Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced that it will hold the line on prices of its top volume 2001 models, signifying another consecutive year the German automaker has not raised the base prices of its most popular cars.

For 2001, Volkswagen's best-selling Jetta GL and GLS models will be priced at 1999 model year levels with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $16,700 and $17,650 ($17,995 and $18,700 for the TDI engine) respectively. The MSRP for the V6 equipped Jetta GLS also remains at its 1999 level of $19,950. The top-of-the-line Jetta GLX is priced at $24,300, up $130 from last year.

Marking the second consecutive year without a price increase, Volkswagen's most popular New Beetle choices usher in the new model year at 1999 levels: GL and GLS models carry a 2001 MSRP of $15,900 and $16,850 ($17,900 for TDI, and $19,000 for a 1.8 T) respectively. With the addition of many standard items, the top-of-the-line New Beetle GLX model price goes up $100 in 2001 to $21,175 (vs. 21,075 in 2000).

For the third consecutive year, Golf GL and GLS prices remain unchanged at $14,900 and $16,350 ($16,195 and $17,400 for the TDI engine) respectively.

For 2001, Volkswagen's Cabrio becomes even more accessible with the addition of a newly realigned base GL model priced at $19,600, $390 less than last year's lowest priced GL. With this model realignment, the Cabrio GLS is value priced and newly equipped at $20,600 (versus $23,300 in 2000). A new top-of-the-line GLX joins the Cabrio stable at a MSRP of $22,300.

On an equipment adjusted, sales weighted basis, the average equipped vehicle price increase for all 2001 Volkswagen passenger cars (excluding the realigned Cabrio lineup) is 0.02 percent, or $4, when compared to 2000 models.

The German automaker announced slight price increases for its Passat model lineup (see below), which receives some significant equipment upgrades including Volkswagen's Side Curtain Protection that helps protect the heads of front and rear occupants in severe side-impact collisions.

Volkswagen also announced some new prices for some of its optional equipment. The average option price increase is $44 across the Volkswagen 2001 lineup, excluding the realigned Cabrio.

The destination charge for all Volkswagen passenger cars, which is not included in the MSRP, remains at the 2000 level of $525.

2001 Volkswagen Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices

Golf GL 2.0L $14,900
Golf GL TDI $16,195
Golf GLS 2.0L $16,350
Golf GLS TDI $17,400
Golf GLS 1.8 T $17,900

GTI GLS 1.8 T $19,275 up $50
GTI GLX 2.8L $22,900 up $280

Jetta GL 2.0L $16,700
Jetta GL TDI $17,995
Jetta GLS 2.0L $17,650
Jetta GLS TDI $18,700
Jetta GLS 1.8 T $19,200
Jetta GLS 2.8L $19,950
Jetta GLX 2.8L $24,300 up $130

New Beetle GL 2.0L $15,900
New Beetle GLS 2.0L $16,850
New Beetle GLS TDI $17,900
New Beetle GLS 1.8 T $19,000
New Beetle GLX 1.8 T $21,175 up $100

Passat GLS 1.8 T $21,450 up $250
Passat GLS 1.8 T Wagon $22,250 up $250
Passat GLS 2.8L $24,050 up $250
Passat GLS 2.8L Wagon $24,850 up $250
Passat GLS 2.8L 4MOTION $26,875 up $350
Passat GLS 2.8L 4MOTION Wagon $27,675 up $350
Passat GLX 2.8L $28,210 up $555
Passat GLX 2.8L Wagon $29,010 up $555
Passat GLX 2.8L 4MOTION $31,035 up $655
Passat GLX 2.8L 4MOTION Wagon $31,835 up $655