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VW Revealing Updated 2015 Jetta in NY

Subtle visual revisions conceal other updates.

by on Apr.14, 2014

The 2015 Volkswagen Jetta is set to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

Volkswagen must have a thing for the Big Apple as the maker plans an assortment of product announcements during this week’s New York Auto Show. That includes an updated version of the Jetta.

The 2015 VW Jetta won’t deliver any major visual surprises, though, with most of the key changes coming under the skin in the form new technologies, such as blind spot detection, and a new Clean Diesel expected to deliver up to 45 mpg on the highway.

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VW can use a little boost. The maker took a tumble last year and has been struggling to regain momentum so far this year, and it’s betting on the tweaks to Jetta – its best-selling U.S. model – and the newly renamed Golf SportWagen that New York showgoers will get a first look at this coming week. (more…)

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.