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Coming to Volkswagen – Compact Four-Door Coupe

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It seems that Mercedes-Benz is not the only automaker that will be adding a smaller four-door coupe in the market. In line with improving its North American and Chinese market, Volkswagen plans to create a second four-door coupe that will be added to its European lineup.

It will follow the German car maker’s upcoming release of the new-look CC, and will form part of Jetta’s seventh-generation lineup. This only means that the four-door coupe will join the successors of today’s saloons and estate models. Both CC and the new car are set to be manufactured at Volkswagen’s Puebla plant in Mexico, the same site which created the second-generation Beetle.

Buyers Want a Four-door Car

Currently designated under the “Sports Coupe (SC)” category, the car concept was recently approved after the US market studies revealed that a two-door version of the Jetta received a lukewarm response. According to the car manufacturer’s source:

Our research suggests there is increasingly a market for sportier and more stylish version of the Jetta in the mold of the CC, only smarter and more affordable. From the feedback we’ve received so far, buyers want an individual body style and the practicality of four doors.

The two-door Jetta version was previewed by New Coupe Concept at last year’s Detroit auto show. Meanwhile, the new car was alleged to use the Sports Coupe as its production name.

Other than that, the Wolfsburg-based automaker decided to add a second four-door coupe to its lineup after seeing an increase of sales for their traditional four-door saloon models. Since 2009, their Jetta-based sedans increased its deliveries by 677,793 in 2011.

Although no features were revealed yet, there are speculations that the SC will boast a more stylish four-door body, angular screens, rounded turret line and notchback style boot.

Volkswagen’s Sports Coupe vs. Audi’s A3 and Mercedes-Benz’s CLC

Volkswagen’s upcoming sports coupe is deemed to compete against the impending sedan version of Audi’s third-generation A3 and Mercedes-Benz’s CLC. The Audi A3 was previewed at the 2011 Geneva motor show, while Mercedes-Benz’s CLC will have a concept preview at the upcoming Beijing motor show this year.

The four-door SC will be Jetta’s first new wave model which will be based on the German carmaker’s Modularen Querbau platform. It will be sold alongside the larger and more luxurious CC, and is set to be released on 2014 as a 2015 model.

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