Lower price for Volkswagen Jetta

The 2007 Volkswagen Jetta, which will be available in fall, will have a lower price than last year’s version. It wil start at $17,120, including a $630 destination charge. The 2006 Jetta started at $18,530, including destination.

Volkswagen spokesman Tom Wegehaupt said, “We lowered the price to be more competitive in the segment”.

The new Jetta also gets an optional iPod adapter, simplified cruise control, an optional premium sound system and a standard tire-pressure monitoring system.

The German automaker dropped the diesel Jetta and the 1.9 TDI diesel New Beetle for 2007. Wegehaupt said all-new common-rail diesel technology will be forthcoming on the New Beetle for the year 2008. He said the new 2.0-liter diesel engine is estimated to deliver 140 horsepower and more than 200 pound-feet of torque.

Volkswagen also announced a special model of the New Beetle is planned for 2007. It will be a white-on-white model that will go on sale in spring 2007. It will feature a white interior and exterior and a white trunk lid, although the top will be black.