The All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta: It’s a great leap forward in the evolution of a favourite Canadian ride.

The Volkswagen Jetta has changed a lot since it was first introduced way back in big-hair, boom-box, break-dancing days of the 1980s.

It’s really grown up a lot. But, with each new generation of Jetta, some things have always stayed the same.

Since day one, it’s always been about the style, the capability and the fun. That’s never changed.

And, probably because of that, the Jetta has always been one of Volkswagen’s bestselling cars. Drivers have always just loved getting behind the wheel.

With the launch of the All-New 2019 Jetta, Volkswagen is turning that excitement up to 11. The Jetta will be the biggest launch from the brand this year, and we think there’s plenty to be excited about. With a bold, new redesign and enhanced performance, the 2019 Jetta is engineered to make a long-standing Volkswagen favourite your new favourite ride. It’s powered by a 1.4 TSI engine that delivers a spirited yet fuel-efficient performance in your choice of six-speed manual transmission or eight-speed automatic

with Tiptronic for lightning-fast shifting.

A refined interior boasts boundless amenities, along with sophisticated technology—including Electronic Stability Control, App-Connect smartphone integration and touchscreen radio with proximity sensor.

In many trim versions of the new-generation Jetta, safety features include (either as options or standard) assistance systems such as Lane Keeping Assistant and Blind Spot Detection.

With all those safety systems working hard, you can concentrate on enjoying the ride—and the advanced infotainment system that features an available 400-watt Beats Premium Audio sound system.

All of that technology is housed in a sleek, seductive exterior that announces your arrival with style and panache.

Outside, the car’s design is more refined than ever. With its coupé-like styling, the body is more reminiscent of a sporty ride such as the new Arteon than a conventional sedan. But it’s never style over substance—that new look is also exceptionally aerodynamic, with a drag coefficient of 0.27. That’s an improvement of around 10 percent, which means more efficiency and a positive effect on fuel economy. Meanwhile, the gas engine is as efficient as it is torque-strong: a 1.4 TSI that produces 147 hp of power and 184 lb/ft of torque.

So, what’s new for 2019? Let’s run down some of the highlights.

People will definitely see you coming (and going) with the Jetta’s new standard LED headlights and tail lights. Brighter, bolder and much more energy efficient, LED headlights with daytime running lights and LED tail lights give the 2019 Jetta and its driver the high visibility they deserve—from the front and rear.

The available Rail 2 Rail sunroof opens up a world (and sky) of possibilities. The boldly redesigned 2019 Jetta is sure to have all eyes on your ride. And with the Rail 2 Rail sunroof, it’s all eyes on the sky, with sweeping vistas that span almost the entire overhead expanse. At night, it’s like having your own observatory on wheels.

As they say, your car is your studio. That’s definitely true with the available Beats Premium Audio. Bring the audio technology that inspired a headphone-listening renaissance right into your ride, with speakers by BeatsAudio. They were engineered by audiophiles and perfected by a music icon, with bass-heavy beats guaranteed to put the bump in your trunk.

If you’re a Star Wars fan (or even a Trekkie, we’re not here to judge) the available Digital Cockpit puts you in the Captain’s chair. It stores up to three driver profiles plus one for a guest, welcoming you by name and reset ting to your preferences for mirrors, climate control and radio station at the touch of a button.

Plus, it offers instant access to essential information, like range to your next fill-up, driver assistance settings and more. Or, if you’re a data junkie who has to know what’s going on at all times, there are available infotainment driving mode screens.

Available Discover Media infotainment system puts satellite navigation, along with your choice of available driving mode selection—Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport and Individual—all at your fingertips, with touchscreen activation so the controls are all within reach and familiar.

Enjoy the ride with optional radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control. The system immediately detects if traffic is slowing ahead and automatically reduces speed to match. And, if another vehicle cuts in front of you, it slows your car down—if necessary, it even brakes, too. It’s like magic. (Well, it’s like magic, but it’s actually some pretty cool technology.) With available vented cooling and memory seats, you’ll always remember to keep cool.

(See what we did there…?) Staying cool is no sweat. When it comes to avoiding a sweaty back, the Jetta has you ventilated. When Mother Nature turns up the thermostat, the cooling seats will help you avoid any sticky situation. Plus, with available memory seats, finding your driver’s groove again is just one button away.

We could really go on (and on), but we’ll wrap things up with a must-have—Standard smartphone App-Connect. Hit the road with your own co-pilot, DJ and personal assistant all rolled into one. App-Connect lets you enjoy all the perks of your smartphone in the dash, and control things hands-free with your voice—your wish is our command.

The All-New 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is the one you’ve been waiting for. Available in three trim lines, it’s the natural next step in the evolution of one of Canada’s favourite vehicles. Plus… it’s just one fun, sweet ride!

» We took it through a nasty little track designed with sharp turns on reverse cambers to expose any potential fuel starvation problems. Its stiff chassis, beefy brakes and tight steering enabled it to manoeuvre like a champ. «

Doug Firby, The Globe and Mail

» With the compact car segment having heated up immensely within the past few years with very competitive products, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta’s more assured driving dynamics, less boring styling, and obsessive attention to detail should make it easy for this car to rack up plenty of sales. «

Chidi Ohiaeri,

» On this closed-course oval track, I was able to get the Jetta up to 210 km/h, and it didn’t appear to have much strain on the car. Initial power delivery was instant thanks to its class-leading torque. Once you hit over 100 km/h, it could be pushed even more without hardly any turbo lag. At high speeds, the Jetta stayed balanced and relaxed throughout, as if it was a routine Sunday drive. «

David Miller, The Car Guide/Motoring TV

JETTA THROUGH THE YEARS…and what else was big

Jetta Mark 1

1980 – 1984


Launched as a sedan version of the popular Rabbit (available in two- and four-door options), it quickly became the best selling European car in North America.

What else was big in early 1980s? Big hair, boom boxes, break dancing, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Care Bears, mullets, Vans & the “Where’s the beef” lady.

Jetta Mark 2

1984 – 1992


With seating for five, a spacious trunk and an upscale feel, it outsold Golf 2-to-1 in North America.

What else was big in early ’90s? Beanie Babies, fanny packs, grunge, Pogs, Polly Pockets, raves, Reebok Pumps, slap bracelets & Thighmasters.

Jetta Mark 3

1993 – 1998


Larger, more refined and only available in a four-door version. It also became more aerodynamic.

What else was big in the late ’90s? The George Foreman Grill, The Macarena, Tickle Me Elmo, Furbies, Tamagotchi, Giga Pets, sagging pants and The Spice Girls.

Jetta Mark 4

1999 – 2005


Premium options like climate control and rain-sensing wipers added. The “Whiptenna” (a roof-mounted low-drag antenna), a gas turbo engine and the VR6 are introduced.

What else was big at the turn of the millennium? The Budweiser Wassup frogs, Napster, The Hampsterdance Song, flash mobs, freedom fries, Eminem, Razor scooters, The Segway PT, Auto-Tune & iPods.

Jetta Mark 5

2005 – 2010


The first Jetta with a DSG transmission option and only the second Volkswagen model to debut at a US auto show.

What else was big in the mid-to-late ’00s? High School Musical, hipsters, Happy Bunny, silent discos, Crocs, grills, Livestrong Wristbands & MySpace.

Jetta Mark 6

2011 – 2017


Marks the first time the Jetta was truly is own model. No more shared body panels and other aspects of the Golf—plus, it boasted a bigger trunk and unique interior features.

What else was big in the ’10s? Angry Birds, planking, dab, Doge memes, Fidget Spinners. Gangnam Style, Ice Bucket Challenge, selfie sticks, Duck Dynasty, Grumpy Cat, Rainbow Looms & YOLO.

2018 Golf R: From Germany to Your Driveway

Your 2018 Golf R begins its journey in Wolfsburg, Germany.

If you’ve ever placed an order for the 2018 Golf R, you know you aren’t just getting a powerful 292 hp engine, 4MOTION® All-Wheel Drive, and a finely tuned suspension system. You’re getting a custom-made performance vehicle with real European pedigree.

That’s because, all Golf R models are manufactured at our flagship facility in Wolfsburg, Germany alongside our other European models.

Thanks to our revolutionary Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, up to 3,820 vehicles leave the facility each day, most of them destined for European markets. Right now, parts from all over the world are coming together to just in time to create the Golf R, in addition to our other European models.

The Press Shop: Where it all starts

It starts with 2,600 tonnes of sheet steel processed in the press shop where 420,000 vehicle body parts are formed. Shells for side panels, doors, lids and hoods that already suggest the car’s final shape are produced by cold forming. Steel from a coil is cut into blanks. In the next step, these are given their three-dimensional shape. A large-capacity vacuum press with a maximum force of 7,700 metric tons (77,000 kN) shapes the blank through a deep-drawing process by driving the ram down with full force.

Body parts that are hot formed in the press shop give the Golf R its structure and ensure optimum crash performance. Steel alloy sheets are heated to 950 degrees. A robot removes the red-hot metal and inserts it stroke by stroke into the pressing tool, where the body parts are shaped and quickly cooled to 180 degrees. As a result, they are much stronger than cold-formed parts.

The Paint Shop: 40 custom colours

The uniform body shell is then bathed in cleaner to remove lubricants, oils and greases. The metal must be entirely free from impurities for the filler and top coats to adhere permanently.

The Golf R then undergoes a 5-coat paint process that begins with primer, followed by a dip coating, a filler coat, the top coat, one of 40 custom colours ordered by the customer, and finally a protective clear coat.

The Assembly: Putting it all together

The painted Golf R body is then transformed into a complete car according to your specifications, thanks to 160 robots and 43 employees. All 230 steps and operations are executed in detail. The chassis and powertrain are married to the body and remaining parts are installed in sequence. Once the Golf R stands on its own four wheels, the lid, hood and doors are adjusted precisely and finally the radiator grille and VW logo are mounted.

Quality Control: Tested again and again The key is placed in the ignition, the engine turned on and each Volkswagen Golf R is put through its paces. Toe, camber and headlights are adjusted. The steering wheel is turned to the central position and the electronic assistance systems tested. Now the Golf R is given its first road test: 625 meters on the vibration track. It is then subjected to a monsoon test to ensure there are no leaks.

In the light tunnel, employees check that doors, lids and hoods close perfectly. They sit on each seat and inspect the workmanship of the interior trims. The aim is to ensure quality down to the last detail.

Each new Volkswagen vehicle has to prove itself for 45 minutes. Only when value has been demonstrated is it sent off to its lucky owner in Canada.

So, when you order a Golf-R, it truly is custom made just for you. It has your name on it from the moment it hits the assembly line, to the second you slide into the driver’s seat.

The Golf R is made for drivers who love to drive. This powerhouse shines on the race track, going from 0-100 km/h in under five seconds. And the luxury sports seats and Carbon Touch trim make it a joy to spend time in.

If you haven’t checked out the the Golf R, find out what it’s all about. You may just decide to have one of your own added to the Wolfsburg assembly line.

Electric Vehicle Charging 101

Everything you need to know about charging your e-Golf

Electric vehicle (EV) technology remains relatively new. Unless you have an EV, you may not know all the details surrounding how it works. And that can be a little intimidating.

For instance, how do you charge an e-Golf? Can you plug it in like you do your lawn mower or hedge trimmer? Do you have to buy a charging station? How long does it take to charge an e-Golf?

Fret not, here’s everything you need to know about charging your e-Golf.

About the e-Golf battery

Let’s begin with the e-Golf’s lithium-ion battery capacity. A full charge will use approximately 31.5 kWh of electricity. Keep in mind, the battery will never fully deplete, so you’ll never actually have to use that much electricity to get a full charge.

In terms of consumption, the battery uses approximately 17.4 kWh for every 100 kilometers driven. This is the gasoline equivalent of only 2.0 L/100 km! So if you drive 100 km per day, on average, you’ll have to charge the battery approximately every 1.8 days.

Charging your e-Golf

So, can you plug your e-Golf into a regular residential outlet just like you do everything else? Yes. Yes, you can. Better yet, every e-Golf comes with a home charger for a regular outlet.

But here’s the catch: outlets come in varying voltages. The outlets in typical residential homes are either 110 or 120 volts. Think of voltage like water pressure. At this voltage, you’re not getting a lot of water coming out the spout. It would take between 26 and 29 hours to fully charge the e-Golf on Level 1.

At Level 2, voltage moves up to between 208 and 240 volts. You can install a Level 2 charger at home on a dryer or oven-style outlet. Because there is more voltage—and typically more amperes—charging an electric vehicle on Level 2 would reduce to 4-5 hours. You can also find these at many convenient destinations—grocery stores, schools, offices—for a quick top-up.

A Level 3 charger is a fast-charging station. Unlike Level 1 and 2, Level 3 operates at over 400 volts and the high-voltage battery’s native Direct Current (DC). More and more are being installed throughout your community and along key transportation routes, especially in Ontario, Québec, and British Columbia. Charging time to 80% is only 30-45 minutes, the perfect amount of time for a road trip pit stop. The last 20% of any EV’s battery takes longer to charge—roughly the equivalent of Level 2—due to the lithium-ion battery’s inherent nature.

Locating a charging station is super easy. Check out our interactive map to locate an e-Golf compatible charging station near you.

In the upcoming weeks, we’ll be addressing all your e-Golf and EV questions here. Check back soon for more information.

In the meantime, find out more about e-Golf or reserve one now.

Winter Accessories

Embracing Canadian winters.

As Canadians, we don’t complain about winter- we embrace it. We don’t look forward to the snow melting – we turn snow in to art. We don’t hibernate all winter – we go outside to enjoy the brisk cold of our country. We attack winter – we don’t let winter attack us.

Having a vehicle that is properly equipped for the weather can make winter much more enjoyable. Whether its roof bars, ski/snowboard racks, Monster Mats or cargo liners, Volkswagen has all of the necessary accessories for your vehicle to be ready for winter in Canada.  All Volkswagen Accessories are engineered to fit your vehicle perfectly and are backed by a 4 Year 80,000Km warranty when purchased at time of new vehicle purchase (after new vehicle purchase accessories are covered for the remainder of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty period; or 1-Year/20,000Km, whichever is greater).

The accessories don’t stop there.  While (we hope) it’s too late for this season, next winter, before you put those winter tires on, check out the large assortment of winter wheel packages available, including a wide range of alloy or steel wheels which can be paired with your favorite brand of tire.

Your local Volkswagen dealer is happy to help you become equipped with all of the accessories that this winter will require, so that when winter comes, you aren’t complaining about it – you’re embracing it.


5 Favourite Things About the 2014 Volkswagen CC + Fun Test Drive Destinations

Volkswagen CC earns a new admirer.

This is my first Vee Dub I’ve driven, I think. Well, except for the Jetta’s in the Autoshare fleet, but they typically smell like worn gym sneakers. I’ve always admired Volkswagen’s advertising though, but I think the allure has more to do with their premier German engineering that really sets the bar high for nearly every other auto manufacturer on the block.

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Volkswagen CC

Introducing the VW Blog

Hello World. Volkswagen Canada gets up close and personal.

Today is a first for Volkswagen Canada – the launch of our official blog. Who better than the maker of “The People’s Car” to hand you the keys to the brand through the inclusive power of social media?

Volkswagen Canada

I am personally excited, not only for the launch of our blog, but for having recently joined the Volkswagen Canada organization as Director of Marketing for this beloved brand. Though a through-and-through career marketer I am new to the automotive industry. It wasn’t a huge leap, though, as I have been a loyal VW customer my entire driving life. I fondly remember my first Volkswagen, a used 1987 Jetta GL – Antelope Brown. I proudly brought my first child home from the hospital in our 1998 2.0T new model Passat – Colorado Red. Our second child was chauffeured home in our 2004 Jetta, the vehicle which also marked our leap to becoming a two Volkswagen household for the first time. I’m now honoured to be a part of the team responsible for further building this great brand here in Canada.

And what a great run our brand is on. Having just last year celebrated 60 years in Canada we sold just under 60,000 vehicles – a whopping 50% more than only three short years ago. Globally, Volkswagen is now the 3rd largest automotive manufacturer in the world selling an astonishing 9 million vehicles. This year, we introduced the first ever Turbocharged Hybrid – showing how the power of our German engineering has broken through yet another barrier: that driving performance need not be sacrificed in being eco-friendly. And we’ve also made the superior design and performance of Volkswagen more accessible than ever by significantly lowering prices, while never compromising on our unmatched attention to detail.

The future looks even more exciting. With new engine technologies that will further re-invent driving efficiency and performance, and a jaw-dropping pipeline of new models and designs already planned out to the end of the current decade, Volkswagen will continue to delight Canadians for years to come. I look forward to sharing in an ongoing dialogue with you about Volkswagen – the good and the bad – through this blog. Together we are ‘the People’s Car’ – power to the people.