From "Hummel" to "Jetta"
Initially, the project was entitled "Hummel" (bumblebee). Later, Volkswagen renamed its new model in line with the meteorological terms used for the company's other model series Golf, Scirocco and Passat, which all take their name from a wind. The new name was based on the meteorological term "jetstream", which designates strong wind layers in the Earth's atmosphere.
It was the rear end of the Jetta that gave rise to its popular nickname of "backpack Golf". In America, the car developed over six generations to become the most popular sedan of German origin. Now, together with classics such as the Beetle, the Bus or the Golf, the Jetta is also among the Wolfsburg automaker's best-selling models throughout the world. Although the Jetta has always been based largely on the Golf in technical terms, its equipment has usually been of a higher standard and more striking. To take an example: the side direction indicators with a smooth transmission to the fender and its rectangular headlamps distinguished the original Jetta from the corresponding Golf. Many people may not know that the top engine option already available from 1980 was the 1.6-litre engine of the GTI with 110 PS. This made the Jetta GLI a genuine wolf in sheep's clothing. In order to underscore the independent appearance of the Jetta, Volkswagen gave the second generation a new rear end and a different radiator grille from 1984 onwards.