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First Look: Volkswagen Jetta Wagon

Three images leak out before Geneva unveiling.

by on Mar.02, 2013

What VW has dubbed the GolfVariant may land in the U.S. as the next Jetta SportWagen.

Preparing for an auto show involves a bit of cat-and-mouse interaction between automakers and automotive journalists. The industry “flacks” often give trusted reporters an advance look at the products they’re planning to introduce but occasionally, someone jumps the embargo and it becomes fair game for all.

As has happened with the three images you see here of what Volkswagen has been calling its “Golf Variant.” A better way to think of it is as the next-generation Jetta SportWagen.  The original plans called for the new 2-box design to make its formal debut at a splashy debut staged prior to the formal opening of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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Unfortunately, we’ll still have to wait for that event to get VW officials to spill the complete story but here’s what we’ve learned so far: The GolfVariant, as its name suggests, is based on the all-new MQB small car platform Volkswagen has adopted – one that will be used for a wide range of products sold not just under the VW brand but also for marques as diverse as Skoda and Audi.


Volkswagen of America Recalls DSG Transaxles

Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, GTI, and Eos models are covered.

by on Aug.22, 2009

Your car's not haunted. It just has a bad sensor.

Your car's not haunted. It just has a bad sensor.

Volkswagen of America is recalling 13,500 vehicles equipped with its Direct Shift Gearbox transmission. Models affected by the recall include the Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, GTI, and Eos built between September 2008 and August 2009. VW says the recall applies to 2009 model year vehicles and a limited number of 2010 model year vehicles.

The recall also applies to 2009 Audi A3, TT and TT Roadster models equipped with “S tronic” transmissions. A  limited number of 2010  A3 cars equipped with the transmissions are also affected, according to Audi. More than a quarter of the cars involved in the recall, or 667, are in dealer stock or at delivery ports. They will be inspected before sales to customers.

The problem with the high tech transmission is apparently caused by a defective temperature sensor, which triggers a fault code in the computer controller. Failure of the temperature sensor could result in illuminated warning lamps on the instrument panel, and, in what VW says are rare instances, the transmission may shift into neutral since the computer thinks the oil in the gearbox it is overheating.

The DSG dual-clutch transmission uses direct shifting that automatically engages and disengages gears without the need for a clutch pedal. A computer engages one clutch on the next gear when it’s needed, just as it releases the other clutch from the previous gear. When all is well, shifts are seamless and happen without the power loss associated with a traditional, clutched shift.

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The DSG transmission gives drivers a choice of fully automatic operation, with no further driver involvement necessary beyond selecting “D.” The advanced transmission also offers automated manual shifting for drivers.