Analytical Report Project Essay

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The Volkswagen Jetta is a product of German automaker Volkswagen Group. The small family car was first produced in 1979 and was positioned to fill the niche market for saloon/sedan category. Over time, this model has been marketed variously as Bora, Atlantic, Fox, City Jetta, Jetta City, Vento, GLI, and Sagitar. Originally, Jetta was adapted through the addition of a conventional truck to Volkswagen’s Golf hatchback, as well as some distinctive styling. The model has been offered in both five-door station wagon and two- and four-door saloon/sedan. The company had sold over 6.6 million Jettas worldwide as of 2005, a third of which were sold in the U.S alone. The model has been undergoing improvements in both size and power since the introduction of the original version in 1980. The Scion XB is a product manufactured by Toyota for the U.S market with the aim of selling it under the youth-oriented Scion brand. It is a five-door, box-shaped hatchback. The first-generation XB was a rebadged version of Toyota bB, which was targeted for the Japanese market. The XB was one of the models in the lineup for US-exclusive division for Toyota, which was held at the brand’s launch in 2004.
Review of Volkswagen Jetta
Fuel economy Engine choices vary depending on the Jetta’s local market. Linn and Klier indicate that in the third generation of Volkswagen, fuel economy was a strong point, and for this reason, the model gained high ratings (6). In top trim lines, buyers could access the 2.8- liter six-cylinder engine. In one of the car’s magazine test, it was possible for the 128 power plant to accelerate this car from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.9 seconds. Fischer indicates that the fourth generation Volkswagen Jetta comes with a new range of unit injector diesel engines (2639). This new design comes with advanced unit injectors as well as additional electronics in order to meet all the new standards for air emissions set for Europe and North America. In order to accomplish the role of producing enough power while meeting all the set emission standards, the new technology facilitates direct injection of fuel into the combustion chamber at incredibly high pressures. This high pressure facilitates complete combustion, thereby increasing the level of fuel efficiency.
Durability, mileage and comfort Critics tend to be impressed by the Volkswagen Jetta in terms of the handling experience and the comfort of the ride. Other reviewers say that the car is ugly in the segment of compact car, and somewhat expensive if one compared it with other small family-car categories. The biggest complaints against the model involve the back seats, which lack enough room for two adults. The seat cushioning is too firm. However, the interior is ranked highly in terms of the high level of fit. On the negative side, it is bland, uninspiring and sparsely equipped. A unique highlight of this model is the signature red and blue instrument lighting, which has been a standard for all models since 1999. There are climate controls, which are positioned at a low point on the console. When the air is vented to the windshield, it is impossible to turn on the recirculation mode. The power outlet is conveniently recessed just next to the ash tray. It is covered using two flaps. The retractable cup holders that are positioned above the stereo obscure vision for the stereo, making beverages spill on the gas selector, stereo and several other sensitive components when the vehicle is moving through erratic, mountainous terrain. The construction of the retractable cup holder is made using flimsy plastic. The front bumper of the Jetta is ill-suited for rough, mountainous terrain. It is likely to cause disappointment for a business executive who parks his car quite often. The bumper can easily be damaged if one parks the car without adequate ground clearance. This makes it difficult for a curb to be cleared in a parking space. Apart from scratching the cover, the…