If a recent report to be trusted, Volkswagen will discontinue its executive sedan Jetta in India. The current model will be on sale till CKD (completely knocked down) kits are available.
The vehicle has already been discontinued globally, as the company is planning to roll out the new-generation model sometime next year. The report also says that the Indian market will not even receive the Volkswagen Jetta 2017.
The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta will be based on the company’s flexible transverse-engined MQB platform that’s also used for several Skoda, Volkswagen and Audi cars globally. With an all-new engine, design and more features on offer, the new-gen Jetta is likely to be pricier than the current one. This is the reason why the company might not launch it here since the current-gen model is already among the most expensive cars in its category. When the company is already struggling to sell the current-gen model, an even more expensive model doesn’t make sense for the Indian market.
In 2015-16, Volkswagen India managed to sell 1,940 units of the Jetta as against Skoda Octavia’s 2,675 units and Toyota Corolla’s 6,506 units in the year.