volkswagen Jetta Overview