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DETROIT—On the eve of the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Volkswagen unveiled the newest generation of its compact 4-door sedan. The redesigned 2019 Jetta is slightly wider, taller, and longer than the previous model, and the wheelbase grows from 104.4 inches to 105.7—all of which improves interior room. The new Jetta is based on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture, which also underpins the new-for-2018 Tiguan compact SUV and Atlas midsize SUV.
Class: Midsize Crossover
Miles driven: 541
Fuel used: 28.4 gallons
Special-edition, limited-run vehicles have long been a part of most automakers’ bag of sales-boosting tricks. Producing a limited number of specially trimmed examples of a given vehicle—unique paint, wheels, interior and exterior trim, and maybe some stripes or special emblems—is a relatively easy, cost-effective way to drum up a little excitement over a given model line without incurring the significant expenses of a serious styling update or mechanical refresh. The special-edition model is a time-honored practice that has been going on in one form or another since the Fifties.
You just can’t bear the thought.
Whether you’re right out of college, replacing a car that’s given up the ghost, or adding a needed vehicle to your existing fleet, “Go with the flow” has never been your automotive mantra.
Of course, many cars are popular because they’re really good cars. “Really good,” that is, for everyone else.
Volkswagen announced at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show that its I.D. CROZZ concept vehicle is a preview of an all-new pure-electric production SUV that is scheduled to debut as a 2020 model. The I.D. CROZZ Concept, which debuted at the Shanghai Auto Show and was shown in updated form at the Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this year, was displayed at the L.A. Auto Show alongside the original Volkswagen I.D. and I.D. Buzz concept vehicles.
Wikipedia describes a soccer mom as “a married middle-class woman who lives in the suburbs and has school-age children. She is sometimes portrayed in the media as busy or overburdened and driving a minivan or SUV. She is also portrayed as putting the interests of her family, and most importantly her children, ahead of her own.” Per Wikipedia, the term started showing up in the national media in 1982.
The group of vehicles loosely referred to as small crossovers is currently the hottest-selling segment in the U.S.
As far as recessions go, the economic dip of the early Eighties wasn’t much of a downturn. Apparently the Fed overdid it a bit, and tightened the money supply a bit more than banks and lenders liked.
Class: Compact Crossover SUV
Miles driven: 326
Fuel used: 13.8 gallons
The rollout of General Motors’ broad lineup of “X-Car” compact cars for 1980–which consisted of four separate vehicle lines spread across four brands–was a big event in the American automotive industry. Not surprisingly, GM backed up its ambitious new product initiative with a massive presence in TV and magazine advertising.