2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLI

It's amazing the difference 100 pounds of strategically placed steel makes.

In Europe, the VW Golf has been a best seller since its inception, but successive generations of the VW Jetta (also known as the Vento and Bora) have failed to generate much interest. In the U.S. the Jetta is the jewel in the VW crown, accounting for 40 percent of the company's entire sales and encapsulating its philosophy of German engineering meets affordable Euro-chic, although by the time the new car arrived earlier this year sales of the Golf-with-a-trunk had slowed to a trickle as procrastinated product cycles drove buyers elsewhere. Never has the tagline "Drivers Wanted" been more appropriate.

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