2012 VW Jetta Test Mule First Spy Photos

2012 VW Jetta test mule first spy photos
2012 VW Jetta test mule first spy photos

Spied for the first time in mule form, here are photos of the next generation Volkswagen Jetta VI cold weather testing in Lapland. Wearing the body of a Jetta V model, it appears to have a longer wheelbase than normal, the front bumper fit is slightly off and the front wheel arches seem wider than normal too.

Known in most markets as the Jetta it also goes by the names Bora, Sagitar, Vento and Atlantic. The first generation Jetta in 1980 was targeted to the American market as a Golf with a trunk. Since then the Jetta has become the best-selling European car in North America unlike its more internationally famous Golf sibling.

Lately though, starting with Jetta V, VW has sought to distance the car more from the Golf's younger, sportier, compact image and closer to an Audi A4 by placing it a little more upscale as a family semi-executive sedan. The current model Jetta V was launched in Europe in 2005 and our spied successor is expected to launch in 2012.


Published Dec 17th, 2008 2:11am By Thami Masemola

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miller miller
i hope is look like the new golf 2008
Dec 31st, 2008 4:33am
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rcw rcw
A lot of people find VW and Audi boring, but considering the type of car (and price range) VW is supposed to be, I don't see how folks find it boring relative to it's competitors. Sometimes folks just want a simple, refined, solid and relaxed but not totally isolated ride. As for VW, I feel it is more special than an equivalent Honda or Toyota for example. So, I am a VW/Audi fan but I must say that I have NEVER been impressed with the current Jetta. It lost all of the cool looks and specialness that made the Mk IV version so unique considering the price. I hope VW tweaks the Mk VI and brings the style/coolness factor back. This Mk V is probably the best Jetta yet but it's also the least appealing to me.
Dec 17th, 2008 2:35pm
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j.majik j.majik
I bet it's a mule for 4motion.
Dec 17th, 2008 11:32am
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
itll just be a gold VI with a boot on it...
Dec 17th, 2008 9:47am
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
sorry golf WCF edit button please
Dec 17th, 2008 9:48am
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coopergt coopergt
why is it taking so long as we already have the Golf VI?
Dec 17th, 2008 8:30am
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bernardo bernardo
Guys calm down...those are early test mules, they´re using the exact same body from the actual jetta to test new stuff.Thats how its done in early stages of development..
Dec 17th, 2008 8:14am
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Nurchus Nurchus
Looks bloody same!!! Bah!
Dec 17th, 2008 7:16am
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Nurchus Nurchus
They should call this model V.V not VI. VW, come on, you know better than to pull a Ford and rehash an old model and label it new because you added a hump by the c-pillar.
Dec 17th, 2008 7:26am
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AmazingJerry AmazingJerry
nurchus, do you know what a mule is? Read "again" the article and title and report back your findings. [cough]Moron![/cough]
Dec 17th, 2008 8:16am
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car-o-bar car-o-bar
It is a test mule, wearing the current Jetta clothing, the new one is not going to be the same... read the article at least before making a comment.
Dec 17th, 2008 10:04am
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Nurchus Nurchus
Amazingjerry, think back to the new Golf VI mule. How much did it differ than when it was revealed? Not much? Only thing different were the rear lights and front end (by slim margin)? Overall the same? Yeah...
Dec 17th, 2008 12:16pm
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