Canada's City Jetta And City Golf
Feb. 27, 2007
The City Jetta on display at the Canadian International Auto Show earlier this month
Volkswagen Canada has resurrected two models from the past in an effort to fill a void in its lower model line — as well as a void in its bottom line.
They are the last-generation Jetta and Golf (1999 to 2005), now called City, and they are selling alongside their new counterparts, the current Jetta and the Rabbit.
The City Jetta retails for $17,415 CDN, which is $8,275 cheaper than the new Jetta.
The City Golf retails for $15,615 CDN, which is $5,090 cheaper than the new Rabbit.
Prices include VW's destination fee.
While these prices look extremely attractive, they are for stripped-down base versions. Add options such as power locks, power windows, cruise control and air conditioning, which are standard on the new cars, and the price differences become smaller ($6,385 for the Jetta and cut nearly in half to $2,590 for the Golf).
Our only real criticism of the City models is the archaic engine. This eight-valve 2.0-liter four-cylinder has been outdated for years — bringing it back now only makes it look and feel older.
Sales being the judge, the City VWs are big successes so far — accounting for 22 to 37.8 percent of VW Canada's monthly sales since their introduction in October.
However, the very existence of Canada's City VWs underscores a significant issue, as well as a significant opportunity, for Volkswagen in North America: the need for a modern entry-level car to slot below the Jetta and Rabbit, which have both grown up over the years.
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The City Golf on display at the Canadian International Auto Show earlier this month