VW to retire Jetta Hybrid for 2017 model year

The announcement follows just days after VW promised to launch dozens of electrified vehicles in the coming years.

Volkswagen has confirmed plans to retire the Jetta Hybrid at the end of the 2016 model year.

The move was quietly announced in a broad statement regarding the 'simplified' 2017 Jetta lineup. Spotted by Autoblog, the terse disclosure simply states "Jetta Hybrid no longer available," without elaborating.

The hybrid variant combined a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with 1.1 kWh of battery capacity. Combined output reached 170 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, while its city/highway fuel efficiency rating was 48/42 mpg.

Hinting at waning demand, the 2016 model year already narrowed the Jetta Hybrid range down to just one trim level. The company has not disclosed specific sales figures for the hybrid, however the Prius has outpaced the entire Jetta family, including gasoline and diesel powertrains, by a few thousand units for the first five months of the year.

Notably, the discontinuation precedes VW's promise to launch at least 30 new electrified models by 2025. The diesel emissions scandal has prompted the shift toward electric powertrains, which the company expects to account for up to 25 percent of total sales in the next nine years.

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