Volkswagen’s new Times Square star, the 2011 Jetta, is not the new car that will be built next year at the automaker’s plant under construction near Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“The Jetta will be built in Puebla, Mexico and the new mid-size sedan [for launch at the] 2011 Detroit show in Chattanooga,” a Volkswagen spokesman in Germany told just-auto.

“The new sedan will be larger than the Jetta, which is 465cm [long] with the mid-size [new car] at 490cm – that is really a class gap.

“It is vehicle built for the North American region.”

The automaker centred production of the current Jetta in Mexico, having built the previous generations (G3 badged Vento and G4 Bora outside North America) mostly in Germany as well, though there was also local assembly in markets such as China and South Africa. The G4 Jetta was also updated and sold as an entry model alongside the G5 in North America and other variations were also built and sold in China.

Simon Warburton contributed

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