2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid: 2012 Detroit Auto Show Video

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Volkswagen has for many years pushed clean-diesel TDI options to car buyers interested in better fuel-efficiency, with the Touareg Hybrid given a very small second stage. But for 2013 that's set to change with the introduction of the new 2013 Jetta Hybrid.

Slated to offer the highest mileage in the Jetta lineup—an EPA Combined 45 mpg—the Jetta Hybrid will pack a 150-horsepower, 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine plus a 20-kW (27-hp) thin electric motor system mounted between the engine and transmission. Power is sent through the automaker's seven-speed DSG (dual-clutch) automated gearbox.

The 2013 VW Jetta Hybrid has a full hybrid system, just like the Toyota Prius family, meaning that it can be driven short distances, at relatively low speeds, on electric power alone. It can also coast, as high as 84 mph, with the gasoline engine temporarily shutting off.

Special wheels, LED running lamps, and a small lip spoiler are the only giveaways from the outside that this is a hybrid, although there are plenty of more subtle improvements that help with aerodynamics.

See our piece on the Jetta Hybrid's U.S. introduction for more information, as well as our coverage of the Detroit Auto Show here and over at MotorAuthority.

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Comments (5)
  1. Hey VW! I want a Jetta DIESEL PLUG-IN HYBRID that averages 60 mpg and I want it for $24k! ANY QUESTIONS?

    Good job reporting, John, but the camera operator overexposed you so you look like a ghost. Hire a professional videographer next time.

  2. VW must know something if they're not able to deliver the diesel hybrids that the fan boys are clamoring for, so stop asking and quoting unrealistic euro mpg figures. Enjoy the drum brakes on the new Jetta and a couple of overpriced and dirty diesel options in the meantime.

  3. Dirty Diesel?!?! I guess you have not driven or seen one in the past 3 years. go for a test drive. and there are real European cars in production that are diesel hybrids with ratings. Look at the Citroen D3 mileage from 57 mpg (city), to 83 mpg (highway)

  4. ummm... clear your throat lol

  5. The first authentic pronunciation of Touareg I have heard. Even the Germans can't say it right... Still can't flat tow any of them behind my RV though...

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