According to a report in Autocar India, German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) is planning to stop sales of the Jetta in India, when the next-generation of the executive sedan makes its international debut next year.
The reason for the discontinuation seems to be the price of the 2017 model, which is set to be even more than the current model. The current Jetta is already one of the most expensive cars in its class and the price hike on the new model would put the car out of contention.
However, Volkswagen India will keep on producing more units of the current Jetta, until stocks of the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kits run out completely.
The Jetta's high price means that its sales numbers aren't that great. In 2015-16, the Jetta sold 1,940 units compared to its stablemate in the VW group, the Skoda Octavia, which sold 2,675 units over the same period. However, both VW group sedans were dwarfed by the segment leader, the Corolla Altis from Toyota, which had sales numbers of 6,506 units in 2015-16.
The next-gen Jetta is set to be built on the VW group's MQB platform that underpins numerous other cars including various cars from Skoda, Audi, as well as other cars in the VW lineup.