Since 1979, the Volkswagen Jetta had been a compact car/small family car produced and sold by Volkswagen. Slotted to fill the vacancy above the firm's Golf hatchback, it has been marketed over seven generations. Whether you're restoring your Jetta or just doing some regular maintenance, get yourself a Volkswagen Jetta service manual to see that your Jetta stays on the road for years to come.
The Golf had much success in North America, the Jetta became the best-selling European car in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The car was also well received in Europe. Engine options varied considerably depending on the market, most used or were based on 827 engines of the era.
The Mark 2 series, historically speaking, is the longest running Jetta to date. In early 1984, the second-generation Jetta was introduced to Europe and to North America in 1985, the second-generation Jetta proved to be a success for Volkswagen. Based on the all-new second-generation Golf platform, the car was heavier, more substantial, and could seat five people instead of four.
For the third-generation, the Jetta name was discontinued entirely; instead, Volkswagen christened it the Volkswagen Vento in European countries, which went on to be launched in 1992. The Jetta 3 was launched in North America in 1993 after many production delays and quality problems. Production of the fourth-generation vehicle began in July 1999. The car was called the Volkswagen Bora in much of the world.
The fifth-generation was unveiled at the 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show. The Mark 5 sedan hit the market in the US before any other country, thus reflecting the importance of the Jetta in that market for Volkswagen.
The sixth-generation Volkswagen Jetta was announced in 2010, for North America. The sixth-generation Volkswagen Jetta was primarily designed by Volkswagen Mexico under the supervision of Volkswagen Germany, and 70% of the parts are developed and produced in Mexico.
The seventh-generation 2018 Volkswagen Jetta was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. This Jetta is based on Volkswagen's MQB Platform, which underpins other Volkswagen vehicles including the Volkswagen Golf and the Volkswagen Atlas. If you are ever working on a Jetta and need some help. Grab yourself a copy of our Volkswagen Jetta workshop manual.