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 AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen United States Inc. announces the debut of its completely redesigned Golf III and Jetta III models at retail facilities in Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska and New Mexico.
 The 1994 Golf III GL comes to the company's southwest region as the top-selling car model in the world, recording international sales of 1.4 million.
 Perennially, Volkswagen's Jetta has been the best-selling European nameplate in America.
 Both new models were sold briefly as 1993s in selected areas of the country.
 The Jetta III GL has a new aerodynamic style; a more powerful 2.0-liter, 115-horsepower fuel-injected engine with more torque; advanced safety engineering; improved handling and a more user-friendly interior.
 Later this year, Volkswagen will add a high-performance six-cylinder Jetta III GLX model and luxury packed GLS to the Jetta III lineup.
 Standard features on the 1994 Jetta III GL and Golf III GL include driver and front-passenger airbags (available November/December 1993), power central locking, an anti-theft alarm system, power steering and power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes.
 Another standard feature not available in the competition is Volkswagen's new ground-breaking customer care program -- Protection Plus. It includes the industry's longest limited powertrain warranty at 10 years or 100,000 miles; a two-year, 24-hour roadside assistance program, and complimentary scheduled maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles. Corrosion protection is six years without mileage restrictions and the bumper-to-bumper limited warranty is two years or 24,000 miles.
 The Volkswagen Golf III GL also has a more powerful engine, a new ergonomically designed interior, better handling characteristics and advanced safety engineering. The all-new body styles offer improved aerodynamics that optimize fuel efficiency, reduce wind noise, and contribute to improved handling.
 The new interiors on the Golf III and Jetta III are roomier and feature a user-friendly layout with a more upscale, European look, complemented by a host of new comfort features.
 Cargo room -- always a Jetta strength -- remains best in class at 15 cubic feet. The Jetta III's low lift-over trunk is larger than those found in many midsize offerings, including the Lexus LS 400 and Honda Accord.
 Popular options available on the Golf III GL and Jetta III GL include CFC-free air conditioning, a premium eight-speaker stereo with CD capability and a power glass moonroof with sunshade. Also available is a new electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission, designed to sense the driving style of the operator and adjust shift points accordingly.
 The previous-generation Golf and Jetta were among the safest small cars in the world, according to numerous independent safety studies. Volkswagen has taken this record of safety and improved on it. Both the Golf III and Jetta III feature improved side-impact protection and front "crumple" zones designed to work in conjunction with a stronger safety cage construction to diffuse energy from the impact, while providing maximum protection for the occupants.
 The manufacturer's suggested retail price on the 1994 Jetta III GL is $13,125, and the MSRP on the 1994 Golf III GL is $11,900.
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 /CONTACT: Maria Leonhauser or Tony Fouladpour, 313-340-5064, both of Volkswagen/

CO: Volkswagen United States Inc. ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU: PDT

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