ah the never ending update cycle.
1st model year = Grab one and be exclusive
2nd/3rd model year = Get the minor updates (HID, LED, power)
Then comes a new model with new sheetmetal and your slightly updated car is now an outmode.
So it's pretty much buyers choice which category they wanna fall into.
The MKVI Jetta is selling well. The MKVI GLI is selling well. No reason to stop selling.
As much as the MKV is thought to be the best generation Golf/Jetta yet, fact is it didn't sell well. This new generation is giving VW a level of sales they haven't seen in the US, and they're trying to maximize that.
Personally, I think VW got the formula right with the MKVI GLI, better than with any previous GLI. I'd love it to have the interior quality of the MKV, though.
Several sources had confirmed that the +10 2.0T was coming this summer as a 2013.5, but were they wrong? Or is VW just not updating the website yet?
Historically, VW has been pretty horrible about keeping the specs up to date on their website. A TR Jetta was pictured for months before it was officially offered. The '13 SE models pictured still mostly are un-chromed like the '11-12 models. With several people indicating a new 2.0T this summer, I would have to imagine it's possible. VW wouldn't put that info on their website anyways until the models show up on the dealer lots, and they wouldn't have yet, even based on the old information.
As a side note (again), I don't prefer the LED tail design. The Nav package can keep 'em. The fake turn signal strip irritates the CRAP out of me. It's irritating because it's fake, and the fact that there's already a REAL reverse light (in a more attractive location) makes them even worse.
VW **should** have modeled the LED units after the GTI VII tails by extending the current reverse light all the way to the edge of the taillight. Not only would it have been better looking in general, but it would have made the Jetta look "modernized" after the upcoming GTI. Why they didn't do this is totally beyond me. The current look is a total afterthought. VW tried to make the Jetta's LED's look like the more bland Passat, which was a mistake in-and-of-itself, but having what looks like TWO reverse lights is just ridic.
I guess I will be the outcast here and say that the sub isn't all that bad and the system as a whole is pretty accurate in reproducing sound. You gotta take into account the age group that purchases this car and the background most have probably had with custom stereos. OEM sound systems, for the most part, suck. This one does not. It doesn't blow you away by any means, but it holds its own with other OEM sound systems i've heard in cars 2-3 times its cost. Due to how sensitive the door panels are, if anything is stored in the lower compartments it will rattle like hell. If they are kept clear, then no rattle. If your primary music is hip hop, this system isn't going to shine much at all, it wasn't designed to have booming bass; if you turn up the bass pass +3 it will distort some. It does reproduce tight bass at lower levels very well though. Rock, country, blues and similar music is where this system brings out its best. I listen to pretty much everything, but I was listening to some Pink Floyd the other day and it sounded damn good. I was picking up stuff I couldn't catch in my reference headphones. So I guess the overall quality is subjective but still very nice for a manufacturer provided car audio system.
An added color would be nice, but the GTI doesn't come in blue. The .:R model does, but don't expect that on the GLI. If anything, we could lose a color. The GTI VII comes in fewer colors than the GTI VI, so there's a chance that the GLI could lose a color. The only givens for GLI/GTI colors are Red and Black. Everything else (white, silver, grey) is subject to change.