Jul 25, 2018

Jetta takes top honors for the fifth time


Herndon, VA  (July 25, 2018) — Volkswagen of America, Inc., today announced that the 2018 Jetta has been awarded the most appealing Compact Car in the J.D. Power 2018 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. This is the fifth time that the Jetta has ranked highest in this hotly contested category, which is comprised of 18 vehicles for 2018. 

The Golf (Compact Car) and Tiguan (Compact SUV) ranked second in their respective categories, and the Atlas was ranked fourth in the Midsize SUV segment. Overall, Volkswagen improved three rank positions to 18th overall in the Study, both above the industry average and outpacing the industry year-over-year improvement average. 

“This award further validates the Jetta as an exceptionally competitive offering in the compact sedan segment,” said Werner Eichhorn as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, VW North American Region. “The all-new 2019 Jetta recently joined the lineup and we hope it will be as successful as the previous generation.”

The APEAL Study examines how rewarding a new vehicle is to own and drive, based on owner evaluations of 77 vehicle attributes in 10 categories. The 2018 APEAL study is based on responses gathered between February and May of 2018 from more than 67,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2018 model-year cars and trucks who were surveyed after the first 90 days of ownership. For more information on the J.D. Power APEAL Study, visit:


About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Tiguan Limited vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

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