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Volkswagen AG premiered its new Jetta sedan as part of the Detroit auto show Sunday night.

The German automaker said the 2019 edition of the Jetta is important to its future success in the United States. It has a longer wheelbase and wider platform than its predecessor.

This is a vital car for us, because it is our best-seller in the United States," Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen's North American region, said.


Volkswagen presents the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta at the Garden Theater. Robin Buckson / The Detroit News

Features of the new Jetta include a forward-collision warning system works in tandem with automatic braking. There's also a blind-spot monitor.

There's a 400-watt Beats audio system and a new infotainment system that comes with an eight-inch screen.

The car is eligible for Volkswagen's six-year, 72,000-mile warranty that the German automaker says is "best in class" and fully transferable.

The new Jetta is available with an automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.

Volkswagen said the starting price for the new Jetta will be $18,545. The company said the new sedan is based on Volkswagen's MQB front-wheel platform, which the company uses build multiple cars and SUVs.

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