Can Volkswagen Pull Ahead in Top Global Car Brand Race?

When fall comes around, it’s typical for a single carmaker to pull ahead of the pack as the top global car brand—but this year, the race remains close. Volkswagen and Toyota are running neck-and-neck, having produced almost the exact same number of vehicles so far this year, which means the title is still up in the air.

 

Top Global Car Brand
Volkswagen Wolfsburg (Photo: RONNY HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

From January 2016 to September 2016, both of these carmakers have produced about 7.609 million vehicles, according to data released by each of the two companies. While Toyota is currently in the lead, Volkswagen trails by only 336 units. This is nothing in the automotive industry, especially since both carmakers tend to make about 10 million vehicles each year.

 

As to which brand will end up being the top global car brand, it looks like VW might pull ahead at the end of 2016. Currently, the German carmaker has a year-over-year growth of 2.4% from January 2016 to September 2016 compared to Toyota’s 1.2% growth in the same time frame. Add the fact that VW was actually in the lead until Toyota took the lead in August, and it is quite possible that the German brand will come out on top once again.

2017 Volkswagen Jetta Spotlight

2017 Volkswagen Jetta - Memphis, TN
The Jetta looks better than ever thanks to a few nice upgrades.

Since the Volkswagen Jetta first arrived on the market, this model has been making big waves in the compact car segment. With its legendary European performance, spacious interior, and unbeatable safety, the VW Jetta is a great choice for those consumers looking for a fuel-efficient, affordable, and powerful ride.

The Jetta has seen a few changes for the 2017 model year. Now, this sedan offers a rearview camera on all trim levels, while also increasing the availability of driver assistance features like forward collision mitigation. This increase in safety has allowed the Jetta to receive an impressive five-out-of-five stars for overall safety in government crash tests. Despite these changes, the Jetta still comes in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL, and GLI.

Consumers can choose from one of three engine choices to power the 2017 Jetta. The base S and SE models have a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine which pumps out a peppy 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed. A turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder is also available, as is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which comes only on the GLI.

The Jetta’s interior is where this model truly shines. Despite being a compact car, it still manages to offer the spaciousness and cargo room of a vehicle twice its size. It comes standard with a 5-inch touchscreen interface and Bluetooth connectivity, which makes it easy to stay connected even with a base model. As you move up the trim level range, you will find a number of fine-tuned features that will keep anyone happy, including a premium nine-speaker Fender audio system with subwoofer.

For a fun-to-drive compact car with plenty of features to choose from, look no further than the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta. Find out more about this compact car at Gossett VW Germantown.