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Detroit motor show 2012: VW Jetta Hybrid

  • VW Jetta Hybrid at Detroit show
  • Has 1.4 petrol engine and electric motor
  • UK launch unlikely
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The VW Jetta Hybrid has been revealed at the Detroit motor show 2012.

The Jetta Hybrid combines VWs 148bhp 1.4 TSI petrol engine with a 27bhp electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. The electric motor can provide sole power for up to 1.2 miles, below 37mph.

The Jetta Hybrid uses VWs seven-speed DSG transmission and has brake-energy-regeneration and engine stop-start systems to help reduce fuel economy and CO2 emissions.

Average fuel economy is estimated to be around 54mpg, while CO2 emissions are around 99g/km. New front and rear spoilers help the Jetta cut through the air more efficiently, with aerodynamic drag reduced by 10% compared with the standard Jetta.

There are also bespoke wheels and tyres to reduce rolling resistance, new LED rear light details, and a special front grille with a VW badge with a blue background.

The Jetta Hybrid will go on sale in the USA and Canada in November 2012. VW says there are no plans to sell the hybrid in the UK, due to limited demand.

A Golf using the same technology would be possible, but more expensive than a 1.6 TDI model, which would be more fuel efficient.

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