When the chief designer gives an interview in the official promotional brochure, then he is either very confident of this product, or the company tries everything to have success with this product. Why do the VW upper depend really on the name? At least in Germany it is a synonym for a grandfather's car with a lot of luggage space.
No, foreign countries destinate here probably the direction, particularly U.S., where the car is indeed presented. Here, the Jetta is always remained with his name, even when it was called 'Bora' in Europe. And successful it is. In addition, the Jetta is probably to see as part of a model campaign, to displace Toyota from the first place.
Who wants to sell long-term 7 or even 8 million cars, must be come up with something just in overseas. The still quite weak dollar (0.73 €) is forcing the relocation of production capacities. Thereby you may also directly increase the layout (of Jetta and Passat). Of course, one has to calculate the prices extremely scarce, in order to survive against the still cheaper competitors.
One will be interesting to see what will tell the customer in Europe to do so. But this applies more the Passat as the Jetta, which is still skillfully pleasant away from the Golf when you can at VW models at all talk about distance. One probably can prophesy it a happier future than its predecessors, especially when the chief designer strongly support it. 11/02