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New 35th Anniversary VW Jetta GLI Debuts at Chicago Auto Show

Altas Wins MotorWeek's Drivers' Choice Award

Chicago Jan. 7, 2019:  VWoA’s Derrick Hatami introduced the new Jetta GLI.   A special 35th Anniversary model is part of the mix.  It has a black roof, red-ring wheels and special badging.

All GLIs ape VW’s GTI.  GLIs feature rear independent suspensions, move via 228-hp mills with 258 lb-ft of torque routed to either a seven-speed direct-shift gearboxes or six-speed manual transmissions.  Variable valve timing improves engine performance.  Golf R brakes, with electrically operated parking binders, let one add more whoa to its oh-it’s-fast demeanor.

Cars shown have 225/45R18 inch tires.  VW plans several trim lines :  S, Autobahn and 35th Anniversary.  Options include panoramic sunroof, digital cockpit, heated or chilled seats and Beats audio.  Autobahn has leather upholstery, others cloth. 

One improvement saves your head:  revised trunk lid hydraulic struts.  Now, they fully open the deck lid.  This fixes the noggin-busting design that debuted last year.   

The GLI arrives at VW dealerships this spring.  Prices weren't announced.  VW's Adam Reinhardt claims GLIs should list for about the same amount as the hot-hatch GTI but include more equipment.  The GLI's driver environment is good; similar to the GTI's.  Back-seat drivers don't fare as well due to hard-plastic door cards, missing face vents and no rear electrical power outlets.  Good vehicle driving dynamics.should please this Jetta's pilot.         


In Chicago, PBS's MotorWeek announced that the VW Atlas won its Drivers' Choice Award for best large utility (a repeat).  VW's other brands, Bentley Continental GT and Porsche Panamera, won best dream machines.

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From this VW Bus, Kathy Janiszewski emerges with her wedding party in July 1966. She inspired her son, Tom, to follow a passion for VWs.