We’ve written extensively about the Volkswagen Jetta and its capabilities on this blog. Today we’re going to look at where the Jetta is made. This seems to be a straightforward question, but this car consists of many components (engine, transmission, etc.) made in different parts of the world. Let’s start with a quick answer:
Volkswagen Jetta manufactured from 2019 onwards that are made for the North American market are assembled in Puebla, Mexico. The 1.4L, 1.5L, and 2.0L engines it uses are made in Silao, Mexico, and the transmissions are made in Europe, China, or Japan.
However, that certainly doesn’t answer the question entirely. Below, we’ll first dive into detail about the assembly location. After, that we’ll give you the complete rundown of where the engines are made, and we’ll do the same for all transmissions used in this vehicle. Read on!
Assembly Locations Per Generation
The fifth generation of the Jetta, manufactured between 2005 – 2010, was assembled in various places. For the North American market assembly took place in Puebla, Mexico. For the Chinese market assembly happened in Changchun, China, and for the Indian market in Aurangabad, India. Other assembly locations included Uitenhage, South Africa, and Kaluga, Russia.
The sixth generation of the Jetta was manufactured between 2011 – 2018 and was assembled in Puebla, Mexico, for the North American market. For the Chinese market, assembly was shifted to Chengdu, China. Indian assembly changed to Chakan, and Russian assembly changed to Nizhny Novgorod. Pekan, Malaysia, Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, and Nampo, North Korea were new assembly locations.
The seventh and current generation of the Jetta, manufactured from 2019 onwards, is assembled in Puebla, Mexico, for the North American market. Chengdu, China, and General Pacheco, Argentina are the two other locations where the Jetta is assembled.
The Jetta has been equipped with many engines throughout its lifetime. Furthermore, Volkswagen has an incredibly complex operation worldwide and dozens and dozens of plants where engines or parts of the engines are made. For this section, we’ll focus on the Jetta engines used in the North American market.
Fifth Generation Engines
The fifth generation of the Jetta in North America used a 2.0 TFSI and 2.5L TFSI petrol engine and a 1.9 and 2.0L diesel engine. Audi made the 2.0L and 2.5L TFSI engines in Gyor, Hungary. Even though the car was assembled in Mexico, Mexico didn’t have an engine plant, so the engines needed to be imported.
The 1.9L and 2.0L TDI engines were most likely also made in Gyor, Hungary, or Salzgitter, Germany since those two plants were responsible for the majority of the diesel engine production at the time.
Sixth Generation Engines
Some engines used in the fifth generation carried over to the sixth generation in the North American market. These included the 2.5L TFSI petrol engine (made in Gyor, Hungary) and the 2.0L TDI (Made in Gyor, Hungary, or Salzgitter). Between 2010 – 2016 this Jetta also had a 2.0L TSI engine (EA888) which was most likely made in the Silao plant in Mexico.
From 2014 onwards, the 2.5L TFSI was replaced with a 1.8L TFSI (EA888), and from 2016 onwards, the 2.0L engine was replaced with a 1.4L turbocharged engine (EA211) which were both made in the Silao plant in Mexico. Having engines from the Silao plant makes sense for logistics because Jetta from this generation were assembled in Puebla, Mexico, meaning that most products and parts could be made in one country.
Seventh Generation Engines
Between 2019 – 2021 the Jetta offered a 1.4L TSI engine that was replaced with a 1.5L engine from 2022 onwards. The Jetta GLI has a 2.0L TSI engine (EA888) that was also used in previous generations. Both the 1.4, 1.5 and 2.0L engines are made in Silao, Mexico, for the North American market.
The transmissions for the Jetta are, of course, another essential part of the car that we shouldn’t forget about.
It is almost impossible to state precisely where the transmission in your Volkswagen Jetta has been made. This is because the Volkswagen Group manufacturers 8 million transmissions per year, and they have 16 plants in 5 different countries. However, we can say the following. Volkswagen Jetta assembled in Mexico have their transmission made in one of the following plants:
- Gyor in Hungary
- Bratislava or Martin in Slovakia
- Mlada Boleslav or Vrchlabi in Czech Republic
- Salzgitter, Kassel or Zuffenhausen in Germany
- El Prat in Spain
Jetta that are assembled in Asia have their transmissions made in one of the following Chinese plants:
- Changchun, Dalian, Tianjin, or Shanghai in China
Furthermore, it’s worth noting that all three of the last generations of the Jetta also make use of Aisin transmissions from time to time. Aisin is one of the leading manufacturers of transmissions in the world, and they have another 19 plants in Japan where transmissions for the Jetta might be manufactured.